Shanghai Rumba: Screening and Q&A with director Peng Xiaolian

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:00 pm
Chinese film director Peng Xiaolian will be on hand for a screening of her feature film Shanghai Rumba, followed by a Q&A session on Chinese women film in contemporary China. Moderated by Weimin Zhang, associate professor of Cinema. Free.
Fine Arts Building, Coppola Theatre
Cinema Department, Chinese Program, Confucius Institute
Cinema Department
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Based on a true story, Shanghai Rumba is set in late-1940s Shanghai — a city mired in political turbulence, yet still retaining the opulence of its golden age. It is against this backdrop that we are introduced to Wanyu, a young woman whose life has been marked by turmoil and change. She struggles to play the role of the good wife after marrying into a wealthy family, but cannot resist her true calling as a film actress. Then another struggling person, Ah Chuan, appears in her life. A spark is lit between the two lonely souls — and suddenly all of their dreams are within reach.

The final installment in Peng’s “Shanghai Trilogy” inherits her typical style, exposing the love and living conditions of people in the film industry in the 1940s.