Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hong Kong film Floating City (浮城) at Maridon Museum, May 28.

The Maridon Museum will show the 2012 film Floating City (浮城) as the final installment of its Hong Kong Film Series this spring. An excerpt from a PopMatters review, which calls Floating City "an incredibly beautiful movie":
This Cantonese-language film begins in the ‘40s, when the British East India Company had vast control over Hong Kong’s citizens and society. Our main character is born into this dichotomy of two worlds, but fits into neither. Bo Wah Chuen is born to a Chinese mother, but has red hair and blue eyes. His mother abandons him to the priests and he is almost miraculously adopted into a new family by an ethnic Tanka mother who recently suffered a miscarriage (actress Josie Ho in a brilliantly dramatic performance).

As Bo grows to manhood he is denied access to the basic rights of Chinese children (he is forced to blacken his hair with shoe polish to attend school) and is equally ostracized by the British upper crust due to his mixed blood and Tanka upbringing. The Chinese call him by the name “Mixed”, the British refer to him as “Half-Breed”.
The film starts at 6:00 pm. The Maridon, an Asian art museum, is located at 322 N. McKean St. in downtown Butler (map), roughly 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.