This Tuesday Sub-Cinema presents Franco Rosso´s film Babylon from 1980
Have you discovered Sub-Cinema, the new bi-weekly film screenings that started taking place at Dada last month? Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month you can watch cult classics, B-movies, independent cinema and documentaries – all for free! This week it´s time for Babylon, Franco Rosso´s film about black youth growing up in South London.
Babylon, one of the most highly regarded cult British films of the 1980s crashes upon us tomorrow, accompanied with free popcorn and drink specials all night! Babylon is a strong and fiery film built on a mix of music and social commentary to tell the story of the life of a small group of working class black youths living in South London in the early 1980s.
A plot description from City Weekend:
Sound system ‘toaster’ Blue and his Ital Lion crew are looking forward to a soundclash competition with rival outfit Jah Shaka, but as the event approaches, Blue’s personal life begins to unravel. Increasingly angered and alienated by what he percieves to be society’s rejection of his race and culture, Blue is compelled to respond by fighting fire with fire.
Franco Rosso partially based Babylon on his own experiences growing up in a racially divided Streatham, Brixton. He had previously done a film together with dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, who was “keen on” the making of this new movie. In an interview Rosso describes how the movie came about, the reception of it, and also his views on racism in England:
Nobody had ever tried to do that kind of thing before and it shook up a lot of people really, because it was, of course, what everyone was aware of, but nobody had actually put onto film.
Babylon is not just an important social commentary and a cool visual experience, it´s also known as a musical treat, with beats composed and arranged by Dennis Bovell and Aswad, and appearances by soundsystems such as Jah Shaka, Mighty Observer and Rootsman Hi-Hi as Ital Lion.
Where: Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu,
near Fahuazhen Lu
Starts: Tuesday 10th November, at 9pm
Cover: Free entrance
Some event info from Dada:
Doors open at 7pm and screenings will commence at 9pm sharp, with music provided before and after by Sub-Culture selectors Drunk Monk and Deville. All films will be shown with Chinese sub-titles, or in Chinese language, whenever possible. Seating will be arranged for optimal viewing of the film on the projector screen.
Dada has previously screened Coffy and Dark City, and so Babylon is the third one out. Do not miss!
Check out what other movies are showing in Shanghai this coming week after the jump. Links lead to info about times and venues.
- Shanghai Amateur Film Festival: Join independent filmmakers, actors, writers, and film enthusiasts for this full-day celebration of film, featuring short screenings from four continents and a mini-award ceremony. Observe or take part in the shooting of three scenes on location for our independent documentary-style film about living and working in Shanghai.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE MOVIES
- The Fall: Vienna Café offers a free screening of The Fall: a fantasy movie where a hospitalized man tells a fantastic tale to a child and brings her into a magic world where anything is possible. Presented by David Fincher and Spike Jonze, The Fall is an awe-inspiring cinematic tour de force. English with Chinese subtitles.
- Golf Kid (球道): IIn a rags to riches story, a poor kid from a garbage dump becomes a golfing pro based on the words of his beloved uncle. But can he face seemingly unsurmountable odds once he finds out that part of his past was based in a lie?
- 2012: Ever get chills from the Mayan prophecy that predicts the world will end on December 21, 2012? Sony Pictures’ upcoming disaster drama 2012 simulates the catastrophic happenings of the last days of the earth with plenty of epic floods and destruction. The Day after Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich helms. John Cusack and Amanda Peet star. The film boasts a sky-high US$200 million budget and breath-taking special effects. In English with Chinese subtitles
- Diamond Dogs (唐卡迷踪): “Diamond Dogs” is the story of a group of American fortune hunters, who come to China looking for a long-lost-treasure. During the Soviet crack-down on religion in the 1930’s, a priceless Buddhist artifact, a Tangka was taken across the border to China and hidden in the mountains. The fortune hunters need a guide and protection on the trip, so they hire an American ex-pat, Ronson. He’s ex-Army and living an existence in Inner-Mongolia of drinks, women and bare-knuckle fights. The group takes off into the Mongolian mountains on a trek that will change their lives forever. King of the B-Movie action film, Dolph Lundgren (best known for his role as Captain Ivan Drago in Rocky IV), plays Xander Ronson in Diamond Dogs.
- Michael Jackson´s This Is It (迈克尔·杰克逊：就是这样): Fans of Michael Jackson: get a glimpse of the King of Pop’s last days with this documentary. Pieced together from more than 100 hours footage of Jackson’s rehearsals of his comeback London concert tour, this highly anticipated film offers you a private look into the late superstar’s life through on-stage and behind-the-scene material. In English with Chinese subtitles.
- Knowing (神秘代码): Nicolas Cage continues his action thriller career in Alex Proyas’ latest production. The plot focuses on elementary school student Caleb and his father John as they discover a string of numbers that match with dates of disasters over the past 50 years, including the numbers of people who died. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- Astro Boy (阿童木): An origin story set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist, Dr. Tenma, in the image of the son he had lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, becoming part of a group of rowdy kids led by a girl named Cora, experiencing betrayal, and a netherworld of robot gladiators led by the greedy ring master, Ham Egg…
- The Taking of Pelham 123 (地铁惊魂): Tony Scott directs this remake of the original Palomar Production/Walter Matthau-starring thriller from 1974 with this Columbia Pictures production that pits Denzel Washington and John Turtorro against a group of hijackers, lead by John Travolta, who take over a subway train in order to rake in a hefty ransom. David Koepp (War of the Worlds) is adapting the book by author John Godey.
- Rouge Crocodile (逃亡鳄鱼岛): Pete is an American travel writer on assignment in the Australian outback. While taking a river cruise he finds himself stuck with a collection of interesting characters, including Kate, the local tour guide. When their boat is rammed by something from below, the tour is thrown into disarray and they become stranded on a tiny mud island. As night falls and the tide starts to rise, the group slowly realise they are being stalked by a huge saltwater crocodile, beginning a terrifying struggle for survival in one of the most remote places in the world.
CHINESE LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Psalm Of Life (燃烧的生命): The Psalm of Life: In the late 90s, China’s coal industry is in transition. Three mines which employ nearly 50,000 families are on the brink of destruction. But a resolute mining official comes in to try< and rescue everyone. Battling interference, incompetent middle-level officials and other problems, the official and the community manage to rescue the mines.
- Master Xuan Zhang (玄奘大师): A live action retelling of Journey to the West, this movie follows the monk Xuanzhang as he goes to India in search of Buddhist scriptures. While most movies focus on his adventures with the Monkey King, this one looks to present a more realistic, less fairy tale-like portrayal of the famous historical figure.
- Glittering Days (万家灯火): The film revolves around the changes that happen in a community in the southern part of Beijing. The characters are residents that live in a small congested courtyard but finally get to move into the apartment they´ve longed for.
- My Airhostess Roommate (恋爱前规则): Beautiful stewardess Ranjing meets Otaku Lu Fei after a night out on town and through a series of mishaps, they become roommates in her duplex apartment. And then they fall in love. Adapted from an ultra popular internet novel “Diary of Living with an Airhostess.”
- Love At Seventh Sight (7天爱上你): He is an audio technician, an unromantic man looking for the most romantic sound on earth. In an unexpected encounter, he comes across two of the most romantic things—- a beautiful recreational vehicle and its beautiful owner. The girl loves to travel the world and the boy hopes to find the most soul-soothing sound in nature. Pursuing their dreams, they decide to travel together in the recreational vehicle.
- Stubborn Radish (倔强萝卜): An amateur scientist plans to dig a tunnel to steal back some money from his ex-best friend now worst foe. Starring Huang Bo.
- Qiu Xi (秋喜): The romantic spy thriller “Qiu Xi” by director Sun Zhou, takes place in wartime Guangzhou before the country’s liberation by the Communist Party of China in 1949. A young woman named Qiu Xi is a “boat person”, or Tanka, living in the coastal area of Guangdong Province. Qiu Xi, (Jiang Yiyan), becomes a servant to Yan Haiqing, (Guo Xiaodong). She finds herself falling for the undercover communist agent who works with the Kuomintang regime that ruled China until 1949. The story unfolds as the two fall for each other but are kept at distance because of the wartime situation. The 45-million-yuan film comes several years after Sun Zhou’s widely acclaimed movies “Zhou Yu’s Train” in 2002 and “Breaking the Silence” in 2000. His films are known for their exploration of humanity and the genuinely virtuous nature of people.
- The Message (Feng Sheng, 风声): “The Message” is set in Japanese-occupied China in 1942. It tells a story of a Japanese spy chief trying to identify a Chinese agent from a group of suspects. Produced by China’s leading entertainment producer Huayi Brothers, the film is the company’s tribute to the 60th birthday of the People’s Republic of China. Riding the popularity of the TV series and play of the same name, this espionage flick features Zhou Xun, Zhang Hanyu and Li Bingbing. Mandarin only.
- The Foundation Of A Republic (建国大业): This offering from China Film Board chairman Sanping Han tells the story of the founding of the PRC, in celebration of the country’s birthday. Chinese megacelebrities Chen Kaige, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Chen Daoming and Ge You star. Mandarin only.
- The Warrior and The Wolf (狼灾记, Lang zai ji): This costume fantasy drama is the latest production by China´s influential director and producer Tian Zhuangzhuang. Set in the Qing Dynasty, the plot follows a warrior and his foreign lover. Their romantic encounters lead to a supernatural event. Japanese star Joe Odagiri, Taiwanese actor Tuo Zonghua and American diva Maggie Q star. Mandarin only.
- My Fair Gentleman (窈窕绅士, Yao Tiao Shen Shi): My Fair Gentleman” follows the romantic pursuit of a newly rich businessman obsessed with a female entertainer. Through the hilarious quest for a woman he thinks is the love of his life, the vulgar rich man transforms himself, as well as the object of his affection. In the end, he becomes a perfect gentleman.
- Wheat (麦田): Award-winning Chinese director He Ping creates a new costume drama featuring Wang Zhiwen, Fan Bingbing, Huang Jue and Wang Ji. The film opened to enthusiastic crowds at this year´s Shanghai International Film Festival and follows the adventures of two army deserters in an entirely female kingdom during the Warring States Period. Mandarin only.
OTHER LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Nepobedimyy (特工008): Chronicles the adventures of Russian special intelligence agent Yegor Kremnyov. It involves fugitive oligarchs, western crime syndicates and top-secret papers. Languages: Russian / English.
- Scandal Makers (非常主播): Head over to watch this ubiquitous Korean romantic comedy featuring Cha Tae-hyeon and Park Bao-young. Cha stars as a show talk presenter whose program gains instant popularity from a single mother’s story. However, Cha’s life is turned upside down when the single mother shows up at his home with her six-year-old son. Language TBD.