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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

The Heroic Ones (Shi san tai bao) (Hong Kong, 1970)

Directed by Cheh Chang. Cast: David Chiang, Chin Han, Ti Lung, Lily Li, Nan Kung-Hsun. A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. However, jealously amongst them sparks a treacherous family feud that could lead to catastrophic consequences for all involved. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Hole (Dong) (Taiwan, 1998)

Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Seven days into the 21st century the rain will not let up in Taiwan and a strange disease reaches epic proportions. Tenants of a run-down apartment refuse to leave. The plumber comes to fix a leak and leaves a gaping hole through which the tenant spies on his neighbor. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Horse Thief (Tao ma zei) (China, 1989)

Director, Tian Zhuangzhuang. Cast: Caixiangzengren, Dan Zhiji. The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth of a second son. The story takes place in 1923 in Tibet. 88 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Killer (Die xue shuang xiong) (Hong Kong, 1989)

Directed by John Woo. Jeffrey is The Killer, hired by the mob for one last job. Lee is the relentless cop trying to stop the killer at any cost. The two enemies form a strange and powerful bond that blur the lines between good and evil. 110 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Last Emperor (China / UK / France / Italy, 1987)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng. The epic adventure and true story of Pu Yi (1906 ? 1967), the last Emperor of China, from his ascension to the throne as Emperor Xuan Tong, the 10th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in 1908, to his rehabilitation and employment by the communists as a guide around his former palace in 1959. 86 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director

The Opium War (Ya pian zhan zheng) (Hong Kong, 1997)

Directed by Jin Xie. Cast: Bao Guo'an, Lin Liankun, Lang Xiong. A dramatization of the Chinese people's heroic resistance to British imperialism in the Opium War of 1840. VCD. 153 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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 Personals (Zheng hun qi shi) (Taiwan, 1998)

Directed by Chen Kuo-fu. An attractive and successful ophthalmologist quits her job and places a personal ad in the newspaper. She has a specific purpose in her ad - she is looking for marriage. After a series of blind dates with men who are either lonely, desperate, strange, perverted, or all of the above, what she really wants is her mysterious ex-lover to came back to her. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus (Pan Jinlian zhi qian shi jin sheng) (Hong Kong, 1989)

Director, Clara Law. Parallel stories of ancient and modern China. In ancient China Golden Lotus is raped, married to a man she does not love, and when she finds love is beheadedfor it. In modern China Lotus is raped by the prefect of her school in Shanghai and sent to a work camp. Sheescapes to decadent Hong Kong by marrying a rich man. She finds herself drawn both to her husband's chauffeur and to a sadomasochistic relationship with adebauched designer. She dies in a fiery car wreck atthe end. A contemporary reworking of a 12th century Chinese novel. Multi-zone min.

The River (He liu) (Taiwan, 1997)

Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Miao Tien, Lu Hsiao-ling, Chen Shiang-chyi, Chang Long, Anne Hui, Chen Chao-jung. A troubled Twainese family living separate lives is driven on a quest to alleviate the son's pain after taking a dunk in the polluted Tansui River. They try virtually every intervention for his neck pain: Western medicine, a chiropractor, acupuncture, an herbal doctor, and a faith healer, Master Liu. Are the family's silent dynamics and his neck pain connected? 115 min.

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