China

Hongqi Li – Hao duo dami aka So Much Rice (2005)

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Synopsis:
An indifferent man with an unusual outlook on life embarks on a strange journey while carrying a large bag of rice. Mr. Mao is playing a game of hide-and-seek with his wife when he uses the opportunity to run away from home. Upon arriving at the home of his friend Xiao He in the nearby town of Liaocheng, Mr. Mao’s new life begins. Gradually, Mr. Mao and Xiao He are drawn into a mysterious love affair. In the end, mysterious drifter Mr. Mao takes his bag of rice and disappears into the hills to find his true fate. Read More »

Ren Peng – The Destiny (2014)

Plot:
The story takes place in 1937 in the southern town, a young woman married into Yinjialin rain lotus in the day, never met her husband joined the fleeing forced marriages MingXuan Japanese team, taking into account the family face, Ming Hao Yinjialin decided to let his brother instead of his brother weddings married , temporarily to defuse the crisis, but in the hearts of the people can not be together planted the seeds of love.
Over time, the war to the South. In the traditional immoral attack, rain Lin and Ming Hao, like love, like this piece of land was the ruthless destruction. Mingxuan killed returned a town news, grief hearts of two people and took a step closer.
But the fate of the family’s love and innocence in the face of war seemed fragile. Merciless fire enveloped the town, wedding eve, Minghao hesitate to join the fight to the death squads …… not the aggressor in the war-torn environment, weak rain stick on the beautiful lotus town, but also true to his love Read More »

Ming Zhang – Wu shan yun yu aka Rainclouds over Wushan (1996)

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Interlocking episodes and a bemused, deadpan vision shape the Chinese film ”Rain Clouds Over Wushan,” which is directed with quirky promise and dry precision by Zhang Ming. Mr. Zhang echoes Jim Jarmusch with his bare, quotidian settings and with characters whose quiet desperation can give way to surprising flashes of tenderness and sly, tacit wit. The film’s manner is impressively measured, but its progress can be very desultory. Events progress slowly, accompanied by pointedly mundane detail. The actors are often in the grip of stylized anomie. Read More »

Hongqi Li – Han jia AKA Winter Vacation (2010)

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An ordinary village in Northern China, the last day of the winter vacation. Four idle, aimless adolescents gather at Zhou Zhixin’s home, a friend who lives with his father, brother and nephew. Like most contemporary teenagers, these youths want to enjoy their last day of holiday and simply hang out in this place where nothing ever seems likely to happen. Their conversations are desultory and they sometimes seem to argue for argument’s sake. One of them, Laowu, talks frankly with his girlfriend about how teenage love might affect their studies, while Laobao questions school’s value and relevance to real life. Read More »

Mu Fei – Xiao cheng zhi chun aka Spring in a Small Town (1948)

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Quote:
“Spring in a Small Town” is a remarkable fusion of classic form and the convincingly real. It moves from its central character, Yuwen, who is isolated in a small town, and in an arranged marriage with an ill neurasthenic husband, Lyan; and moves too from a truly enduring acting job by Wei Wei as Yuwen.

The story revolves around memory: memory of love, and memory of a pre-war period of youthful promise. These moments of being are stirred to life by the visit of the husband’s long estranged friend Zhang, who is now a city doctor. Zhang means renewed life and vigor at the desolate, war ruined estate of the noble Lyan, and love and passion to Yuwen, who happens to have been someone she once loved as a teen. Read More »

Fei Mu – Kong Fuzi AKA Confucius (1940)

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Confucius (Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ) is a 1940 Chinese film directed by Fei Mu. Produced during the war, the film was released twice in the 1940s before being thought lost. In 2001, the film was rediscovered when an anonymous donor sent a damaged copy of the print to the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA). The HKFA then spent seven years restoring the print which was finally screened to modern audiences at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival in April 2009.
The film depicts Confucius’s later life, as he traveled across a China divided by war and strife in an ultimately futile effort to teach various warlords and kings his particular philosophy.
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Yimou Zhang – Huozhe AKA To Live (1994)

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Review (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
To Live is a simple title, but it conceals a universe. The film follows the life of one
family in China, from the heady days of gambling dens in the 1940s to the austere
hardship of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. And through all of their fierce struggles
with fate, all of the political twists and turns they endure, their hope is basically one
summed up by the heroine, a wife who loses wealth and position and children, and
who says, “All I ask is a quiet life together.” The movie has been directed by Zhang
Yimou
, the leading Chinese filmmaker right now (although this film offended Beijing and
earned him a two-year ban from filmmaking). It stars his wife, Gong Li, the leading
Chinese actress (likewise banned). Together their credits include Ju Dou, Raise the Red
Lantern
and The Story of Qui Ju. Like them it follows the fate of a strong woman, but
also this time a strong man; somehow they stick together through incredible hardships.
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