The Small Town: A Modern Chinese Theatre

by CRTV

The Small Town

After 30 years away a wealthy businessman returns to a small town in Jiangsu Province, China. He is here on a mission to find the man who rescued him all those years ago and to show his gratitude with a gift of 5 million Yuan.
News of the businessman’s intentions spreads fast. Qin, the mayor of the small town, calls Teacher Zhu for help in finding the missing hero. But after days of searching no trace of the man or information about the rescue itself can be found. Too much has changed in the intervening years. Teacher Zhu and his wife Xue face a dilemma; should they continue in their search for the mysterious man or should they take advantage of the situation and the 5 million Yuan fortune.

Jiangsu Huai Opera has been travelling with this story throughout China in the past two years and has created a new wave of discussions in the theatrical world in China.

Time: 19:30 – 21:30 (Drinks & Lecture-ticket control at 18:30)
Date: 26 April
Place: DeLaMar Theater, Amsterdam
Price: EUR 14,90 Ends on 26 March
EUR 19.90 (2nd-Tier) After 26 March
EUR 24,90 (1st- Tier) After 26 March

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Film Ash is Purest White

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Ash is Purest WhiteQiao is verliefd de lokale bendebaas Bin. Wanneer hij in een hinderlaag wordt gelokt, redt ze hem door een illegaal wapen af te vuren. Qiao wordt veroordeeld tot vijf jaar gevangenisstraf. Wanneer ze wordt vrijgelaten, gaat ze direct weer op zoek naar Bin om hun oude leven op te pakken. De vraag is of zijzelf en het land in de tussentijd niet te veel zijn veranderd.

Zhao Tao en Liao Fan spelen de hoofdrollen in Ash Is Purest White van de Chinese regisseur Jia Zhangke (Mountains May Depart, A Touch of Sin). Het misdaaddrama weet met een aangrijpend liefdesverhaal tegelijk een verhelderend beeld te schetsen van de veranderingen in wereldmacht China. De internationale première was in de hoofdcompetitie van het Festival de Cannes, waar de film meedong naar de Palme d’Or. Continue reading “Film Ash is Purest White” »

The costs of modernity

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Left: Heather Tsui, right: interviewer Hong Tong Wu (Photographer: Tammy Chang (Cinemasia))

Left: Heather Tsui, right: interviewer Hong Tong Wu (Photographer: Tammy Chang (Cinemasia))

The current human endeavor for “progress” seems to wipe out diversity in languages and minorities. The film Long Time No Sea 只有大海知道 screened at Cinemasia Filmfestival tells the story of the Tao, the indigenous people living on the small Orchid Island of Taiwan. The Tao has lived on the Island for more than 800 years. There are only 3,000 Tao people left. How are the Tao tear apart between their traditional way of living and the demands of modern life? What will the world miss if the Tao disappears? Listen to CRTVs interview (Mandarin) with the maker of this film, Heather Tsui.

The making of a transgender film in Hong Kong

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Left: filmdirector Jun Li, right: interviewer Hong Tong Wu (Photographer: Tammy Chang (CinemAsia))

Left: filmdirector Jun Li, right: interviewer Hong Tong Wu (Photographer: Tammy Chang (CinemAsia))

Hong Kong cinema is renowned for its martial arts films. The first feature film Tracey 翠絲 of director Jun Li, however, is a transgender film. What are his experiences in making a controversial film in Hong Kong? Listen to CRTV’s interview with Jun Li.

The future of food sculpting

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Food sculpting has a profound role in the history of Chinese cuisine. Recognised as an important art in its native land in The Netherlands a very different tale is sung. Once the crown jewel of every dish in Chinese restaurants, food sculptures are now slowly disappearing and the craft threatens to go extinct. Ami Tsang and Fay Teo made a short documentary at Cinemasia FilmLab about migrant food sculptors Chen Mo and Awan. Will there be a future for food sculptures in The Netherlands, where the economical Dutch consumer reign? Listen to CRTV’s interview with Ami and Fay.