China Onscreen Biennial: Animated, Golden and Restored (International Restoration 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
Monday, October 22, 20128:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This selection of animated shorts digitally restored by the China Film Archive offers a rare glimpse of the luminous output of the Shanghai Animation Film Studio during the 1950s-’60s and late 1970s-’80s, often considered the twin Golden Ages of Chinese animation. Featured are vibrant paper-cut animation by one of the pioneering Wan brothers; ink-wash masterpieces co-directed by ASIFA lifetime achievement honoree Te Wei, possibly the only animator ever from China to be so recognized; A Da’s playful modernism; and as a bonus, China’s earliest extant animation (showing Disney and Fleischer influences to boot).
– Cheng-Sim Lim
THE MOUSE AND THE FROG 1934
Producer: Wan BrothersHDCAM, b&w, silent with English subtitles, 15 min.
PIGSY EATS WATERMELON 1958
Director: Wan Guchan. Screenwriter: Bao Lei. Cinematographer: Chen Zhenghong. Production Designer: Zhang Tongxuan, Xie Yougen. Animation Director: Hu Jinqing, Qian Jiajun, Shen Zuwei, Che Hui. Composer: Wu Yingju.
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 20 min.
LITTLE TADPOLES LOOK FOR THEIR MOTHER 1960
Director/Screenwriter: Te Wei, Tang Cheng / Shanghai Animation Film Studio. Adapted from the story by Fang Huizhen and Sheng Lude. Cinematographer: Duan Xiaoxuan, You Yong, Wang Shirong. Production Designer: Te Wei. Animation Design: Tang Cheng, Wu Qiang, Yan Dingxian, Xu Jingda, Dai Tielang. Background Design: Zheng Shaoru, Fang Pengnian. Composer: Wu Yingju.
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 10 min.
THE COWHERD’S FLUTE 1963
Director: Te Wei, Qian Jiajun. Screenwriter: Te Wei. Cinematographer: Duan Xiaoxuan. Animation Design: Wu Qiang, Jiao Yesong, Lin Wenxiao, Dai Tielang. Background Design: Fang Jizhong. Painter: Fang Pengnian, Qin Yizhen. Flute Solo: Lu Chunling.
HDCAM, color, 20 min.
THREE MONKS 1980
Director: A Da. Screenwriter: Bao Lei. Cinematographer: You Yong. Character Design: Han Yu. Animation Design: Ma Kexuan, Fan Madi, Zhuang Minjin, Xu Xuande, Qin Baoyi. Background Design: Chen Nianxi. Background Artist: You Xiannui. Composer: Jin Fuzai.
HDCAM, color, 20 min.
TRT: 85 min.
Sponsor(s): Confucius Institute, Center for Chinese Studies