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Closing film “Flowers in the Mirror” and Award Ceremony
July 18 — If we could go back in time to watch the audience at the screening of a winning film, and talk with them a bit, what would we find? Fortunately, this reporter has recorded events for posterity. Our screening of Flowers in the Mirror at the third Shen Zhou International Film Festival begins in Tokyo, with audience members watching as, in a theater filled with elegant Chinese classical music, an ancient scroll flying in from Heavens to reveal opening titles of one of the festival’s main offerings, Flowers in the Mirror [Meng Xiang, 梦乡 (夢鄉), The Dreamland]. With such storybook simplicity, Director Jinwei Wang’s adaptation of the classical Chinese novel Flowers in the Mirror begins. It is the tale of an immortal, the Hundred Flowers Fairy Maiden. Once a god, she descends to earth. Her memory lost, she must rely on her conscience and the will she has retained to complete her divine mission amidst pitfalls. She never gives up, and is assimilated back to the heavens when, at a lively celebration party, she completely disappears. The arc of the story begins in the heavens and is realized in a dreamlike narrative that reaches to earth and back to the heavens again.
It was 2:30 in the afternoon of July 18th when the emcee announced that the third section of Shen Zhou International Film Festival would begin. Three films were shown during the third section including”The Story of Two Professors”from Japan, “Want To Let You Know” from Taiwan and”Meet the Artist” from the USA. The audience experienced three different film styles from these countries.
Professor Nieh Sen From the USA
After the opening ceremony of The Third Shen Zhou Film Festival, the audience was captivated by it’s most recent film. In a scene from “Forever” the music was calm and penetrating while the bride wearing a white wedding dress was gently running from a distance through a winding path of snow in the month of June. It was very quiet in the assembly room. A simple story but vivid life details had the audience laughing at times. However, during the course of the story, they couldn’t help but to shed tears. After the film, there was a very big applause for that. Because of the limited seats in the theater, many watched the film by standing.
Director and actors meet with audiences