China

Qiu Jiongjiong – Chi AKA Mr. Zhang Believes (2015)

An experimental documentary epic, Mr. Zhang Believes recounts 30 years of China’s 20th-century history through the story of Mr. Zhang Xianchi and the interacting forms of theatrical fiction and autobiography. Read More »

Yigong Wu & Yonggang Wu – Cheng nan jiu shi AKA My memories of old Beijing (1983)

My Memories of Old Beijing is a Chinese movie based on the novel of the same name written by Lin Haiyin which was published in 1960. The movie showed the customs and sceneries of the old Beijing in a reminiscent mood. It was the winner of the third Golden Rooster for Best Director, Best Music and Best Supporting Actress in 1983. Read More »

Ai Weiwei – Lao ma ti hua AKA Disturbing the Peace (2009)

Ai Weiwei studio production “LAO MA TI HUA” is a documentary of an incident during Tan Zuoren’s trial on August 12, 2009. Tan Zuoren was charged with “inciting subversion of state power”. Chengdu police detained witnessed during the trial of the civil rights advocate, which is an obstruction of justice and violence. Read More »

Ming Zhang – Ming wang xing shi ke AKA The Pluto Moment (2018)

Quote:
Tracking an independent film crew on a difficult field research trip in Southwest China, Sixth Generation writer-director Zhang Ming’s “The Pluto Moment” ponders the relationship between life and death, nature and society, art and commercialism. Unlike many films about filmmaking, which lend themselves to a kind of meta self-awareness, this deceptively simple yet quietly revelatory drama features engaging characters and offers wryly ironic comments on the unpredictable nature of film production. Read More »

Pema Tseden – Tharlo (2015)

Synopsis:
High in the desolate, windswept mountains of Tibet lives a shepherd named Tharlo. He tends his sheep and rides his motorcycle, passing his days in familiar and traditional routines far from the city lights. But when Tharlo travels to the city for an ID card photo and meets Yangtso, a modern young hairdresser, his monastic life will forever change. Read More »

Xu Tao – People of the Grasslands aka People on the Steppe aka People on the Prairie (1953)

‘This movie was adapted according to the homonymy fiction by Malaqinfu. There was a pair of lovers in a big plain, shepherdess Sarengewa and hunter Sangbu. They were dear to each other, worked arduously, and built their pleasant life with their hands. Secret agent Baolu did something bad, and persuade Sarengewa’s father Baiyire to retreat from Huzhu group, Baiyire refused him understandingly. Then Baolu thought up another trick: he cut the rope of the livestock balustrade under the cover of storm, frightened livestock escaped all around. Read More »

Gan Bi – Di qiu zui hou de ye wan AKA Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018)

Synopsis:
Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled many years ago.He begins a search for the woman he loved, and whom he has never been able to forget. Read More »