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Horizons: New Chinese Cinema

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES (Yu Lik Wai, 2003)
Yu Likwai, the celebrated cinematographer of Jia Zhang-ke (MIFF 05 filmmaker in focus), reveals his dystopian vision in the futuristic All Tomorrow's Parties, which screened in Un Certain Regard at C… Read more

CONCRETE REVOLUTION, THE (Xiaolu Guo, 2004)
"We are not just good at destroying the old world, but also at building the new one," announced Mao Tse-tung many years ago. But even he could not have foreseen the extent to which China is fulfillin… Read more

delamu (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2004)
"The 'Tea Horse Route' is the highest and most perilous of China's ancient trading routes, originating in western Yunnan, ascending the Tibetan plateau, winding through the Himalayas into Nepal, Bhut… Read more

KEKexili: mountain patrol (Lu Chuan, 2004)
In the sprawling mountain reserve of Kekexili, western China, a volunteer mountain patrol forms to track down a band of illegal wildlife poachers - by any means necessary. Led by the enigmatic comman… Read more

KUNG FU HUSTLE (Stephen Chow, 2004)
"Let's take this opportunity to spar a little." ... In his spectacular [Kung Fu Hustle], Stephen Chow delivers a brilliant and rambunctious homage to the masters of the genre, the Shaw brothers, and … Read more

Love will tear us apart (Yu Lik Wai, 1999)
On the surface, [Love Will Tear Us Apart] is a chamber piece about four Chinese mainlanders now living in Hong Kong. But the film resists simple depictions of its characters and their circumstances. … Read more

Passages (Yang Chao, 2004)
A young student couple make their way towards the city of Wuhan. There they hope to buy seeds that will allow them to cultivate and sell Lingzhi mushrooms - a rare and expensive species of mushroom. … Read more

peacock (Gu Changwei, 2005)
Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival, [Peacock] is the auspicious directorial debut of Gu Changwei. One of China's most accomplished cinematographers, Gu has worked with such fi… Read more

PICKPOCKET (Zhang Ke Jia, 2004)
Festival guest Jia Zhang-ke arrived onto the international cinema scene with Pickpocket (1997), influenced most evidently by the work of Robert Bresson. Made well outside the state system, the film w… Read more

PLATFORM (Zhang Ke Jia, 2002)
Platform (MIFF 01) is Jia Zhang-ke's ambitious follow-up to his highly successful debut, Pickpocket. Set over 1979 to 1989, it explores the tensions in expectations and world-views that emerge as Chi… Read more

Shanghai dreams (Wang XiaoShuai, 2004)
Wang Xiaoshuai's [Shanghai Dreams] is a gently unfolding family drama, set against the changing times of China. This intimate tale of dissonant dreams and desires was deservedly awarded the Jury Priz… Read more

stolen life (Li Shaohong, 2005)
Robert De Niro presented [Stolen Life] director Li Shaohong with the top prize at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Li Shaohong is one of the most prominent female directors working in Chi… Read more

THE WORLD (Zhang Ke Jia, 2004)
The World is the first film of Jia Zhang-ke - MIFF filmmaker in focus - made with the tacit approval of the authorities. It is also his first film to be released in China. The World is set in World P… Read more

UNKNOWN PLEASURES (Zhang Ke Jia, 2002)
Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures depicts a trough of aimlessness. This third feature by Jia - in Official Competition at Cannes 2002 - again proves his ability to hold a light to China's alienated ru… Read more

world without thieves, a (Feng Xiaogang, )
A World Without Thieves, from popular Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, is a stylish, high-octane ride on a train to redemption - with some superbly choreographed battle scenes en route. It revolves ar… Read more

Yang ban xi (Yan Ting Yuen, 2005)
During the 10 years of China's Cultural Revolution, the only culture allowed was [Yang Ban Xi] - propaganda operas. Based on traditional Chinese stories and adapted to the taste of Mao's wife, Jiang … Read more

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