East Palace, West Palace


ZHANG Yuan | 张元

China | 93 minutes | 1996 | Fiction | Mandarin | English Subtitles | 35mm | 14A
中国|93 分钟|1996|虚构|普通话|英文字幕|35毫米胶片|14A

1996 Mar del Plata Film Festival – Best Director and Best Screenplay
1996年阿根廷马塔布拉塔国际电影节 – 最佳导演、最佳编剧

1997 Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard Official Selection


East Palace, West Palace beats Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour, Fassbinder’s Querelle and even Todd Haynes‘ Poison as the most Genet-esque movie ever made.”

Tony Rayns (Sight & Sound)


East Palace, West Palace is one of the most important Chinese films of the past 20 years. […] Superb performances and accomplished direction make this one of the finest films in this year’s festival, gay or straight, Chinese of otherwise.”

Professor Paul Clarke (The New Zealand Herald)


“A film to be remembered in 1997 is East Palace, West Palace, China’s much-celebrated and controversial consideration for Un certain regard.”

Kimberley Newman (The Hollywood Reporter)

SAT, AUG 17, 2:30 – 4:10 PM
Innis Town Hall


Beijing, early 1990s – after a random night raid in a local park, a young gay writer, A-Lan (SI Han), is held for an intensive one-on-one interrogation. Unwanted memories offer glimpses of A-Lan’s tumultuous childhood, first sexual experiences, forced farm labour, and his incessant search for love. Through the night, the interrogating officer (HU Jun) confronts feelings that alternate between revulsion and fascination. An awkward but sincere love story unfolds…


Director 导演

Born in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province in 1963, ZHANG Yuan was once a pioneer among China’s sixth-generation filmmakers. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinematography from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989. In 1990, Zhang produced and directed his debut feature, Mama, which won the Jury Award and a Special Mention at the Festival des Trois Continents in Nantes, France. Since then, his films have toured the international film festival circuit with wide acclaim, including Beijing Bastards (1992, Special Mention at Locarno), documentary The Square (1994, Jury Award at Hawaii), Sons (1995, Tiger Award at Rotterdam), East Palace, West Palace (1996, Best Director at Mar del Plata), Seventeen Years (1999, Special Director’s Award at Venice) and Little Red Flower (2006, Golden Horse Award for Best Adapted Screenplay). He was also an active MTV producer and director, working closely with CUI Jian, China’s “Godfather of Rock & Roll”. His direction of Cui’s Wild in the Snow won the Best Asian MTV Award at the American MTV Awards in 1991, and A Piece of Red Cloth won a Special Mention at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Awards.


Credits 演职员名单

  • Director 导演:ZHANG Yuan 张元
  • Principal Cast 主演:Si Han 司汗、Hu Jun 胡军
  • Producers 制片人:Christophe Jung、Christophe Ménager
  • Executive Producer 监制:Willy Tsao 曹诚渊
  • Screenplay 编剧:WANG Xiaobo 王小波、ZHANG Yuan 张元
  • Cinematographer 摄影:ZHANG Jian 张健
  • Editor 剪辑:Vincent LEVY 文森·李伟
  • Art Director 美术指导:安宾 AN Bin
  • Sound 录音:WU Gang 武刚、SHEN Jianqin 沈剑勤
  • Music 音乐:XIANG Min 向民
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