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Films From China

Felix Greene travelled with his camera over 15,000 miles throughout China to make this visual report on the day-to day life of the Chinese people. Given relative freedom to travel and take photographs, he spent several months collecting twelve hours of film. China! was compiled from this uncensored ... Read more
China is now embarking upon a large scale plan for the development of sericulture, which will eventually enable her to produce finer quality silk in greater quantities. ... Read more
“Gut-wrenchingly up close and personal.” - Variety ... Filmmaker Lu Chuan (Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, MIFF 2004) shows the ‘Rape of Nanking' to be an appropriate and horrific title for the atrocities committed in the then capital of China during the Japanese invasion of 1937. In just six ... Read more
Love is a virus. It incubates silently. It strikes suddenly. It blinds your immunity. It spreads by way of intimate contacts. Its favorite breeding ground - small, crowded, claustrophobic spaces. Take offices, for example... Pearl, a marketing executive in her twenties, finds herself being drawn ... Read more
"Cheng Pei-Pei is the original swordswoman. Before Michelle Yeoh, before Brigitte Lin, before Maggie Cheung and certainly before Carrie-Ann flippin' Moss, she rode out of the east and into the wuxia history books when director King Hu cast her as Golden Swallow and sent her off to rescue her ... Read more
"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 fulfilling his words at the beginning of the 21st century. ... Award-winning Chinese filmmaker and novelist ... Read more
Jolma Lungma, the highest peak of the Himalaya Mountains and the highest point on earth, is known as the world's "Third Pole". This film describes how a group of Chinese mountaineers undertook extensive training and preparations and how finally, on May 25th, 1960, they reached the summit. ... Read more
"What is the most concrete way to love your country?... To love your country is to study English well!... Crazy English! Crazy life! Crazy work! Crazy study! Crazy everyday! I want to be crazy! I love this crazy game"—Li Yang ... Welcome to the world of Li Yang, China's most famous ... Read more
See the world of a small Chinese town through the eyes of the People's Armed Police, a paramilitary group charged with maintaining order in a nation of 1.3 billion people. ... Zhao Liang's sharp eye captures the casual violence of police interrogations and sometimes astounding levels of ... Read more
Four friends reunited reminisce and mourn for lost youth. From director Jia Zhang-ke, whose feature films were profiled at MIFF in 2008. ... --- D/S Jia Zhangke P Zhang Dong, Eva Lam WS Xtreme Pictures L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD XXXX/2008 ... Read more
Banned in China, yet screening at Cannes this year in Un Certain Regard, Beijing filmmaker Liu Bingjian's third feature (the other two were also banned) has struck a chord for its equally humorous and honest portrayal of mainland Chinese life in all its contradictions. ... Guixiang, a strong and ... Read more
A cross-generational story of ostracism, love and the legacy of the past, Dam Street chronicles the life of a woman whose teenage indiscretion continues to haunt her years after the event. ... In a rural Chinese town, high-school girl Xiaoyun faces the indignation of her family and the local ... Read more
"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, Bhutan and India. Tea was carried along this route by pack-mules for more than two millennia, and ... Read more
The follow up to Huang Jianxm's very successful first feature Black Cannon Incident, is a decidedly different type of film, that even those familiar with the new developments in Chinese cinema may not expect, let alone a new audience. However all should be pleasantly surprised by China's first ... Read more
“Rabidly violent Dog Bite Dog takes the action off the leash.” - Variety The Hong Kong action film of the year, Dog Bite Dog, distinguishes itself even by Hong Kong standards with its uncompromising toughness and terrifyingly intense depictions of criminal violence. Pang (Edison Chen), a ... Read more
Like a Dali painting come to life with a touch of Terry Gilliam-esque humour, this colourful animation is a stream of surreal associations and transformations. ... D/P/S Haiyang Wang WS WS Danmeng Art L no dialogue TD HD Cam, 2012 ... Read more
A journey with lumbermen down the rapids of the River Min, which traverses the mountains and forests of Fukien. ... Read more
Everlasting Regret received six nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards. ... Based on the best-selling 1996 novel by Wang Anyi, Stanley Kwan's handsome epic, Everlasting Love, sweeps across the screen on a wave of Shanghai nostalgia. Using its troubled anti-heroine to navigate the troubled waters ... Read more
Family Portrait, the latest film from Li Shaohong (whose previous film, Bloody Morning, was suppressed for three years), is a fascinating look at life in post-Tiananmen Beijing. ... The plot seems quintessentially Chinese: urban photographer, Cao Depei, discovers that his first wife — a ... Read more
An animated tale about monkeys chasing after the moon. ... Read more
Four Moods has become somewhat of a landmark for Taiwan, being the result of the collaboration of the industry's top directors and stars. The film consists of four stories, dealing with four very different kinds of ghosts. ... In "The Ghost of Joy", a scholar chases away a grave robber from a ... Read more
The achievements of China's reconstruction programme, affecting the capital, the countryside, factories and mar­kets. Despite three successive years of natural disasters, an improvement is seen in the national economy. ... Read more
“A headlong dive into the company of reckless Chinese youths.” - Variety ... In the gritty hub that is China's Fujian province, human cargo, illegal emigration and blackmail are part of everyday life. One of the first coastal areas of China to be opened to the outside world, it has become an ... Read more
A modern story from China. It is mid-winter. In a city in Northeast China, a provincial ice-sports meeting is being held. In the women's 3,000 metres sprint Ting Shu-ping, a new star, unexpectedly defeats Wang Tung-yen who has been champion for many years. One of the spectators, Yu Li-ping, becomes ... Read more
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