Asian Restored Classics 2017

In booming Taipei, the seemingly bright future of a pair of childhood lovers is steadily weighed down by the past. Former baseball player Lung and yuppie career woman Chin face familial obligations, furtive lovers, and a growing sense of modern malaise to chase their elusive dreams of marriage and migration.

A key film of New Taiwan Cinema, Edward Yang’s sophomore feature stars director Hou Hsiao-hsien and pop singer Tsai Chin in an affecting portrait of a generation, and city, caught in the throes of change.

DIRECTOR: EDWARD YANG
RUNTIME: 110 MIN
LANGUAGE: MANDARIN, HOKKIEN (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: NC16 (SOME COARSE LANGUAGE)

Shin, a nobleman, and his wife have been trying to conceive a male heir to continue his family name. The couple’s difficulty in conceiving lead Shin into a forbidden relationship with the young servant girl selected as the family’s surrogate wife. The lovers persevere even as their passionate affair is doomed from the start.

A celebrated Korean classic, the film brings to light the female plight in past and present Korean society. The film was critically acclaimed at its release, winning the Best Actress award at the 44th Venice Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: IM KWON-TAEK
RUNTIME: 100 MIN
LANGUAGE: KOREAN (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: M18 (SEXUAL SCENES)

This musical comedy tells the story of a Tokyo exotic dancer who returns to her hometown in rural Nagano prefecture in grand fashion. She causes a stir frolicking in revealing outfits and a scandal ensues when her family (and the rest of the town) discover the truth about her profession.

This monumental motion picture is Japan’s first colour film and is ranked as one of the most successful, widely-beloved comedies that Japan has ever produced.

DIRECTOR: KEISUKE KINOSHITA
RUNTIME: 103 MIN
LANGUAGE: JAPANESE (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG

This incomplete print of Japan’s oldest surviving colour talkie depicts a boatman whose engagement to his fiancée is disrupted when he is conscripted to fight in China. He is also searching for his long-lost mother and hopes to reunite with her before going off to war.

DIRECTOR: GENJIRO SAEGUSA
RUNTIME: 19 MIN
LANGUAGE: JAPANESE (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG

A young martial artist returns to Shanghai to learn that his master has died under suspicious circumstances. While investigating his master’s death, he fights to defend his martial arts school from a rival dojo and reclaim the dignity of the Chinese people from Japanese aggression.

With its blazing fight choreography and political overtones, Lo Wei’s Fist of Fury cemented itself as an integral part of Chinese cinema and identity. The legendary Bruce Lee also solidified his status as the undisputed king of kung fu with what is widely regarded as his finest film offering.

DIRECTOR: LO WEI
RUNTIME: 108 MIN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, CANTONESE, MANDARIN (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG13 (SOME VIOLENCE AND NUDITY)

Vijay is an unpublished poet, dismissed by his family and betrayed in love. He befriends Gulabo, a prostitute and she becomes his sole pillar of support. He sets out to carve a niche for himself in society but his recognition as a poet is continually thwarted. After a case of mistaken identity leads to ‘new-found’ fame, Vijay witnesses the hypocritical reality where living artists are scorned and profits are made from lies.

One of the most soulfully romantic works in Indian cinema, Pyaasa helped established the 1950s as Hindi cinema’s golden age. Rated as Time magazine’s top 100 best films of all time in 2005, and the top 10 romantic movies of all time in 2011.

DIRECTOR: GURU DUTT
RUNTIME: 144 MIN
LANGUAGE: HINDI (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG

Set before, during, and shortly after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, one family’s world is turned upside down amidst the dramatic changes in their country. An anthropology lecturer is accused of insulting the Shah while his daughter, a nurse in a suicide ward, is entangled in a love triangle. In the face of political upheaval, father and daughter encounter complex personal and moral dilemmas.

Screened only once in 1990 before its recovery, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s eighth film was partially destroyed, completely banned, then stolen and smuggled out of Iran for a second life.

DIRECTOR: MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF
RUNTIME: 63 MIN
LANGUAGE: PERSIAN (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG13 (SOME MATURE CONTENT)

A humble noodle-seller refuses to pay protection fees to a gang of thugs, resulting in tragedy befalling his family and loved one. To exact revenge, he learns martial arts to deal with the gang led by a mysterious man in an iron mask.

Inspired by the kungfu craze sparked by Bruce Lee in the 1970s, Ring of Fury is Singapore’s first and only martial arts film that was banned for 32 years.

DIRECTOR: TONY YEOW AND JAMES SEBASTIAN
RUNTIME: 78 MIN
LANGUAGE: MANDARIN (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG (SOME VIOLENCE)

Santi, a blind boy, and Vina, a strong and outspoken girl, are childhood sweethearts whose love for each other blossoms through their growing years. Krai, who vies for Vina’s heart, is determined to keep them apart. The karmic love triangle eventually leads to a tragic yet miraculous end.

Regarded as the holy grail of Thai cinema, Santi-Vina was Thailand’s first film to compete and garner critical international recognition. Lost and found after 60 years, Santi-Vina is the first Thai film to be screened at Cannes Classics in 2016.

DIRECTOR: THAVI NA BANGCHANG
RUNTIME: 114 MIN
LANGUAGE: THAI (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG

A trio of eligible, single sisters lives with their widowed father and ageing grandmother, who are more than eager to marry them off. Nunung, the eldest at 29, prefers to stay home to run the house while her younger siblings, Nana and Nenny, flirtatiously party outside. When Nunung unintentionally attracts a suitor, she ends up competing for his affection with her own sister, sparking off a riotous comedy of errors.

One of the most commercially successful Indonesian films of the 1950s, this romantic comedy-musical joyously captures the clash between tradition and modernity, intermingling fast-changing customs, fashions, settings, and song styles.

DIRECTOR: USMAR ISMAIL
RUNTIME: 115 MIN
LANGUAGE: BAHASA INDONESIA (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG

A young man from Rangoon rescues the granddaughter of a sawmill owner from an accident in the jungle. It was love at first sight for the two. However, the man gets caught in a series of unfortunate circumstances involving both sides of the law, thereby complicating his relationship with his new love and her grandfather.

A romantic comedy of its time, The Emerald Jungle is the oldest surviving film from Myanmar, one of less than 20 films left from the country’s over 90-year filmmaking history.

DIRECTOR: MAUNG TIN MAUNG
RUNTIME: 97 MIN
LANGUAGE: BURMESE (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG

Genghis Khan follows the eponymous leader of the Mongols in his adolescence, when he was known as Temujin, and the adventures that led to him ascending the throne. His humour and intelligence sees him emerging victorious against his opponents, winning the Man of Men contest, restoring his demolished hometown, and even winning the heart of the enemy commander’s daughter.

Genghis Khan is regarded as the film that first introduced and established the presence of Filipino cinema to the world when it was chosen in the main competition of the Venice International Film Festival in 1952.

DIRECTOR: MANUEL CONDE
RUNTIME: 88 MIN
LANGUAGE: TAGALOG (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
RATING: PG (BATTLE SCENES)

SHOWTIMES

CAPITOL
THEATRE
31 AUG 2017 (THURSDAY)
TAIPEI STORY
8.00pm
01 SEP 2017 (FRIDAY)
THE SURROGATE WOMAN
8.00pm
02 SEP 2017 (SATURDAY)
DOUBLE BILL
CARMEN COMES HOME &
SENNINBARI
4.00pm
02 SEP 2017 (SATURDAY)
FIST OF FURY
8.00pm
03 SEP 2017 (SUNDAY)
PYAASA
2.00pm
03 SEP 2017 (SUNDAY)
THE NIGHTS OF
ZAYANDEH-ROOD
5.30pm
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE, GALLERY THEATRE
08 SEP 2017 (FRIDAY)
RING OF FURY
8.00pm
09 SEP 2017 (SATURDAY)
SANTI – VINA
4.00pm
09 SEP 2017 (SATURDAY)
TIGA DARA
7.30pm
10 SEP 2017 (SUNDAY)
MYA GA NAING
3.00pm
10 SEP 2017 (SUNDAY)
GENGHIS KHAN
5.30pm

PRICING

S$13: General Public
S$11: Concession for Student (Local & Overseas), 
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and National Service Full-timers (NSF)
Singapore Film Society Members
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[Random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry. Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets.]

Tickets available via SISTIC online booking, phone booking +65 6348 5555 and at all SISTIC Outlets.

All films will be shown in their original language. Films with non-English dialogue will be screened with English subtitles. Please check film ratings before purchase of tickets.

ASIAN RESTORED
CLASSICS 2017

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The annual Asian Restored Classics (ARC) is a festival programme presented by the Asian Film Archive to celebrate the best of Asian cinema. The festival provides a platform for the iconic films that different institutions have restored to be appreciated by generations to come. Presenting 12 timeless restored masterpieces, ARC 2017 features nine Singapore premieres and has a special Southeast Asian focus.

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National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road, 178897

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