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MEISHI STREET (Ou Ning, Cao Fei, 2006)
Renowned visual artist Ou Ning's Meishi Street is both art and activism, calling attention to lives being destroyed in the name of progress. ... Imagine being thrown out of your family home for littl… Read more

MR ZHAO (Lu Yue, 1998)
Winner of the Grand Prize at last year's Locarno Film Festival, Mr Zhao relates the romantic entangle­ments of the gentleman of the title. A low-key charmer, Zhao is magnetically attracted to wom… Read more

MY MEMORIES OF OLD BEIJING (Wu Yigong, 1982)
Lin Yingzi, a little girl from the south of China, marvels about the wonders of the big city: Its busy streets, the dilapidated walls of the ancient buildings, the ringing bells on a camel's neck. Sh… Read more

NARROW STREET (Yang Yanjin, )
Narrow Street is the story of two youths, Xia, an easy going, good-humoured mechanic, and Yu, who is rather shy and delicate. ... They first met in the late sixties, during the chaotic days of the … Read more

NEW STORY OF AN OLD SOLDIER (Shen Fu, 1959)
Peitahuang (The Great Northern Waste) is an area in North-East China. Formerly it was a snowy wilderness haunted by wild animals and birds. Its few inhabitants used lo say of it: "Wild and desolate i… Read more

NEW YEAR SACRIFICE (Sang Fu, 1956)
Sang-Hu, who made the beautiful Chinese opera film Liang Sha &ndash: Po and Chu Ying &ndash: Tai (shown at the 1956 Melbourne Film Festival) in his latest production, New Year Sacrifice, gives us a d… Read more

NIGHT TRAIN (Diao Yi Nan, 2007)
A chilling drama set in China's inhospitable industrial western provinces. ... After making a humorous debut with Uniform (MIFF 04), filmmaker Diao Yinan performs an about-face with this strikingly c… Read more

OLD FISH (Gao Qunshu, 2007)
“I don't think I've ever seen more tension-filled sequences of this sort.” - critic and historian David Bordwell ... Affectionately called ‘Old Fish' by the locals, a cop approaching retirement… Read more

one nite in mongkok (Derek Yee, 2004)
Mongkok, one of Hong Kong's most densely populated areas, is a seething centre of illicit business and criminal connections. Into these claustrophobic streets steps Lai Fu (Daniel Wu), a farm boy fro… Read more

Operation Free Lunch (, 2012)
With Operation Free Lunch, director Lixin Fan (a guest of the festival this year) looks at the impact of social media as a force for good in China. ... Lixin's debut feature documentary Last Train Ho… 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

PETITION (Zhao Liang, 2009)
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” - Screen International ... In his quest to give voice to the unheard masses of China, filmmaker Zhao … Read more

PETITION (Zhao Liang, 2009)
“Bring down corruption, give me my human rights!” That's the cry heard early in Zhao Liang's Petition, a searing indictment of China's politically controlled legal system. ... Zhao Liang spent mo… Read more

PETITION – THE COURT OF THE COMPLAINANTS (Zhao Liang, 2009)
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” - Screen International ... Giving voice to the unheard masses of China, filmmaker Zhao Liang spent 12… 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

POSTMAN (He Jianjun, 1995)
... ... Who knows what happens behind closed doors? The postman, if he opens your mail. And this guy doesn't knock twice before meddling in the lives he uncovers. Adultery, prostitution and drugs are… Read more

QUITTING (Zhang Yang, 2001)
Jia Hong Sheng was an emerging film star in the early 90s, nicknamed 'the thug idol' for playing gangsters and heroes in 'B' movies, when he branched out and starred in a stage version of Kiss of the… Read more

RED AWN, THE (Cai Shangjun, 2007)
“A simple, soulful film that stylistically recalls Italian neo-realist films such as The Bicycle Thief.” - Screen DailyWriter Cai Shangjun (Sunflower, MIFF 06) makes his directorial debut with Th… Read more

RED SORGHUM (Zhang Yimou, 1987)
Former cincmatographer Zhang Yimou makes an impressive directional debut with this lush rural epic based on renowned Shangdong author Mo Yan's short story. Set during the Sino-Japanese war in the bar… Read more

Respire (Wi Ding Ho, )
In a fictional world transformed by a deadly airborne virus, a young girl enjoys one last day with the boy she likes. Picking up two awards at the International Critics' Week at Cannes, [Respire] por… Read more

RICKSHAW BOY (Ling Zifeng, )
The film is a convincing study of social conditions in Beijing during the turbulence of the early 1930s Xinagzi, a young camel-herd from the west, comes to Beijing ... to seek his fortune pulling a r… Read more

RUNNING ON KARMA ( Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai, 2004)
Running on Karma (Dai Chek Lo) Hong Kong/ChinaWinner of three Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Actor for superstar Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, MIFF 2003), Running on Karma is t… Read more

SACRIFICED YOUTH (Zhang Nuanxin, )
Based on a novelette entitled SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, the film is a woman's recollection of her youthful years in an exotic Thai community in a border region of South China during the cultural revolu… Read more

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