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"City Monkey" airs at the Chinese Cultural Center

The Chinese cinema close-up series continues in Berlin

August 10th, 2016
Ionuț-Eugen-Radu Sava, News from Berlin

The Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin hosts yet another movie night on the 8th of August 2016. This time cinema enthusiasts have the opportunity to view "City Monkey" (2010), directed by Kong Lingchen.

He Zhipeng, the protagonist of the movie, is depicted throughout the movie as a high school student living with his mother and grandmother in the old part of Beijing. He is preparing to undertake college admission soon, meanwhile developing a passion for Parkour - an extreme sport considered to be dangerous.

"City Monkeys" turns out to be the name of the sports team He Zhipeng leads. Yet the real plot of the movie becomes clear when his mother starts pressuring the young man to study harder for the university entrance examination. It is the point when two worlds collide, a collision between two ideas. But what will be their way out of this situation? Will He Zhipeng make it to university or continue practicing Parkour?

The length of the movie is 90 minutes, with subtitles in German, although the entire projection is in Chinese.

The Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin, located in Klingelhöferstr. 21, is a cultural institution of the People's Republic of China. Established by means of the Cultural Agreement between the German and Chinese governments, the status of this institution corresponds to that of the German Goethe-Institute in China.

Amongst its objectives are to bring the German public closer to Chinese culture, art and education, thus promoting cultural exchange, enhancing mutual understanding and people-to-people cooperation.


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