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China Onscreen Biennial: Sauna On Moon (嫦娥) US Premiere

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
UCLA Film & Television Archive Billy Wilder Theater, The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90024

Director/Screenwriter/Production Designer: Zou Peng. Producer: Chen Zhiheng. Cinematographer: Yu Lik-wai. Editor: Wenders Li. Sound: Zhang Yang. Composer: Wang Lei. Cast: Wu Yuchi, Yang Xiaomin, Lei Ting, Zhan Yi, Meng Yan.

Zou Peng’s dazzling second feature witnesses life at a boisterous sauna/brothel in the Southern Chinese industrial heartland of Guangdong. The sauna workers, older and younger women alike, observe a brisk regimen of rehearsing the art of providing pleasure, in the interest of creating the region’s leading pleasure palace for high-rolling “special guests.” Zou eschews easy moralistic conclusions about the politics of power, preferring instead to portray a social ecology built around the unabashed pursuit and uses of money. The fantastical factory that is the sauna becomes a vortex of ironies, prompting both scopophilic pleasure and an uncanny catalog of the effects of China’s economic divides. – Shannon Kelley

35mm, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 93 min.

Preceded by

North American Premiere


Director/Producer/Editor: Zhang Qing. Cast: Wang Zhixin, Lu Yuzhen, Lu Tinghai, Zhang Weicheng.

Zhang Qing employs the ubiquity of CCTV cameras to amplify a cheeky satire, with multiple video feeds revealing the super-human good works of a party secretary who single-handedly defends pensioners, roots out corruption and shepherds a whole village from poverty to prosperity. An English voiceover recounts these righteous feats in a style that echoes Chinese TV of the 1980s. – Paul Malcolm

DVD, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 18 min. 

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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