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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

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 Soong Sisters (Song jia huang chao) (Hong Kong, 1996)

Directed by Mabel Cheung. Cast: Zhang Manyu, Jiang Wen, Yang Ziqiong, Wu Junmei. At the end of Qing dynasty, the Soong sisters--Ai-ling, Ching-ling and May-ling became legends in their own time. One loved money, one loved power, and one loved her country. Their lives were interwoven into the turbulent history of modern China. Ching-ling married Dr. Sun who led the 1911 revolution and embarked on a long journey of vagrant life. 145 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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
Awards
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

The Taiwan New Cinema

A documentary focusing on the two stages of motion pictures produced in Taiwan: beginnings and foundation building of the 1980s and the pluralistic creativity of the 1990s. Includes interviews with directors and film critics, extensive clips from films and commentary on the relationship between Taiwanese cinema and social development of the society. Commentary: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Stan Lai, Ang Lee, Wang Toon, Peggy Chiao, Edmond K. Y. Wong, Lee Tain-dow, Hsu Hsiao-ming, Ho Ping , Wu Nien-Jen, Chen Yun-hou, Edward Yang, Chang Yi, Ko T-cheng.1998. 71 min.

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 Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun) (France / Taiwan, 2005)

Director, Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Yang Kuei-Mei. Set against the backdrop of the city of Tapei, a jaded adult movie star daystreams in eleborate, erotic fantasies interweaving colorful musical numbers into a tale of sexual voyerurism. When sexual fantasies and realities collide, the line blurs, creating an outrageous tale of obsessions. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

Three Extremes (Hong Kong / Japan / South Korea, 2004)

Cast: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. Presents a cross-cultural trilogy of odd and horrific film shorts by Asian directors. In Box, beautiful successful novelist Kyoko lives a solitary life. In Dumplings a woman experiments with anti-ageing dumplings containing a sinister secret ingredient. In Cut, a happy and successful film director encounters a stranger in his living room. Contents: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe.

Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (Taiwan/France, 2005)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. A rapturous and beautiful love story set in three different eras - a pool hall in 1966, a 1911 brothel, and present-day Taipei. The director brings to life the culture of each period as the tales unfold. 135 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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