Events: Cine-East Film Series


Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and Screen/Society present:

CINE-EAST Fall 2015
East Asian Film Series

Co-sponsored by The Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and
The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

CINEeast Fall Film Series
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 PM

Richard White Lecture Hall 107, Duke East Campus

Poetry 시
A South Korean Film Directed by Chang-dong Lee 이창동, 2010

A sixty-something woman, faced with a crippling medical diagnosis and the discovery of a heinous family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. Chang-dong Lee's follow-up to his acclaimed Secret Sunshine is a masterful study of the subtle empowerment and moral compass of an elderly woman. For more info, please click here.

Introduced by Professor Kayoing Aimee Kwon in AMES.

CINEeast Fall Film Series
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7:00 pm
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus

A Selection of Shigeko Kubota’s Work


Shigeko Kubota (1937-2015) was a Japanese video artist, sculptor and avant-garde performance artist. She lived in New York City. Kubota is known for constructing sculptural installations with a strong DIY aesthetic, which include sculptures with embedded monitors playing her original videos. She was a key member and influence on Fluxus.

Film Screening:

Marcel Duchamp and John Cage

(1972, 28:27 min, B&W and color, sound)

In elegiac work, Kubota explores the relationship between two of the most influential figures in 20th century art and music. The core images are Kubota's own photographs of the famous 1968 chess match between Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, in which the board, wired for sound, functioned as a musical instrument. Recordings of Cage's compositions accompany the stills and video footage, which Kubota electronically processes to abstraction.

Video Girls and Video Songs for Navajo Sky 

(1973, 32 min, B&W and color, sound)

Kubota narrates this surrealistic video diary of her month-long sojourn with a Navajo family on a reservation in Chinle, Arizona. She talks to the women as they cross the desert in a horse-drawn carriage to fetch water from the nearest well, and captures footage of tribal songs and dances, children's pranks and a local rodeo. Despite the language barrier between the Japanese Kubota and the English-speaking Native Americans, the artist befriends her subjects through sheer force of personality. Kubota relates to her subjects less like a documentary observer and more like a distant relative, with humor and affection.

My Father

(1973-75, 16 min, B&W, sound)

 "Father, why did you die?" With this deeply intimate statement of grief, Kubota mourns the death of her father. Video and television are central to her ritual of mourning, and allow her father to assume a presence after death. Kubota and her father, who was dying of cancer in Japan, are seen watching television together on New Year's Eve. The suffering of father and daughter is rendered even more poignant when contrasted with the everyday banality of the pop music and New Year's celebrations on TV. After his death, Kubota weeps alone in front of a video monitor. Awash with tears and personal pain, My Father is a cathartic exorcism of grief, with video serving as witness and memory.

Sexual Healing

(1998, 4 min, color, sound)

This chapter of Kubota's ongoing video diary is an intimate and humorous portrait of her husband, artist Nam June Paik, as he undergoes physical therapy after an illness.


CINEeast Fall Film Series
Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus

A Chronicle of My Cultural Revolution
(Xu Xing, 2008, China, 121 min. Color, DVD)

Xu Xing's recent documentary examines the impact of the Cultural Revolution on China through interviews with those who lived it.

CINEeast Fall Film Series
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus

Summary of Crimes
(Xu Xing, 2014, 135 min, China, in Mandarin w/ English subtitles, Color, DVD)

The documentary relates the true story of a dozen "active counterrevolutionary" peasants who were arrested and jailed. Their crime was exercising free speech in Zhejiang Province during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).


CINEeast Fall Film Series
Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 pm
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus

(Hayao Miyazaki, 2008, 101 min, Japan, in Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Color, Digital)

Introduced by Casey Herbert in AMI and Eileen Cheng-yin Chow in AMES. For more info, please click here.

Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Little Mermaid". A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo's father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. In her quest to become human and reunite with Sosuke, Ponyo stumbles upon and releases her father's magical Water of Life and triggers a gigantic storm. Now balance must be restored to the world they all cherish.




CINEeast Fall Film Series
Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 pm
Richard White Lecture Hall
Like Father, Like Son
(Hirokazu Koreeda, 2013, 135min., Japan, in Japanese w/English subtitles, Color, Blu-Ray)

Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori (Machiko Ono) and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. "Like Father, Like Son" extends the Japanese cinema tradition of familial exploration to deliver a gentle and moving story of personal redemption that playfully navigates its way through the drama. /--" What stays with you ... is the unlikely shadow of loss, not least in the hearts of the boys' mothers: how can a loving child, even the 'wrong' one, be let go?"--Antony Lane, "New Yorker" / Trailer:


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