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East Asian Cinema

Drunken Angel (Yoidore tenshi) (1948)

Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Reizaburo Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure, Chieko Nakakita, Noriko Sengoku, Shizuko Kasagi. Set in post-war Tokyo in 1945, a tuberculosis-infected criminal starts an unhealthy relationship with an alcoholic doctor. The patient needs to feel better so that he can retain his status as gang-leader after the ex-leader is released from prison, and the doctor needs to feel like he has a place in society and that life is worth living.

Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (Hong Kong, 1978)

Directed by Yuen Woo Ping. Cast: Jackie Chan, Yuen Hsiao Tieng, Huang Cheng Li. Being the mischievous son of a martial arts school master, Wang Feihong fritters away his time fooling around and making troubles instead of learning Kung fu. Being sent to his uncle for disciplined kung fu training, Wang Feihong decides he must learn "Drunken Fist Kung Fu" after several escape attempts and being humiliated by a local assassin. Film is notable for the incredibly long fight scene at the end of the movie. 111 min.

Duel of the Century (Liu Xiao Feng zhi jue zhan qian hou) (Hong Kong, 1981)

Director, Yuen Chor. Cast: Liu Yong, Yue Hua, Bai Biao. Liu Yung and Sun Chien team up to investigate the martial arts murders of a supposedly mortally wounded swordsman, only to find deception, death, double-dealings, imposters, and one deadly duel after another. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Durian, Durian (Liu lian piao piao) (Hong Kong, 2000)

Directed by Chen Guo. Cast: Qin Hailu, Mai Huifen. The film is divided into two parts, with the first half taking place in Hong Kong and the latter half another world away, in Mudanjiang near the North Korean border. The consistent thread is a young Mainland lady, Yan. The movie records her stay in Hong Kong where, on a three-month visa, she services as many as three dozen clients a day, and her post-Hong Kong existence back home where she uses her hard-earned cash to become a successful and respected entrepreneuse. PAL format min.

Dust in the Wind (Lien lien feng chen) (Taiwan, 1986)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. A story about a young couple from a village in the southern part of Taiwan. Filled with details of urban Taipei, and depicting the transition from rural to industrial life in contemporary Taiwan, this is also a poignant story of young love lost. A teenaged couple moves to the city to find work, but are separated when the boy is drafted and the girl marries another. 109 min. 999:2806 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Early Spring (Soshun) (1956)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Chikage Awashima, Ryo Ikebe, Keiko Kishi, Teiji Takahashi, Chishu Ryu, So Yamamura, Haruko Sugimura, Takako Fujino, Masami Taura, Kumeko Urabe, Kuniko Miyake. A salaryman in postwar Tokyo has an illicit affair with an officemate in this moving portrait of a fragile marriage. 144 min. ; also Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Ozu bibliography

Early Summer (Bakushu) (1951)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Details the conflicting senses of obligation and individualism faced by a young daughter as her family-arranged wedding approaches. 125 min. ; 999:260 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Ozu bibliography

East Palace, West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (China, 1997)

Directed by Yuan Zhang. Cast: Si Han, Hu Jun, Liu Yuxiao, Ma Wen, Lu Rong. This film focuses on a young gay Chinese writer, A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman, manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. His life-story which he tells during the interrogation reflects the general repression of the Chinese society. The policeman's attitude shifts from the initial revulsion to fascination and finally, to attraction. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Eat Drink Man Woman (Yinshi nan nu) (Taiwan, USA, 1994)

Directed by Ang Lee. A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior. 124 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Awards National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nian) (2004)

Directed by Jiang Xiao. Cast: Xia Yu, Jiang Yihong, Jiang Shan, Niu Zhenhua. When a delivery man crashes into a girl, she asks him to feed the pets in her apartment, while she is in the hospital. There he finds her diary that exposes the story of a young girl's passion for the movies, which re-ignites his own longing for the days when the cinema enchanted China's masses. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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