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Mainland China

Red Cliff (Chi bi) (China, 2008)

Directed by John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, You Yong, Chang Chen. In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minister Cao Cao convinces the fickle Emperor Han that the only way to unite all of China is to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus begins a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu form an unlikely alliance.

Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker (Pao Da Shuang Deng) (China, Hong Kong, 1994)

Directed by He Ping. Set against the close of the Ching Dynasty at the turn of the century, this tale of forbidden love and loyalty ignites the screen with passion. With no male heirs to run their fireworks factory, the Chai family's beautiful daughter has been groomed for the role of master. Renounced of her femininity, she is clothed like a man and forbidden to marry, a role which she dutifully accepts until a rebellious young artist becomes employed at the factory.

Rickshaw Boy (Luo tuo Xiangzi) (1982)

Directed by Ling Zifeng. In the 1920s, a young hardworking peasant arrives in Beijing to become a rickshaw boy at a time when the city is torn by dueling warlords. The owner of the rickshaw company's daughter falls in love with the boy despite a ten year age difference and decides to marry him. Not long after their marriage she dies in labor and his world becomes empty and meaningless. He is a wreck of emotional suffering induced by an archaic society, at the mercy of his environment. 120 min.

Shanghai Dreams (Qing hong) (China, 2005)

Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Cast: Gao Yuanyuan, Li Bin, Yan Anlian, Tang Yang. In the mid-1960s the Chinese government, fearing conflict with the Soviet Union, called for strategically important factories to be moved inland to form a 'Third Line of Defense'. Answering their country's call, innumerable workers and their families left their homes in such large cities as Shanghai and Beijing and followed the factories to the barren terrain of western China.

Shen Nu Goddess (Goddess of Shanghai) (Silent, 1934)

Director, Yonggang Wu. Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Zhang Zhizhi, Li Keng, Tian Jian. A young woman can only support and educate her son by working as a prostitute in 1930s Shanghai. One of the rare films of famed Chinese star Ruan Lingyu. 74 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Shower (Xi zao) (China, 1999)

Directed by Zhang Yang. Mistakenly believing his father has passed away, a bathhouse master's son returns home and soon discovers the magic of the family business and its importance to the community. 94 min. ; or (Multi-zone DVD) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (China | USA, 1937)

Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Gianna Jun, Li Bing Bing, Vivian Wu, Jiang Wu, Russell Wong, Coco Chiang, Jingyun Hu, Archie Kao. Centuries ago, two 'sworn sisters' are isolated by their families, but stay connected through a secret language written in the folds of a white silk fan. Now in modern-day Shanghai, their descendents must draw inspiration from the past as they struggle to maintain their own eternal bond in the face of life's complications. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope and friendship.

Song at Midnight (Ye ban ge sheng) (China, 1937)

Directed by Weibang Ma Xu. Cast: Hu Ping, Jin Shan, Gu Menghe, Shi Chao. "An exciting Chinese interpretation of 'The Phantom of the Opera'." Ten years after supposedly being killed in an opera house, Song Danping returns to relate his story - when he fell in love with the daughter of a rich feudal lord, he was beaten, disfigured with acid and left to die in the burning opera house by her father. He's been waiting in the rebuilt theatre for someone to take over his artistic mantle and he's chosen the opera troupe's new young star. 118 min.

Song of China (Dian luan) (China, 1936)

Directed by Lo Ming-yu. A rare film produced in China in 1936 dealing with a cavalcade of families through three generations set during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The film deals with the universal problem of the generation gap and filial piety with great sensitivity. Features a native Chinese cast and authentic Chinese music. 65 min.

Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (China, 1948)

Directed by Fei Mu. Cast: Shi Yu, Wei Wei, Li, Wei, Zhang Hongmei, Cui Chaoming. A young woman married to a depressed man finds herself face to face with her first love, and the feelings she had for him. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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