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Hong Kong

A Better Tomorrow (Ying huang boon sik) (Hong Kong, 1986)

Directed by John Woo. The first in a trilogy of Chinese "Godfather" films, it portrays countless difficulties and setbacks experienced by a couple of counterfeit money smugglers who have decided to wash their hands of their past and choose a better life. In the first part, Sung Tzu-hao, one of the main protagonists is on his last "business" trip. 90 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Bullet in the Head (Diexie jietou) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Fennie Yeun, Yolinda Yan. This sprawling story centers around three childhood friends who, in their journey through wartorn Vietnam, encounter grueling emotional territory. Traveling through many levels of living hell, the three men must find their way through betrayal and greed in the midst of the war. 126 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Chinese Ghost Story (Sinnui Yauman) (Hong Kong, 1987)

Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Featuring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma. The story of Ning Tsai-chen, a Chinese scholar who befriends and falls in love with Nieh Hsiao-chien, a she-ghost captured and tyrannized by the Tree Ogre. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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A Chinese Ghost Story II (Qian nu you hun II; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan II; Qian nu you hun II) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Wang Zuxian, Zhang Xueyou, Li Jiaxin. Lin meets a young and witty Taoist, Chi Chau, and they become good friends. They run into some people who pretend to be ghosts. These people are actually trying to save the innocent Fu from imprisonment. Fu has two daughters Ching Fung and Yet Chi who both fall in love with Lin. Fu tries to ask the emperor's right-hand man, Liu Suen, for help but Liu turns out to be a goblin. Lin, Chi Chau and the two sisters all team up to fight against the evil force in order to help Fu.

A Chinese Ghost Story III (Qian nu you hun III; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan III; Qian nu you hun III) (Hong Kong, 1991)

Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Tony Leung, Joey Wang, Jacky Cheung, Nina Li.In the heart of a weird wood stands Orchid Temple, a haunted place that is the doom of men. Beautiful spirits lure travelers to their doom. When the lowly monk Fong ventures to the temple, intent on driving the ghosts away, he instead falls in love with the beautiful Lotus. This forbidden passion places the couple in danger from both the local ghostbusters, and the forest's hideous supernational beings. 106 min.

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

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.

Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha) (1995)

Directed by Tun Fei Mou.An uncompromising portrayal of the war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army upon the Chinese military and civilian population of Nanking during the occupation of the city. Black Sun is unflinching in its depiction of the barbaric cruelty with which the occupying army raped, pillaged and terrorized the defeated populace. Portrays the ordeals of a poor Chinese family as they try to survive the Japanese occupation of their city.

Centre Stage (Ruan Lingyu) (Hong Kong, 1992)

Directed by Stanley Kwan. Cast: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Liang Jiahui, Liu Jialing. Dramatized biography based on the life of the Chinese silent movie actress Ruan Ling-yu, of the 1930s. Tells the sad story of a young woman who is rescued from poverty to show business and is subsequently destroyed by it. 121 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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