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Chinese Films

Films are listed alphabetically by the first word of the film's English title. If you cannot find what you are looking for, ask an LTC employee for assistance. You can search for more information about a particular film using a very helpful and resource, the Internet Movie Database. (Clicking will open it in a new window). Films are subtitled in English unless otherwise noted. To recommend a Chinese film that is not yet in the LTC collection, send an email to Viktor Berberi, LTC Director: berberiv@morris.umn.edu 

 

Title: City of God
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva
Year: 2002
Run Time: 130 minute
Acclaim/Award: Nominated for 4 Oscars
Summary: Brazil, 1960's, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970's: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980's: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God.
Format: DVD
Title: Farewell My Concubine
Director: Kaige Chen
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü, Da Yin, You Ge, Chun Li
Year: 1993
Run Time: 171 minute
Acclaim/Award: Nominated for 2 Oscars
Summary: "Farewell, My Concubine" is a movie with two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth century into a three-hour time-frame.
Format: DVD
Title: Iron and Silk
Director: Shirley Sun
Starring: Hangcheng Dong, Xihong Jiang, Jeanette Lin Tsui, Qingfu Pan
Year: 1990
Run Time: 92 minute
Acclaim/Award:
Summary: Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in China for two years to teach Chinese teachers the English language. He learns the refinements of correct behavior among Chinese people, makes friends with his pupils, falls in love with the young doctor Ming, learns Uschu (similar Kung-Fu) from the famous teacher Pan... but also learns about political repression, especially when he's forbidden contact with some of his friends.
Format: DVD
Title: Not One Less
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Wei Minzhi, Zhang Huike
Year: 1999
Run Time: 106 minutes
Acclaim/Award: At the Venice Film Festival: The Golden Lion, the Lanterna Magica Award, the Sergio Trasatti Award and the Unicef Award. Golden Rooster Awards: Best Director. Hunded Flowers Awards: Best Picture. Shanghai Fil Critics Awards: Film of Merit and Best Director. Beijing Student Film Festival: Jury Award: Best Film. China Obelisk Film Awards: Outstanding Film Director and Outstanding Feature Film. São Paulo International Film Festival: Audience Award: Best Feature. Golden Bauhinia Awards: One of the "Top 10 Chinese Films". Young Artist Awards: Best International Film and Best Performance in an International Film (Young Performer). Kinema Junpo Awards: Best Foreign Language Film Director. Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children & Young Adults: Golden Butterfly. Changchun Film Festival: Golden Deer:Outstanding Film in Rural Theme (with four other films).
Summary: Set in the People's Republic of China during the 1990s, the film centers on a 13-year-old substitute teacher, Wei Minzhi, in the Chinese countryside. Called in to substitute for a village teacher for one month, Wei is told not to lose any students. When one of the boys takes off in search of work in the big city, she goes looking for him. The film addresses education reform in China, the economic gap between urban and rural populations, and the prevalence of bureaucracy and authority figures in everyday life. It is filmed in a neorealist/documentary style with a troupe of non-professional actors who play characters with the same names and occupations as the actors have in real life, blurring the boundaries between drama and reality.
Format: DVD
Title: Red Cliff
Director: John Woo
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang
Year: 2008
Run Time: 150 minute
Acclaim/Awards: Won Asian Film Award, 2009
Summary: In the early third century, the land of Wu is invaded by the warlord Cao Cao and his million soldiers. The ruler of Wu, Sun Quan, calls on the rival warlord Liu Bei for help, but their two armies are still badly outnumbered. However, the Wu strategist Zhou Yu sees that Cao Cao's army is unused to battling on the sea, which may just give them a chance if they can exploit this weakness properly.
Format: DVD
Title: Red Corner
Director: Jon Avnet
Starring: Richard Gere, Ling Bai, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann, Peter Donat
Year: 1997
Run Time: 122 minute
Acclaim/Awards:
Summary: Jack Moore, a high-profile international lawyer, is in China for business. Moore sleeps with a young woman, and wakes up to find her dead in his bed. Falsely accused of murder, Moore's only chance is his Chinese advocate Yuelin. The rules and laws are different, and Moore must convince Yuelin of his innocence and unravel the chain of events that has entrapped him.
Format: DVD
Title: Shanghai Knights
Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Aaron Johnson, Aidan Gillen
Year: 2003
Run Time: 114 minute
Acclaim/Awards:
Summary: When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds. Chon's sister, Lin, has the same idea, and uncovers a worldwide conspiracy to murder the royal family but almost no one will believe her.
Format: DVD
Title: Shanghai Noon
Director: Tom Dey
Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Brandon Merril, Roger Yuan
Year: 2000
Run Time: 110 minute
Acclaim/Awards:
Summary: A 19th century Western. Chon Wang is a clumsy Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China. When Princess Pei Pei is kidnapped from the Forbidden City, Wang feels personally responsible and insists on joining the guards sent to rescue the Princess, who has been whisked away to the United States. In Nevada and hot on the trail of the kidnappers, Wang is separated from the group and soon finds himself an unlikely partner with Roy O'Bannon, a small time robber with delusions of grandeur. Together, the two forge onto one misadventure after another.
Format: DVD
Title: Still Life
Director: Zhang Ke Jia
Starring: Tao Zhao, Zhou Lan, Sanming han, Lizhen Ma, Hongwei Wang
Year: 2006
Run Time: 111 minute
Acclaim/Awards: Won best Director, Asian Film Award, 2007
Summary: Coalminer Han Sanming comes from Fengyang in Shanxi to the Three Gorges town Fengjie to look for his ex-wife whom he has not seen for 16 years. The couple meet on the bank of the Yangtze River and vow to remarry. Nurse Shen Hong also comes to Fengjie from Taiyuan in Shanxi to look for her husband who has not been home for two years. The couple embrace each other and waltz under the imposing Three Gorges dam, but feel they are so apart and decide to have a divorce. The old township has been submerged, while a new town has to be built. Life persists in the Three Gorges - what should be taken up is taken up, what should be cast off is cast off.
Format: DVD
Title: To Live
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki, Miki Odagiri
Year: 1956
Run Time: 143 minute
Acclaim/Awards:
Summary: Kanji Watanabe is a longtime bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing. He learns he is dying of cancer and wants to find some meaning in his life. He finds himself unable to talk with his family, and spends a night on the town with a novelist, but that leaves him unfulfilled. He next spends time with a young woman from his office, but finally decides he can make a difference through his job... After Watanabe's death, co-workers at his funeral discuss his behavior over the last several months and debate why he suddenly became assertive in his job to promote a city park, and resolve to be more like Watanabe.
Format: DVD
Title: Up the Yangtze
Director: Yung Chang
Starring: Jerry Bo Yu Chen, Campbell Ping He, Cindy Shui Yu
Year: 2007
Run Time: 93 minutes
Acclaim/Awards: 12 wins and 4 nominations
Summary: At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, you men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising water and a radically changing China.
Format: DVD