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Film: "Full Contact"

Experience multiple perspectives on Asia through the lens of classic and contemporary film. Our world-class film series offers opportunities to see films not widely available in the United States, as well as to meet directors, actors, and film scholars.

Unless noted, films are shown free of charge in the three hundred-seat Meyer Auditorium. Seating is first come, first served. Auditorium doors open approximately thirty minutes before show time.

August 16, 2019 7:00pm

Last year, Hong Kong lost one of its true cinematic pioneers. Ringo Lam (City on Fire) was among the leaders of a freakishly talented generation of filmmakers that turned Hong Kong into an international cinema powerhouse through high-octane, action-packed gangster movies unlike anything the world had ever seen. We pay tribute to him by showing his ferociously over-the-top Full Contact. Chow Yun Fat stars as Jeff, a criminal with a conscience who seeks vengeance on the gay libertine gangster Judge (Simon Yam), who double-crossed him and left him for dead. Wickedly violent and amoral, Full Contact famously boasts a shot filmed from the point of view of a hurtling bullet, not to mention the unforgettable insult, “Go masturbate in hell!” Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. (Dir.: Ringo Lam, Hong Kong, 1992, 104 min., 35mm, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)


August 19, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute and Asia Society for a talk with Weijian Shan, one of Asia’s best-known financiers, as he recounts his remarkable personal story of his exile to the Gobi Desert for hard labor at the age of 15 amidst the turmoil of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

September 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk with journalist and author Matt Sheehan. His new book chronicles the deep and interdependent socioeconomic exchanges between China and California.