Beautiful 2012

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Beautiful 2012

  • 2012
  • Directed By: Changwei Gu, Ann Hui, Tae-Yong Kim and Ming-liang Tsai
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 90 Minutes
  1. Tuesday, November 5, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Beautiful 2012
This omnibus package of shorts by leading East Asian directors offers four takes on the theme of “beautiful.” Kim depicts a closeted young man who hires a girl to play his fiancée for the benefit of his dying father. Tsai’s episode follows a barefoot man moving through Hong Kong at a haunted pace. Gu centers on a candid family conversation about pregnancies, wanted and unwanted. Hui empathizes with a middle-aged office worker who has finally decided to act on his conviction that he’s actually a woman. In Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin languages with English subtitles. (HD Cam Presentation)


Inspired by the Themester theme of “Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World,” this semester’s East Asian Film Series offers three film co-productions between filmmakers and film industries in East Asia and the larger Asia Pacific. Representing an increasingly ubiquitous mode of production in the region, the co-productions of this series offer glimpses into contemporary concerns with encounter, exchange, survival, and everyday life that resonate among South Korea and Indonesia; Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China; as well as Japan and the world. Sponsored by Themester, East Asian Studies Center and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Professor Stephanie DeBoer.