Tag Archives: Chinese

Han Hsiang Li – Ying tai qi xue AKA The Last Tempest (1976)

Despite Kuang Hsu’s (Ti Lung) enthronement as the last reigning Emperor of China, his ability to rule effectively is overshadowed by the ever-present power of the Dowager Empress (Lisa Lu). When his attempts to reform the Imperial system are thwarted by the Dowager Empress, he attempts to curb her power. His efforts are not successful, and this failure leads directly to his own death and the end of Imperial rule in China. The Dowager Empress, though, ends her days comfortably and in peace. Read More »

Yimou Zhang – Xuan ya zhi shang AKA Cliff Walkers AKA Impasse (2021)

In the 1930’s, four Chinese spies, Chuilang (Zhu Yawen), Lan (Liu Haocun), Zhang (Zhang Yi) and Yu (Quin Hailu) infiltrate Manchukuo, a puppet state of the Empire of Japan located in China. The Japanese had bombed an internment camp in Manchukuo to cover-up the existence of the camp. The four spies’ mission is to rescue a surviving prisoner who was held at an internment camp in hopes of exposing the truth around the world. Read More »

Nuanxing Zhang – Beijing ni zao (1990)

A female bus conductor falls into confusion of career and love when getting along with three young men. Read More »

Michelle Chen & Hilla Medalia – Daughter of Shanghai (2019)

The dramatic tale of Tsai Chin, one of the first Chinese actresses to break to the West. From celebrity to anonymity and back, Tsai Chin brings significant representations of Asians to mainstream-media. Read More »

Shiqing Cheng & Yimou Zhang – Wang chao de nu ren: Yang Gui Fei AKA Lady of the Dynasty (2015)

The tragic story of a Tang Dynasty imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong. Read More »

Fudong Yang – Mingri zaochao AKA Dawn Breaking (2018)

Dawn Breaking is the opening chapter of Yang Fudong’s Museum Film Project. The idea of the series first conceived while Yang worked on his solo exhibition in Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in 2005. After more than a decade, the first episode has been fulfilled this year in Shanghai Long Museum. Yang set the background of “Dawn Breaking” in Song dynasty which was prominent for achievements in art, culture and science. He also extracted nearly three hundred sentences of Nietzsche’s Quotations as the exclusive script. Live performance in the context of ancient oriental history intertwines with the quotes of desire, and power from the German philosopher. Read More »

Ho-Cheung Pang – Chun Jiao jiu Zhi Ming AKA Love Off the Cuff (2017) 

In 2010, Jimmy and Cherie fell in love in the back alleys of Hong Kong. In 2012, they each found a new love in a new city, but they ultimately chose to stay together. In 2017, Cherie and Jimmy will brave the stormy seas and save their relationship. Can Cherie and Jimmy overcome their seven-year itch? The path to finding out the answer is filled with laughs and tears. Read More »