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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

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

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Hong Kong, 1978)

Directed by Yuen Woo-Ping. Cast: Cheng Lung, Yuen Hsiao-Tien, Huang Cheng Li, Wang Chiang. At the end of the China Dynasty, the Eagle Claw Society has eliminated all styles of martial arts except for the Snake Fist style. The Grand Master of Eagle Claw is searching for and killing the remaining members of the Snake Fist school. Meanwhile the elderly Snake Fist Grand Master is in hiding, and busy teaching a young, overworked, bullied servant the Snake Fist style. 98 min. 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.

Song of the Exile (Ketu qiuhen) (Hong Kong / Taiwan, 1990)

Directed by Ann Hui. Graduating from a university in Britain, returns home to attend her sister's wedding but quickly finds herself at social and emotional odds with her seemingly imperious mother. The turbulent homecoming revives Heuyin's memories of the charged atmosphere of her childhood in Macao. Hueyin reluctantly agrees to accompany her mother on a visit to her once rich and prominent family in Japan. There, she begins to understand that she and her mother are very much alike, both having suffered similar feelings of loss and alienation throughout their adult live. 100 min.

Sons of Good Earth (Da di er nu) (Hong Kong, 1964)

Director King Hu. During the Sino-Japanese conflict, a married couple are individually arrested and lose contact with one another. Meanwhile villagers employ guerrilla tactics against their Japanese oppressors. In the film's bloody climax, the peasants stage a massive revolt and slaugher the invaders. After the war is over the couple are reunited. 70 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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

Still Life (Sanxia haoren)(China | Hong Kong, 2006)

Directed by Jia Zhangke. Cast: Tao Zhao, Sanming Han. Great changes have come to the town of Fengjie due to the construction of the Three Gorges hydro project on the Yangtze River. In this unique hybrid of documentary and fiction, returning residents find that there are still things that need to be salvaged and ...that must be left behind. Such life changing choices face both Han Sanming, a miner traveling to Fengjie in search of his ex-wife of sixteen years, and Shen Hong, a nurse who has come to Fengjie to look for her husband whom she hasn't seen in two years. 108 min.

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