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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

Stolen Life (Sheng si jie)(China, 2005)

Directed by Shaohong Li. Cast: Zhou Xun, Wu Jun, Cai Ming. When the withdrawn and reclusive Yan'ni starts college she believes she is embarking on a new life away from her family, and she is, but not the new beginning she anticipates. Once at school, she immediately meets and falls in love with a man named Muyu, at truck driver, and her life takes a different path of misguided love. 94 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Street Angel (Ma lu tian shi) (China, 1937)

Directed by Yuan Muzhi. Cast: Zhao Dan, Wei Heling, Zhou Xuan. Upon arriving in Shanghai, two sisters are coerced into a corrupt environment in the poorest part of the city. A neighbor tries to help them escape from the dregs of society. This classic film was loosely based on Frank Borzage's silent classic 'Seventh heaven'. 91 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Swordsman (Hsiao ao chiang hu) (Hong Kong, Taiwan, 1990)

Directed by Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, Ann Hui, Hark Tsui. Towards the end of the Ming dynasty, three major "tongs" come into conflict with a group of evil eunuchs, in a desperate search for a lost manuscript which may unveil the ultimate secrets of Kung fu. 90 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Temptress Moon (Feng yue) (1996)

Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Leslie Cheung, Gong Li, Kevin Lin, He Saifei, David Wu. This is a captivating story of a beautiful young woman, her seductive lover and their struggle for power, passion and revenge. Highly provocative and filled with sensual imagery, it was banned in the director's own country. 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

That Day on the Beach (Hai tan ti i tien) (Taiwan, 1983)

Directed by Edward Yang. Brought up in a strict and well-protected environment, Chia-li fought against a pre-arranged marriage, left home and married Te-wei. As Te-wei's career advances, they gradually grow apart and problems arise which Chia-li refuses to confront. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. 166 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Battle Wizard (Tian long ba bu) (Hong Kong, 1977)

Directed by Hsueh Li Pao. Cast: Danny Lee, Tanny Tien Ni, Lin Chen-Chi. A brother who loves books and a sister who loves swords must face the yellow-robed warrior, the Red Python, a sinuous snake-charmer, and a silk-masked beauty, before they can bring peace to their battle-addled family. Based on the novel "The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils" by Chin Yung. 73 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong) (2004)

Directed by Directed by Wei Lo. Cast: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Nora Miao. Having made a vow never to fight again, a factory worker named Cheng (Lee) does his best to put up with an abusive boss. But when Cheng's beautiful cousin is kidnapped by company thugs, he is forced to take matters into his own hands--and fists--to save her. The first starring role of legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee. Dubbed into English; soundtracks also in Cantonese and Mandarin with traditional and simplied Chinese and English subtitles; Closed captioned. 100 min.

The Big Road (Da lu) (China, 1935)

Directed by Sun Yu. Cast: Jin Yan, Chen Yanyan, Li Lili, Zheng Junli, Han Langen. Six friends decide to 'head north' and become involved in the construction of a highway crucial for the Chinese Army. A hymn to the solidarity necessary for China to move ahead (and defeat the enemy), [the film] shows its young protagonists only discovering who they are when they become part of collective action. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Blue Kite (Lan Feng Cheng) (China, Hong Kong, 1993)

Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Banned in China, this film is the most acclaimed and controversial to come out of the new Chinese cinema. Told from the perspective of a young boy, Tieh-tou, it traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors through the political and social upheavals in 1950's and 60's China. 138 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Boy From Hell (Jigoku kozo) (2004)

Directed by Mari Asato. Cast: Mirai Yamamoto, Mitsuru Akaboshi, Kanji Tsuda. A mysterious old woman appears before Setsu, who has recently lost her only child in a tragic accident. She says she can bring Setsu's son, Daio back to life. After agreeing to this sinister proposal, Daio returns to his mother, but to Setsu's horror, he is half decomposed and inhuman. To make him human again, he needs fresh human organs. Setsu does everything she can to reincarnate her son, but Daio just turns into a different kind of monster.

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