Celebrate The Chinese New Year At The Movies

Celebrate the year of the ratThe Birmingham Public Library will show two acclaimed Chinese films in conjunction with the community-wide Chinese New Year Festival celebrations. Get ready to ring in the Year of the Rat with this cinematic immersion in Chinese culture!

Chungking Express
Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m.

From popular Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai comes this 1994 film about two policemen and their romantic woes. The first half tells the tale of Cop 223 who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He buys a can of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 every day for a month. By May 1, he feels that he will either be reunited with his girlfriend or that his love for her will have expired forever. In the second half, Cop 663 is having a difficult time dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. Then he meets a girl who works at a local fast food stall.

In The Mood For Love
Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m.

This film directed by Wong Kar-Wai is a visually lush, languid tale of unfulfilled longing set in 1960s Hong Kong. A man and a woman move into neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extra-marital activities.

Both movies are free and will be shown in Central's Arrington Auditorium of the Central Library.