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The Rocking Sky (沖天)is a documentary film produced by General Association of Chinese Culture
(中華文化總會, GACC) in association
with CNEX Studio Corporation (視納華仁文化傳播公司) in Taipei, Taiwan, that uses actual footage taken during the Second
Sino-Japanese War between 1937 and 1945 to tell the story of the Republic of
China’s Air Force.
the early days of World War II, the Republic of Chinasuffered immeasurably at the hands of invading Japanese forces. At the
time, the R.O.C. had only 300 combat aircrafts compared to the Japanese Air
Force’s fleet of 2,000. The Rocking Sky
depicts not only the R.O.C. pilots’ exceptional bravery and heroism in the face
of overwhelming odds, but also their struggle to justify their sacrifices
during their darkest hours, when hope was all but lost.
world premiere of The Rocking Sky was
held in August, 2015, at the historic Zhongshan Hall (中山堂) in Taipei, Taiwan. A number of the war’s
surviving air-force veterans were in attendance at the event, as well as then President
Ma Ying-jeou. After the premiere, the film met with universal acclaim, receiving
glowing reviews from the audience, the news media, and film critics in Taiwan.
Later, the film was shown in
Mainland China and Hong Kong as part of a nearly two month tour, which
comprised over fifty public and private theater screenings. After each
screening, the director, producers, and cast members were met with the positive
and emotional responses of the crowd.
to the positive international response, CNEX was encouraged by the American
Chinese community to arrange a screening tour of the U.S. The tour is taking
place in June,
2016, in six U.S. cities: San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York.
Following each showing, director Chang Chao-wei (張釗維) and producer Shen Ru-yun (沈如雲) will share anecdotes from the film’s production. The tour provides an
opportunity to share this important historical period with the American public
and members of the overseas Chinese community, and to express respect and
gratitude to the members of the R.O.C. Air Force for valiantly defending their country.
The Boston screening will take place at 9:30 AM on June 25
(Saturday) at Microsoft Building at
Kendall Square (255
Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142), and will be hosted by the New England Association of
Chinese Professionals (紐英崙中華專業人員協會NEACP) in coordination with eight other Chinese organizations.
Attendance is free. The film has a runtime of 98 minutes, and will be shown in
Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles.
紐英倫專業人員協會邀請紐英倫客家鄉親會及其他數個僑界社團，聯合主辦電影 "沖天" (The Rocking Sky) 欣賞和座談會，導演及製片人都將出席，歡迎大家前往觀賞。