IFI FAMILY: THE MAGIC ASTER Director: Yao Guanghua 82 minutes| China| 2009| Subtitled. Book cinema tickets Our family film this month is part of the Chinese Film Festival, celebrating Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit. Based on the classic children’s drama of the same name, this animation is about a magic flower that helps people who are brave. As a play it’s been a huge sensation in China and the film adaptation has also been a box office hit. Recalling Chinese stories where hard work leads to happiness, it features hardworking Xiao Lan who is happily married to the god of flowers, Ma Lang. Then, greedy Old Cat tries to get the jealous sister Da Lan to kill Xiao Lan, in order to get the magic Malan Flower. Fortunately, the magic takes over and the flower comes into bloom to protect Xiao Lan. The film will be introduced at the IFI on Sunday February 6th by the director. Celebrate Chinese New Year with your family and see one of China’s most popular children’s stories. Tickets 5, family of 4 15 An experienced reader will narrate the subtitles. Age Recommended: 6+ Director: Yao Guanghua 82 minutes| China| 2009| Subtitled.