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July 28 | 7:00 pm
Weicholz Global Film Series presents
In Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles
Japan/China, Not Rated, Directed by Kei Chikaura (2018), 116 min
Starring: Yulai Lu (Liu Wei/Chen Liang), Tatsuya Fuji (Otousan, the Soba Master), Sayo Akasaka (Hazuki)
Cheng Liang is a young Chinese immigrant living illegally in Japan who gets caught up in a theft ring, stealing water heaters and the like from homes and businesses in order to survive. Desperate for legitimate work, he buys and assumes a false identity at a considerable cost. With his new identity, Liu Wei gets a job in a traditional Japanese soba restaurant run by an aging soba master and his kind daughter. He starts his new life in Japan while always fearing to have his real identity disclosed and to be deported back to China.
ENGAGE WITH FILM CURATOR JOHN PFEIFER
1. Read his Complicity lecture HERE.
2. Read about this year’s theme, Human Migration Stories from Around the World, in his essay HERE.
3. Q&A with Dr. Pfeifer: If you have questions or comments after viewing Complicity, submit them HERE and Dr. Pfeifer will be happy to respond. His responses will be posted within the document.
Virtual stream: A private link to access the film will be emailed to registrants one hour prior to the event time. The link will be valid for 24 hours, expiring on July 29 at 7pm.
Run Time: 116 minutes
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at
800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.
$5 per household
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 7pm ET (virtual)
Q&A with DR. JOHN PFEIFER
If you have questions or comments after viewing COMPLICITY, please submit them HERE and Dr. Pfeifer will be happy to respond. Select questions and answers will be posted directly to this event page.
“This intimate, personal and otherwise fresh take on the immigrant experience in a place that resists immigration like an island stuffed with Arizona sheriffs has rewards enough to keep us engaged in this kid’s story, start to finish.” —Movie Nation
”Kei Chikaura’s debut feature is a beautiful study of the human condition and our search for connections despite cultural differences. …In a world where hatred and a ‘them and us’ approach to life is bringing ugly traits into the open, Complicity tells us the world can be a beautiful place despite our differences.” —Daily Record
“Complicity portrays its young Chinese man’s apprenticeship under an elderly Japanese soba chef with welcome restraint and true-to-life complexity. …This film is an international co-production par excellence, while being a heartfelt paean to Japan-China understanding. …Complicity implies involvement in a crime. The film, though, is cause for celebration.” —The Japan Times
“Delicate and patient in its approach and very traditional in its structure right up until the end. Complicity is rich in poetic representations of Japanese food culture and rural life.” —Eye for Film
Nominated for the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival; winner of the Audience Award at Tokyo FILMex; major nominations at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival.