Asia and the Pacific Screens
In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子
5:15pm - 7:30pm
07 Jun 2016
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
1994, 128mins, China
Directed by Jiang Wen 姜文
Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Actor Jiang Wen’s directorial debut, In the Heat of the Sun tells the story of a Beijing summer during the Cultural Revolution, adapted from the 1991 novel Wild Beasts 动物凶猛 by Wang Shuo 王朔. Like many teenagers at the time, Ma Xiaojun’s parents are largely absent, so he roams Beijing with his friends, looking for adventure, waging street battles and discovering love. Seemingly nostalgic, Jiang’s dreamy treatment of this historical period also comments on the creative nature of our childhood memories and the role this plays in the Cultural Revolution’s legacy.
This screening is the first film of the June Four, Three Films special series, it will be followed by a short informal discussion with Dr. Ying Qian, Assistant Professor, Columbia University.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Five: Made in Hong Kong, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.