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East Asian Cinema

Crossroads (Shizi jietou) (China, 1937)

Directed by Shen Xiling. Cast: Zhao Dan, Yang Bai, Ban Lu, Yin Ying, Meng Sha, Ming Yi. Follows four recent graduates: Zhao wants to be a writer but is stuck proofreading; Tang wants to be an artist but is hired to dress windows. Xu has given up hope, while Liu has "gone north" to fight the Japanese. Zhao lives in a crowded boardinghouse with an annoying female neighbor. Unbeknownst to each other, the two meet on a bus and a romance develops. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, Hong Kong, Taiway, USA, 2000)

Directed by Ang Lee. Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Lung Sihung, Cheng Pei Pei. Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love. (DVD: Mandarin, English and French soundtracks with optional subtitles in English or French.) 120 min.

Crows and Sparrows (Wu ya yu que) (China, 1949)

Directed by Zheng Junli. In 1948, an order of eviction in a small Shanhai neighborhood was in the process ; the tanents had to find ways to live somewhere else until one day they found a mutual understanding to each other and decided to fight against the planned evicion. Portrays a dramatic struggle between tenants and landlords on the eve the Communist revolution. One of China's social commentary films of the 1940s, this film is considered to be a landmark work in pre-revolutionary Chinese cinema and an example of Chinese Neo-realism. 111 min.

Cruel Gun Story (Kenju zankoku monogatari)(1964)

Directed by Takumi Furukawa. Cast: Joe Shishido, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Yuji Odaka, Minako Kazuki, Hiroshi Nihonyanagi, Hiroshi Kondo, Shobun Inoue, Saburo Hiromatsu, Junichi Yamanobe. Fresh out of jail, Togawa has no chance to go straight because he is immediately coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing a heist on an armored car carrying racetrack receipts. After assembling a ragtag bunch to carry out the robbery, Togawa learns that all is not what it seems. 87 min.

Cruel Story of Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (1960)

Director: Nagisa Oshima. In this daring statement about the disillusionment that took hold in Japan following World War II, a teenage girl and her criminal boyfriend perform sexual shakedowns on well-to-do middle-aged men. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia) (Hong Kong / China, 2006)

Directed by Yimou Zhang. Cast: Jin Chen, Jay Chou, Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Qin Junjie, Man Li, Ye Liu, Dahong Ni. Set in China in the later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century, this is a tale of a royal family divided against itself which builds to a climax as lines are crossed, trust is betrayed, and family blood is spilled in the quest for redemption and revenge. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dam Street (Hong yan) (France | China, 2005)

Directed by Yu Li. Cast: Liu Yi, Hung Xingrao, Li Kechun, Wang Yizhu. A teenage pregnancy leads to a lifetime of doubt and condemnation for a young Chinese woman struggling to find her place in a male-dominated society. Ten years after her pregnancy she happens to meet a ten year old boy whose youthful affection shows her that even beneath society's scorn the warmth of human emotion can still radiate. Based on the story by Fang Li and Li Yu. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dark Water (Honokurai mizu no soko kara)(2001)

Directed by Hideo Nakata. Cast: Kuroki Hitomi, Kanno Rio, Oguchi Mirei, Mizukawa Asami. Yoshimi Matsubara fights to gain legal custody of her five year-old daughter Ikuko while the two live together in a dark, sullen and musty apartment building. Already insecure and uncertain about her future with her daughter, Yoshimi is haunted by murky water dripping through the ceiling and walls, and by the almost taunting appearances of a small red bag that once belonged to a girl who had mysteriously disappeared two years prior.

Daybreak (Tianming ) (China, 1933)

Directed by Sun Yu. Cast: Lili Li, Zhanfei Gao, Congmei Yuan. Perhaps more than any other director working at that time, Sun Yu consistently sought to portray the working class affected by feudalism and imperialism. In Daybreak, Li plays a villager forced into prostitution in Shanghai, while her lover (Gao) joins the revolutionaries. After she helps him flee the authorities, she is sentenced to death by a firing squad, a scene of devastating impact. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Days of Being Wild (A fei cheng chuan) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. A story about six young people living in Hong Kong in the 1960's interweaving love-hate relationships and passion. 90 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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