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Back to 1942 (Feng Xiaogang, China, 2012)

  • Dec 5, 2012 · 8:15 PM
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UPDATE 12/3: Online ticketing is now available. See event listing for details.

UPDATE 11/29: Showtime has been announced: 8:40 p.m.

Note: Showtime is 8:40 p.m. Running time is 144 minutes. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors (65 and older) and children (11 and under), available at Movietickets [dot] com. (Please verify date before purchase.) We'll meet in front of the theater beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

Feng Xiaogang, whose "Aftershock" was China's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, returns with "Back to 1942," an epic retelling of the famine that swept Henan Province amid the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. Academy Award winners Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins co-star.

Presented by China Lion Film Distribution, which has teamed with various U.S. theater chains to bring you near-simultaneous releases of new Chinese-language films.

Synopsis: When political infighting leads to famine amid China's struggle against the invading Japanese, the fates of a rich landlord (Zhang Guoli), a Time Magazine reporter (Brody) and an Italian priest (Robbins) converge.

Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etF0QCTdQD0

"Grand vision and sweeping scope" -- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"An imposing, technically sophisticated achievement" -- Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

Winner:

A.I.C. Award for Best Cinematography and Golden Butterfly (student jury award), Seventh International Rome Film Festival

Because of the movie's late showtime and long running time, we'll do dinner beforehand: 7 p.m. at Yukol Place Thai Cuisine, 2380 Lombard St. (between Pierce and Scott Sts.).  If you'd like to attend, please leave a reply in the comments section.  Thanks!

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  • Alby

    It's got the budget, the story, the locations, the extras, the costumes, the CGI, the camera work, but what it lacks is the subtlety. Any movie of this scale is bound to compel viewers with the smallest of its interactions, but unfortunately Feng Xiaogang sees fit to make each interpersonal exchange as obvious and as heavyhanded as the many Japanese bombing runs (provoking more than one unintended laugh in the process). Plus those refugees look like they've been gorging themselves on the catering.

    December 6, 2012

  • Alby

    Hi, all. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. at Yukol Place Thai Cuisine, 2380 Lombard St. (between Pierce and Scott Sts.). Please reply to this thread if you plan to attend, so I have an idea of how many people to reserve for.

    December 5, 2012

  • Alby

    Btw, if any of you have unusable shoes that you're looking to get rid of, you can drop them off at Fleet Feet (2076 Chestnut St.), near the theater, for recycling. The soles are ground up and used in playground surfacing.

    December 5, 2012

  • Stanley

    I have a home depot delivery that day, so I might have to pass on dinner.

    December 4, 2012

  • Peter L.

    Where are we having dinner?

    December 4, 2012

  • Alby

    UPDATE 12/3: Online ticketing is now available. See event listing for details.

    December 3, 2012

  • Yue

    we buy the ticket at the door?

    December 2, 2012

  • Alby

    UPDATE 11/29: Showtime has been announced: 8:40 p.m. Because of the late showtime and long running time, we'll do dinner beforehand: 7 p.m. at a restaurant TBD. Also, I'll be driving and would be happy to give a lift home to anyone who lives in SF or a reasonable distance outside of it. (I should be able to take four people.)

    November 29, 2012

    • Alby

      Peter, I can drop you off at BART after the movie, but picking you up beforehand most likely won't be possible. I usually have a good amount of preparation to do before a event, plus I have to get started especially early for this event because of the pre-movie dinner -- and there's no accounting for traffic! But get yourself to the theater, and I'll help get you back.

      December 2, 2012

    • Peter L.

      Alby, thanks for the reply. I'll see you on Wednesday.

      December 2, 2012

  • Peter L.

    I wasn't planning to go because I had a ticket to an SF Symphony concert on the same night. But changed my mind after reading some very positive comments on Weibo (China's Twitter) this morning. Just finished watching "White Deer Plain" 白鹿原 and am interested in seeing how Feng films rural China (to my memory this is his first time doing it). Looking forward to the film.

    December 2, 2012

  • Yue

    just came back from Bejing and the posters of this film were all over the city! amazing cast. and it's in Henan dialect, got to be funny!

    November 30, 2012

  • Michelle

    Feng Xiaogang my favorite 'mainstream' Chinese director! Love his humor -- a quintessential Beijinger style. Although his best ones are comedies, he'd done some good dramas. Really looking forward to seeing this film and getting to know a piece of history which very few Chinese -- let alone the rest -- know about.

    November 26, 2012

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