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Two Stars in the Milky Way (Yin han shuang xing) (China, 1931)

Directed by Tomsie Sze. Cast: Violet Wong, Raymond King, Kao Chien Fei, Yeh Chuen Chuen, V.K. Chung. "Yan, a well-know actor, meets Li, a pretty singer who is to play with him in a film adaptation of an old Chinese play. The film is a success for both actors who soon become an ideal couple in real life, too. But Yan forgot to mention he was already married. A disillusioned Li abandons the film world and returns to the contryside to live with her father." 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Windhorse (USA, 1998)

Directed by Paul Wagner. Cast: Dadon, Jampa Kelsang, Richard Chang, Talie Silverman, Lu Yu, Nima Bhuti, Pema Choekyi, Gorkyap, Lodoe Gyaltsen, Thupten Sherap.Based on true events, focuses on the lives of two siblings and their cousin who as young children witnessed their Tibetan grandfather brutally murdered over his resistance of Chinese aggression. Eighteen years later, the memory of losing their grandfather has affected each of them differently.

Woman, Demon, Human (Jem gui qing) (China, 1987)

Directed by Shuqin Huang. Qui Yun is a famous "Kunqu" Chinese opera actress who specializes in male roles, and attains her greatest success as Zhong Kui in "Zhong Kui Marries Off His Sister." Her career successes do not bring her happiness in her personal life. More and more she comes to rely on the character of Zhong Kui to keep her going. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Women From the Lake of Scented Souls (Xian hun nu) (China, 1993)

Directed by Xie Fei. Xiang Ersao is the driving force behind her family's successful sesame oil mill. 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 it is too late? 100 min.

Women's Story (Nu jen ti ku shih) (China, 1988)

Directed by Peng Xiaolian. A poignant tale of three peasant Chinese women who flee their village to taste freedom in the big city and escape the sexist oppression of rural China. There they experience failure and success, finally starting new lives. When they eventually return to their village they find that while life there has not changed, they have. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (China, Hong Kong, USA, 1998)

Directed by Joan Chen. Between 1967 and 1976, nearly 8 million Chinese youths were "sent down" for specialized training to the remotest corners of the country. The young and beautiful Xiu Xiu dreamt of becoming a horse trainer in Tibet, far away from her busy city home. Her training begins in the isolated plains of Tibet but 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 her sexual compromise. 100 min.

Yellow Earth (Huang tu ti) (China, 1984)

Directed by Chen Kaige. In this story set in 1939 the life of a young peasant girl in Northern Shaanxi province is changed forever by a Communist soldier sent out to collect folk songs for the use of revolutionary armies. Based on Ke Lan's Echo in the Deep Valley. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Chinese Cinema/Chinese Filmmakers: Hong Kong

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