NYFF28: Zhang Yimou’s “Ju Dou”

Posted by Daniel Rubinton on 4.30.2012

Our look back at the 50 Years of the New York Film Festival has finally hit the 90s. In an era of global change—with the Cold War coming to an end and the Gulf War just beginning—one thing was consistent: 28 years in, the New York Film Festival was still showing some of the best cinema from around the world. The 1990 edition showcased films from the Coen Brothers, Abel Ferrara, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, and Aki Kaurismäki, among many other talented artists. It also brought a stand-out from Zhang Yimou, Ju Dou. See it Tuesday at 6:15!

The Chinese filmmaker may be best known in the States for his films Hero and House of Flying Daggers. He also directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Needless to say, he is an imaginative artist capable of incredible things. Of his six films to play at NYFF, we are proud to share Ju Dou with audiences once again. It is a passionate and gripping drama told with stunning colors and incredible performances. This controversial film was banned in its native China, but earned the nation its first Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Why not make a night of it? For just $25, you can grab dinner and a movie, which includes delicious fare from Indie Food and Wine! And, of course, stay tuned to the blog for updates on more 50 Years of NYFF screenings, including Gus Van Sant's New Queer Cinema touchstone My Own Private Idaho (NYFF '91), Jane Campion's The Piano (NYFF '93) featuring an Oscar-winning performance by a young Anna Paquin, and seminal basketball doc Hoop Dreams (NYFF '94) with director Steve James in person!

Below is a list of the films that played alongside Ju Dou at NYFF '90:
Miller's Crossing
Joel Coen, USA, 1990
Shown with Eternity, Sheryl Sardina, Canada

Freeze-Die-Come to Life (Zamri Oumi Voskresni)
Vitaly Kanevsk, U.S.S.R., 1989

L’Atalante
Jean Vigo, France, 1934 (NYFF Retrospective). 
Shown with To the Top, Anita Thacher, USA

Ju Dou
Zhang Yimou, People’s Republic of China/Japan, 1990
Shown with Macha's Curse, Rose Bond, USA

The King of New York
Abel Ferrara, USA/Italy, 1989
Shown with Nowon, Peter Judson, USA

Doctor Petiot (Docteur Petiot)
Christian de Chalonge, France, 1990
Shown with Hang Up and The Space Between the Floor and the Door, Pauline Chan, Australia

Tilai
Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso, 1990
Shown with All My Relations, Joanna Priestley, USA

A Tale of Springtime
Eric Rohmer, France, 1990

Privilege
Yvonne Rainer, USA, 1990
Shown with Night Cries, a Rural Tragedy, Tracey Moffatt, Australia

No, or The Vain Glory of Command (Nao, ou a vao gloria de mandar)
Manoel de Olivera, Portugal, 1990
Shown with The Magical Stories, Ondrej Rudavsky, USA

Open Doors (Porte aperte)
Gianni Amelio, Italy, 1990
Shown with Hiding Out From Heavan, Fred Marx, USA

Night Sun (Il sole anche dotte)
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy/France/West Germany, 1990
Shown with Mr. Tao, Bruno Bozzetto, Italy

The Sting of Death (Shi No Toge)
Kohei Oguri, Japan, 1990
Shown with Another Damaging Day, Stacy Cochran, USA

Nouvelle Vague
Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland/France, 1990
Shown with Save the Last Dance for Me, Lewis Furey, with Carole Laure, France/Canada

The Golden Boat
Raul Ruiz, USA, 1990
Shown with Inside the Circle of Love, J. P. Somersaulter, USA

Siddheshwari
Mani Kaul, India, 1988
Shown with A Nice Arrangement, Gurinder Chadha, Great Britain

Avant-Garde Visions, 1989-1990. 
Piece Touchee, Martin Arnold, Australia;
Scenes From the Live of Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, USA;
Sink or Swim, Su Friedrich, USA

A Woman's Revenge (La vengeance d'une femme)
Jacques Doillon, France, 1989

Taxi Blues
Pavel Lounguine, U.S.S.R./France, 1990
Shown with Wonderland, Zoe Beloff, USA

The Match Factory Girl (Tulitikkutehtaan Tytto)
Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 1990
Shown with That Burning Question, Alan Taylor, USA

Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
Ellen Weissbrod, USA, 1990

An Angel at My Table
Jane Campion, New Zealand, 1990

I Hired a Contract Killer
Aki Kaurismäki, Finland/Sweden, 1990

Golden Braid
Paul Cox, Australia, 1990
Shown with Touch My Lips, Jim Garrard, Canada

To Sleep With Anger
Charles Burnett, USA, 1990
Shown with Fat Monroe, Andrew Garrison, USA

American Dream
Barbara Kopple, USA, 1990
Shown with Siberian Summer, Andras Der, Hungary

Tthe Nasty Girl (Das Schreckliche Madchen)
Michael Verhoeven, West Germany, 1990
Shown with The Lunch Date, Adam Davidson, USA

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