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Go-Betweens With Wings (Miu Chin, 1964)
The filmshows the ritual involved in the polination of flowers by bees, and how this pollination is used to raise the yield of vegetables and fruits. ... Read more

GODDESS OF MERCY (Ann Hui, 2004)
Goddess of Mercy (Yu Guanyin) ChinaUndercover cops don't have long careers in China's Yunnan province. In the border town of Nande, dope smugglers live by the rule that no witnesses means no trial. S… Read more

GODDESS, THE (, )
Often hailed as the pinnacle of Chinese silent cinema, The Goddess (1934) was the penultimate film of silent film superstar Ruan Lingyu. ... It is the story of a single mother (Ruan Lingyu) who must … Read more

GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1995)
Based on a real-life love tragedy, Good Men, Good Women continues Hou's exploration of history from the ordinary citizen's point-of-view. To this he adds his new interest, pioneered in The Puppetmast… Read more

Hand Puppets (Yu Che-kuang, Chang Chao-chun, 1963)
A tribute to the art of Yang Sheng of the Hand Puppet Theatre. His repertoire calls for the impersonation of a great variety of characters including wise scholars, dashing generals and forsaken damse… Read more

HAPPY TIMES (Zhang Yimou, 2000)
Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou - a 'Fifth Generation' master of Chinese cinema whose films include Raise the Red Lantern and Red Sorghum - has delivered a gentle comedy of manners and morals. Read more

HERO (Zhang Yimou, 2004)
Hero (Ying Xiong) China/Hong Kong'a grand and magnificent picture... every bit as dazzling and spectacular as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' -The Hollywood Reporter A visual tour-de-force, Hero is … Read more

HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY? (Xiaolu Guo, 2006)
“We live in our dreams, and everything is about fantasy invading reality or reality breaking into fantasy.” - filmmaker Guo Xiaolu Guo Xiaolu's intricate and unconventional debut How is Your Fis… Read more

I LOVE BEIJING (Ning Ying, 2001)
A modern-day taxi driver leads a second life as a would be Casanova. From the opening scene, where he poses for wedding photos with his bride to be, we watch through flashbacks as events unfold. The … Read more

I WISH I KNEW (Jia Zhangke, 2010)
Jia Zhang-ke, China's most acclaimed contemporary filmmaker, turns his gaze toward the ultimate mega-city: Shanghai. ... Commissioned for last year's Shanghai World Fair - but overcoming its roots as… Read more

IN EXPECTATION (RAINCLOUDS OVER WUSHAN) (Zhang Ming, 1995)
... ... At last, a Chinese feature that gets to grips with everyday contemporary life. Gone is the stylised historical drama of older directors like Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou. Like Sons (also showin… Read more

JU DOU (Zhang Yimou, 1990)
Zhang Yimou has followed up his delirious Red Sorghum (a 1988 Festival highlight) with another quintessentially Chinese tale of desire and its traps. ... Ju Dou (played by luminous Gong Li, Zhang's r… 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

kings of the sky (Deborah Stratman, 2004)
During one of the high-wire performances featured in [Kings of the Sky], witnesses speak of star acrobat Adil Hoxur disappearing into a cloudbank for 20 minutes... while walking along a cable suspend… 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

Landscape Painting (Sha Tan, 1962)
Beginning with shots of the old master, Pan Tienshou, at work, the film presents some of the chief features of Chinese landscape painting. ... Read more

LAO AN (Yang Lina, 2007)
Yang Lina's documentary is a fascinating insight into the late-life trials and emotion of Beijing's senior citizens. ... At 90, Lao An shows no signs of slowing down - a passion for dance gives him … Read more

LI SHUANG-SHUANG (Lu Jen, 1962)
Li Shuang-Shuang is perhaps the most outstanding film yet made about life in the Chinese countryside. Through the clashes between an ordinary peasant and his wife, in a people's commune, it reflects … Read more

LIFE ON A STRING (Chen Kaige, 1991)
... ... Based on a short story by Shi Tiesheng, Chen Kaige's latest film is a fable that explores the chasm between faith and magic, authority and disobedience, sacrifice and con­summation. Far m… Read more

LIKE A DREAM (Clara Law, 2009)
In his dreams, she appears as an otherworldly beauty. In reality, she 's a brassy country girl. Which version of this woman does he love? ... A Chinese man (played by Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu) l… Read more

LITTLE MOTH (Peng Tao, 2007)
A heartbreaking Dickens-like tale about the harsh realities of child exploitation that is both moving and ruthlessly unsentimental. ... After the death of her mother, 11-year-old ‘Little Moth' is p… Read more

LITTLE RED FLOWERS (Zhang Yuan, 2005)
“One of the best films from China within the past few years.” - The Guardian Seen through the eyes of a four year-old boy, Little Red Flowers vividly realises the struggles of fitting into a pos… Read more

LOST IN BEIJING (Yu Li, 2006)
Sex, greed and a little bit of love make the world go round in Lost in Beijing, Li Yu's tragi-comic view of life in the new China. Foot masseuse Liu Pingguo and husband, An Kun, a high-rise window … Read more

LOVE AND DUTY - WITH LIVE MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT (, 1931)
MIFF is pleased to announce that it has secured the talents of one of Australia's leading exponents of traditional Chinese music to accompany its screening of Love and Duty. Wang Zheng-Ting, who init… Read more

LUXURY CAR (Wang Chao, 2006)
Luxury Car was winner of Un Certain Regard at this year's Cannes Film Festival. “Wang Chao finally attains an almost perfect balance between style and content in Luxury Car… a tightly writte… Read more

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