Modern Masters


Directed by Lou Ye

China, 2019, 2h 6min, DCP, In Mandarin and French with English Subtitles

Modern Masters

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752


General Public
$13.50 evening / $11 matinee

$4 discounts for AFS MAKE & WATCH members. Free for LOVE & Premiere.

Student discount: $4 off (only available at the box office with valid student ID)

“Roils with spy intrigue and sexual politics”
Film Comment

“[A] swoony charge of ideas about art, love, and espionage”
The Film Stage

“The most truly iconic performance that [Gong Li] has delivered in decades”
Slant Magazine

In Japanese-occupied Shanghai during WWII, a legendary actress (Gong Li) makes her return to the stage to appear in a play written by her former flame. Meanwhile, suspicions emerge that she has a hidden agenda. Director Lou Ye—himself a thorn in the side of the Chinese censors—depicts the story photographically in high-contrast black and white and narratively with a thousand shifting shades of gray.


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