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Chinese cinema in Colombo

Presenting some of the welknown Chinese cinematic creations to Sri Lankan filmgoers, Chinese Film Festival will be held from November 26 to 30 at the National Film Corporation threatre Colombo.
Jointly organised by Chinese Embassy and NFC, the festival is to provide the viewers with an experience of contemporary Chinese society and the same time the quality and international appeal of contemporary Chinese cinema.

These films address the issues associated with families and individuals who live in a post-modern socio-economical context. The discourse that the films creates about existence, development, law and ethics in contemporary China can be easily identified with the contemporary Sri Lankan social context. The artistic and technological quality of these films has reached the international standard and these films have had international release in theatres. In addition they have gained many recognition at various reputed international film festivals.

The feature film ‘Gimme Kudos’ ‘Li Mi Conjecture’, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Cell Phone’ will be screened at 3.30 pm and 6 pm on weekends while ‘The Volunteers’ and ‘The Knot’ will be screened on Nov. 29 and 30.

‘Gimme Kudos’ revolves around an old-fashioned, middle-aged Yang Hongqi who claims that on a rainy night he saved at a university coed from the threat of sexual violence on the outer limits of Nanjing city. He soon begs GuGuoge, a superstar reporter at a Nanjing Newspaper, for public kudos in the press. At first Gu ignores the absurd request, but pushed by Yang’s desperate and tenacious attitude Gu begins to look at verifying the case. Finally he finds the victim, OuyangHua but no witness.

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ tells the story of Li Mu Bai, a great warrior who decides to turn in his sword, the Green Destiny to a treasured friend.

The story of ‘The Knot’ begins in the present day with a young woman (played by Hong Kong starlet Isabella Leong) travelling around various Asian countries pestering her old painter aunt in New York on the phone for details regarding her apparently mysterious uncle.

This awkward prompting leads into the main story, related in flashback and beginning in Taipei in the 1940s.

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