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Mainland China

Beijing Bicycle (Shi qi sui de dan che) (China/Taiwan, 2001)

Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Just as Guai, a bicycle messenger, makes his final payment for the silver mountain bike loaned by his company, he finds it stolen. After endless searching, Guai discovers his bicycle is now in the hands of Jian who bought the bicycle with stolen money. Though Guai and Jian finally work out a deal, they find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Buscombe, E. "Beijing bicycle." Sight & Sound v.

Blind Shaft (Mang jing)(2003)

Directed by Yang Li. Cast: Li Yixiang, Wang Shuangbao, Wang Baoqiang. In modern northwestern China, itinerant coal miners Tang and Song befriend fellow miners, murder them in staged "accidents", then pass their victims off as relatives in order to pocket their employer's hush money. The recruiting of Feng, a naive young farm boy, threatens to drive a wedge between the two killers. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Ban Wang.

Chinese Animation. Volume 1. (1960-1981)

Contents: Where is Mama (Te Wei, Qian Jiajun, 1960, 10 min.): Pioneering brush-painting animation of a school of tadpoles in search of "mama." Clever Duckling (Yu Zhenguang, 1960, 5 min.): Animation adapted from the folk art of folded paper. One Night in an Art Gallery (A Da, Lin Wenxiao, 1978, 15 min.): This controversial cel animation ostensibly made for children features a sub-text about the reign and fall of the "Gang of Four," the leaders responsible for the devastation of the cultural revolution.

Chinese Animation. Volume 2. (1983-1998)

Contents: Snipe-clam Grapple (Hu Jinqing, 1983, 7 min.): Delicate cut-paper animation drawn from a Chinese proberb. Wanderings of San Mao (A Da, 1984, 10 min.): Features the life of a small orphan boy trying to survive in a war torn world. 36 Characters (A Da, 1984, 12 min.): Authentic Chinese pictograms are used for the humans and animals in this ancient Chinese story. Selecting Beauty (Wang Shuchen, 1987, 8 min.): A cel animation feature showing the way in which royalty choose their wives.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize