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Still Life (Sanxia haoren)(China | Hong Kong, 2006)

Directed by Jia Zhangke. Cast: Tao Zhao, Sanming Han. Great changes have come to the town of Fengjie due to the construction of the Three Gorges hydro project on the Yangtze River. In this unique hybrid of documentary and fiction, returning residents find that there are still things that need to be salvaged and ...that must be left behind. Such life changing choices face both Han Sanming, a miner traveling to Fengjie in search of his ex-wife of sixteen years, and Shen Hong, a nurse who has come to Fengjie to look for her husband whom she hasn't seen in two years. 108 min.

Stolen Life (Sheng si jie)(China, 2005)

Directed by Shaohong Li. Cast: Zhou Xun, Wu Jun, Cai Ming. When the withdrawn and reclusive Yan'ni starts college she believes she is embarking on a new life away from her family, and she is, but not the new beginning she anticipates. Once at school, she immediately meets and falls in love with a man named Muyu, at truck driver, and her life takes a different path of misguided love. 94 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Street Angel (Ma lu tian shi) (China, 1937)

Directed by Yuan Muzhi. Cast: Zhao Dan, Wei Heling, Zhou Xuan. Upon arriving in Shanghai, two sisters are coerced into a corrupt environment in the poorest part of the city. A neighbor tries to help them escape from the dregs of society. This classic film was loosely based on Frank Borzage's silent classic 'Seventh heaven'. 91 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Temptress Moon (Feng yue) (1996)

Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Leslie Cheung, Gong Li, Kevin Lin, He Saifei, David Wu. This is a captivating story of a beautiful young woman, her seductive lover and their struggle for power, passion and revenge. Highly provocative and filled with sensual imagery, it was banned in the director's own country. 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Big Road (Da lu) (China, 1935)

Directed by Sun Yu. Cast: Jin Yan, Chen Yanyan, Li Lili, Zheng Junli, Han Langen. Six friends decide to 'head north' and become involved in the construction of a highway crucial for the Chinese Army. A hymn to the solidarity necessary for China to move ahead (and defeat the enemy), [the film] shows its young protagonists only discovering who they are when they become part of collective action. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Blue Kite (Lan Feng Cheng) (China, Hong Kong, 1993)

Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Banned in China, this film is the most acclaimed and controversial to come out of the new Chinese cinema. Told from the perspective of a young boy, Tieh-tou, it traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors through the political and social upheavals in 1950's and 60's China. 138 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang) (France, Japan, China, 1999)

Directed by Chen Kaige. In this visually stunning epic 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 helps Ying Zheng create an assassination plot that would justify the conquest of Qin's most powerful enemy, but when the mission explodes into a brutal holocaust, she is forced to question her loyalty. 161 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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The Emperor's Shadow (Chin sung) (China, Hong Kong, 1996)

Directed by Zhou Xiaowen. A drama about the rise of Chin Shih-huang, China's first emperor, and the love story between his court musician Kao Chien-li and Princess Li-yang. 123 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Horse Thief (Tao ma zei) (China, 1989)

Director, Tian Zhuangzhuang. Cast: Caixiangzengren, Dan Zhiji. The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth of a second son. The story takes place in 1923 in Tibet. 88 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Last Emperor (China / UK / France / Italy, 1987)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng. The epic adventure and true story of Pu Yi (1906 ? 1967), the last Emperor of China, from his ascension to the throne as Emperor Xuan Tong, the 10th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in 1908, to his rehabilitation and employment by the communists as a guide around his former palace in 1959. 86 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director

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