Film - Feature | October 5 | 1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A Shanghai apartment building serves as a microcosm of Chinas class struggles in Zheng Junlis striking urban drama, filmed during the last days of Chinas Nationalist rule and already looking forward to, as one character states, a New Society. A scheming Nationalist official and his greedy wife purchase an apartment building and proceed to lord it over the hardworking families still renting there. Meanwhile, a real war for Chinas future rumbles across the nation, mirroring the metaphorical one within the buildings walls. While filming, Zheng provided Nationalist censors with a false script in order to conceal his true intentions; after the government fell, he reshot to reinforce his message.