Tuesday, January 12, 2016

1937 Chinese movie Street Angel (马路天使) at leaf & plate, January 15.

The Shadyside tea house and restaurant leaf & plate will show the 1937 Chinese movie Street Angel (马路天使) on Friday, January 15. Wikipedia offers a synopsis:
The film deals with two sisters, Xiao Hong (Zhou Xuan) and Xiao Yun (Zhao Huishen) who have fled from the war in Northeast China to Shanghai, where they are living under the brutal thumb of their adoptive parents. Xiao Yun has already been forced into prostitution while her sister serves as a teahouse singer. Soon the sisters realize that the adoptive parents have decided to sell Xiao Hong to a wealthy patron, whereupon they seek the aid of their neighbors, a street musician, Xiao Chen (Zhao Dan), and his misfit friends.
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Praised for its portrayal of the downtrodden in Shanghai at the time of its release, today, Street Angel is often considered one of the classics of the "leftist" filmmaking period that reached its peak in the 1930s.
The film is in the public domain and is available on Youku or with English subtitles on YouTube.
leaf & plate is located at 5884 Ellsworth Ave. (map) and
is a tea house/restaurant, as well as a cultural hub. We serve authentic Northwestern Chinese cuisine, traditional/rare Chinese tea and wellness tea. We curate films, arts, diverse cultural experience, and intellectual communities.
It routinely hosts Chinese movie nights, as well as other events and gatherings throughout the week. More information about events is available at its website.