Zhang Yimou’s "Hero" and China’s Warring States Period Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Zhang Yimou’s "Hero" and China’s Warring States Period

Set during China’s Warring States Period (475-221 BCE), Zhang Yimou’s sumptuous swordplay epic, Hero (2002), was inspired by an actual assassination attempt on the Qin Emperor. After it screens at the Park Up DC drive-in theater on October 26, learn about this fascinating period of Chinese history through its politics, art, apparel and weaponry, including swords and calligraphic inscriptions from the collection of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. 

Tom Vick, curator of film at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, will moderate a discussion with Yan Weitian, pre-doctoral fellow specializing in Chinese calligraphy at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, George Washington University historian of China Dr. Eric Schluessel, and Textile Museum curator Lee Talbot, a specialist in textiles from the Warring States period.

This event is free and open to the public.