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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 (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. Surprised in the middle of a major deal, they'd rather shoot it out with a small army of drug squad ... Read more
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 care for her young son in an environment of hostile intolerance. As her options dwindle, she turns ... Read more
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 Puppetmaster, in explor­ing different perspectives and memories of the same event by making Good Men, Good ... Read more
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 damsels. Extracts are included from the classical "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and the traditional ... Read more
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. ... The lead protagonist, middle-aged Zhao, is onto his eighteenth attempt to find a dating agency ... Read more
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 an intoxicating feast for the senses. An epic story of love and heroism set against the backdrop of ... Read more
“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 Fish Today? moves fluidly between fiction and reality, and eventually seamlessly melds the two together ... Read more
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 camera follows his clueless and sometimes bewildered responses to the changing landscapes swirling ... Read more
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 an 'official' film - this documentary from Jia Zhang-ke (Filmmaker-in-Focus, MIFF 2005; Still Life ... Read more
... ... 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 showing in this year's festival) and a number of other films currently held up by the Chinese censors, In ... Read more
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 real-life partner) is a young peasant girl bought as a wife by the elderly owner (Li Wei) of a ... Read more
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 commander Ri Tai, the patrol heads into the exquisite virgin wilderness, with minimal resources but no ... Read more
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 suspended between two mountains in the Taklamakan Desert, western China! The documentary follows tightrope ... Read more
"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 their artful, hard-kicking movies of the 1960s and 70s. Anyone unfamiliar with this nostalgic ... Read more
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
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 the vitality of someone half his age. A chance encounter with Wei, a dancer he meets in a park one ... Read more
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 the conflict between the old and the new. Although different in temperament, Shuang-Shuang and her ... Read more
... ... 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 more epic and grandly pictori­al than any of Kaige's previous works (King of Children, Yellow ... Read more
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) living in New York suffers recurring dreams in which he meets an elusive, sorrowful woman (played by ... Read more
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 put up for adoption. She suffers from toxic blood poisoning that renders her unable to walk, and the ... Read more
“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 post-revolutionary Chinese society. Moreover, the pint-sized cast offers unforced performances that ... Read more
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 cleaner, are struggling to get by, barely able to pay their rent. When Pinggauo gets drunk with her ... Read more
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 initially trained at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, will accompany the film with Chinese and ... Read more
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 written and beautifully played drama.” - Variety In what filmmaker Wang has called the last in his ... Read more
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