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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

Fish and Elephant (Jin nian xia tian) (China, 2001)

Directed by Yu Li. Cast: Xiao Qun works at the Beijing Zoo as an elephant keeper, while her lover, Xiao Ling runs a clothes stall in an indoor market. Their relationship comes under fire, however, with the arrival of Qun's divorced mother who, unaware that her daughter is gay, tries to set her up with a man. Further complicating matters is the appearance of Qun's ex-girlfriend, Junjun, now wanted by the police for killing her abusive father. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Fist of Fury (Jing wu men) (Hong Kong, 1972)

Directed by Lo Wei, featuring Bruce Lee. In this action-packed Bruce Lee classic Kung fu student Chen, upon learning of the murder of his revered kung fu instructor, travels to Shanghai searching for the gang responsible and ends up facing some of his most dangerous opponents. 107 min. ; Uncut & restored version is (102 min.) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Fist of Fury (Jing wu men) (Hong Kong, 1995)

Directed by Shiu-Kee Lung, and inspired by Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury" ( & ). Featuring Donnie Yen. In Japanese-occupied Shanghai, Chen Jun joins the legendary Ching Wu Martial Arts Academy to refine his skills and to assist in the academy's underground resistance against the enemy. But when Chen's master is poisoned by the Japanese, Chen vows revenge on the murderer and seeks justice for his master's death. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (Taiwan, 1998)

Director, Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Lee Yu-ming, Carina Lau Ka-ling. Based on the 1894 novel by Han Ziyun this film is set in the elegant brothels of late nineteenth century Shanghai, a hermetic world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior, where "flower girls," must win, and then hold, the affection of their wealthy callers. 113 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Wood, Robin.

Frozen (Jidu hanleng) (China, 1996)

Directed by Wu Ming (Xiaoshuai Wang). Based on a true story according to the filmmaker, this film provides a rare look at the avant-garde art world of Beijing. A young performance artist decides to make his own suicide his last work of art. On the longest day of the year, he plans to melt a huge block of ice with his own body heat and die of hypothermia. His "Ice Burial" is a chilling expression of post Tiananmen Square ennui in China. 95 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Full Contact (Xia dao Gao Fei) (Hong Kong, 1991)

Director, Lin Lingdong. Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater, Anthony Wong, Bonnie Fu. Betrayed by both his partner and his girl, and persecuted by a rival smuggling ring, a daredevil adventurer turns into a lonely gunman seeking bloody revenge from the suburbs of Bangkok to the streets of Hong Kong. 98 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Game of Death (Hong Kon / USA, 1978)

Directed by Robert Clouse. Cast: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Dean Jagger, Colleen Camp, Hugh O'Brian, Chuck Norris. Billy Lo (Bruce Lee), is a young kung fu movie star with a flourishing career and a promising future. As the leader of a syndicate known for its exploitation of entertainers, Dr. Land jumps at the chance to capitalize on Billy's celebrated status and that of his singer-girlfriend. Refusing to sign with Land, Billy's martial arts mastery is put to the test when he is brutally harassed by Land's men in an attempt to change his mind.

Game of Death II (Hong Kon / USA, 1981)

Directed by Robert Clouse. Cast:Bruce Lee, Tong Lung, Roy Chiao, Wong Ching Lei. In this dark tale of revenge, Bruce Lee "returns" as Billy Lo, whose best friend Chin Ku dies of a sudden illness. But suspicion of foul play arises when a gang tries to steal Ku's coffin at the funeral using a helicopter. When Lo's younger brother Bobby Lo hears about the incident, he leaves his Buddhist master to investigate the truth. His trail soon leads him to the Castle of Death, the last place Chin Ku was seen alive.

General Stone (1976)

Directed by Yuen Siu Ling. Cast: Tan Tao Liang, Polly Shan Kwan. Tan is the son of the famous General Stone, who was killed in battle under mysterious circumstances. Tan is trained in hand and sword techniques, but his schooling is lifted to another level when his father and the spirits of fallen heroes inhabit the stone forms of warriors who teach him skills long thought extinct. Now Tan has a new found power to find the truth behind his father's death. English language version. 79 min.

Ghosted (Ai-Mei)(Germany | Taiwan, 2009)

Directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting-Ting Hu, Jana Schulz, Jack Kao, Yi-Ching Lu. German artist Sophie is trying to come to terms with the unsolved murder of her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling. After a run-in with the seductive Mei-Li, a journalist investigating Ai-Ling's death, Sophie flees back to Germany. But when Mei-Li turns up on her Hamburg doorstep, the mystery deepens.

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