The Masters of Asian Cinema: Then & Now, Part I

Shelly Isaacs
Movies / History

Course Description

Ozu, Kurosawa, Yang Zhimou are recognized internationally for the indelible images and memorable stories they have brought to the screen and have contributed to our understanding of Asian cultures. Along with some of their finest work, we will explore works of the 21st century cinematic auteurs that are bringing today's Asia to the world.


  1. Dreams - Akira Kurosawa (Japan/America): Inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore, this is both a showcase for its maker’s artistry and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.
  2. The Story of Qui Ju - Zhang Yimou (China): A comedy of justice involving a pregnant woman seeking redress for a wrongful attack against her husband.
  3. The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice - Yosujiru Ozu (Japan): A moving family drama focusing on the ups and downs of married life is both playful and serious.
  4. Shadow Magic - Ann Hu (China): Beijing 1902 – A young Chinese still photographer becomes inspired by a traveling showman who introduces him to a new art form – Cinema.

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs is the founder and host for Cafe Cinematheque, where he shares his passion for film in venues throughout South Florida. Isaacs was a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, specializing in film, TV and radio promotion. He holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he also taught graduate level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, making his program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.