Frostburg State University’s International Film Series will present “Shower” on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center’s Atkinson Room 201. This series is sponsored by Center Stage and the Department of Student and Community Involvement.
Set in contemporary Beijing, the movie tells the story of Da Ming (Pu Cun Xin), a sharply dressed young businessman who returns from the southern Chinese region of Shenzhen to visit his aged father, Master Liu (Zhu Xu). For decades, Master Liu, whose health is fragile, has run a bathhouse in a dilapidated district of Beijing. His right-hand man is his mentally retarded younger son, Er Ming (Jiang Wu), who takes a childlike delight in all the ritualized sloshing.
“Shower” is an updated version of the parable of the prodigal son. The black sheep who returns to the bosom of his family after a long absence is less likely nowadays to be a sated sybarite than a rich, snobbish yuppie revisiting the humble background he fled in shame. The movie received the International Critics Award in 1999 at the Toronto International Film Festival for its humor and compassion in the treatment of tensions of family life in a rapidly changing society. Zhang Yhang, the movie’s director, also received the award for Best Director at the 2000 Seattle Film Festival.
The film is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For information, please contact the Lane University Center Information Desk at (301) 687-4411. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.