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China Onscreen Biennial: The Red Detachment of Women (1970)( 红色娘子军)

Part of the UCLA Confucius Institute's inaugural China Onscreen Biennial (银幕中国双年展)project, an unprecedented bicoastal collaboration among seven distinguished American educational and cultural organizations to promote US-China dialogue through the art of film. October 13-31, Los Angeles | October 26-11, Washington, DC

Friday, October 19, 2012
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Billy Wilder Theater, The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Director: Fu Jie, Pan Wenzhan. Producer: Beijing Film Studio. Adaptation: China Dance Drama Troupe. Cinematographer: Li Wen. Cast: Liu Qingtang, Xue Jinghua, Song Chen, Li Xinying, Li Chengxiang, Wan Qiwu.

The tumultuous Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), remembered now as a dark period of political violence in China, also saw the creation of spectacular works of art known as yangbanxi (revolutionary model dramas). Drawing upon Chinese opera, novels, and films, Western symphonic music, and even ballet, yangbanxi defined the culture of the Cultural Revolution. In this iconic 1970 ballet film, the heroine Wu Qinghua escapes from an evil landlord and becomes the leader of a women’s militia – guided all the while by a dashing Communist Party cadre. Courtesy of the China Film Archive, this is the first officially approved screening of the film in the US. The presentation also marks the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. – Robert Chi

35mm, color, 105 min.

Post-screening panel discussion moderated by UCLA professor Robert Chi; with Beijing opera master and former yangbanxi performer Qi Shufang; theater director Peter Sellars; and Director of UCLA’s Center for Chinese Studies Yan Yunxiang.  


Admission Tickets: 

UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tickets: $10 online. $9 general admission, $8 for non-UCLA students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required) if purchased at the box office only. Free admission for UCLA students (current ID required); free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office until 15 minutes before showtime, or the rush line afterwards. Online tickets available at; click on the individual program.

Parking: Museum parking lot; enter from Westwood Blvd, just north of Wilshire. $3 flat rate after 6:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays and all day on weekends.

Information:, 310.206.8013 

Sponsor(s): Confucius Institute, Center for Chinese Studies

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