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Film Screenings | State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes

Description
A filmmaker in search of unreturned Japanese soldiers, a mega rock star on a world tour, an unscrupulous filmmaker that wants you to see him as so, a local hawker turned martial arts avenger and a pimp with a heart of gold. The film selection represents a disparate gathering of characters upon this city-state. Thrown into the mix is the island’s many uncanny portrayals alongside these foreign and local men’s encountering of Singapore in the 1960s - 1980s.


IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA
(1971 | dir. Shohei Imamura)
Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG
8 January, Sunday, 6pm
4 February, Saturday, 6pm

Japanese film director Shohei Imamura follows one false lead after another as he tries to locate the unreturned Japanese in Singapore and Malaysia. These wrong turns take the filmmaker on a tour through the complexities of post-war Malaya, and allow him the time to air his outrage with the Japanese military's conduct in Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on the 1942 Sook Ching massacre.


THE WILD EYE
(1967 | dir. Paolo Cavara)
Language: English
Rating: M18 (Some Nudity)
8 January, Sunday, 8pm
5 February, Sunday, 6pm

An ambitious, cynical director plunges his crew and lover into constant danger and depravity as they travel around the world, including Singapore, in search of the new cinematic sensation. Dramatising and satirising the world of the Mondo film (from the Italian word for "world"), this drama examines the ethics of filmmaking as it chronicles the detached way in which a documentary maker exploits the misery of his subjects.


RING OF FURY
(1973 | dir. Tony Yeow and James Sebastian)
Language: Mandarin (with English and Chinese subtitles)
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
7 January, Saturday, 9pm
26 January, Thursday, 7pm
3 February, Friday, 8pm

Inspired by the kungfu craze sparked by Bruce Lee in the 1970s, Singapore’s first and only martial arts action film is a stylish tale of a humble noodle-seller turned pugilist battling against gangsters led by a man in an iron mask. Ring of Fury was famously banned before it was released for its portrayal of gangsterism at a time when Singapore was aggressively ‘cleaning up’.


RICOCHET
(1984 | dir. Gerry Troyna)
Language: English
Rating: M18 (Some Nudity and Brief Coarse Language)
6 January, Friday, 8pm
5 February, Saturday, 9pm

In December 1983, David Bowie's massive 'Serious Moonlight' tour arrived in Asia for three shows in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, virtually uncharted territory for major rock acts at the time. The resulting triptych depicts Bowie's strange encounters with other cultures in a hybrid documentary-fiction-diary film. In Singapore, he grapples with the city's contradictions, befriending Chinese Opera performers, drifting through alienating shopping malls, culminating in the troubled, almost cancelled concert in the National Stadium.


SAINT JACK
(1979 | dir. Peter Bogdanovich)
Language: English
Rating: M18 (Some Nudity)
7 January, Saturday, 5pm
24 January, Tuesday, 7pm
4 February, Saturday, 8pm

As a savvy American pimp trying to make his fortune in Singapore, Jack Flowers oscillates between the hot humid world of the Chinese triads and the sordid opulence of his Western customers. Adapted from a 1973 novel by Paul Theroux, the film essentially depicts a man’s desire to forge a reasonably honorable life in a dishonorable profession. As the first Hollywood movie to be filmed entirely on location in Singapore, it was also famously banned for decades in Singapore because of its unsavoury portrayal of the nation-state in the 1970s.

KARAYUKI-SAN: THE MAKING OF A PROSTITUTE
(1975 | dir. Shohei Imamura)
Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG
2 February, Thursday, 8pm

A film about another kind of "unreturned soldier" Shohei Imamura has profiled elsewhere, the film finds the filmmaker traveling to Malaysia to interview Kukuyo Zendo, one of the countless Japanese women who were kidnapped or otherwise sold into sexual slavery in order to service the Japanese military in Southeast Asia.

74 years old at the time of filming, she offers a frank and harrowing testimony into her horrific wartime experiences, and the factors that have led her to choose exile over repatriation.

Tickets are free with registration. Please check film ratings before registering.


ABOUT STATE OF MOTION 2017: THROUGH STRANGER EYES
Cinema is rife with strange encounters where films serve as records of collisions between people and places.
The 2017 edition of State of Motion delves into the history of Singapore cinema to explore the many film locations and the city-state’s mutability as an actor. Different Singapore(s), alien yet recognisable, are uncovered through a selection of films that were shot amidst a transforming post-independent nation.

Audiences are encouraged to not only look back, but to traverse through the many different imaginations of Singapore, as seen through stranger eyes.

Curated by Kent Chan
Supported by Singapore Film Locations Archive
Presented by Asian Film Archive as part of Singapore Art Week 2017

Visit www.stateofmotion.sg for more information.
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Jan 6 - Feb 5, 2017
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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Venue
The Plaza, National Library Building
Tickets
RICOCHET - 6 January 2017, 8PM FULL
RICOCHET - 5 February 2017, 9PM FULL
SAINT JACK - 7 January 2017, 5PM FULL
SAINT JACK - 24 January 2017, 7PM FULL
SAINT JACK - 4 February 2017, 8PM FULL
RING OF FURY - 7 January 2017, 9PM FULL
RING OF FURY - 26 January 2017, 7PM FULL
RING OF FURY - 3 February 2017, 8PM FULL
THE WILD EYE - 8 January 2017, 8PM FULL
THE WILD EYE - 5 February 2017, 6PM FULL
IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA - 8 January 2017, 6PM FULL
IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS IN MALAYSIA - 4 February 2017, 6PM FULL
KARAYUKI-SAN, THE MAKING OF A PROSTITUTE - 2 February 2017, 8PM FULL
Venue Address
100 Victoria Street Singapore
Organizer
Asian Film Archive
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