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TUYA'S MARRIAGE (Wang Quan'an, 2006)
“Tuya wears the trousers in this quirky desert romantic comedy set against China's quixotic campaign to wring profits out of the hardscrabble terrain.” - Screen Daily The quest to find a good, r… Read more

TWO ACTRESSES (Xie Jin, )
The cinema of the People's Republic of China remains almost unknown in the west and it is only in the last year or two that efforts have begun to explore what may turn out to be the last great treasu… Read more

UNCHARTED RIVER (Wu Tianming, 1983)
In the years following the downfall of the Gang of Four, a recurrent theme in Chinese cinema has been the hardships faced by the people during the Cultural Revolution. Uncharted River is more success… Read more

UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE (Zhang Yimou, 2010)
Veteran director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Not One Less) brings us a story of youthful passion amid the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution of 1970s China. ... With her father a political pr… Read more

Underground Palace (Chiang Ching-hung, 1959)
The Emperors of the Ming Dynasty concealed treasures under each of their tombs, so effectively hidden, that only in 1958 was the first of these - that of the Emperor Wan-li - discovered. ... Read more

UNIFORM (Diao Yinan, 2004)
Uniform (Zhifu) ChinaNominated for a Tiger award at Rotterdam this year, and the winner of the coveted Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Uniform is… Read more

UNKNOWN PLEASURES (Zhang Ke Jia, 2002)
Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures depicts a trough of aimlessness. This third feature by Jia - in Official Competition at Cannes 2002 - again proves his ability to hold a light to China's alienated ru… Read more

UNKNOWN PLEASURES (Zhang Ke Jia, 2002)
Last year Jia Zhang-Ke captivated MIFF audiences with Platform, a politically charged epic concerning a troupe of young performers in rural Shanxi province. The young Chinese filmmaker's third featur… Read more

USELESS (Zhang Ke Jia, 2007)
“Clothes, a layer of substance in close contact with our skins, also have memories.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke ... Jia Zhang-ke (Still Life, MIFF 07) picks at the fabric of the textile industry of… Read more

WARRIORS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH (He Ping, 2004)
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) China/Hong KongKongChina in the 7th century: a country in the throes of the fearsome Tang dynasty. A Japanese warrior, Lai Xi, has served the Chinese… Read more

WEEKEND PLOT (Zhang Ming, 2001)
Mistrust, a missing person and a floating dressmaker's dummy dominate the weekend of five Beijing friends who spend a summer weekend on the banks of the Yangzhe. Yudong, away from his wife's gaze, is… Read more

Where is Mama? (, 1961)
Drawings according to the technique of traditional Chinese ink and watercolour painting are used to tell of the adventure of some tadpoles. ... Read more

Why the Crow is Black (Chien Chia-chun, 1955)
A cartoon based on a Chinese folk tale about a handsome and tuneful bird who pays for vanity and laziness by becoming sooty and hoarse. ... Read more

WILD WILD ROSE, THE (Wong Tin Lam, 1960)
The Wild, Wild Rose (1960) is an energetic rendering of Bizet's famous opera Carmen. Transported to the nightlife district in Hong Kong, the classic tale of temptation and jealousy is given a film no… Read more

WINTER VACATION (Li Hongqi, 2010)
"Already a poet and novelist, Li Hongqi is also a talented filmmaker, here managing to dot an ultra-minimalist slice of life with speckles of wry deadpan humour." - Time Out London ... The monotony o… Read more

world without thieves, a (Feng Xiaogang, )
A World Without Thieves, from popular Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, is a stylish, high-octane ride on a train to redemption - with some superbly choreographed battle scenes en route. It revolves ar… Read more

XIU XIU: THE SENT DOWN GIRL (Joan Chen, 1998)
During China's Cultural Revolution around 7.5 million 'intellectual youth' were 'sent down' to the countryside to learn skills of manual labour and rural life. Xiu Xiu, based on Yan Geling's novella … Read more

Yang ban xi (Yan Ting Yuen, 2005)
During the 10 years of China's Cultural Revolution, the only culture allowed was [Yang Ban Xi] - propaganda operas. Based on traditional Chinese stories and adapted to the taste of Mao's wife, Jiang … Read more

YASUKUNI (Li Ying, 2007)
“We are committed to rebuilding a proud Japan, where the prime minister can openly worship at Yasukuni.” - Japanese politican ... A celebrated but beleaguered documentary, Yasukuni drew a storm o… Read more

yb box- SHOW ME A STORY (Liu Feng, 2008)
All people are born with their own distinct rhythm; three of China's best beatboxers are about to share theirs. ... --- D Liu Feng P Kerli Teo, Angie Wong, Liu Xiaoming S WS Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai… Read more

year of the yao (James D Stern, Adam Del Deo, 2004)
Yao Ming is Houston's big man of basketball. The Houston Rockets drafted the seven-foot, six-inch Chinese national in 2002, amid considerable skepticism from the NBA hoops experts. [The Year of the Y… Read more

YELLOW EARTH (Chen Kaige, 1984)
Director Chen Kaige was only 32 when he made Yellow Earth, his debut feature. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), like many of his contemporaries, Chen had been sent down to the countryside to … Read more

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