Tag Archives: Yimou Zhang

Yimou Zhang – Wo de fu qin mu qin AKA The Road Home (1999)

Plot: Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback. Read More »

Yimou Zhang – Qiu Ju da guan si AKA The Story Of Qiu Ju (1992)

The Story of Qiu Ju (Chinese: 秋菊打官司) is a 1992 Chinese comedy-drama film. The film was directed by Zhang Yimou and, as in many of his films, stars Gong Li in the title role. The screenplay is an adaption of Chen Yuanbin’s novella The Wan Family’s Lawsuit.

The film tells the story of a peasant woman, Qiu Ju, who lives in a rural area of China. When her husband is kicked in the groin by the village head, Qiu Ju, despite her pregnancy, travels to a nearby town, and later a big city to deal with its bureaucrats and find justice. 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 »

Yimou Zhang – San qiang pai an jing qi AKA A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009)

Synopsis
Wang runs a little noodle shop in a small desert town near Jiayu Pass not far from the Great Wall. He lives in his shop with his wife and their staff. But life with Wang is far from pleasant: he’s a real skinflint who only thinks about himself, and he sometimes doesn’t pay his staff for months on end. His wife also suffers at the hands of this domestic tyrant, although a discrete affair with Li, the shy cook, helps her to bear her lot in life. Every time she needs some more rouge, Li drives his boss lady into town where they have sex. But their regular little tryst doesn’t go unnoticed. Shortly beforehand, Li’s lover purchases a gun from a Persian carpet salesman and gives it to the cook for safekeeping. Wang, she says, must die – it’s the only way they can be happy. In the meantime, a waiter named Zhao and a policeman named Zhang inform Wang about his wife’s love affair and the gun that Li keeps hidden. Read More »

Yimou Zhang – Ying AKA Shadow (2018)

Set during China’s Three Kingdom’s era (AD 220-280). The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it. The king, violent and ambitious, of mysterious methods and motives; his general, a visionary who yearns to win the final battle but needs to prepare his plans in secret; the women of the palace, who struggle to find redemption in a world where they have no place; and a commoner called “Lord of all the world”, will be the characters around who turn the inexorable forces of this story. Read More »

Yimou Zhang – You hua hao hao shuo AKA Keep Cool (1997)

A spurned lover seeks a rich man for revenge. A random onlooker — who witnessed the public assault committed by the rich man against the lover — seeks for monetary compensation for his smashed computer. The lover’s and the onlooker’s lives intertwine as two people collaborate. The onlooker’s fate faces an unpredictable turn and mirrors the lover’s life. Read More »

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

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