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Chinatown Pop Up Movie Club

Chinatown Pop Up Movie Club is an event series that shares knowledge about Chinese culture through cinema, while showcasing unique spaces in Calgary’s Chinatown. We want you to come visit Chinatown, have fun, make memories and feel a sense of belonging.We are entirely volunteer run and rely on funders and donations to keep screenings free to the public! If you would like to help us host future screenings and events, click the donate button below. Thank you for your support!

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IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 花樣年華 (2000)

May 31, 2024
Doors open @ 6PM | Screening @ 6:30PM
Historic Jade Palace Building - 302 Centre St S
FREE Screening | RSVP required
Funded by City of Calgary

Directed by Wong Kar Wai | 2000 | Hong Kong | 98 minutes | Cantonese with English SubtitlesHong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung Man Yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bing, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past two decades of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.- Criterion Collection

ABOUT THE HISTORIC JADE PALACE BUILDING:This building has been an important staple in Calgary Chinatown's culinary history since the 1960s. There was a 150-person capacity, owend by Roderick Mah, a chinatown volunteer, and entrepreneur dubbed the "Mayor of Chinatown". He opened Jade Palace which later on was changed into Ruby’s, and then into New Harbour City Restaurant, and most recently Soluxe.The building has gone through many renovations with the new owners changing the facade recently to go back to a more traditoinal historic look.“…Chinatown’s post-WWII restaurants were decked out to be attractive, “exotic” destinations for Westerners, with “oriental” features. While the Jade Palace was in a sleek Modernist building, its facade (now altered) had expanses of plate glass that revealed the decorative interior, with a mural of a Chinese scene, wall plaques with Chinese symbols, and porcelain statues."

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Big Fight in Little ChinatownJun 11, 2023Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizen's AssociationCity of Calgary
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THE TEAM

We are a team of volunteers from all different backgrounds, that came together through our love of Calgary's Chinatown and movies that speak to the Chinese diaspora community. The team consists of:Vicki Chau, Alice Lam, Lyndi Woo, Wilson Wong

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