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Ann Hui's "Song of the Exile" + "The Chinese Typewriter" on 16mm

  • Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles United States (map)

In this underseen masterpiece, long simmering tensions erupt when a 26-year-old student returns to Hong Kong after studying in London to visit her Japanese mother. Acclaimed Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui (BOAT PEOPLE, A SIMPLE LIFE) uses this seemingly classic mother-daughter conflict as a jumping off point for a much deeper and more ambitious cinematic exploration of post-war diaspora that spans multiple decades and continents.

Featuring a show-stopping performance by the indomitable Maggie Cheung (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE), Hui’s “autobiographical fiction” is so witty and nuanced that its profound meditations on identity, memory, culture, family and history pack all the more of an emotional and intellectual punch.

Extremely difficult to see in any format, and not available on DVD, BluRay or streaming, this 16mm screening is a rare chance to experience the film’s sumptuous cinematography on the big screen.

SONG OF THE EXILE will be preceded by an archival print of Daniel Barnett's THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER, a hypnotic portrait of life in mainland China after the Cultural Revolution. In a mere 28 minutes, Barnett weaves together a stunning tapestry of more than three thousand re-photographed images filmed over the course of five years across the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Yangzhou and Guangzhou.

We are thrilled to present these films in collaboration with our friends at LACMA.

Please note: Stand-by tickets will be available night of show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to show start time or tickets are subject to re-sale.

Doors at 5:30pm // Show at 6pm
$8 advance tickets // $10 at the door
Full bar at the Bootleg Theater. There is street parking, or a free lot at the church across the street on Beverly/Roselake. Any questions, please email


Projections celebrates the collective experience of cinema, showing one-of-a-kind, original release film prints in an intimate environment. Each feature is preceded by a related short film, and Projections selects films which are best appreciated as a group to create a unique, community-oriented filmgoing experience.

Vidiots, the 33-year old, iconic Los Angeles video store, now a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is planning a relaunch as an expanded film space in L.A.. Along with its nearly 60,000-title film and television library, Vidiots will feature screening, social, and community spaces, and a full slate of unique, inclusive film programs and events.

FILM at LACMA presents classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs, and conversations with artists and special guests.

Bootleg Theater is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater, music, and dance performances born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging music, theater, and dance artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.

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