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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

Chungking Express (Chung-ching sen lin) (Hong Kong, 1994)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Two interwined romantic tales take place inside the Chung-ching high-rise shopping center in downtown Hong Kong: A policeman falls in love with a snack bar waitress while a house detective gets involved with a female drug dealer. 104 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

City of Life and Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!)(China | Hong Kong, 2009)

Directed by Chuan Lu. Cast: Liu Ye, Fan Wei, Nakaizumi Hideo, Gao Yuanyuan, Qin Lan, Jiang Yiyan, Kohata Ryu, Yao Di, Zhao Yisui, Miyamoto Yu-ko. On December 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians, an infamous tragedy now referred to as the Rape of Nanking.

City on Fire (Long hu feng yun) (Hong Kong, 1987)

Director, Ringo Lam. Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Sun Yeuh, Lee Sau Yin Danny. An undercover cop sent to infiltrate a notorious crime ring, Ko Chow must replace a fellow officer who was killed in a violent confrontation. But, as he earns the trust of the syndicate, he develops a tight friendship with one of the thieves. Then, when a planned heist turns into a bloody shoot-out with police, suspicions arise about who could be the informant. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia) (1965)

Director, King Hu. Swordplay adventure in ancient China. Chang, a woman warrior, and Fan Ta-pei, a martial arts master, fight to release Chang's brother, who is being held hostage by bandits.

Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Tian mi mi) (Hong Kong, 1996)

Directed by Peter Chan. A young woman and a charming young man, who is engaged to a girl in his hometown, each come to Hong Kong to pursue success. At first perfect strangers, they grow emotionally close as they share trials and joys in their lonesome struggle in an unfamiliar world. Their individual dreams and ambitions, however, force them to eventually take separate paths in their lives. PAL format min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crossroads (Shizi jietou) (China, 1937)

Directed by Shen Xiling. Cast: Zhao Dan, Yang Bai, Ban Lu, Yin Ying, Meng Sha, Ming Yi. Follows four recent graduates: Zhao wants to be a writer but is stuck proofreading; Tang wants to be an artist but is hired to dress windows. Xu has given up hope, while Liu has "gone north" to fight the Japanese. Zhao lives in a crowded boardinghouse with an annoying female neighbor. Unbeknownst to each other, the two meet on a bus and a romance develops. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, Hong Kong, Taiway, USA, 2000)

Directed by Ang Lee. Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Lung Sihung, Cheng Pei Pei. Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love. (DVD: Mandarin, English and French soundtracks with optional subtitles in English or French.) 120 min.

Crows and Sparrows (Wu ya yu que) (China, 1949)

Directed by Zheng Junli. In 1948, an order of eviction in a small Shanhai neighborhood was in the process ; the tanents had to find ways to live somewhere else until one day they found a mutual understanding to each other and decided to fight against the planned evicion. Portrays a dramatic struggle between tenants and landlords on the eve the Communist revolution. One of China's social commentary films of the 1940s, this film is considered to be a landmark work in pre-revolutionary Chinese cinema and an example of Chinese Neo-realism. 111 min.

Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia) (Hong Kong / China, 2006)

Directed by Yimou Zhang. Cast: Jin Chen, Jay Chou, Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Qin Junjie, Man Li, Ye Liu, Dahong Ni. Set in China in the later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century, this is a tale of a royal family divided against itself which builds to a climax as lines are crossed, trust is betrayed, and family blood is spilled in the quest for redemption and revenge. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dam Street (Hong yan) (France | China, 2005)

Directed by Yu Li. Cast: Liu Yi, Hung Xingrao, Li Kechun, Wang Yizhu. A teenage pregnancy leads to a lifetime of doubt and condemnation for a young Chinese woman struggling to find her place in a male-dominated society. Ten years after her pregnancy she happens to meet a ten year old boy whose youthful affection shows her that even beneath society's scorn the warmth of human emotion can still radiate. Based on the story by Fang Li and Li Yu. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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