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East Asian Cinema

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.

Chungking Express (Chung-ching sen lin) (Hong Kong, 1994)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Two interwined romantic tales take place inside the Chung-ching high-rise shopping center in downtown Hong Kong: A policeman falls in love with a snack bar waitress while a house detective gets involved with a female drug dealer. 104 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Chunhyang (2000)

Directed by Sang-hyun Im. Set in 18th century Korea. Mongryong, the son of a governor, falls in love with Chunhyang, the daughter of a proud former courtesan, and they secretly marry out of fear of reprisal. Trouble results when Mongryong is ordered to Seoul to finish his education, and a new, vindictive governor pursues Chunhyang and then imprisons her when she refuses his advances. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Cinema on the Road

Focuses chiefly on the little known recently emerging South Korean film industry.. 1997. 52 min.

City of Life and Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!)(China | Hong Kong, 2009)

Directed by Chuan Lu. Cast: Liu Ye, Fan Wei, Nakaizumi Hideo, Gao Yuanyuan, Qin Lan, Jiang Yiyan, Kohata Ryu, Yao Di, Zhao Yisui, Miyamoto Yu-ko. On December 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians, an infamous tragedy now referred to as the Rape of Nanking.

City on Fire (Long hu feng yun) (Hong Kong, 1987)

Director, Ringo Lam. Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Sun Yeuh, Lee Sau Yin Danny. An undercover cop sent to infiltrate a notorious crime ring, Ko Chow must replace a fellow officer who was killed in a violent confrontation. But, as he earns the trust of the syndicate, he develops a tight friendship with one of the thieves. Then, when a planned heist turns into a bloody shoot-out with police, suspicions arise about who could be the informant. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia) (1965)

Director, King Hu. Swordplay adventure in ancient China. Chang, a woman warrior, and Fan Ta-pei, a martial arts master, fight to release Chang's brother, who is being held hostage by bandits.

Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Tian mi mi) (Hong Kong, 1996)

Directed by Peter Chan. A young woman and a charming young man, who is engaged to a girl in his hometown, each come to Hong Kong to pursue success. At first perfect strangers, they grow emotionally close as they share trials and joys in their lonesome struggle in an unfamiliar world. Their individual dreams and ambitions, however, force them to eventually take separate paths in their lives. PAL format min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crazed Fruit (Kurutta kajitsu) (1956)

Directed by Ko Nakahira. Cast: Masahiko Tsugawa, Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara. Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged. 86 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database