1999. China. Zhang Yang. 92 min.
Friday, November 18, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1999. China. Directed by Zhang Yang. With Zhu Xu, Pu Cun Xin, Jiang Wu. Evoking the sharp contrasts of China’s rapid transition from traditional living to ultra-modernization, Shower opens with a wondrous fantasy of a high-tech automated shower, which then slams into a vision of a traditional bathhouse—a couple thousand years old and a culture unto itself. Mistakenly believing that his father has passed away, a man returns to Beijing from the Shenzhen region, where he had been looking to be part of China’s economic boom. His father, meanwhile, has remained behind to raise a develop-mentally challenged son and manage a run-down bathhouse in dire need of upkeep. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 92 min.