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Viewing films where language is mandarin
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Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Director Wen Shipei

This psychological crime thriller pushes genre into daring territory and dazzles with a lush visual style that heralds the arrival of a major new Chinese filmmaking talent.

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Bubble

Bubble

Director Haonan Wang

A couple’s date at a tucked-away hole-in-the-wall takes a turn for the ravenous.

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Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi returns with another enigmatically melancholy tale of human desire, loneliness and love – one that nabbed Cannes’ Best Screenplay award.

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Lili Alone

Lili Alone

Director Zou Jing

Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.

Selling Fast
Mama

Mama

Director Li Dongmei

Göteborg’s 2021 Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award winner dives into personal memories that embody the persistence of life in the face of enormous tragedy.

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Pickpocket

Pickpocket

Capturing the malaise of Chinese society at the tail end of the 20th century, Jia Zhang-ke’s restored feature debut is ripe for re-examination.

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Riding Scooters

Riding Scooters

Director Terry Hou

A teenager is faced with the choice between rising up to become the better man or debasing himself for acceptance.

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Step Into the River

Step Into the River

Director Weijia Ma

This DOK Leipzig Silver Dove for Short Documentary and Animated Film winner grapples with China’s one-child policy through a story about two friends.