BAM is hosting a retrospective of contemporary Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen, known for his politically charged and subversive films such as crime musical Gone with the Bullets and Hibiscus Town and The Sun Also Rises, which both tackle China's Cultural Revolution.
Playing Saturday, May 6th, Jiang Wen's sophomore feature Devils on the Doorstep is set during Japan's World War II occupation of China. Jiang Wen himself plays the role of a Chinese villager given the peculiar task of looking after two unpredictable Japanese prisoners of war. By employing humor, the film deconstructs stereotypical images of Japan as aggressor and China as passive victim. Jiang's gonzo, wild-ride anti-war satire won the Grand Prix at Cannes but was banned in the director's home country.