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Scarecrow (Hu Jinquing, 1985)
When waterfowl steal from his pond of fish, an old man devises a means to scare them away. In doing so he learns a lesson about nature and work. ... Read more

SEARCHING FOR LIN ZHAO'S SOUL (Hu Jie, 2004)
From ardent communist to executed dissident, Lin Zhao's tragic tale is also the story of China's idealists reeling under the brutal political terror of Mao's rule. ... An active participant in the la… Read more

SEVEN SWORDS (Tsui Hark, 2005)
Hong Kong's grand master of the martial arts film/definer of the wuxia genre, Tsui Hark, returns to prestige filmmaking with Seven Swords. Gritty and epic in every conceivable way, this film pays obv… Read more

SEVENTEEN YEARS (Zhang Yuan, 1999)
Winner of the Best Director award at the Venice Film Festival last year, Seventeen Years is a potent examination of a dysfunctional family and how human feelings can come back to life when on the ver… 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

SHOWER (Zhang Yang, 1999)
Opening with a wondrous fantasy concerning a high-tech automated shower modelled after a modern car-wash, Shower slams into a vision of a traditional Beijing bathhouse. A custom thousands of years ol… Read more

SONS (Zhang Yuan, 1996)
The Li household is a typical Beijing family, and a real Beijing family too. In this sensational docudrama, they re-enact their domestic history. The confronting results make Sylvania Waters look lik… Read more

SOUTH OF THE CLOUDS ( Zhu Wen, 2004)
South of the Clouds (Yun de Nan Fang)ChinaWinner of the Best Film and FIPRESCI prizes at this year's Hong Kong Film Festival, South of the Clouds is a bittersweet tale of one man's long-awaited journ… Read more

SOUTH OF THE CLOUDS ( Zhu Wen, 2004)
South of the Clouds (Yun de Nan Fang)ChinaWinner of the Best Film and FIPRESCI prizes at this year's Hong Kong Film Festival, South of the Clouds is a bittersweet tale of one man's long-awaited journ… Read more

Spring Comes South of the Yangtze (Hao Chung-min, Chang Mengchi, 1957)
Springtime South of the Yangtze is not only a season for industrious work but also the rewarding time of harvest. No sooner has the late rice paddy been transplanted than the early wheat becomes a se… Read more

SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN (Tian Zhuangshuang, 2002)
It is 1946 and China is picking itself up after the withdrawal of Japanese troops. Yuwen lives in a war-damaged house with her ailing husband, Dai, her sister-in-law, Xiu, and a house servant. She is… Read more

STILL LIFE (Zhang Ke Jia, 2006)
“I entered this condemned city [Fengjie] with my camera and I witnessed demolitions and explosions. In the roaring noise and fluttering dust, I gradually felt that life really could blossom in bril… 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

STORM (Chin Shan, 1960)
The play an which Storm is based was written, directed, and played by Ching Shan, as is the film. It Is one of the most powerful and original of modern Chinese films and is concerned with the real ev… Read more

SUMMER PALACE (Lou Ye, 2005)
With Summer Palace, Lou Ye establishes himself as the first Chinese filmmaker to use the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising as his backdrop, earning him, unsurprisingly, the ire of the Chinese au… Read more

SUNFLOWER (Zhang Yang, 2005)
Leading Chinese director Zhang Yang turns his perceptive eye to the inner dynamics of one post-Cultural Revolution family in Beijing and produces an emotionally affecting drama that illuminates three… Read more

SUNSET STREET (Wang Haowei, )
Set against the background of today's Beijing, the film portrays the lives of ordinary people, living in three rather shabby, old-fashioned courtyards on Sunset Street. ... Twelve families, all cheri… Read more

SUZHOU (Lou Ye, 1999)
"A compelling story of love and obsession whose progress mirrors the sinuous flow of the Shanghai waterway that supplies its title, Suzhou (River). Combining elements from classical Hollywood cinema&… Read more

TAIPEI STORY (Edward Yang, 1985)
Here's another feather in the cap for Chinese cinema, this time from Edward Yang, a relatively new director (his second feature) who was born on the mainland, studied for a while in the US, and now l… Read more

Taming the Yellow River (Chen Chien, 1959)
The Sanmen Gorges are one group of many gorges along the vast length of the Yellow River. This district has been called "Impassable Sanmen". This film shows the course of the water conservation proje… Read more

THE BIG PARADE (Chen Kaige, 1985)
One of the most startling things about The Big Parade is how little its formal and visual qualities resemble Chen's internationally acclaimed debut feature, Yellow Earth. But perhaps the most salient… Read more

THE BLACK CANNON INCIDENT (Huang Jianxin, 1985)
Black Cannon is the first satirical comedy worthy of the name made in China in 30 years. Engineer Zhao Shuxin (played by Liu Zifeng, who must be China s answer to Woody Allen) is suspected of industr… Read more

The Blood of Yingzhou District (Ruby Yang, 2006)
This year's Academy Awards winner for Best Short Documentary, The Blood of Yingzhou District, transports us to an impoverished district of China. Here, desperate parents donate blood in return for a … Read more

THE BLUE KITE (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993)
A rival to Jung Chang's Wild Swans as the most moving and convincing account of the realities of life under Mao's regime, The Blue Kite remains banned and unseen in China. Tian Zhuangzhuang's work ha… Read more

The Boy and the Buffalo (Chen Sanwei, 1985)
A fierce buffalo following its owner suddenly becomes angry and runs wild. A fable about iron hands and velvet gloves. ... Read more

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