Twilight Time circles the Pacific Rim this July with four compelling widescreen wonders offering their respective and decidedly individual takes on sweeping historical events and romantic relationships. One affords the opportunity to mount up and ride alongside one of history’s greatest warrior/conquerors who would capture great swaths of 12th-century Central Asia and China to found the Mongol Empire. Another dramatically portrays the tremendous heroism of journalists, aid workers, resistance fighters and refugees caught up in the devastating 1938 invasion of mainland China by Imperial Japanese forces. Honolulu in the run-up to and in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack drawing the U.S. into World War II provides the scenic and opportunistic setting for the tale of a notorious B-girl run out of Frisco to survive, connive and thrive in business and romance. Finally, wind-swept Seattle is the setting for a simple and soulful – if a bit foul-mouthed – love story between a big-hearted swabbie on leave and a hard-luck prostitute and unwed mother. Each title, courtesy of its respective star, directorial and scoring talent as well as recent, state-of-the-art high-definition transfers, will transport you into exotic and enveloping worlds.
Marking their July 17 arrival are: The Children of Huang Shi (2008), starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, score by David Hirschfelder; Cinderella Liberty (1973), starring James Caan, Marsha Mason and Eli Wallach, directed by Mark Rydell, score by John Williams; Genghis Khan (1965), starring Omar Sharif, Stephen Boyd, James Mason and Eli Wallach, directed by Henry Levin, score by Dusan Radic; and The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956), starring Jane Russell, Richard Egan, Joan Leslie and Agnes Moorehead, directed by Raoul Walsh, score by Hugo Friedhofer. Details of each will follow in June.