China

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 »

Zhangke Jia – Yi ge tong AKA The Bucket (2019)

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Jia’s new year’s commercial, shot on iPhone XS. Read More »

Peng Fei Song – Underground Fragrance (2015)

The lives of three people entwine in Beijing’s Underground City. Read More »

Zhangke Jia – Jiang hu er nv AKA Ash Is Purest White (2018)

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017. Read More »

Jia Zhangke – Ying sheng AKA The Hedonists (2016)

Quote:
In China, three unemployed Shanxi laborers are looking for work. Their last hope is to be employed as performers in a surreal amusement park.

Tony Rayns wrote:
A showstopper, a funny/sad tale of three unemployed miners – their faces will be familiar to fans of Jia’s films – trying for ridiculous new jobs as bodyguards and theme-park actors. Read More »