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Films From China

Chinese moutaineers scale the last of the worlds unconquered peaks over 24,000 feet — Muiml Shisha Pangma in Tibet. ... Read more
An animated fairytale about a cowherd. ... Read more
The Chinese film industry keeps producing new surprises, and low budget, independent productions are the latest. Made in black and white for only US $77,000, The Days is 29 year old Wang Xiaoshuai's first film. However, if the Chinese regime has its way it will also be his last. Enraged, they have ... Read more
"I've been waiting for this match for over 10 years." Friendship is fine, but competition is important too and Sha Ou, a top player on the Chinese national volleyball team, is playing for keeps. The doctor has told her to stop; her back cannot take it any more, she may even become paralyzed. But ... Read more
This is a film of a Chinese national dance which is based on an old legend. Travelling to the capital to take his examination, Liu Yen-chang comes to the temple of the Goddess San Sheng Mu on Mount Hua. Gazing at the image he admires her beauty and writes a poem on her silken scarf expressing his ... Read more
A puppet film in which a peasant lad puts his valuable gift to good use. ... Read more
A folk legend of the Miao people is performed as a dance drama by the Kueichow Song and Dance En­semble. The story tells how the beautiful Manlo is deeply in love with the young hunter Adoya, but the evil landowner Heidayang is determined to possess her. He murders the young man with a poisoned ... Read more
Lin Tse Hsu was the Chinese hero of the opium war of 1840. Driven on by easy money, traders and some irresponsible missionaries flooded the Chinese towns with this drug. ... The Manchu court was forced to send Lin Tse Hsu as governor of Canton, to put a stop to the trade, but with the threat of ... Read more
Set in small-town China, an unemployed factory worker agrees to care for a prostitute's baby for a meager stipend. Slowly, something of a family emerges, but their shared path veers when the womans pimp, also the child's father, decides he wants to look after the child - driven by his ... Read more
"Simple in its measured and assured direction, The Piano in a Factory establishes Zhang Meng as one of the most vibrant voices in Chinese cinema today." - Toronto International Film Festival ... Chen, an unemployed ex-steelworker and amateur accordionist, loves music nearly as much as he loves his ... Read more
Possessed of a unique melancholic but never indulgent or nostalgic vision, and with nine successes over the last decade, Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-Hsien is unquestionably an international great. His 1991 historical epic City Of Sadness was an enormous box office smash in Taiwan, which set him the ... Read more
The first Chinese production to be shot entirely in the Tibetan language. ... Moving from one stunning mountainscape to another, a film crew undertakes a series of auditions across Tibet - presented in their real-time entirety - for a screen version of the classic Tibetan-Buddhist opera Drime ... Read more
The small golden oriole is a very timid bird, but encouraged, she is able to sing in public. ... Read more
Beautifully animated story of the struggles between a snipe and its endeavours to make a meal out of a river clam, The clam has other ideas. ... Read more
A children's film using paper cut-outs. The story is aboul the trials and tribulations of an orphan boy who is finally saved from his tormentor by the Spirit of Genseng. ... Read more
"I am living a Balzacian life". Dirty dishes, champagne, Beijing nights and gun play. Bold editing creates an unsettling portrait of a foreigner in China.---D/P/S Joanna Vasquez Arong L English, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD video/col/2005/5mins ... Read more
Plenty of Chinese documentaries look at the nation's poor and disenfranchised - The Transition Period gives us a rare peek into Chinese life from the other side. ... Director Zhou Hao was given access to follow Guo Yongchang during his last months in office as party secretary of an underdeveloped ... Read more
The World is the first film of Jia Zhang-ke - MIFF filmmaker in focus - made with the tacit approval of the authorities. It is also his first film to be released in China. The World is set in World Park, a Beijing simulacra of must-see sights, where one can do a whistle-stop tour of the globe. Here ... Read more
Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of the Cultural Revolution's first victim. ... Made as a follow-up to his stunning Searching for Lin Zhao's Soul, Though I Am Gone sees Hu Jie return to the Maoist era to tell the story of Bian Zhongyun, a deputy headmistress at a top Beijing ... Read more
[Three... Extremes] is a chilling, top-shelf anthology, featuring three short 'horror' films directed by perennial MIFF faves Park Chan-wook, Miike Takashi and Fruit Chan. ... "Park's [Cut] ranks as the director's best work to date. A famous director and his pianist wife are held hostage by a ... Read more
[Thunder Lannyang] is an elegant portrait of Taiwanese music and family tradition interwoven with a personal history. Jin-tsai Chuan is one of the few remaining exponents of Baguan traditional opera. As Taiwan changes irreversibly, his music and life story offer insights into a forgotten ... Read more
13-year-old Xiaochun is a shy and sensitive violin prodigy who lives with his father, a hardworking chef in a provincial Chinese city. They set out for Beijing to further the young boy's musical education, in the ultimate hope of attaining fame and great success. At first Xiaochan begins his ... Read more
"This ultraviolent attack on Chinese consumerism is a stunning slap in the face from previously-sedate director Jia Zhang-ke." - The Guardian ... The blood hits the floor in this confronting look at modern China and the domestic conflict its newfound wealth has wrought. Following four characters ... Read more
An attractive film about one of the most exquisite ancient arts of the Orient, kept alive by exact teaching methods and unbroken tradition. The students work their way exhaustively to perfection and ultimately perform in full regalia before their teachers. ... Read more
β€œThe beginning, middle and end of Triangle are directed by three different directors… it is like tasting an exquisite dish with three different flavors.” - Pusan Film Festival ... Combining the might of Hong Kong's most celebrated filmmakers - Johnnie To (Election, MIFF 05), Tsui Hark ... Read more
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