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Gong Li in Tang Dynasty period costume.
Gong Li in Curse of the Golden Flower

Season

Epic Intimacy: The Cinema of Zhang Yimou & Gong Li

6 Mar - 15 Mar

For over three decades, the filmmaking partnership between actress Gong Li and director Zhang Yimou has produced some of mainland China’s most enduring imagery and arresting tales. One of the leading proponents of the Chinese Fifth Generation, Yimou cast Gong Li, a then unknown drama student in his directorial debut, Red Sorghum (1987), and so began their prolific artistic collaboration. They parted ways shortly before the 1995 release of Shanghai Triad but reunited for the dazzling The Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). For their latest collaboration, Coming Home (2014), the legendary couple returns for one of the year’s most anticipated releases.

ACMI wishes to thank the following individuals and institutions for their assistance with this season: Kiki Fung, Sheree Kumar, China Film Archive - Yanrong Tan, Shanghai Film Studio.

Curated by Kristy Matheson.

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