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Films From China

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
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 land reforms of the early communist era, Lin Zhao later became a top student at Peking University. Her ... Read more
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 obvious nods to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai with its group of 17th century swordslingers banding ... Read more
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 verge of collapse. ... Seventeen years after accidentally murdering her stepsister, Liu Li is allowed ... Read more
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 Prize in Official Competition at Cannes, 2005. ... In the late 1960s, many families were encouraged to ... Read more
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 old and a culture unto themselves, bathhouses promote communal equality, stripped of clothing and rank. Read more
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 like Antic Of Green Gables and show ordinary life in today's China as never before. Father Li has been ... Read more
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 journey to a distant Chinese province. Warm and engaging, this wonderful film is highlighted by deft ... Read more
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 journey to a distant Chinese province. Warm and engaging, this wonderful film is highlighted by deft ... Read more
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 sea of rippling gold . . . ... Read more
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 bored and restless, looking for distractions when Zhang, an old flame and a friend of Dai's, pays ... Read more
“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 brilliant colours even in a place with such desperation.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke Fengjie's old ... Read more
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 China today. Banned in its homeland, the film revolves around teenage Yan-ni, whose prospects look ... Read more
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 events of the Peking-Hankow railway Strike of 1922-23, a key chapter in the history of China's ... Read more
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 authorities. However, far from being a political diatribe, Lou's film is a sensual and complex epic of ... Read more
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 decades of change in China. In 1976, Xiangyang is reunited with his father, Gengnian, an artist ... Read more
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 cherishing their dreams and hopes, trying to cope with their problems which are not of the earth-shaking ... Read more
"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—Hitchcock's Vertigo in particular— with a gritty, contemporary texture, this coolly ... Read more
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 lives and works in Taiwan TAIPEI STORY is a refreshing, intelligent study of a disintegrating ... Read more
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 project at the gorges from the start to the finish of work. ... Read more
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 and controversial aspect about its production has been the intervention of the authorities, who ... Read more
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 industrial espionage when he sends a somewhat cryptic telegram to a friend. He is therefore prevented from ... Read more
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 few yuan - and AIDS. Their orphaned children suffer as family traditions and village obligations ... Read more
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 has always challenged the official cultural line and his new film (which was finished offshore with ... Read more
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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