The China Film Festival brings six new release feature movies to Dunedin. Discover new worlds, love new stories, safely travel to exotic locations over a long weekend of film.
Mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull says, "Hosting this festival is a major coup for Dunedin. It reflects our city's increasingly outward looking focus and heightened consciousness of our Chinese heritage. It is also an opportunity to further develop creative, cultural and commercial collaboration between Dunedin and our sister city Shanghai."
Dunedin is the first New Zealand event and in an ongoing relationship between New Zealand Film Commission and the Shanghai Art Film Festival.
New Zealand Film Commission Chief Executive Dave Gibson says, "Shanghai is well known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema, with a long a proud history of outstanding films and strong international connections."
All films are subtitled.
Tickets from Ticket Direct at Regent Theatre and online at regenttheatre.co.nz
Festival Launch (Upper Octagon)
FRI 31 MARCH 7:00pm
Join special guests from Shanghai and around the country to enjoy cultural performances, speeches and entertainment in the Upper Octagon before entering Reading Cinema for our opening night screening of the classic Beijing opera Farewell My Concubine in 3D! No door sales for the opening night, please purchase tickets from Ticket Direct at the Regent.
Journey to Lan Yuan Film (The Bullnose - Toitu)
SAT 1 & SUN 2 APRIL. 10:15am & 1pm
Enjoy this documentary film about the significance of the Dunedin Chinese Garden, Lan Yuan to Dunedin. (running time 150 minutes)
Short Films from Otago (The Tower – Dunedin Chinese Garden)
SAT 1 & SUN 2 APRIL. 11am
Unwind with Chinese tea in the Tower Room and catch a selection of films curated by Short Film Otago. Films approx. 6-12mins each 90 minutes total running time. Normal admission to Gardens apply.
Farewell My Concubine (3D)
FRI 31 MARCH 8:00pm (Reading Cinema)
This ancient tale of a Chinese emperor’s rise and fall and his doomed love for a beautiful woman. The film, starring famous Beijing opera artist Shang Changrong (74) and rising opera actress Shi Yihong, was shot as an opera, and combines traditional Chinese culture with 3D technology.
At the end of the Qin Dynasty the nations of Chu and Han wage war for control of the country. Xiang Yu, the “Overlord of West Chu”, is conceited and stubborn; while Liu Bang, the founding emperor of the Han dynasty, is wise and humble. Xiang’s troops suffer major defeats. His lover Yu Ji and his generals try to dissuade him from counterattack. When defeat is imminent Yu Ji kills herself, the Chu army is crushed and although Xiang Yu has opportunity to escape, he kills himself rather than live with the shame.
IP Man 3
SAT 1 APRIL 2:00pm (Regent Theatre)
Ip Man 3 is a Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip. It is the third in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man and features Donnie Yen reprising the title role. The film also stars Mike Tyson, and Yip Man's pupil Bruce Lee is portrayed by Danny Chan.
The year is 1959, Ip Man lives in Hong Kong with his wife and their young son. Trouble arises when a corrupt property developer terrorises the son's school. Ip Man and his disciples help police guard the school. He also has to deal with the challenge of another fighter who seeks to claim the Wing Chun Grandmaster title.
SAT 1 APRIL 5:00pm (Regent Theatre)
Soul Mate is a 2016 Chinese romantic drama film directed by Derek Tsang and starring Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun. Soul Mate garnered the Best Actress award for both Zhou and Ma at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards.
Li Ansheng's life in Shanghai is suddenly disrupted by the publication of a novel chronicling her childhood friendship with Qiyue. The young girls were destined to be friends for life but the cruelty of youth led them to separate paths. Even more shocking is the discovery of a long buried secret shared by the women - a secret that serves as an emblem of their youth and the proof of their friendship.
Cock & Bull
SAT 1 APRIL 8:00pm (Regent Theatre)
Cock and Bull is a 2016 Chinese crime comedy drama film directed by Cao Baoping and starring Liu Ye, Zhang Yi, Duan Bowen, Wang Ziwen, Tan Zhuo, Wang Yanhui, Yan Bei and Sun Lei.
A widowed father and tow truck operator is given two days to clear his name of a murder he did not commit. Based on a true story.
The 19th Shanghai International Film Festival: Best Film (Nominated)
The 19th Shanghai International Film Festival: Best Actor Ye Liu
SUN 2 APRIL 2:00pm (Regent Theatre)
Mostly shot on a building rooftop and featuring the blurry uniformity of the Shanghai skyline as a symbolically weighty backdrop, Park Shanghai is a beautifully bleak story, illustrating that no prizes are at the end of the tunnel for young people graduating to adulthood in Shanghai.
Several years after their graduation, Dong and Rerei meet at a class reunion party in a karaoke bar. Rerei has married someone else, and Dong is moving to another city tomorrow. The sleepless night makes them reflect on the choices they've made in their lives.
SUN 2 APRIL 7:00pm (Regent Theate)
Time Raiders is a 2016 Chinese fantasy-action-adventure film directed by Daniel Lee and starring Jing Boran and Luhan.
Raised by his Uncle Wu Sanxing, Wu Xie is fascinated by old architecture and antiques. His family had found a special piece of bronze and when they dug deeper, they traced its origins to a lost kingdom buried in the basin of north-west China named Xiwangmu Dynasty. Wu’s family recruit a group of expert raiders including a mysterious stranger by the name of Zhang Qiling to explore the ruins of the ancient city…