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East Asian Cinema

Bichunmoo (2000)

Directed by Young-jun Kim. Set in 14th century China when the country is under Mongolian rule, the star-crossed lovers, Jinha and Sullie who is the illegitimate daughter of a Mongolian commander, are caught in the middle. Jinha learns his family secret martial arts and then sets out to be with the one he loves. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Black Rain (Kuroi Ame) (1989)

Director: Shohei Imamura. Cast: Tanaka Yoshiko, Kitamura Kazuo, Ichihara Etsuko, Hara Hisako, Ishida Keisuke, Sawa Tamaki, Ozawa Shoichi. This is an unforgettable movie about humanity and survival after the 1945 atomic catastrophe that changed the world forever. Stunning photography vividly details the horror of ravaged Hiroshima, while its shocked survivors struggle with radiation sickness as they rebuild their shattered lives. 123 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Black Sun (Aru kyouhaku) (Japan, 1964)

Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Kawaji Tamio, Chico Roland, Chishiro Yu-ko, Nitta Sho-gen, Yamada Zenji, O-taki Hideji. A manic, oddball, anti-buddy story about a young, jazz-obsessed Japanese drifter and a black American GI on the lam in Tokyo. Based on the story, Kusatta ori-bu, by Tensei Kono. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) (2001)

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda. Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sousuke Takaoka, Yusuke Oshiba. In this bleak portrait of life at perhaps the worst high school in Japan, brutal Kujo is crowned the king of the school and his gang -- including his thuggish childhood pal Aoki -- rule the place with an iron fist. Based on a comic by Tayou Matsumoto. Special features: Commentary by Tom Mes; interview with director Toshiaki Toyoda; artwork; biographies & filmographies; scene selection. 83 min.

Boiling Point (3-4x jugatsu) (1990)

Director, 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano. Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge. While in Okinawa they get befriended by a psychotic yakuza outcast who is planning a revenge of his own. 98 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Brother (2000)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano. After his crime boss is murdered in a Tokyo gang war, a yakuza gangster is exiled to Los Angeles. He has a big bag of money and a really bad attitude and hooks up with his half-brother who is the leader of a small-time drug ring. Together, with a local street hustler, the brothers declare war on the other local drug traffickers. This ignites into the bloodiest, dirtiest, nastiest power struggle L.A. has ever seen. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bullet Ballet (1998)

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Tatsuya Nakamura, Takahiro Murase, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kyoka Suzuki.A man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means to obtain such a weapon of destruction and he finds himself caught in a violent group of young vicious punks. 87 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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