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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

Good Men, Good Women (Hao nan hao nu) (Taiwan, Japan, 1995)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. This film consists of three intermingling stories: a film within a film as well as the past and present as linked by an actress in present-day Taipei. The film in which she plays is about a couple who return to mainland China to participate in the anti-Japanese movement in the 1940s and are arrested as Communists when they return to Taiwan. Images of the film-in-progress contrast with images from the actress' own past, when she was a party girl involved with a gangster. 108 min.

Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu san) (Taiwan, 1989)

Director, Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Shih Chun, Tien Mao, Chao-jung Chen, Kuei-Mei Yang. A Japanese tourist takes refuge from a rainstorm inside a run-down movie theater that is screening a martial arts classic, King Hu's 1966 "Dragon Inn." Even with the rain bucketing down outside, it doesn't pull much of an audience -- and some of those who have turned up are less interested in the movie than in the possibility of meeting a stranger in the dark. 83 min.

Happy Together (Cheun gwong tsa sit) (Hong Kong, Argentina, 1997)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. A film about a pair of Chinese gay lovers living out the waning days of their relationship as expatriates in Buenos Aires. Lusty tango bars, the salsa music of the La Boca sidewalks, and a hypnotic visit to the nearby Iguazu Falls gives further dimension to the tensions growing between the two men. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hard Boiled (Lashou shentan) (Hong Kong, 1992)

Directed by John Woo. Featuring Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Philip Kwok. In a ruthless world of gun-smugglers and mobsters Tequila, a die-hard cop, stops at nothing to see that justice is done. To avenge his partner's murder, Tequila joins forces with a rebel cop, and then the body count mounts to a hair raising climax. 126 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hero (Ying xiong) (Hong Kong, 2002)

Directed by Zhang Yimou. The Kingdom of Qin obsessed with conquering all of China had long been the target of assassins throughout the other six states. No matter how hard the King tried, it seemed impossible for him to defeat the three legendary assassins, Broken Sword, Flying Snow, and Sky. Suddenly, an enigmatic hero, Nameless, comes to the palace bearing the legendary weapons of the slain assassins to the King and tells his extraordinary tale sitting only ten paces from the King. 93 min.

HHH: Portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-Hsein examines questions of identity and "native land," as he returns to the places of his youth to talk to childhood friends and discuss his films. His work is inseparably linked with the recent history of Taiwan and the emergence of the Taiwanese "Nouvelle Vague," an intellectual movement that united Taiwanese writers, journalists and filmmakers at the end of the 1970s; a movement that only became possible with the end of censorship and the advent of free discussions, through film and literature, about Taiwan's society. 1998. 90 min.

House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (Hong Kong, 2004)

Directed by Zhang Yimou. Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Song Dandan. During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. Leo is a police officer who sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers" organization. Leo ends up arresting Mei, only to have Jin break her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem. 115 min.

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan) (Malaysia / China / Taiwan / France / Austria, 2006)

Director, Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Norman Atun, Pearlly Chua. Set in Malaysia this is the story of an erotic love triangle. A young drifter who is beaten by thugs is rescued by an immigrant worker who nurses him back to health. The drifter develops a crush on a waitress who lives upstairs and the three become lovers. 118 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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I Love Beijing (Xiari nuanyangyang) (China, 2000)

Directed by Ying Ning. Cast: Tao Hong, Yu Lei, Zuo Botao. This romantic drama follows the fortunes of a young Chinese cab driver who is depressed because of a recent divorce. He turns his personality around to become a ladies man, wooing a waitress, a librarian, and then a talk-show host. Lost in the dating wars, he longs to find the love of his life in the rapidly changing city of Beijing. 78 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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In the Mood for Love (Hua yang nian hua) (France, Hong Kong, 2000)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Leung Tony Chiu Wai. A man and a woman move into neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both their spouses of extra-marital activities in this masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments in time. 98 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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