Thursday, Sept 19, 2019, 7 PM @ AMC River East 21

THE ENIGMA OF THE ARRIVAL (抵达之谜) | North America Premiere

INTRO and Q&A with Director Song Wen. (Due to health issue, Actress Gu Xuan, who was originally scheduled to come to Chicago, will not be to attend. Scroll down to read announcement from our film source & her apology.)

Guest moderator: Jennifer Dorothy Lee, Phd

China | 2018 | 112 min | DCP | In Mandarin with English Subtitles

Genre: Drama

Director: SONG Wen | Executive Producer: Xie Fei

Cast: LI Xian, DONG Borui, GU Xuan

Film Source: Fortissimo Films

After many years, a group of college friends reunite. They have not seen each other since the disappearance of Dongdong, a girl that they all secretly fancy. The circumstances of her disappearance caused the end of their friendship. A lot has remained unsaid. Until now.

“…. a subtle examination of media consumption, masculinity, and declining social trust in a rapidly changing China.” – Adam Keller,

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Click here for film critics’ reviews. (TBC)

Thank Te’amo Boba Bar for their contribution towards Chinese films with guests!

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Dear Friends,

On behalf of the team of THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL, we regret to inform you that actress GU Xuan won’t be able to visit Chicago due to the health issue. Thanks for the invitation from the Chicago Asian Pop Up Cinema. We appreciate your support! Herewith her personal letter, hope she can visit and meet you next time!

Director SONG Wen will attend the festival.

Sincerely hope you enjoy the film and the festival!

Kind Regards,

Fortissimo Films






Hi, my dearest fans in Chicago,

Hi guys, I feel so lucky and honored that our movie The Enigma of Arrival will be showing at Chicago. Sadly, due to my personal health issue and other difficulties, I am unable to attend the festival in Chicago this time. I am very sorry about my absence in Chicago, but the movie The Enigma of Arrival will still be coming soon as scheduled, and the director will be there. Chicago is a city I have always loved and hope that I will have a chance to meet you guys in the near future. Sending my warmest regards to all fans based in Chicago and I hope the Chicago Asian Pop-Up Cinema will run successfully.

GU Xuan