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“An absorbing coming-of-age drama… takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.” - Variety ... The harsh realities of the Chinese Cultural Revolution enter 11-year-old Wang Han's life when a murder is committed in his small rural town. After encountering the fugitive teenage ... Read more
A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy. ... The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmmaker Du Haibin captures the human face of the catastrophic Great Sichuan Earthquake, a monumental seismic event ... Read more
20: 30: 40 Hong Kong/ChinaSex and the City Taipei-style. Nominated for the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, this irresistible film from Sylvia Chang is a fun and entertaining romantic comedy following the lives of three women looking for love.20-year-old Xiao-jie has left her family ... Read more
"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in Sichuan China has been more than just an aeronautics factory - it has been a self-contained town of its ... Read more
An inter-continental journey with a little girl lost and an adult looking to be found. ... For Mei Mei (Zhu Lin), escaping her orphan upbringing and becoming part of a real family is a dream that has forever seemed impossibly out of reach. When her orphanage travels to Australia to take part in the ... Read more
Bao Gun is a simple country boy whose dreams come true. He wins a contest in his small town, the prize being a deluxe apartment in a sumptuous, new Shanghai high-rise. Armed only with a single suitcase, the address of a distant relative and trousers that ride too high, Bao Gun heads for the big ... Read more
The film starts with morning in Peking and introduces us to the capital as it may be seen during a day's tour. Although historical monuments are shown we also see the changes of the last ten years. ... Read more
Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai. Three of Asia's hottest young directors make three films about love. Japanese director Ten Shimoyama, Taiwan's Yee Chih-yen (Blue Gate Crossing, MIFF 03) and China's Zhang Yibai explore the tenuous, sweet, fragile and sometimes bitter nature of young love in the ... Read more
This cartoon from China tells how Granny Carp tells the small carp the story about some of their ancestors who jumped over the Dragon Gate. It is said to be wonderful on the other side but the gate is high and the waves are enormous. Enticed by the story, the small carp finds a way. ... Read more
“An essential portrait of a key contemporary figure.” - The Guardian ... A character study of China's most famous and outspoken visual artist and dissident, working domestically against a background of strict censorship and internationally to great acclaim, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the topical ... Read more
Shih-chung, King of the Chou Dynasty ... in the 1st century , suffers from epilepsy ... and becomes addicted to the medicine ... prescribed by Occultist Lee, who is conspiring to usurp the throne. The loyal Prime Minister Wang Pu , worrying about the King's health, spares no efforts to send for the ... Read more
Yu Likwai, the celebrated cinematographer of Jia Zhang-ke (MIFF 05 filmmaker in focus), reveals his dystopian vision in the futuristic All Tomorrow's Parties, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, 2003. Set in the mid-21st century, China and the Korean Peninsula are under the totalitarian ... Read more
"An unquestionably eye-opening, deeply human, strikingly lensed look at an impoverished family whose rudimentary living conditions are a sharp riposte to the illusion of China's economic boom." - Variety ... Three sisters, aged four, six and ten, live alone in a tiny village in Yunnan Province ... Read more
“Opens up deep historical wounds and generational traumas created by China's civil war, but does not press on them, exploring instead more universal human dilemmas.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Like thousands of Nationalists, Liu retreated to Taiwan when the Communists marched across China in ... Read more
Coming straight from the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight, Back To Back, Face To Face is a razor-sharp comedy from the Chinese cinema's resident satirist, Huang Jianxin. ... The film is a hilarious contemporary comedy about bureaucracy liberated from the duty to serve the people. "Every ... Read more
A vision of a city environmentally at the end of its tether. ... When photographer Wang Jiuliang began looking into waste disposal in China's capital, he had no idea of the scale of the city's environmental problems. Out beyond Beijing's Sixth Ring Road he found a ring of another kind - hundreds of ... Read more
Ken (Daniel Wu) has been romancing teacher Chan Wai-Ching (Gillian Chung), until he unceremoniously ditches her for karaoke waitress Shirley (Tao Hung). Chan goes knocking on Shirley's door when she finds that the rapscallion Ken has posted naked images of her on the Internet, leading to her losing ... Read more
A vivid and visually stunning film, Blind Mountain's pretty exterior encompasses a darker subject - the abduction and slave trafficking of women in rural China. Bai Xuemei is a young university graduate who, keen to help pay back the cost of her education to her father, takes a job selling medical ... Read more
Song and Tang are coal miners, working under torturous and unsafe conditions. When Tang's brother, Chaolu, arrives for a visit, they convince him to join them in the mine. Deep underground, they kill Chaolu, and manage to cause the mine to collapse just before escaping unharmed. Feigning outrage ... Read more
What passes away is, perhaps, like the river. Day and night, it never lets up. On the banks of the Yangtze River in the misty city of Chongqing, a father and son live in the shadow of one woman - their wife and mother who abandoned them years ago and who remains ever present in the failings of ... Read more
A travelling photographer and his assistant take photos of Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds, with a variety of props, chronicling a changing Tibetan culture. ... D/S Hu Wei P Julien Féret, Yangxu Zou WS AMA Productions L Tibetan w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
This beautiful and intriguing Chinese opera film is based on a seventh century Chinese legend. All the parts are played by women from the Shohsing Experimental Opera Theatre. ... The playing is of a very high order: the formalised, mime &ndash: like movements, the fluttering fans, and the subtle ... Read more
Cala is a scruffy little dog who means the world to Lao, a blue-collar worker who lives in Beijing with his wife and son. When the pooch is nabbed by the authorities for being out on the streets without a permit, the family has 18 hours to procure enough money to pay the considerable fine ... Read more
The silvery-white metal calcium plays an important part in human health. It provides the structural material for teeth and the 206 bones in our bodies and also regulates many physiological and neurological processes. This straightforward film illustrates China's attempts to raise consciousness ... Read more
Along the Lijiang River in southern China, the picturesque scenery is as beautiful as a Chinese painting. The landscape has long inspired the people of the region to compose poems and paint pictures. The five very young artists introduced in this film all live in the Lijiang region, and have been ... Read more
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