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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

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The Meridian Society is organising a lunch and film show ('The Go Master') to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit. We hope you will be able to join us to start the New Year on a festive note. The date is Saturday 12th February 2011.

For details of the menu and a synopsis of the film – see below

Interested parties should complete the attached application form and send it together with the appropriate remittance to the address indicated on the form. It would help us to make the appropriate arrangements if you could also email us separately to indicate your interest in attending. Do this by contacting our administrator at: themeridiansociety@gmail.com

To download booking form please click here

The timetable for this event is as follows:

11.45 a.m. - meet at restaurant
[There will be a paying bar throughout . We will be holding a raffle. If anyone would like to donate a prize, please contact our administrator on: themeridiansociety@gmail.com]
12.00 a.m. - start of meal
2.00 p.m. – meal concludes
Make own way to The National Film Theatre
2.45 p.m. – film showing

The lunch and the film show may be booked together or just lunch.

The cost:

Lunch + Film: Members (@ £34 each)
Senior members and students (@ £33 each)
Non-members (@ £38 each)
Non-member senior citizens and students (@ £36 each)

Lunch only: Members (@ £26 each)
Non-members (@ £29 each)

Details of venues:

Lunch will be served at:
New Loon Fung Restaurant
42-44 Gerrard Street
London, W1V 7LP
Tel: 020 7437 3540
(nearest tube – Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus)

The film will be screened at:
BFI Southbank, formerly known as National Film Theatre, (NFT2)
Belvedere Road
South Bank
London SE1 8XT
(nearest tubes – Charing Cross or Waterloo)

Lunch menu

Soup of the day

Steamed filleted sea bass with ginger and spring onions
Braised duck with mixed vegetables
Choi sum (Chinese lettuce) with garlic
Steamed chicken
Deep- fried bean curd with chilli and garlic
Pork chop Chinese style
Rice / Tea / Fruit

Synopsis of 'The Go Master' [ Wu Qingyuan ]

China 2006. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang, with Chen Chang, Sylvia Chang, Akira Emoto. 104 min. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

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The film will be introduced by Luke Robinson, film lecturer at Nottingham University.

The Go Master shines a light on the life and times of Wu Qingyuan. Better known by his Japanese name Go Seigen, Wu is considered the greatest Go player of the 20th century, his talents bringing him from his native China to a professional career in Japan when he was only a teenager. Based on Wu's autobiography, this elegantly shot and remarkably restrained biopic follows the life of a singular figure, fascinating not only for his genius and achievements in the game of Go, but also for his unique experiences as a Chinese man in Japan during an immensely turbulent period in history.

With the breakout of the Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s, Wu Qingyuan (Chang Chen) and his family are thrown into an uncomfortable and dangerous position as Chinese nationals residing in Japan. While Wu's family returns to China, he chooses to stay behind in his adopted country to continue to pursue the game of Go. In the quiet recluse of his school, there are no politics, only the singular dedication to his art and the love for his wife Kazuko (Ito Ayumi). However, the chaos of the times eventually forces him out of his enclave, throwing his life and mind into conflict.

Interested parties should complete the attached application form and send it together with the appropriate remittance to the address indicated on the form. It would help us to make the appropriate arrangements if you could also email us separately to indicate your interest in attending. Do this by contacting our administrator at: themeridiansociety@gmail.com

The British Film Institute will be screening three other films by Tian Zhuangzhuang. If you are interested, please buy tickets direct from them. They are:

The Blue Kite [Lan feng zheng]
China 1991. Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang.
With Liping Lü, Xiaoman Chen.
140min. Mandarin with EST. 12A
Thurs 3 Feb 14:00 NFT1

The Horse Thief [Dao Ma Zei]
China 1986. Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang. With Rigzin Tseshang.
88min. Mandarin with EST. PG
Mon 7 Feb 21:15 NFT2

Warrior and the Wolf [Lang zai ji]
China-Hong Kong- Japan - Singapore - USA , 2009. Dir Tian Zhuangzhuang. With Maggie Q, Jô Odagiri, Chung Hua Tou.
100min. Mandarin with EST
Tue 8 Feb 20:45 NFT2



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