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Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:30 PMM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(1985 | 114 minutes | Film | Directed by Juzo Itami)

Japanese director Juzo Itami's rapturous "ramen western" returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect ramen recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gourmet gangster. Sweet, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.




The Search for General Tso film

The Search for General Tso
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
(2014 | 75 minutes | Documentary | Directed by Ian Cheney)

This mouthwateringly entertaining documentary travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso's chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the United States. But just who was General Tso? How did his chicken recipe become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? Director Ian Cheney journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish.




Spring 2017 Films

golden gate girls film

Golden Gate Girls
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(2014 | 90 minutes | Documentary | Directed by Louisa Wei)

Louisa Wei’s documentary is about Esther Eng, the most prominent woman director in Hong Kong in the 1930s and the first woman Chinese-language film director in the United States. A San Francisco native and open lesbian, Eng’s contribution to film history has been sadly overlooked and her 11 feature films are mostly lost. With a captivating archive of newly discovered images and interviews with those who knew her, Wei uncovers a rich chapter of film history that challenges gender and racial hierarchies in Hollywood and Hong Kong.

Co-presented with the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University

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Sriracha film

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(2013 | 33 minutes | Documentary | Directed by Griffin Hammond)

Invented by Vietnamese refugee David Tran, Sriracha is an ubiquitous international Asian chili sauce that has grown explosively popular in the West. In this short documentary, filmmaker Griffin Hammond traces the origins of the incredibly in-demand condiment that has addicted many a palate. Die-hard Sriracha lovers are welcome!

Discussion and Q&A led by film director Griffin Hammond and Timothy August, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at SBU

Co-presented with the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University

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Back to 1942 film

BACK TO 1942
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(2012 | 146 minutes | Historical Drama | Directed by Feng Xiaogang)

The year 1942 was one of the darkest moments in the history of China, one that must never be forgotten. Acclaimed filmmaker Feng Xiaogang chronicles the human drama as a devastating famine ravaged the Henan Province, at a time when China was at war with and partially occupied by Japan. Based on a novel by Liu Zhenyun, Back to 1942 is a powerful and moving historical epic, drawing on eyewitness accounts of Pulitzer Prize–winning Time magazine journalist Theodore H. White, of an unimaginable disaster that is believed to have left more than three million dead.

Co-presented with the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University

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