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Chinese film 'Red Light Revolution' to screen

RELEASED: March 17, 2011

Red Light Revolution PosterEAU CLAIRE — "Red Light Revolution" (China 2010), a new comedy about an ordinary man who makes it big in China's newest and most unorthodox industry, will screen March 31-April 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Written and directed by Sam Voutas, an Australia-born filmmaker based in Beijing, the film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

"Red Light Revolution" is a humorous look at Chinese tradition and post-1949 dogmas colliding with modern sexual values.

"As 'Red Light Revolution's' opening onscreen text points out, Beijing now sports some 2,000 sex shops — approximately 1,999 more than it did a quarter-century ago," wrote Variety. "Still, such flourishing trade retains a certain social stigma. That economy-vs.-propriety clash both propels Sam Voutas' comedy and might well keep it off mainland Chinese screens, but elsewhere, this enterprising indie will be perceived as deriving pretty harmless fun from its 'dirty' subject, in a tenor thankfully more droll than broad."

When his boss fires him for disobedience, Shunzi's wife leaves him for an actor and throws Shunzi out of the house he bought for her — all in a single day. As money pressures rise, the down-and-out Shunzi resorts to opening an adult shop to make ends meet. But there's just one problem: he doesn't know the slightest thing about sex or the gadgets he's supposed to be hawking. When it comes to navigating the landscape of China's sexual revolution Shunzi is lost and too proud to ask for directions.

Sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate, the 91-minute film is subtitled in English and not rated.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office in Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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