24 City (and Why 2009 Cinema Will Be Awesome)

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2009 will rule. First, check out Playlist’s 60 Most Anticipated Films and Twitchfilm’s Arthouse Cinema 2009, then consider these Asian directors with new films hitting America (or bootleg) by year’s end –

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse), Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes & a Century), Shinji Aoyama (Eureka), Tsai Ming-Liang (What Time is it There?), Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows), Sion Sono (Suicide Club), Katsuhito Ishii (Taste of Tea), Kim Ki Duk (3-Iron), Lee Chang-Dong (Oasis), Bong Joon-Ho (The Host), Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy), Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe), Lu Chuan (Kekexili), and of course, Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer).

Last but not least, there’s Jia Zhang-ke, director of last year’s stunning Still Life. Every film he makes is a masterpiece, and his newest effort 24 City is playing in Minneapolis next weekend.

Blending fiction and documentary, Jia Zhang-ke puts a human face on the consequences of rapid industrial and economic growth in China. Shot in Chengdu, in the Sichuan province, the film documents the development of state-owned Factory 420 from the 1950s to the present. Once booming, it was demolished in 2007 to make room for an upscale apartment complex.

24 City
Fri. Jan. 30 – Sat. Jan. 31
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
7:30 PM l $8

24 City – Trailer

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 1:23 pm