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See these Chinese films for free
The Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival (KCFF) is Australia's main Chinese film festival. The aim of this festival is to promote Chinese cinema and Chinese culture to Australian audiences.
This year, you will be able to see the best Chinese language films by new and up and coming directors. The tickets for the films are free and all the films will have subtitles in both English and Chinese. The event is organised by the Chinese Film Incorporated (CFF).
In co-operation with the City of Sydney, participants are invited from many Chinese speaking places including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Macau to show their latest and best film productions.
The film screenings are as follows:
SHUTTLE LIFE is in Mandarin. It is about Ah Qiang, who lives in the big city and battles to look after his mentally unstable mother and his 5-year-old sister, Hui Shan. His sister is run down by a speeding car and killed and Ah Qiang is desperate to claim his sister's body. Unfortunately, he is unable to actually prove that she is his sister as she was never registered at birth. His mother is also no help due to her medical condition and Ah Qiang then has to face this situation on his own.
It will be screened on Sunday 3rd March 2019, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm at the Napier G03 Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, LOT 693 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can register for this event here.
HAVE YOUR NAME CARVED WITH Q/A is set in the Guizhou Province in China. Here a child who dies under the age of 14 is considered to have died young and therefore cannot be buried in the family grave or be listed in the family tree. Five-year-old Haiwa is the only son of the protagonist Old Ho and is diagnosed with a terminal disease. Old Ho will not accept the fact that he will not be able to visit his son's grave. He, therefore, decides to donate all his son's organs and carve his son's name on the gravestone. However, Old Ho runs into all sorts of problems trying to donate his son's organs.
This film is based on real-life events. The director is trying to "describe objectively and the true meaning of life, without appealing to the senses."
This film will screen on Saturday 2nd March 2019, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Napier G03 Lecture Theatre. You can register here.
SILENT WINTER is the first independent film written and directed by Mr. Da Fei. The film is produced by Mr. Fang Li, who is a well-known filmmaker. It was on the shortlist of several Chinese and International film festivals such as the Montreal World Film Festival and has won awards.
This film is about the love and hate between two brothers and a woman in the 1990s. It shows the audience the sadness and the strength of people facing a puzzling reality. In the film, the woman is not able to make a choice between her rough elder brother and her mild younger brother. This causes all three to get caught up in a moral dilemma.
This will screen on Sunday 3rd March, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Napier G03 Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, LOT 693 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can register for your tickets here.
HELLO LIFE is a documentary about the life of 15 people in 2017. These people all lived in the north and south of China. They were peddlers, a visually impaired, a pub dancer, a veteran, a single mother, a window cleaner, a free-lancer, bike sharing maintenance guys, rickshaw driver, screw-seller, heart disease patient, forest ranger and similar. Each of them has a tough life and this documentary tells their stories.
This film will screen on Sunday 3rd March, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Napier G03 Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, LOT 693 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can register to see it here.
MR BIG uses the single character Yun as his name and was born in Zhaowuda League in Inner Mongolia in 1970. Yun works in the local copper company. Yan's life was monotonous and he always had a burning desire to go to Tibet to see Mount Everest. The people around him discouraged this idea due to the harsh climate, however, he is determined to talk people into going to Tibet.
This movie will screen on Saturday 2nd March, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Napier G03 Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, LOT 693 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can register at this link.
WUSHU ORPHAN is set in inland China in the late 90s. The junior high school is focusing on martial arts with high standards of discipline. All the pupils try their best to work and live in the stifling pressures of the headmaster's strong hand.
One of the young boys, Cuishan, cannot fit into the school. He has no interest in martial arts and has good academic talent. However, due to the school's focus on martial arts, his talent means he has a tough life at the school. He, therefore, repeatedly tries to run away but all ends in failure. Then a new teacher arrives and things change. This is their story.
The film has won the following awards:
GKCFF 2019 best film of Golden Koala Award
The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival
The Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center
Nomination at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival - Best Asian Future Film Award
This movie will screen on Friday 1st March, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Lower Napier LG29 Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, LOT 693 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can register your interest here.
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY is about Mrs. Wong, who knows her husband is having an affair but for the sake of their marriage and autistic son, she decides to put up with it. Eventually, the husband leaves and Mrs. Wong struggles to look after her son on her own. She then begins to plan revenge against the mistress.
This film has won the following awards:
Best New Actor in The 37th Hong Kong Film Awards (2018)
Shanghai International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Silk Road International Film Festival
Malaysia International Film Festival Asian Film Awards