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Lou Ye's Romances

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Summer Palace

Lou Ye China, 2006

expired 428 days ago

After his memory-clouded Purple Butterfly, Lou Ye opted for greater directness in his next romance, set among Beijing students during the 1980s. Featuring both Chinese film’s first full nudity and overt reference to the Tiananmen Square police action, he was banned from filmmaking for 5 years.

Purple Butterfly

Lou Ye China, 2003

expired 429 days ago

Our double feature this week are two sumptuous 20th century romances by 6th Generation Chinese director Lou Ye. He followed his Wong Kar-wai inspired hit Suzhou River with this gorgeous wartime love story that bends and warps time, memory, trauma and love between lovers separated by war and nation.

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