Tag Archives: Mandarin

Jin Xie – Wutai jiemei AKA Two Stage Sisters (1964)

Chronicles the fortunes of two actresses in pre-revolutionary China, who are separated by money and politics. Read More »

Wai-keung Lau & Siu Fai Mak – Mou gaan dou II AKA Infernal Affairs 2 (2003)

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In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss. Read More »

Derek Tsang – Shao nian de ni AKA Better Days (2019)

When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, a two-day national college entrance exam, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this exam not only determines where and if they get to study but the fates of their entire families as well. Like so many others, Nian has been single-mindedly preparing for the exam, cutting everything else out of her life. When she becomes the target of relentless bullying, fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei and the two form a strong friendship. Before they can completely retreat into a world of their own, the two are dragged in the middle of a murder case of a teenage girl where they are the prime suspects. In this dramatic thriller, Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story, exposing the dark world of bullying and societal pressures of achievement facing today’s youth. Read More »

Chih-Hung Kwei – Gui yan aka ghost eyes (1974)

Director Kuei Chih-Hung brings his vicious touch to a violent,
sexy story with one clear moral: never accept contact lenses from a psycho ghost. Poor Chen Szu-Chia does just that, and pays for it with her body and the gruesome death of her friends. Read More »

Sang Hu – Tai tai wan sui AKA Long Live the Wife (1947)

A man who becomes wealthy starts to have an affair and though his wife knows of it, she says nothing. Soon, the affair starts to have consequences and his business falls apart while the man’s sister starts to have a relationship with the brother of his wife. Read More »

Shaohong Li – Sishi puhuo AKA Family Portrait (1992)

After laying bare backward village mentalities in Bloody Morning, Li Shaohong turns her attention to China’s urban middle class. Cao is a photographer, married to an opera singer and with an infant son, caught in the usual professional morass of political compromise. His life starts to fall apart when he learns that his ex-wife also bore him a son some months after their divorce – and when the boy turns up looking for his father. Nothing wildly dramatic, just believable people in believable situations. If the ending seems a touch forced, this is nevertheless a sign that ‘Fifth Generation’ cinema is changing and coming to terms with up-to-date realities. Read More »

Edward Yang – Hai tan de yi tian AKA That Day on the Beach (1983)

Two friends who haven’t seen each other for thirteen years reunite. One is a successful concert pianist just back from a European tour and the other has just started a new business. Read More »