November 2005 Views
International Movie Night, Club Indigo to show Chinese films
By Joe Kirkish
HOUGHTON -- Two very different Chinese films will be shown this week -- the first as the kick-off event for Michigan Tech's monthly International Movie Night and the second as Club Indigo's November feature.
The award-winning documentary Mardi Gras: Made in China will begin
the MTU International Movie Night series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 135 of Fisher Hall on the Michigan Tech campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Winner of over 15 international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China was created to reveal the irony between the making of plastic beads for the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans by young
Chinese girls in the largest Mardi Gras bead factory in the world and the use of them in the pre-Lenten season. It reveals that the girls -- who must live in local dormitories, work up to 14 hours a day, 6 days a week, for about 10 cents an hour -- suffer indignities and punishments if they do not make their quotas. The movie goes back and forth between the factory workers and the revelers in New Orleans, with startling insights into the impact of
multinational corporations on the lives of these Chinese women workers.
International Movie Night, spearheaded by the Office of International Programs and Services, will bring a top international feature or
documentary to Michigan Tech every month. The presentations will include panel discussions on the featured film.
In addition, each movie will be preceded by ethnic snacks prepared and sold by cultural groups from MTU and the local community.
Wednesday's snacks will be served by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, in cooperation with Memorial Union Catering.*
Club Indigo to present Shaolin Soccer Nov. 18
On Friday, Nov. 18, at the Calumet Theatre, the Club Indigo food/film event for November has been changed to another Chinese movie --
Shaolin Soccer -- written, directed and starred in by Stephen Chow, who has made an international name for himself with his satires on two famous Chinese sports: kung fu and soccer.
A Chinese buffet from the Ming Asian Bistro (formerly Ming Gardens) will be served at 6
p. m., followed by the movie at 7:15 p. m. The movie has been hailed by one critic as "...a likable no-brainer, half buoyant goof, half groaner, all Chow" and by another, "an infectious knockabout kung fu comedy with amusing special effects ('Crouching Tiger' style) combined with breathtaking stunts."
It has also been described as "over-the-top mugging that defines the story of a ragtag soccer team that uses Shaolin kung fu to vanquish its foes in the big tournament."
Shaolin Socceer is sponsored by the Isle Royal Ferry Service of Copper Harbor, Capt. Don Kilpela proprietor. Cost for buffet and movie, still $15; movie alone, $5. Half fare for children for this PG-rated film. Reservations for the buffet: call the theatre at least a day in advance: 337-2610.
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