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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

Daybreak (Tianming ) (China, 1933)

Directed by Sun Yu. Cast: Lili Li, Zhanfei Gao, Congmei Yuan. Perhaps more than any other director working at that time, Sun Yu consistently sought to portray the working class affected by feudalism and imperialism. In Daybreak, Li plays a villager forced into prostitution in Shanghai, while her lover (Gao) joins the revolutionaries. After she helps him flee the authorities, she is sentenced to death by a firing squad, a scene of devastating impact. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Days of Being Wild (A fei cheng chuan) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. A story about six young people living in Hong Kong in the 1960's interweaving love-hate relationships and passion. 90 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Devil Killer (2005?)

Directed by Robert Tai. Cast: Alexander Lo, Jackie Chiang. Set in China, tells the story of the battles between two rival gangs who have expertise in the most unique fighting skills, including Mo Chia boxing and iron kicking techniques. English language version. 88 min.

Devils on the Doorstep (Gui zi lai le) (2000)

Director: Jiang Wen. Cast: Jiang Wen, Jiang Hongbo, Kagawa Teruyuki, Yuan Ding, Cong Zhijun. Banned in China, Jiang Wen's ravishingly photographed anti-war epic is set in 1945 in Japanese-occupied rural China where a peasant is forced to shelter two prisoners: one Japanese who wants to die, and his Chinese interpreter who wants to live. 139 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhan) (Taiwan, 1966)

Directed by King Hu. Cast: Shangguan Lingfeng, Shi Jun, Bai Ying. Epic takes place during the Ming dynasty. A power-hungry Eunuch employs the evil Eastern Chamber Sect in his quest to single-handedly rule China. However, a warrior named Chow is opposed to his corrupt ambitions and joins a group of warriors aiming to resist the Sect. The two forces eventually battle it out at the Dragon Inn, hosted by murderous bandit Jade. min. 999:2806 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dragon Inn (Xin Long men ke zhan) (Hong Kong, 1992)

Director, Raymond Lee; Hark Tsui (uncredited). Dragon Inn becomes the chaotic center of battle between the government's villainous eunuchs and a band of righteous heroes. Set in the great Northwestern deserts of China during the Ming dynasty, Dragon Inn gracefully blends precision swordplay with breathtaking cinematography. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong lou meng) (China, 1944)

Directed by Bu Wancang. Cast: Zhou Xuan, Yuan Meiyun. One of the earliest filmed versions of the classic Chinese novel. In this Chinese costume epic, set during the 1700s, a prominent family loses its good fortune when one of the sons loses the jade chip that was embedded in his mouth. Their luck returns when the chip is found, but eventually he brings disgrace to the family when he marries against his father's will. 125 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Drifters (Er di) (2003)

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Cast: Duan Long, Shu Yan, Wang Zhilang, Zhao Yiwei, Tang Yang. A Chinese man feels pulled between his responsibilities in America where he has fathered a son, and China where he has fallen in love with an opera singer. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (Hong Kong, 1978)

Directed by Yuen Woo Ping. Cast: Jackie Chan, Yuen Hsiao Tieng, Huang Cheng Li. Being the mischievous son of a martial arts school master, Wang Feihong fritters away his time fooling around and making troubles instead of learning Kung fu. Being sent to his uncle for disciplined kung fu training, Wang Feihong decides he must learn "Drunken Fist Kung Fu" after several escape attempts and being humiliated by a local assassin. Film is notable for the incredibly long fight scene at the end of the movie. 111 min.

Duel of the Century (Liu Xiao Feng zhi jue zhan qian hou) (Hong Kong, 1981)

Director, Yuen Chor. Cast: Liu Yong, Yue Hua, Bai Biao. Liu Yung and Sun Chien team up to investigate the martial arts murders of a supposedly mortally wounded swordsman, only to find deception, death, double-dealings, imposters, and one deadly duel after another. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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