MANDARIN GCSE Study Session: Kan shang qu hen mei

Recommended for: GCSE and equivalent level Mandarin

Capacity: 158 places

Zhang Yuan’s Kan shang qu hen mei (Little Red Flowers) will offer a viewing experience for students not only to draw out an informed critique of the film, but also to creatively explore the use of Mandarin through language focused exercises. A short introduction to the film will introduce students to the director, Zhang Yuan, the film’s social and cultural significance and its place within the history of Chinese cinema. After the screening, students will be encouraged to participate in discussions and debates that will focus on the following topics: childhood, education, society, relationships with friends and family, social rebellion and Communist China.

Screening: Kan shang qu hen mei (Little Red Flowers) (12A)

Director: Zhang Yuan, China/Italy, 2006, 92mins. In Mandarin with English subtitles

Set in the early days of Communist China, this is the charming story of a rebellious young boy who runs riot at his kindergarten boarding school.