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Film: "Men on the Dragon"
Film: "Men on the Dragon"
WhenSunday, July 28, 2019, 2 PM
SponsorFreer and Sackler Galleries
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationMeyer Auditorium

In person: Sunny Chan, director; Jennifer Yu, actress; Kenny Wong, actor; and members of DC Dragons dragon boat club.

View the trailer,

In this feel-good indie hit, four corporate employees join the company’s dragon boat racing team to avoid falling victim to a round of layoffs, only to find that becoming middle-aged athletes improves their troubled personal lives as well. Sweet-natured and gently humorous, this directorial debut by screenwriter and relationship columnist Sunny Chan features thrilling racing scenes and garnered nine Hong Kong Film Awards nominations. It is, in the words of South China Morning Post film critic Edmund Lee, a “life-affirming gem of a film that, while never hesitating to milk its protagonists' misfortunes for laughs, stays sympathetic till the end.” (Dir.: Sunny Chan, Hong Kong, 2018, 92 min., DCP, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)

After the screening, learn about dragon boat racing in DC and try your hand on a rowing machine used by racers to train.

Printed: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:26 AM PST