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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Tung nien Wang Shih) (Taiwan, 1985)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. The film depicts a family transplanted from mainland China to Taiwan in the early 1950s. The Father dies of illness and the elder sister marries. A-ha, the protagonist, struggles to deal with adolescence. 137 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (China | Hong Kong, 2009)

Directed by Yimou Zhang. Cast: Sun Honglei, Xiaoshenyang, Yan Ni, Ni Dahong, Cheng Ye, Maomao, Zhao Benshan. When an older, abusive husband discovers his younger wife is having an affair, he devises a scheme to murder her which sets off a series of revengeful activities. Based on the motion picture "Blood simple". 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Aftershock (Tangshan dadizhen) (China, 2010)

Directed by Xiaogang Feng. Cast: Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Zhang Zifeng, Zhang Jiajun, Lu Yi, Zhang Guoqiang, Wang Ziwen, Yang Lixin, Lu Zhong, Yong Mei, Liu Lili, Chen Daoming, Chen Jin. Follows a family who became victims in the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. The father, Fang Daqiang, was crushed dead while trying to rescue his twin children, Fang Deng and Fang Da, who were trapped in the house. Unable to save both kids, the mother, Li Yuanni, is forced to sacrifice Fang Deng for her feeble younger brother Fang Da, a decision that proved agonizing for the entire family.

Along the Sungari River (Songhua jiang shang) (China, 1947)

Directed by Shan Jin. Cast: Zhang Ruifang, Pu Ke, Wang Renlu, Zhou Diao. In Manchuria, a village inn by a river is a regular stop for carters, so it's not surprising that the daughter of the innkeeper has a carter for a sweetheart. But all sweetness and tranquility is shattered by the invasion of the brutal Japanese in 1931. Quinnian and Sunnu end up as slaves in a coal mine, but are soon heading up a workers' rebellion to overthrow their Japanese masters. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

An Orphan on the Street (Wan jia deng huo) (China, 1949)

Directed by Fu Shen. Cast: Longji Wang, Lin Zhen, Guan Hongda, Du Lei. The misadventures of a street urchin based on a popular comic character named Three Hairs, because of the three thin stalks of hair sticking straight up. After a night on the streets, Three Hairs looks for work wherever he can get it; he polishes shoes, picks garbage and sells newspapers, but finally decides to give up. He puts a "for sale" sign on his back and goes looking for a buyer. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

As Tears Go By (Wangjiao kamen) (Hong Kong, 1988)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung. Stretched to breaking in a loyalty tug of war between Triad bosses and a loose cannon partner, a rising film star in the Hong Kong underworld finds himself saddled with his beautiful cousin. The fascination is his last chance to escape a violent past. 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Wong Kar-Wai bibliography

Ashes of Time (Dung che sai duk) (Hong Kong | China | Taiwan, 1988)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Lin Qingxia, Liang Chaowei, Liu Jialing, Liang Jiahui, Yang Caini, Zhang Xueyou, Zhang, Manyu. Ouyang Feng is a heartbroken and cynical man who spends his days alone in the desert. He connects expert swordsmen with those seeking revenge and willing to pay for it. As Ouyang narrates his tale, he interweaves the stories of his unusual clients, old friends and future foes. He begins to realize the mistakes of his own past, and how his fear of rejection may have led him to a life of exile. Based on the story by Jin Yong.

Autumn Moon (Qiu yue) (Hong Kong, 1992)

Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Li Pui-Wai, Masatoshi Nagase, Choi Siu, Maki Kinchi. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, a young Japanese tourist is bargain-shopping and looking for food, sex, or preferably both. He meets a fifteen-year-old waif and the friendship that develops allows the young man's passion for food to be assuaged by the girl's grandmother, the wielder of a magic wok. But sex is a different matter than friendship - which is what this film is really about. 102 min.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Tailor Made Romance (Xiao cai feng) (France / China, 2002)

Directed by Sijie Dai. Cast: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang, Zhijun Cong. At the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution, two teenage boys are among thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend find themselves in a remote village where their only distractions are a violin and the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when they discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. 111 min.

Beginning of the Great Revival (The Founding of a Party) (China, 2011)

Directors, Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang. Cast: Liu Ye, Feng Yuanzheng, Chow Yun-Fat, Li Chen, Andy Lau, Chen Chang, Li Qin, Chen Kun, Chen Daoming, Zhao Benshan, Daniel Wu, Lee-Hom Wong, Zhou Xun, Angela Baby. A dramatic renactment chronicling the historical events between 1911 and 1921 that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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