Business School marks Auckland Lantern Festival

25 January 2011

Three popular Chinese-themed movies will be played free at The University of Auckland Business School next month to celebrate the Auckland Lantern Festival Chinese New Year of the Rabbit.

The movies – award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, comedy/drama romance Shanghai Kiss and animated family favourite Kung Fu Panda – will be screened outdoors in the John Hood Plaza of the Owen G Glenn Building on February 18, 19 and 20 respectively. The showings follow a highly successful inaugural film festival in 2010.

Business School Dean Professor Greg Whittred says the three films to be shown this year offer a mix of genre to suit all, and the School is extremely proud to be associated with the Lantern Festival.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the award-winning Ang Lee-directed story of two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive, who are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled nobleman's teenage daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life (Friday, February 18, 8.30pm start). Starring Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh (R18, contains violence and sex scenes, 120 mins, English subtitles, 2000).

Shanghai Kiss is directed by Kern Konwiser and David Ren, and follows the story of a struggling Chinese/American actor living in Los Angeles who is forced to reconsider his roots after suddenly inheriting his grandmother's home in Shanghai (Saturday, February 19, 8.30pm start). Starring Ken Leung and Hayden Panettiere (M, contains sexual language, 91 mins, 2007).

Kung Fu Panda tells the story of Po the Panda, who in the Valley of Peace, finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior – despite being obese and a complete novice at martial arts. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, this movie is suitable for family viewing (Sunday, February 20, 8.30pm start). Featuring the voices of Jack Black, Ian McShane and Angelina Jolie (PG, contains violence, 92 mins, 2008).

Entrance to each screening is free and parking is available beneath the building. Cushions or beanbags are welcome and refreshments will be available for purchase.