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Mainland China

The Painted Veil (China / US, 2006)

Directed by John Curran. Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg, Juliet Howland, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Maggie Steed, Lorraine Laurence, Johnny Lee, Li Feng. Set in the 1920s. A young English couple, Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai. Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic.

The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (China, 1999)

Directed by Zhang Yimou. Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Sun Hongiei, Zheng Hao, Zhao Yulian. As a son helps his mother arrange for the burial of his father in the traditional Chinese custom of his mother's village, the beautiful and touching story of his parent's courtship unfolds. His father was from the city and came to his mother's village to become the schoolmaster. In the days of arranged marriages, the son discovers that his parent's marriage was the first marriage based on love. 89 min.

The Spring River Flows East (Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu) (China, 1947)

Directed by Chusheng Cai and Junli Zheng. Cast: Bai Yang, Tao Jin, Wu Yin, Shu Xiuwen, Gao Zheng. This epic melodrama, recognized as China's equivalent to 'Gone with the wind', was considered the most significant Chinese film of the late 1940s. The film was released in two parts, 'Eight years of turmoil' and 'Before and after dawn', and tells the melodramatic story of a family during and after the War of Resistance Against Japan. A young woman married to a depressed man finds herself face to face with her first love, and the feelings she had for him. Disc 1.

The Story of Qui Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si) (China, Hong Kong, 1992)

Directed by Yi-mou Zhang. A stoic peasant woman demands an apology when her husband is brutalized and humiliated by the village chief. But the chief is a proud man who refuses to apologize, sending her on a futile trek through the complicated Chinese court system. Based on the novel: "The Wan Family's Lawsuit / Chen Yuanbin. 100 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

The Watch (Biao) (China, 1949)

Directed by Zuo Lin. Cast: Zhao Qiansun, Han Mingde. Tells the story of a homeless orphan and the valuable watch he stole and how the watch affects those who come in contact with it. 90 min.

The World (Shijie) (China, 2004)

Directed by Jia Zhangke. Cast: Zhao Tao, Cheng Taisheng, Wang Hongwei, Huang Yiqun, Jiang Zhongwei, Ji Shuai. On the outskirts of Beijing is an amusement park called The World. The staff may be happy around the guests, but it's a different story behind the scenes. The park is seen through the eyes of the staff, along with romances, dreams, and loneliness.

To Live (Huo zhe) (China, Hong Kong, 1994)

Directed by Zhang Yimou, Bin Wang, Xleochun Zhang. In a smoky gambling den in 1940's China, a drunken young man runs through his family's fortune, losing their ancestral home and all their possessions. This staggering loss proves to be their salvation, and the first step in an odyssey of survival that will take them through war and revolution love and loss, tragedy ... and triumph. 132 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Together (He ni zai yi qi) (China, South Korea, 2002)

Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige, Tang Yun. When a shy small-town boy heads to Beijing for violin lessons, he discovers a new world filled with first loves, lasting friendships ... and a secret that will change his life forever. 119 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Twin Sisters (Zi mei hua) (China, 1933)

Directed by Zheng Zhengqiu. Cast:Hu Die, Zheng Xiaoqiu, Xuan Jinglin. Twin girls separated at birth are reunited when the one raised in poverty becomes a servant in the household of her sister, now the pampered wife of a warlord general. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Two Stage Sisters (Wu tai chieh mei) (China, 1965)

Directed by Wie Jin. Chronicles the fortunes of two actresses in pre-revolutionary China who become friends, however one woman falls into the lowlife, gangster world, while the other looks up to the heavens and revolutionary awareness dawns. The two end up in court as the corrupted Western-style "sister" has attacked the other. The expected justice prevails and the next scenes are of revolutionary China in 1950.