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Invisible Waves

Watch the trailer.  Ratanaruang’s second collaboration with star Tadanobu Asano and cinematographer Christopher Doyle is an even more global affair than the first (Last Life in the Universe). Asano stars as Kyoji, a Japanese hit man posing as a chef and living in Macau. After carrying out a job to poison his boss’s wife, Kyoji is sent on a cruise to Phuket. He finds himself in a dingy stateroom where nothing works right, being pursued by two mysterious characters who may have dastardly designs on him. The film’s top-notch international cast also includes Korea’s Kang Hye-jung (Oldboy) and Hong Kong superstar Eric Tsang. (Dir.: Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand, 2006, 115 min. 35mm, English, Japanese, Thai and Cantonese with English subtitles). Categories: After Five. Films. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 PM.

Ploy

Watch the trailer.  Ratanaruang set Ploy “in a time when you were too tired to stay awake but also too tired to go to sleep.” In the early morning hours, Wit and Dang, a married Thai couple who have been living in the US, arrive in Bangkok for their first visit in many years. Unable to sleep, husband Wit wanders to the hotel coffee shop, where he bonds with Ploy, a young woman he invites to his room to rest. This stranger’s intrusion—and Dang’s suspicions about her husband’s fidelity—leads them to reassess their seven-year-long marriage. Made after two major international projects with the Japanese star Tadanobu Asano (Last Life in the Universe and Invisible Waves, playing September 21 and 26), Ploy is a meditation on displacement, homecoming, and relationships. The film is “a tasty slice of cinema, by turns oneiric, erotic, funny and emotionally perceptive” (Lee Marshall, Screen Daily). Intended for mature audiences. (Dir.: Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand, 2007, 105 min. 35mm, Thai with English… Categories: Films. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 PM.

Nymph

Watch the trailer.  When asked to describe this film, Ratanaruang replied, “It's a love triangle about a man, a woman and a female ghost …. The filmmakers have sided with the ghost in this film; therefore the humans in the film are scarier than the ghost.” Nymph begins with a virtuoso shot that lasts several minutes, establishing the film’s mysterious jungle setting and enigmatic tone. It then follows an unhappily married couple who try to repair their relationship with a vacation in the country. Little do they know that two men were recently murdered there, and a mysterious force is trying to draw the husband deeper into the jungle. (Dir.: Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand, 2009, 108 min. 35mm, Thai with English subtitles). Categories: Films. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:30 PM.

DC Premiere: Red Amnesia

In person: Wang Xiaoshuai, director; Liu Xuan, producer Watch the trailer. In Beijing, a stubborn widow, Deng (Lü Zhong, in a splendid performance), receives anonymous phone calls, among other strange things that keep happening to her. Her two sons try to solve the mystery—but to do so, layers of repressed memories need to be peeled away, and a trip must be taken to a forgotten town. In his best film of late, celebrated Sixth Generation director Wang Xiaoshuai forcefully addresses the “red amnesia” that is haunting China. Description by Bérénice Reynaud. (Dir: Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2014, 110 min. D-Cinema, Mandarin with English subtitles). Categories: Films. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 PM.

North American Premiere: The Continent

Han Han takes your questions! With the North American premiere of The Continent, his first film as a director, celebrity blogger/author/speedster Han Han will answer audience questions in a videotaped interview to air at the film’s debut. Tweet, email, or post your questions by noon on Friday, September 19, to @uclaconfucius using hashtag #HanHanQuestions, info @ confucius.ucla.edu, or the 2014 China Onscreen Biennial Facebook page. Han Han will select the questions he’ll answer. To find out if you’re a winner, come to one of the screenings. Prizes will be given to audience members whose questions are chosen, courtesy of the biennial. Let the questions fly! Watch the trailer. The most famous Chinese novelist/blogger of the post-1980s generation, Han Han leap into film-making with this nonchalant tale. Three slackers leave their forsaken Dongji Island to explore the Chinese continent, but elusive women, gangster uncles, thieves, puppies, and hitchhikers upset their plans. Description by Bérénice Reynaud.… Categories: After Five. Films. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:00 PM.

Special Event: Fear at the Freer!

Learn about spooky objects in our collection, make your own Freer-inspired mask, and enjoy Japanese food for sale from the Tokyo in the City food truck. Then, get in the Halloween spirit with a screening of Ring (aka Ringu), the movie that inspired the American thriller The Ring, at 7 pm. Ring kicked off the J-horror craze. It begins with teenage friends Masami and Imako discussing the latest urban legend about a mysterious videotape: after watching it, people receive a phone call telling them that they only have seven days left to live. After Imako admits to having seen the tape—and dies days later—her aunt Reiko, a TV journalist, tracks down a copy and watches it herself. When her phone rings, she knows she only has seven days to solve the mystery and save her own life. “Ringu has a minimalist intensity that can stop the heart with a simple flash-cut or a well-timed fillip in the musical score” (Scott Tobias, The Onion AV Club). (Dir.: Hideo Nakata, Japan, 1998, 96 min. 35mm, Japanese with English… Categories: After Five. Films. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:00 PM.