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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

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.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (Qian li zou dan qi) (Hong Kong / China, 2005)

Directed by Zhang Yimou. Cast: Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Shinobu Terajima, Li Jiamin, Qiu Lin, Jiang Wen, Ken Nakamoto, Yang Zhenbo. Voice: Kiichi Nakai. Takata is an aging Japanese fisherman who has been estranged from his son for many years. When the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital. When his son refuses to see him, Rie gives him a videotape about the work his son was doing on a documentary film in a remote region of China's Yunnan province.

Romance of the Western Chamber (Xixiang ji) (Hong Kong / China, 1927)

Directed by Minwei Li and Hou Yao. Cast: Cijiang Ge, Chichang Hu, Cho-cho Lam, Dandan Li, Yaoting Zhu. A young scholar going through a turbulent time in his life falls in love with the prime minister's daughter. When a group of robbers attack her mother declares that she will marry off her daughter to whoever saves them. 45 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Rouge (Yan zhi kou) (Hong Kong, 1987)

Directed by Stanley Kwan. Having committed suicide some fifty years ago, the ghost of a famous courtesan returns to the world to seek her septuagenarian lover. Multi-zone min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Rumble in the Bronx (Hung fan kui) (Hong Kong, Canada, 1996)

Directed by Stanley Tong. Cast: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Francoise Yip, Garvin Cross, Yueh Hua, Bill Tung. Keung, a Hong Kong cop, comes to New York to see his uncle get married. The uncle has recently sold his store to Elaine, who wants to sell it after she refuses to pay protection money to a biker gang. When Keung finds out about her situation, he does all he can to protect her. Meanwhile, a crippled Chinese boy is surprised to discover that someone has stashed stolen diamonds in his wheelchair. He and Keung become friends and work on solving this case. 91 min.

Seven Swords (Qi jian; Chat gim) (South Korea / Hong Kong / China, 2005)

Directed by Hark Tsui. Cast: Li Ming, Zhen Zidan, Yang Caini, Sun Honglei, Lu Yi, Jin Suyan. In northwest China, seven men with magic swords help the local martial artist group Tian Ti Hui prevent the slaughter of innocent villagers by an evil Manchurian warlord. 153 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao, yao tao wai po chiao) (China, France, 1995)

Director, Zhang Yimou. Featuring Gong Li, Li Baotian, Li Xuejian, Sun Chun, Wang Xiaoxiao. The charms of an alluring prostitute are used as bait between feuding ganglords against a dramatic backdrop of 1930s Shanghai in this exotic and captivating thriller. Freely adapted from the novel "Gang Law" by Li Xiao. 109 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Awards National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Shaolin Iron Claws (Hawk's Fist) (1978)

Directed by Wong Fong. Cast: Lee I. Min, Wong Tao, Chang Yi. Lee I Min and Wong Tao are on a collision course with the White Haired Fox played by Chang Yi. Lee and Wong must team up and combine their skills to defeat the treacherous master of the talon styles. There is no mercy given or taken in this classic martial arts film. English language version. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Shaolin Temple (Shao Lin si) (1976)

Directed by Cheh Chang. Cast: Sheng Fu, Kuan-Chun Chi, Lung Ti, David Chiang, Philip Kwok. The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor, who killed his father. The monks have to help him, and in the process, they save the true emperor, who rewards them greatly. 84 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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