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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

Beijing Bicycle (Shi qi sui de dan che) (China/Taiwan, 2001)

Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Just as Guai, a bicycle messenger, makes his final payment for the silver mountain bike loaned by his company, he finds it stolen. After endless searching, Guai discovers his bicycle is now in the hands of Jian who bought the bicycle with stolen money. Though Guai and Jian finally work out a deal, they find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Buscombe, E. "Beijing bicycle." Sight & Sound v.

Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha) (1995)

Directed by Tun Fei Mou.An uncompromising portrayal of the war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army upon the Chinese military and civilian population of Nanking during the occupation of the city. Black Sun is unflinching in its depiction of the barbaric cruelty with which the occupying army raped, pillaged and terrorized the defeated populace. Portrays the ordeals of a poor Chinese family as they try to survive the Japanese occupation of their city.

Blind Shaft (Mang jing)(2003)

Directed by Yang Li. Cast: Li Yixiang, Wang Shuangbao, Wang Baoqiang. In modern northwestern China, itinerant coal miners Tang and Song befriend fellow miners, murder them in staged "accidents", then pass their victims off as relatives in order to pocket their employer's hush money. The recruiting of Feng, a naive young farm boy, threatens to drive a wedge between the two killers. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Ban Wang.

Blue Gate Crossing (Lan se da men) (Taiwan | France, 2002)

Directed by Chih-yen Yee. Cast: Chen Bolin, Gui Lunmei, Liang Shuhui. This gentle comedy follows three high school kids discovering their sexuality. The romantic triangle unfolds as a young lesbian asks the high school swim team jock to help her approach the girl she loves. Unfortunately, the jock falls head over heels in love with the lesbian, thus setting a stage for this comedy of errors. 161 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Butterfly and Sword (Hsin liu hsing hu tieh chien) (Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1993)

Directed by Mai Tang-chieh. In this spectacular swordfighting tale the loyalist famous foursome parry and trust their way through a deliriously paced yarn as they attempt to keep the King's empire from being overthrown by a revolutionary group. 86 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Centre Stage (Ruan Lingyu) (Hong Kong, 1992)

Directed by Stanley Kwan. Cast: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Liang Jiahui, Liu Jialing. Dramatized biography based on the life of the Chinese silent movie actress Ruan Ling-yu, of the 1930s. Tells the sad story of a young woman who is rescued from poverty to show business and is subsequently destroyed by it. 121 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Chinese Animation. Volume 1. (1960-1981)

Contents: Where is Mama (Te Wei, Qian Jiajun, 1960, 10 min.): Pioneering brush-painting animation of a school of tadpoles in search of "mama." Clever Duckling (Yu Zhenguang, 1960, 5 min.): Animation adapted from the folk art of folded paper. One Night in an Art Gallery (A Da, Lin Wenxiao, 1978, 15 min.): This controversial cel animation ostensibly made for children features a sub-text about the reign and fall of the "Gang of Four," the leaders responsible for the devastation of the cultural revolution.

Chinese Animation. Volume 2. (1983-1998)

Contents: Snipe-clam Grapple (Hu Jinqing, 1983, 7 min.): Delicate cut-paper animation drawn from a Chinese proberb. Wanderings of San Mao (A Da, 1984, 10 min.): Features the life of a small orphan boy trying to survive in a war torn world. 36 Characters (A Da, 1984, 12 min.): Authentic Chinese pictograms are used for the humans and animals in this ancient Chinese story. Selecting Beauty (Wang Shuchen, 1987, 8 min.): A cel animation feature showing the way in which royalty choose their wives.

Chinese Box (France | Japan | USA, 1997)

Director, Wayne Wang. Cast: Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui, Ruben Blades. Drama about a British journalist and a Hong Kong bartender with a jaded past, set against the backdrop of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong

Offers an in-depth look at Hong Kong's wu xia film legacy and its influence on global cinema, from its roots in Beijing Opera to Quentin Tarantino's tribute to Hong Kong martial arts action in Kill Bill, Vol. 2. All of the bases are covered, from Hong Kong cinema's first martial-arts hero, Wong Fei Hung, to the balletic choreography of Chang Che, including the "one-punch" impact of Bruce Lee and the evolution of kung-fu comedy as epitomized by Jackie Chan. The Hong Kong technique of editing-in-camera is demonstrated in a multi-screen sequence.