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East Asian Film Club: A City of Sadness

May 6, 2014 - 16:15-19:00

East Asian Lunch Seminar and East Asian Film Club
A City of Sadness.
The first film to break the taboo regarding the massacres of the ruling party on Taiwan in the 1940s. 
English subtitles.
Introduction by Yvonne Sung-sheng Chang.
Yvonne Sung-sheng Chang is Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture, The University of Texas at Austin.
A City of Sadness is a historical drama by the famous Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-hsien. It tells the story of the Lin family during the “White Terror”, which took place after the Kuomintang government arrived from mainland China following Japan’s retreat from colonial rule of the island. Thousands of Taiwanese were shot or sent to prison, both during and after the February 28 massacre in 1947. A City of Sadness won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. It was filmed on location in Jiufen, an old gold mining town in northeast Taiwan, which has become a popular tourist attraction, partly due to the success of the film.
Yvonne Sung-sheng Chang teaches Chinese and Taiwanese film, literature and culture. She has published a number of books and articles on Taiwanese literature and has been President of the American Association of Chinese Comparative Literature.
The event is open for students, teachers and people from society at large. Even if you don’t bring your lunchbox, we’ll supply some (non-alcoholic) drinks.
Venue: Arne Næss auditorium, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Blindern, University of Oslo


East Asian Film Club: A City of Sadness


May 6, 2014