Film screening: "Ready Made" (现成品)

Bingjian Zhang (张秉坚), Director

Free and open to the public.
Language/Subtitle: Chinese English

Mao Zedong, the founder and leader of the People’s Republic and Communist Party of China, died three decades ago. Today, the Chinese people have not forgotten him. This is a documentary about two ordinary individuals who bear physical likeness to Mao and have chosen to be his impersonators. As a result, their lives have changed ever since…

The first individual is a farmer named Peng Tian who came from Mao's hometown in Hunan. His dream is to impersonate Mao on the big screen. Wearing the Mao suit, he decided to study acting in the Beijing Film Academy with the support of his family but without any idea of what the future held in store for him.

The second individual is a housewife named Chen Yan, who was born in Mianyang, Sichuan. Twenty years ago, her mother discovered her resemblance to Mao. Although it was considered taboo for a woman to play Mao, a god figure, she wanted to give it a try in the new millennium.

Monday, October 24, 2011 | 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Building 260 - Room 113, Main Quad

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures