Lu Wenting, a middle-aged female eye doctor, is stressed. Once her days were filled with romantic moonlit walks with her husband, but now kids, work, and the daily business of life leaves her with no time to relax. The madness is interrupted when, after doing three operations in one day, she suffers from a myocardial infarction and is hospitalized. She awakes hopeful with her husband at her side and the road before her uncertain.
It is a story of a countryman Bow Gun and his rude introduction to city life in Shanghai . He arrives at Shanghai to claim his prize, an apartment, but discovers that he must wait a year and a half for the apartment to be built. Surrounded by cast of characters including his scheming aunt Jin Fang, the gritty subway musician Ah Liang, the beautiful lady Ah Hai and her boyfriend Xiao Bai, Bao Gun must make a go at life in the big city.
Du Shiniang sacrifices everything to be with her lover, Li Jia, but his father is less than thrilled. When Sun Fu, who has designs on acquiring Du for himself, learns of this, he persuades an already waffling Li Jia to sell Du. Outraged at the selfishness of both men, Du throws her gems, one by one, into a river, and then jumps in herself, thereby taking control of her own destiny. Stars award winning actress Pan Hong.
Banned in China, where the director was under close government scrutiny for making the film “without permission”, The Blue Kite is one of the most acclaimed and controversial of all of the films to come out of the new Chinese cinema. Told from the perspective of a young boy, Tietou, it traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors as they experience the political and social upheavals in 1950’s and 60’s China. Tietou’s parents, a librarian and school teacher, both loyal Communist party members, soon learn that even the most innocent criticisms can be interpreted by the Party as imperialist propaganda. Over the next fifteen years, Tietou observes the adverse effects of party policy on various members of his family. The only image of hope and freedom offered in the film is a blue kite given to Tietou by his father, which he later passes on to the next generation.
A young woman… seeking a better life in rural Mainland China, must
take a job as a Country Teacher where without tax income, education funding
is not guaranteed, nor is the pay. At a time, not so long age, when government
sponsored Chinese higher education and the State University Admissions
exams were the best hope for rural area boys and girls to overcome poverty,
she must learn with her three colleagues, the hope for only one endorsement…
the struggle to become a Certified Teacher, a federal government employee
with guaranteed salary, a pension and even medical benefits. Here then
is the sensitive story of life in a country village, for its children
and elders, and their relationship with the country as a whole…
a seductive tale that leads you into thinking you're about to watch a
situation in Chinese education created by poverty, only to wind up understanding
the universal nature of the problems and ideals that educators face all
over the world.
Two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy—and the inescapable, enduring power of love. Set against 19th-century China’s breathtaking landscape, this was an action-packed, box office smash hit in the U.S.
The most renowned of China 's social commentary
films of the 1940s, Crows and Sparrows is hailed by film historian Jay
Leyda as "a milestone in Chinese film history." Capping the
richly creative period of pre-revolutionary Chinese cinema, the film is
also a landmark in Neo-Realism (a major movement within European cinema
of the era).
A Greedy landlord tries to sell off his Shanghai Boarding house and immigrate to Taiwan in advance of the expected Communist takeover. His tenants (including a teacher and his family, a peddler, a clerk, and some students) struggle valiantly to keep their homes, triumphing when the landlord is forced to flee the approaching Red Army.
The most renowned of China's social commentary films of the 1940s, Crows
and Sparrows is hailed by film historian Jay Leyda as "a milestone
in Chinese film history." Capping the richly creative period of pre-revolutionary
Chinese cinema, the film is also a landmark in Neo-Realism (a major movement
within European cinema of the era).
A Greedy landlord tries to sell off his Shanghai Boarding house and immigrate to Taiwan in advance of the expected Communist takeover. His tenants (including a teacher and his family, a peddler, a clerk, and some students) struggle valiantly to keep their homes, triumphing when the landlord is forced to flee the approaching Red Army.
A charming story of love, family, and tradition. Trouble is cooking for widower and Master Chef Chu, who’s about to discover that no matter how dazzling and delicious his culinary creations might be, they’re no match for the libidinous whims of his three beautiful but rebellious daughters. A master surgeon in the kitchen, Chu is at a loss when it comes to the ingredients of being a father. Every Sunday this kitchen samurai whips up a delicacy of dishes for his ungrateful daughters who are so self-consumed that they don’t see his attempt at showing them love—gastronomically. So, as relationships sour and communications break down, Chu concocts a sure-fire recipe that will bring his family back together—he creates his own love affair to rival his daughter’s affections!
A visually stunning epic, exploring the devastating price one country pays for peace and one man pays for power. Ying Zheng, the King of Qin, has one driving ambition: to unify China’s seven kingdoms into one magnificent empire. Impressed by her lover’s convictions, Lady Zhao (Gong Li) helps Yinig Zheng concoct an assassination plot that would justify the conquest of Qin’s most powerful enemy. When Ying Zheng’s peaceful mission explodes into a brutal holocaust, a disillusioned Lady Zhao is forced to question her loyalty and her lover’s destiny.
The Emperor's Shadow is a majestic tour-de-force that captures both the epic sweep of the formation of China 's first ruling dynasty and the poignant struggle of star-crossed lovers against the cold hand of tradition and the relentless march of history. Driven by the desire to unite China 's disparate kingdoms under his rule and become its first emperor, Ying Zheng calls upon his childhood friend, Gao Jianli to compose a national anthem that will win the people's hearts and minds. When Gao, now a much-admired musician and composer, falls in love with Ying's daughter Yueyang, who is already pledged to the leader of the imperial army, the lovers are forced to conceal their affair. When their liaison is discovered, Ying becomes enraged and deep conflicts arise even as his powerful crusade advances. Still the lovers find each other, and the story hurtles to a moving crescendo with timeless love and the cruel momentum of national destiny tragically poised against each other.
We follow the story of two Beijing opera singers, from their boyhood training during the Warlord period, through the Japanese occupation and on into the Cultural Revolution. A woman comes between them, and heartbreak and tragedy ensue for all parties involved. Rumor has it that Chen Kaige made this movie as an apology to his father, whom he publicly denounced as a boy during the Cultural Revolution.
A mesmerizing and seductive tale of sexual intrigue set in the elegant brothels of late 19th century Shanghai. An insular world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior, the film traces the destinies of the beautiful “flower girls”, whose lives depended on their ability to win, and then hold, the affections of their wealth callers.
At the turn of the century, a pampered and lively twelve-year-old girl is whisked off to a remote village and straight into an arranged marriage with a two-year-old boy. As she ripens into womanhood, she develops sisterly affection for her toddling husband but finds more substantial companionship in a furtive love affair with a young farmer – which places her in danger from the village’s sever restrictions against adultery.
Modern-day actress Liang Ching is set to star in a film about the White Terror, the Taiwanese government’s crackdown on suspected Communists during the early 1950’s. Caught up in rehearsals, Liang Ching finds herself imagining the film she will be starring in, but her visualization of scenes from the script seem inflected more and more by her personal memories which are awakened by the mysterious receipt of faxed pages from her old diary. As a result, she is forced to relive the past, blurring the lines between her movie role and real life.
Chinese-born Leo Fang ventures to his homeland 30 years after coming to America. He takes along his American-born Chinese wife and his teenage son to stay with his sister’s family in Beijing. Leo nostalgically searches for the traditional China he left behind, while his son Paul charms cousin Lili with his “wild” Western ways. Culture clashes make for hilarity as each family finds things different than expected. Filmed in Beijing amidst the shadows of ancient monuments, this was the first American movie shot on location in China.
China , 2004
Run Time: 98 Minutes
Directed by Zhang Yimou
Director Zhang Yimou brings the sumptuous visual style of his previous films ( Raise the Red Lantern , Shanghai Triad ) to the high-kicking kung fu genre. A nameless warrior (Jet Li, Romeo Must Die , Once Upon a Time in China ) arrives at an emperor's palace with three weapons, each belonging to a famous assassin who had sworn to kill the emperor. As the nameless man spins out his story--and the emperor presents his own interpretation of what might really have happened--each episode is drenched in red, blue, white or another dominant color. Hero combines sweeping cinematography and superb performances from the cream of the Hong Kong cinema (Maggie Cheung, Irma Vep , Comrades: Almost a Love Story ; Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, In the Mood for Love , Hard Boiled ; and Zhang Ziyi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ). The result is stunning, a dazzling action movie with an emotional richness that deepens with every step. --Bret Fetzer --
This film tells the tale of Norbu, a horse stealer, who is driven out by his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Forced to live in harsh isolation with his family, Norbu repents after the death of his son, but he must revert to stealing after the birth of another child.
Luo Xuan, a gymnastics coach, takes her boyfriend Chen Zhiping, a footballer, home to meet her parents. She fully expects her parents’ approval, and is already dreaming of a happy future. Yet the first meeting sets a bad tone. How could the parents, both of whom are professors, approve of their only daughter marrying a footballer? As it happens, Chen’s parents have an equally negative response. They worry about their son being snubbed and discriminated against. He finally gives in and marries a worker, a marriage arranged by his parents. At this Luo Xuan leaves her family in anger. She defies her parents by rashly marrying a shipyard worker whom she never loved. He is killed soon after they marry. According to the film cover blurb, “the remnants of feudal values going back several thousand years still bind Chinese society like an invisible net. One cannot find love and real happiness unless one has the courage to break through.”
The uplifting story of four remarkable friends, middle-aged Chinese women living in America, whose extraordinary lives are filled with joy and heartbreak. Their lifelong friendship reveals a mosaic of the startling events and conditions that have shaped their lives, and how these experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold for each of their children.
They were destined, if not doomed, to be together. She was the mill owner’s battered bride; he was his overworked nephew. Out of their plight grew a profound and powerful secret love. Their hearts were free, but only murder could free the lovers from the tyranny of the mill owner. Or could it?
The streets of 1930’s Sichuan province set the stage for this award-winning tale of hope and transformation in the face of poverty and loneliness. As a rare master of an ancient art, the skills of “The King of Masks” are sought out by even the most beloved star of the esteemed Chinese Opera. But tradition dictates that the aging master’s trade only be passed on to a male heir. Desperate for his art to survive, “The King of Masks” finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals an unexpected secret, their relationship is suddenly tested by both the old man’s stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China.
The story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, who comes from a long history of a tradition that is irreversibly altered by two world wars and fierce political upheaval. Guided by his English mentor, played by Peter O’Toole, Pu Yi is forced to leave the lavish, protective walls of the Forbidden City and somehow find the strength to build a new life in a strange world he has always longed to explore, but has never really known. Winner of “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards in 1987.
Set against the awesome backdrop of the barren mountains and plains of
Inner Mongolia, this film unfurls a profound tale of a master and pupil,
old and young, both completely blind, who wander the sun-scorched earth
in an aimless quest for enlightenment. They express themselves through
heartfelt song and fragile lutes they carry, living for the fulfillment
of the prophecy that when the thousandth string breaks, the player will
be rewarded with the sight and wisdom they so vigilantly pursue. The path
before them is laden with new experiences: for the student, a sexual awakening
with a peasant girl; for the “saint”, an ongoing battle with
his failing health. At other times they confront more frightening obstacles,
as when they stumble onto a battle in which massive armies clash in the
desert wasteland. Chen Kaige, the writer and director, made this film
“in the hope of a better future, not only for the Chinese, but for
This is truly a unique film, a sensitive parable, beautifully filmed, that examines the difficult quest for enlightenment in a land torn by political unrest. Be forewarned, though, that this is a slow-moving film that is highly symbolic in nature. At the same time it is highly spiritual, with stunning cinematography, and a most haunting experience for the viewer.
Set in China , in the middle of the Cultural Revolution in the early 1970s, in a small village where the intellectuals are "re-educated" by the peasants, the film focuses on three people. Ma is a violinist. Her friend Luo has renamed one of Mozart's sonatas as Mozart thinks about Chairman Mao in order to please the village head. The two accomplices meet a little seamstress with whom they hatch an amorous and literary plot, through the medium of literary classics by Flaubert, Dumas, Tolstoy and Balzac that they read in Secret.
A ping pong ball, found floating in a stream, becomes the source of wonderment for three young boys who live in the remote grasslands of Mongolia, a magnificent landscape little changed since the time of Genghis Khan.
Bilike, the ball's discoverer, assumes it's a bird's egg. His wizened grandmother proclaims it a magic pearl. Unconvinced, the boys take the ball to the monastery, but even the grasslands' most knowledgeable inhabitants are stumped. when a television show (seen on the region's only set) reveals that the object is the "national ball of China," the determined young scouts decide to embark upon a journey to return the precious talisman to the Chinese capital.
A film based on one of the great writer Lu Xun’s most famous short
The story takes place in the years just before the Revolution of 1911, when the Qing Dynasty was overthrown. On a farm in Zhejiang Province lives a young widow, Xianglin, whose family tries to sell her to peasant He, who wants her for a bride. Xianglin instead manages to escape the village, where she works as a housemaid. But Xianglin’s family finds and kidnaps her, and the marriage takes place. Xianglin and He slowly fall in love, and their union produces a son. But tragedy strikes the family. First her husband dies, and then her baby is eaten by wolves. Returning to her former post as maidservant, Xianglin is treated as a pariah, eventually being forced to leave. She becomes a half-crazed beggar, finally dying on New Year’s Eve. The first “post-Liberation classic” from actress Bai Yang.
In the crushing poverty of rural China, a young woman is ordered to a remote village to be their substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won’t be paid. Faced with overwhelming family debt, her biggest little troublemaker disappears into the city to find work. The stubborn teacher, however, is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television station sympathizes does her search bear fruit.
The king of the Peacock Kingdom had seven beautiful daughters, but his favorite was the seventh, Nan Muluna. Being a peacock princess, she could fly, and one day she flew to the Golden Lake where she met the Prince of Mengbanzha. It was love at first sight, and they were married. But the prince’s father, the King, was under the sway of an evil vulture who had transformed himself into a magician. This magician hated the young prince and did everything in his power to cause him unhappiness. The magician slandered the princess as an evil spirit, and forced her to fly back to the Peacock Kingdom. It wasn’t until the prince did battle with this force of evil that he was finally reunited with his beloved Nan Muluna. Realism at its finest.
A village in southern China , a father, who has been retired from his job as rural postman, is showing his son-the new postman-the ropes on his last round through his route. Both of them have a heavy heart when walking along the roads. The son feels that mountain roads seem to be never ended, the father recalls the days of being a postman. It is a touching story between a father and a son.
Based on the actual memoirs of Li Tien-lu, Taiwan’s most celebrated
puppeteer and official “national treasure”, this film tells
the epic tale of one man’s struggle against a seemingly insurmountable
adversary. Spanning the years from Li’s birth in 1909 to the end
of Japan’s fifty-year occupation of Taiwan in 1945, this remarkable
true story captures the puppetmaster’s hardships as well as the
tragic sweep of this war-torn era.
The film skillfully weaves Li’s recollection with dramatic reenactments of the fateful chapters in his life. The portrait that emerges reflects the emotionally complex state of chinese society during the first half of the 20th century.
After leaving her husband and children, Qiu Jin leaves for Japan amidst the upheaval of early 20th century China to study. Upon returning, she becomes a revolutionary and joins the Restoration League and the Revolutionary League. Calling on Chinese women to resist the current regime, she led uprising in Anhui and Zhejiang provinces. She was eventually captured by Qing officials and executed at Shaoxing.
Story of an educated woman, played by Gong Li, who is sent off to become the newest wife of a feudal nobleman in 1920’s china. Nearly isolated in his spooky, palatial home, she develops relationships with several of the other wives and slowly becomes aware of a hideous legacy of punishment toward more willful women.
Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows two orphaned friends as they struggle to survive during World War II. Chuchu and Luo Xiaoman’s lives are filled with typical childhood experiences of budding youth and childhood pranks. When war shatters their tranquility, Chuchu and Luo must face the chaos, bloodshed, and often hellacious struggle to stay alive.
Set against the close of the Ching Dynasty at the turn of the 20th century, this is a tale of forbidden love, loyalty, and passion. With no male heirs to run their fireworks factory, the Chai family’s beautiful daughter has been groomed for the role of master. Renounced of her femininity, she is clothed like a man and forbidden to marry, a role which she dutifully accepts until a rebellious young artist becomes employed at the factory. He unleashes in her an unbridled passion that challenges her loyalty to her ancestral heritage and threatens the tradition that has bound her family with the people of the factory, leading to an explosive climax that will change their lives forever.
"Red River Valley" is more sincere, poignant and strongly emotive
than Hollywood films "Seven Years in Tibet", "Kundun",
or "Red Corner". "Red River Valley" is based on the
book by British author Peter Fleming, "Bayonets to Lhasa", the
last full account of the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904.
In the beginning of the century, a country Han girl is being sacrificed to a river god. Rescued first by her brother and then in t twist of fate by an old Tibetan woman, the girl begins her new life taking the name of Snow Dawa, and slowly falls in love with Gesong, the Tibetan woman's son. The young couple later saved two British men buried in an avalanche. These two men have very different views about the future of Tibet. One finds the kindness, hospitality, and purity in the nature of the Tibetans overwhelming. The other is intent upon bringing civilization to Tibet by "liberating" the Tibetan people.
"Red River Valley", shot against the epic scale of the beautiful Tibetan landscape, provokes thoughts about the similarities of different cultures on opposite sides of the Earth, and why liberation and civilization begin with massacre. This motion picture, deftly directed by Feng Xiaoning, reflects the magnificent simplicity of the Tibetan land and people. The characters in "Red River Valley" carry such weight,they say more than a starlit cast of hundreds ever could.
Beginning as a lusty romantic comedy about a nervous young bride’s arrival and ensuing seduction at a remote winery, and ending as a heroic and harrowing drama of partisan resistance during the Japanese occupation, the builds to a spell-binding, explosive climax.
Catherine Kellner is Leah Quinn, a late twenty-something American who
has been living in Beijing for three years, and has yet to find the love
or serenity she has searched the world for. Weigi Master Sun Zhan may
be the great love she has been seeking, or another in a string of heartbreaks.
Either way, he will show Leah aspects of Beijing, and of herself, that
she never knew existed. David Wu is Richard Kao, a Chinese-American who
visits Beijing for the first time to deliver his Grandfathers ashes to
an ancestral burial ground. While in China, Richard falls for his sheltered
cousin Ling Qing Qing and finds out he has more to learn about his heritage
then he could ever have imagined. Written and Directed by Jule Gilfillan,
Restless is the first U.S.-Chinese co-production filmed entirely in Beijing,
and is a tale of international romance caught between the conflicts of
An unprecedented event in the history of motion pictures was one of the
first contemporary feature films from The People's Republic of China ever
to be exhibited in the Western Hemisphere. Rickshaw Boy, based on the
well known story by famous Chinese novelist Lao She, Stars Zhang Fengyi.
A box office sensation, the film did remarkably well earning eight Chinese
and International Film awards and making Zhang a household name. Veteran
director's Ling Zifeng's work tells the classic Chinese tale of a hardworking
peasant who tries to make his way in the Chinese capital. After three
years of back-breaking labor to establish a business of his own, the daughter
of the rickshaw company falls in love with him. This story has a tough
Chinese twist-revealing much about the collision of ancient class distinctions
in the preservation of capital, family and wealth.
A romantic drama whose story is as beautiful as the cinematography. When
his father dies, Luo Yusheng returns from the city to his childhood village
where his father was the much-revered local teacher. But what begins as
a short trip to bury his father becomes much more when he learns his mother
wants a traditional burial for her beloved husband.
She wants to have him carried by foot, honoring the belief that a body returned this way will never forget the road home. As Yusheng enlists the men needed to fulfill her wishes, the story of his parents’ love affair unfolds. In the days of arranged marriages, he learns theirs was the first based on love.
An enchanting drama that depicts the wondrous influence of movies in Peking, China, at the turn of the 20th century. Photographer Liu is intrigued by the inventions and western technologies that are coming to his small community. When an Englishman named Raymond Wallace arrives with talk of “moving pictures,” Liu helps bridge the gap between Raymond and the Chinese, unintentionally defying the traditions of his culture in the process. Conflicted by his loyalty to his family and friends, and the opportunity to better his standing in society so he can marry the woman he loves, Liu must decide whether or not to risk everything to help bring the motion picture industry to China and make his dreams come true.
The charms of an alluring prostitute are used as bait between feuding ganglords against a dramatic backdrop of 1930’s Shanghai in this exotic and captivating thriller. Winner of various awards for cinematography, one critic commented: “From the glowing artifice and warm surfaces of chic Shanghai to the natural blues and greens of the misty countryside where the tale leads, it is, in the truest sense, poetry in motion.”
When successful business man Da Ming is summoned by his younger brother to come home to his father’s old-style bathhouse in Beijing, he can’t wait to return to his fast-paced modern life. But time amongst the crazy cast of characters that frequent the bathhouse gives him a new appreciation for traditional old ways. When a tragic event causes sudden change, Da Ming must choose between the prosperous life he’s made for himself and his responsibility to his family and his heritage.
Countless men died defending the great Silk Road, that in ancient times was the trade route between China and the west. As it cut a jagged ribbon across 5,000 miles of Asian desert, it was home to the rebel armies who preyed on merchants transporting their goods between China and the Middle East and Europe. An educated young Chinese man named Zhao is traveling with a group that is suddenly ambushed by a ruthless rebel army regiment. Zhao is made into a soldier and marched off to the great battle of the South. The resourceful Zhao proves himself a skilled fighter, single-handedly rescuing a captured princess. Alone, Zhao and the princess make their way across a treacherous desert, falling in love, unaware of the dangers that lay ahead. This is mostly an entertainment film, but the final scenes purport to explain how the amazing manuscripts found in the caves of Dunhuang in northwestern China came to be hidden there for many centuries before being uncovered in modern times.
"A Soul Haunted by Painting" is based on the true story of Chinese painter, Pan Yiliang, whose work was celebrated in Paris yet rejected at home. At fifteen years old, she was sold into prostitution. Her life changes when she marries with a high official. Through her husband, she finds expression in western painting and furthers her studies in Paris . Although internationally acclaimed as an artist, painter and sculptor, her past always continued to haunt her at home in China ; and it was only after her death that she finally received the acceptance she so desperately sought.
Pan Yuliang is played by Gong Li, China 's best known movie star. Directed by Huang Shuqin, a women famous for highlighting the influence of tradition on gender issues, among the movies themes is the debate over the use of live, nude models for painting, an issue first raised in the 1920s and still unsettled in China today.
Springtime in the Gobi Desert . A family on nomads assist in the births of its camel herd. They face a crisis when one while calf is rejected by its mother after a particularly difficult birth. When all hope seems lost, the family sends its two young boys on a journey to a far-off village to fetch a musician capable of performing a magical ceremony.
The Story of the Weeping Camel is a work that combines hard-hitting truth with uplifting drama. The film's sweeping vistas and magical photography capture the very essence of this part of the world, while its emotionally charged story of separation and reconciliation reminds us that the heart, whether human or animal, knows no borders.
Starring Gong Li as a stoic peasant woman who demands an apology when her husband is kicked in the groin by the village Chief. But the Chief is a proud man who refuses to apologize, sending Qiu Ju on a futile trek through the complicated Chinese court system. From her small village to a nearby city and finally to the large and impersonal district court, hers is a universal battle against bureaucracy and indifference.
Meet Xinghua. Obedient servant. Compliant wife. Her husband’s submissive possession. Bound by ancient traditions, she dutifully accepts a loveless marriage and endures her husband’s cruelty. Until inescapable passion draws her into a dangerous and forbidden love affair which unleashes her senses… and releases her to dream of the unimaginable: freedom.
A disaffected woman boards a train in Beijing and confounds her fellow passengers by her moroseness and apparent stupor. A disconcerted man reports this to police, but the woman slips away when the train arrives in Nanjing. She goes to the Yangzi River Bridge, where she stands and contemplates the “ten chaotic years” (presumably a reference to the Cultural Revolution from 1966-76). She has tried to begin life anew but is discriminated against; she is about to throw herself into the river when she is saved by Tongsheng, the man who reported her to the police.
The captivating story of a beautiful young woman, her seductive lover and their struggle for power, passion and revenge—so shocking, it was banned in the director’s own country. Highly provocative and filled with unforgettable sensual imagery.
A truly beautiful and sweet film, not yet available with English subtitles. The Chinese dialogue is quite simple, however, and the story is such that it can be enjoyed and understood even without a knowledge of the language. The story is about a rural postman in the remote countryside of Hunan province in the modern day. He is basically the only contact with the outside world that the villages to whom he delivers the mail ever have. Because of the strenous nature of his work, delivering mail over the mountains on foot accompanied only by his faithful German shepherd, by his mid-40’s he knows he will not be able to continue his work much longer. He convinces his son to take over his route for him. One last time the father sets out with his dog to deliver the mail, with his son along to learn the ropes. It is a journey of discovery for the young man, as he comes to really know and respect his father, and realizes for the first time all his father has meant to the villagers whose life he has touched.
Set against four decades of Chinese political turmoil, To Live follows the lives of one couple, Fugui and Jiazhen, as they struggle to survive their own changing station within the upheaval. When Fugui gambles away his family’s fortune and loses their home, he is left with nothing but a trunkful of puppets by which to make his living. But his ability to entertain with the puppets lands him at first in the company of the Nationalist army…and then the Red army! As the years go by, bringing bizarre twists, tragic losses, and profound hope, Fugui and his family steel themselves to accept what the future has in store for them by doing the one thing they know how to do best: “To Live”.
When violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is "adopted" by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach-until a shocking discovery begins to unravel his entire world, and the boy must make the most difficult choice of his life. Can he achieve the fame his father had always hoped for without losing the extraordinary passion that sets him apart?
Yang Kuei-Mei and Chen Chao-Jung (both from the hit comedy Eat, Drink, Man, Woman) star as May, a chic and seductive real estate agent, and Ah-Jong, a street merchant. This mesmerizing film revolves around the two young people and their encounters in one of the thousands of vacant, anonymous apartments that fill Taipei, Taiwan. After a chance meeting, the couple use the apartment for their impulsive sexual liaisons. A third person, a shy young gay man, hides in the same apartment, and spies on the couple, creating a bizarre love triangle. A compelling mix of quirky wit and eroticism reminiscent of the best works of Michelangelo Antonioni.
A gay Taiwanese yuppie who lives with his American lover tries to end his family’s endless matchmaking attempts by announcing he’s engaged. His parents immediately fly in to meet the bride, an illegal Chinese alien in need of a green card. Within days, they turn the planned quickie City Hall marriage into a banquet with hundreds of guests – and their son’s easy deception becomes a very complicated affair.
Woman Demon Human is a shining example of the "New Chinese Cinema"
woven with the Chinese "opera film" whose brilliant allegories
reveal so much with extraordinary flair. No less could be expected from
the masterful hand of the brilliant female director Huang Shuqin. Born
into the world of her parents' Peking Opera Company, a young girl follows
her dreams and becomes a professional actress. With her personal world
marked by trauma, she submerges herself into her stage roles. Yet she
dreams of more: she wants to play the major "male" roles. Will
this struggle for modernity and equal rights come through? Or will she
be forever trapped in the confinements of traditional culture, living
with her own personal ghosts?
An ancient legend from a rural Chinese village tells the story of two
young girls who drowned themselves in the local lake. The following day
they were seen flying off in the form of two beautiful birds. The lake
has since been known as “Soul’s Lake”. Xiang Ersao is
the driving force behind her family’s successful sesame oil mill.
The sesame oil they produce is famous for its flavor and attracts a Japanese
business woman who invests in the factory. With her new found wealth,
Xiang earns power and status in the village.
But despite her prosperity, Xiang is profoundly unhappy. As society dictates, she must endure the drunken and abusive behavior of her husband, to whom she was sold at the age of seven and married at thirteen. When her mentally ill son asks for a wife, Xiang perpetuates her own destiny by “buying” a poor, reluctant peasant girl, Huanhuan, for him. Will Xiang recognize the parallel between her own life and Huanhuan’s before the river claims another soul?
Before liberation, basketball player Tian Zhenhua and Lin Jie, daughter of the basketball team manager are in love. Once in a tournament, since the manger was bribed, he wants the team to lose the game. But Tian Zhenhua being a loyal and patriotic to the country, instead, let the team win. The manager order goons to hurt Tian Zhenhua and force his daughter to marry a rich person. After 18 years, Tian Zhenhua becomes the trainer of Shanghai Woman's basketball team. Lin Xiaojie, daughter of Lin Jie is a promising basketball player. Due to the influences of her family and friends, she got a wrong concept about the sport. Tian Zhenhua taught and trained her patiently. One time, Lin Xiaojie was badly injured in a game that she had to enter hospital. When visiting Lin Xiaojie in the hospital, Tian Zhenhua and Lin Jie met again after a long time. Both settled their differences and reconciled. Now, Lin Xiaojie was chosen to represent China in the woman's basketball team.
This film tells two stories. Many youths in China were “sent down” to the countryside by the government during the Cultural Revolution for specialized training. This is one girl’s story and the compassionate deed that inspired a man everyone who hears her tale. The young and beautiful Xiu Xiu dreamt of becoming a horse trainer in the wide open plains of Tibet, far away from her busy city home. Her journey begins with a training camp in the isolated plains with a solitary and mysterious man. Slowly, Xiu Xiu discovers that she is unlikely to ever see her home again without a wealthy sponsor. Her world becomes a horrifying cage, where “patrons” promise her escape in exchange for sexual compromise.
Peasant Xu Mao has nine daughters, all with varying personalities, but this film focuses on two of them, the third and fourth daughters. The Cultural Revolution tears the family apart and turns Xu Mao into a hard-hearted old man. Afterwards the family tries to pick up the pieces in its wake.
Set in the barren wilderness of northern Shaanxi province, this film tells how the life of a fourteen year-old peasant girl is changed forever by the arrival of Gu Qing, a communist soldier who has been sent out to collect folk songs for the use of the revolutionary armies. As the young Cui Qiao slowly falls in love with this soldier, she learns from him that she does not have to remain bound to her lonely, traditional life. Inspired to action she flees from her arranged marriage and escapes across the great Yellow River.
Please Vote For Me: An Experiment in Democracy by Chinese 8 year olds
Run Time: 58 Minutes
Two males and a female vie for office, indulging in low blows and spin, character assassination and gestures of goodwill, all the while gauging their standing with voters. The setting is not the Democratic presidential campaign trail but a third grade class at an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China. Please Vote for Me, which is on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ documentary feature short list, packs its fleet hour with keen observations. Chronicling a public school’s first open elections--at stake is the position of class monitor-- filmmaker Weijun Chen has crafted a witty, engaging macro-lens view of human nature, China’s one-child policy, and the democratic electoral process as the ultimate exercise in marketing.
China: The Dragon's Ascent
China 's first industrial revolution occurred more than two millennia before Europe 's. Today, there is a new wave of industrialization in China as the awakened dragon prepares to test its wings. This program draws on historical evidence and expert commentary to vividly illustrate China 's early mastery of crucial industrial processes and to explain how they contributed to the wealth and progress of Chinese civilization. Pivotal events that hampered China 's advancement in recent centuries and the country's move to regain its momentum as a world-class producer and an Information Age innovator are also examined.
China 's Great Wall suggests a land that shut itself off from the world, yet travelers, ideas, inventions, and good have flowed in and out of China since ancient times. Buddhism and Islam entered via its fabled silk roads, and innovations in the arts and industrial sciences were exported from its cosmopolitan seaports to the centers of the known world. Why, then, did the most powerful economy on Earth isolate itself from outside trade? In this program, archaeologists, scholars, and others shed light on the tides of China 's cultural and economic fortunes, from ancient times to today, as the country once again opens its doors to the world.
In this program, Dr. Sun Xiaochun and others consider the roles of astronomy and astrology in China as they relate to the Mandate of Heaven: the belief that the power to rule derived from the power to predict the future. Records of ancient sky-watching, divination via oracle bones, revolutionary advances in timekeeping, and the remarkably accurate Chinese calendar are evaluated, as well as the sociopolitical contributions of Confucianism, Taoism, and, later, Christianity. For 3,000 years - until the fall of the last emperor, early in the 20 th century – the Mandate was the key to power.
This program seeks to understand how the Chinese government, arguably the world's most elaborate and long-lived bureaucracy, has managed to balance the tension between controlling its people and keeping them contented enough to sustain national stability. Events unfolding at the village level in Sichuan Province demonstrate the dynamics of an evolving system of rule modeled on Marxism and informed by the legacies of Qin Shihuangdi and Confucius. Can the centralized command and control system first established so long ago continue to sustain China as it moves toward a market-style economy?
“To manage the country, we must first control the waters,” is an ancient Chinese saying that is more true today than ever. This program documents farmers' hardships – droughts that leave Shanxi Province bone-dry and floods that inundate the lands bordering the Yangtze River – and discusses the exacerbating effects of deforestation and urban growth. Also, potential remedies are showcased, including new dams, increased water conservation, sustainable agricultural practices, improved planting methods, genetic modification of crops, and the monumental South to North Water Transfer Project.
This program describes the use of herbal medicines, acupuncture, massage, moxibustion, and qigong to restore bodily balance as well as remarkable successes in battling cancer with a combination of Chinese and Western medical techniques. But as traditional Chinese medicine merges with Western medicine; as mass-produced herbal preparations replace hand-compounded mixtures; and as the last practitioners trained in the time-tested ways are replaced by university-trained doctors, will TCM still be TCM?
In little more than two decades, China made a leap of industrialization comparable to what took the U.S. a century. This program uses the experiences of entrepreneur Guo Guangchang – called one of China' s 100 Richest Business People by Forbes – as a springboard to explore that nation' s prospects as the awakened dragon ascends. A grassroots shift toward democratic structures, a new definition of education that promotes individual thought and responsibility, the wealth disparity between the coastal economies and interior provinces, and whether a modernized and prosperous China is ever likely to adopt liberal political and social structures are addressed.
World-famous artist David Hockney invites the viewer to join him on a journey down a 72-foot long 17th century Chinese scroll which traces the Emperor Kangxi’s grand tour of his southern domains. Comparing the work with a Canaletto painting and a later Chinese scroll, Hockney spins a dazzling discourse on eastern and western perspective and their relationship to his own artistic vision as he takes us to a world of “mom-and-pop takeout” dumpling shops, fishmongers hawking their wares, and bonsai vendors pruning trees.
China is truly a nation at the crossroads. As the people of this country face a crisis of spirit and trust, they are searching to have true hope and love in their lives. “China at the Crossroads” highlights an incredibly strategic opportunity for you to point the way using the language you speak every day – English.
China in recent decades has found itself wrestling with a dual identity as a strict communist society nevertheless dedicated to the advancement of capitalism. This program examines the enormous economic changes and challenges for China as it transforms itself from a centralized command economy to a market-based one, and from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrial giant.
Run Time: 180 minutes
China is on the march. As Beijing prepares for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, it is envisioning a new political dawn for a growing nation, and is ready to invite the world to see its progress.
In a brief 25 years, China has achieved the most rapid economic advance of any nation in history. How? By scrapping its devotion to collectivism and embracing private enterprise with the zeal of the 19th Century robber barons. But is China's success riding on the backs of the poor?
One man founded the great nation of China . He not only gave China its name, but also founded the longest enduring nation state in the history of the world. His name was Qin Shihuang - The First Emperor. The Fist Emperor of China chronicles the period of Qin Shihuang's rule. Much of the story has never been told before, and few Westerners are aware of his incredible achievements. From the grandiose inner sanctum of Emperor Qin's royal palace, to fierce battles with feudal kings, this historical drama re-creates the glory and the terror of the Qin Dynasty. The film includes the first documentary footage of Qin's life-sized terra cotta army, constructed almost 2,200 years ago for his tomb. The First Emperor of China offers viewers a unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the nature of ancient Chinese civilization and its extraordinary achievements.
A beneficiary of post-Maoist economic reform, Shanghai has been modernizing at a remarkable rate as foreign investment pours into that versatile city. This program tracks the progress of Shanghai's makeover through the diverse voices of its citizens - children of modernity, swept up in the economic revolution, and elders who have witnessed the evolution of Chinese communism over the course of the 20th Century. Will Shanghai succeed in its bid to become the new financial and cultural capital of Asia?
In this documentary about emerging China, Chinese economic modernization is studied at a shoe factory, where communist worker ideals and capitalist goals coexist. In the largest migration in history, 90 million rural Chinese have moved to the cities in search of jobs, a better life, and a larger slice of the capitalist pie, only to find the gap between rich and poor widening each day. Corruption, say many, is rampant. The issue of how these trends will eventually affect China’s stability is examined.
In this installment of “The Giant Awakes” series, China’s sluggish, though real, progress toward human rights is examined. We meet a radio talk-show host who invites callers to grill government officials, and newspaper editors who sometimes run pieces critical of the government’s human rights record. And while China may have a ways to go in this respect, one Chinese official predicts, “Full bellies and controlled political evolution will keep China on course [toward expanding human rights].”
Two Communist Party officials cruise the dusty streets of Ma Bei village in a new Cadillac. Welcome to China, 1997. Fueled by profits from private businesses, the town is booming, while at a plant up the road thousands of workers, formerly protected under the communist system, may lose their jobs under privatization. Similar situations are developing all over China, and officials are worried that workers may revolt. So they’ve come up with a uniquely Chinese solution: industries will gradually privatize, letting fear of worker unrest dictate the pace.
As China continues to experiment with Western-style economics, many city dwellers already enjoy the prerogatives of a market economy. But how will China feed itself as more and more farmers flee their land for the allure of urban living? This program seeks to understand the effects of economic reform on Chinese society, from the villages to the cities. Will cultural values and the traditional arts and sciences retain their importance as China makes its bid for first-world status, or will they and the rest of the old China be swept away by Western attitudes, a burgeoning middle-class, and the country’s new identity as a nascent economic powerhouse?
In China, where approximately 80 percent of the population is rural, the impact of democratic village elections could reshape the future of the nation. Although some Chinese are skeptical, many believe that establishing democracy at the local level will pave the way for a democratic national government. This program focuses on the efforts of The Carter Center to support China’s initiative by inviting Chinese delegates to observe U.S. primaries and by sending emissaries to China to assist in the mechanics of gathering and tabulating votes. In its post-Mao effort to catch up economically with other nations, China is opening the door to Western ways and attempting to take its place in the growing Global Village.
For many different reasons - perhaps because of ignorance or long-standing cultural and political barriers - China is often viewed by outsiders as a homogeneous nation. Such erroneous views are slowly giving way to greater awareness of the country's myriad minority populations. This program introduces viewers to the 55 officially recognized minority groups of China as many of their members gather to celebrate their diversity and preserve their ways in a dazzling display of sport and cultural pride.
An old building is a volume of human history - with every story containing countless stories. Building 173, a high-rise in downtown Shanghai, has witnessed tumultuous changes over three-quarters of a century. This film weaves together the intimate tales of many of the tower's residents, casting light on China's political and historical events from angles that are by turns poignant, amusing, and chilling. Characters include a British-American author, a Chinese business tycoon, a gangster, a Western-educated diplomat, an opera start, amember of the Red Guard, and the bulding's elevator operator. Although beautifully shot in live action, the film also includes low-key and strangely lyrical animation to reconstruct events.
Although China's government has pledged to revise its policies toward political dissidents, that promise remains largely unfulfilled. This program reveals egregious cases of political oppression occurring in recent years, countering the picture China painted of itself as it promoted the Beijing Olympics. Pushing back against bureaucracy and official stonewalling, the program examines the work of activist Hu Jia, his arrest and jail sentence, and the constant police harassment faced by his wife and lawyers. Numerous other cases are profiled while government apologists also appear - including China's Olympics Media Director and the head of Beijing's Deng Xiaoping Thought Research Center.
High-density population centers of enormous size are springing up in China with dizzying speed, and with them comes an increased demand for migrant workers in construction, manufacturing, and mining. Through still images by Andreas Seibert and documentary footage by Villi Hermann, this program travels throughout China to vivdly capture the experiences of these mingong, tens of millions on the move from the countryside to the cities in the too-often misplaced hope of building a better life for themselves and their families. An intriguing angle on urbanization fueled by explosive economic growth - and a moving composite portrait of laborers who typically toil in obscurity.
China is home to the biggest population on the planet, with 1.3 billion people. Its eceonmy is growing at a stunning rate, and its wealth is on an astronomical rise. With more than 400,000 millionaires in mainland China, only the U.S. has more billionaires; it is the ultimate market of the 21st century for businesses around the globe. This CNBC Original program examines China's 21st-centry emergence as - arguably - the word's most business-minded country. viewers meet some of the young guns of Chinese capitalism, including education technology pioneer Michael Yu, guitar manufacturer Jonathan Lee, and Baidu search engine creator Robin Li. Also included: a report on the increase of home ownership in China and conversations with American business leaders about expanding into Chinese markets. Not available in French-speaking Canada.
There are fortunes to be made in China today - but fortune seekers from overseas face immense challenges. This program offers three engaging business case studies, each following a Western entrepreneur who grapples with Chinese business practices and culture. Tony Caldera's cushion business has been ruined by Chinese imports, but he hopes for a turnaround y building a factory here. Peter Williams is about to embark on the toughest challenge of his life: selling an energy-saving device to the Chinese. Finally, there's Vance Miller, who gained notoriety for selling cheap Chinese kitchens in Britain. Now he's in China, determined to overcome setbacks. All three studies are ideal for sparking discussion and analysis in international business courses.
After surviving an emergency crash-landing, Dr. Sam Chao resolved to do something that would make a difference in the world. This award-winning program follows the outcome of his resolution: ECO, the Ecological Conservancy Outreach fund. Donating his life savings to the project, Dr. Chao enlists his childhood friend, Dr. Larry Wang, to clean up the Yangtze River and its tributaries, ravaged by erosion due to deforestation. As the video shows, sustainable ecological improvement must be linked to economic improvement for farmers whose very lives hang in the balance of such plans. Filmed largely in China's Yunnan province, Seeds of Change visits the farmers who switch from growing crops on the riverbanks to forest-based agriculture.
Due to its rapidly growing economy and a new demand for consumer goods, China is challenged to create a model for long-term sustainable development. In this program Hazel Henderson talks with Professor Zhouying Jin, author of Global Technological Change, about efforts in China to cultivate a green economy. The country has made great strides in clean energy, and is the world's largest exporter of wind turbines and solar panels. Jin discusses progress in the long-standing impasse with China about the Kyoto Protocol, where it and other less-developed nations argued that they should have the same opportunties that the West had to expand industry without regard to environmental consequences.
Will the 21st century be the Chinese century? Economics correspondent Paul Solman examines the rise of China as a global economic power - and the challenges that lie before it - in this timely collection of NewsHour reports. the episodes are:
- China's Growing Economy
- The Chinese Consumer
- The Cult of Mao Zedong
- Misinvestment in China
- Interview with Cheng Siwei
- Piracy Explored
- Bumps in the Road?
Many Americans fear China's growing strength and influence around the world. But the rise of China is an aunavoidable geopolitical event, according to John Thornton, professor and director of Global Leadership at Tsingua University in Beijing. This ABC News program features interviews with Thornton and other experts who examine America's need to forge a stronger relationship with China. The program also studies China's approach to the U.S. and other nations, such as Cambodia, Angola, and Brazil. Commentators include Evan Osnos, Beijing bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune; Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International magazine; and Wang Guangy, China's UN ambassador. Original ABC broadcast title: China Inside Out.
Films that have an asterisk (*) by the title have some particularly violent
content that may disturb some viewers. Films that have two asterisks (**)
have some erotic content that may offend some viewers.
Film listings are alphabetized by the title name, but if a title begins with “the”, the alphabetizing is based on the second word of the title. Japanese directors’ names are given in western style, with the first name followed by the surname. Chinese directors’ names are given in Asian fashion, with the last name given first.