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1911 (Xinhai geming) (China/Hong Kong, 2011)

Directed by Jackie Chan, Li Zhang. Cast: Cheng Long, Zhao Wenxuan, Li Bingbing, Sun Chun, Chen Chong, Jiang Wu, Fang Zuming, Hu Ge, Ning Jing, Yu Shaoqun, Du Yuhang. A historical action war drama based on the founding of the Republic of China, when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the last ruling Qing Dynasty, which held unquestioned power and rule for 250 years. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

2046 (China/Hong Kong, 2004)

Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Faye Wong, Takuya Kimura, Chang Chen, Dong Jie, Carina Lau. A young man, who has tried to forget his lost love by meeting different young women, starts to write a novel about a young man falling in love with a machine-made woman on the 2046 train. The number 2046 is the room number where he met his lost love. 128 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Better Tomorrow (Ying huang boon sik) (Hong Kong, 1986)

Directed by John Woo. The first in a trilogy of Chinese "Godfather" films, it portrays countless difficulties and setbacks experienced by a couple of counterfeit money smugglers who have decided to wash their hands of their past and choose a better life. In the first part, Sung Tzu-hao, one of the main protagonists is on his last "business" trip. 90 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Bullet in the Head (Diexie jietou) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Fennie Yeun, Yolinda Yan. This sprawling story centers around three childhood friends who, in their journey through wartorn Vietnam, encounter grueling emotional territory. Traveling through many levels of living hell, the three men must find their way through betrayal and greed in the midst of the war. 126 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Chinese Ghost Story (Sinnui Yauman) (Hong Kong, 1987)

Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Featuring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma. The story of Ning Tsai-chen, a Chinese scholar who befriends and falls in love with Nieh Hsiao-chien, a she-ghost captured and tyrannized by the Tree Ogre. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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A Chinese Ghost Story II (Qian nu you hun II; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan II; Qian nu you hun II) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Wang Zuxian, Zhang Xueyou, Li Jiaxin. Lin meets a young and witty Taoist, Chi Chau, and they become good friends. They run into some people who pretend to be ghosts. These people are actually trying to save the innocent Fu from imprisonment. Fu has two daughters Ching Fung and Yet Chi who both fall in love with Lin. Fu tries to ask the emperor's right-hand man, Liu Suen, for help but Liu turns out to be a goblin. Lin, Chi Chau and the two sisters all team up to fight against the evil force in order to help Fu.

A Chinese Ghost Story III (Qian nu you hun III; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan III; Qian nu you hun III) (Hong Kong, 1991)

Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Tony Leung, Joey Wang, Jacky Cheung, Nina Li.In the heart of a weird wood stands Orchid Temple, a haunted place that is the doom of men. Beautiful spirits lure travelers to their doom. When the lowly monk Fong ventures to the temple, intent on driving the ghosts away, he instead falls in love with the beautiful Lotus. This forbidden passion places the couple in danger from both the local ghostbusters, and the forest's hideous supernational beings. 106 min.

A Mongolian Tale (Ai zai cao yuan de tian kong) (1995)

Directed by Fei Xie. When Beiyinpalica returns to Inner Mongolia he makes a discovery which leaves him feeling betrayed by his fiance. He leaves Mongolia and his dreams of happiness with the woman he loves and becomes a famous troubadour, recounting in song his true love for the woman he abandoned while his search to find her again ensues. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Spray of Plum Blossoms (Yi jian mei) (China, 1931)

Directed by Wancang Bu. Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Jin Yan, Gao Zhanfei, Lin Chuchu, Wang Cilong. "Adapted from Shakespeare's 'The two gentlemen of Verona,' this film is set in 1920s China. Hu Luting and Bai Lede are both graduates from the Shanghai Military Academy. Hu Zhuli (Hu's sister) and Bai are in love. Hu is set to Canton under General Shi's command. Shi Luohua, the general's daughter, falls in love with Hu. Later, Bai joins his friend in Canton and feels attracted by Miss Shi. From then on, the two young men become rivals." 100 min.

A Summer at Grandpa's (Dong dong de jia qi) (Taiwan, 1984)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.After their mother becomes hospitalized, two city children find themselves spending the summer in the country with their grandfather. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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