Beautiful 2013

Directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Wu Nien-jen, Lu Yue & Mabel Cheung

CINEMASIA / Hong Kong / 2013 / Experimental, Martial Arts, Narrative / 100 mins / Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, Putonghau with English subtitles / Color / San Francisco Premiere



Beauty is in the eyes of multiple beholders in this anthology of four of Asia’s most iridescent talents: Japan’s Kurosawa Kiyoshi (CURE), Taiwan’s Wu Nien-jen (Hsiao-hsien’s A CITY OF SADNESS), China’s Lu Yue (Zhang Yimou’s SHANGHAI TRIAD) and Hong Kong’s Mabel Cheung (AN AUTUMN’S TALE). In Kurasowa’s “Beautiful New Bay Area Project,” an oddball development director falls for an attractive dockworker, but when he snatches her nameplate from work, he unleashes the feisty kung fu vigilante hidden beneath her innocent veneer. In Wu’s “A New Year, The Same Days,” a beleaguered family man, with a nagging wife and two kids addicted to technology, experiences an existential crisis with comical results. In Lu’s “1 Dimension,” spectacular black and white silhouettes visualize the legend of “Prince Piety from the Land of Toto,” a chosen son whose skills of deciphering good from evil are put to a fatal test. In Cheung’s “Indigo,” veteran actress Elaine Jin (Edward Yang’s YI YI) juggles the demands of a nightclub career, an autistic son and a disregarded daughter gone rogue.

- Curran Nault


Executive Producer: Alex Law, Luke Lu, Zeo Xie
Producer: David Cao, Victor Koo, Cheng Nien-hsiang, Hara Takeshi, Sonic Yao
Writer: Mabel Cheung, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Alex Law, Wu Nien-jen
Cinematographer: Chang Hisang-yu, Derek Ng, Saitoh Ryo
Editor: Ian Lin, Sakugawa Mizuki
Sound: Zhou Lei, Johno Naoki, Chang Surf, Davy To, Kinson Tsang
Cast: Elaine Jin, Mita Mao, Lin Mei-hsiu, Lo Pei-an, Jia Shen, Emoto Tasuku, Chao Wei, Wang Zhou-ling

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Beautiful 2013

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 16, 2014 3:30 pm
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The New Parkway Theater
March 22, 2014 12:30 pm
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