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Favorite China Films
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Director: Xiaogang Feng
Starring: Fan Xu, Jingchu Zhang, Chen Li, Daoming Chen, Yi Lu and Guoqiang Zhang
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.
The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)
Director: Christopher Cain
Starring: Stephen Lang, Ryan Slater and Yi Ding
Young American Ryan Tyler visits his zoologist father on a panda preserve in China while on summer vacation and gets involved in the rescue of a baby panda from unscrupulous poachers who want to kill the cub's mother and sell the baby to a zoo. Ling, a young Chinese girl and her grandfather help in the rescue which, if successful, will ultimately result in saving the reserve from being shut down by officious bureaucrats.
Director: Xiaogang Feng
Starring: Hanyu Zhang, Chao Deng, Wenkang Yuan, Yan Tang
A soldier fights to gain recognition for comrades who died during the Chinese Civil War.
City of Life and Death (2009)
Director: Lu Chuan
Starring: Ye Liu, Yuanyuan Gao and Hideo Nakaizumi
A dramatized story of the Nanking Massacre when hundreds of thousands of POWs and civilians were slaughtered after Nanking, the Chinese capital city, fell to the hands of the Japanese.
It follows the fate of several fictional and non-fictional characters: a Chinese soldier struggling to survive the horror, a Japanese soldier trying to live through the killing, a German businessman and his two assistants working very hard to protect more lives, a doctor and a woman school teacher.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
Director: Mark Robson
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Robert Donat, Curd Jürgens, Michael David, Athene Seyler and Burt Kwouk
All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to send herself to a poor, remote village. There she eventually lives a full and happy life: running an inn, acting as "foot inspector", advising the local Mandarin and even winning the heart of mixed race Captain Lin Nan.
But Gladys discovers her real destiny when the country is invaded by Japan and the Chinese children need her to save their lives. Based on a true story.
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Director Wayne Wang
Based on the novel by Amy Tan
Starring: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh and Tsai Chin
Four older women, all Chinese immigrants living in San Francisco, meet regularly to play mahjong, eat and tell stories. Each of these women has an adult Chinese-American daughter. The film reveals the hidden pasts of the older women and their daughters and how their lives are shaped by the clash of Chinese and American cultures as they strive to understand their family bonds and one another.
The Last Emperor (1987)
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole and Ruocheng Ying
A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China. From his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people. Through his abdication, decline and dissolute lifestyle. His exploitation by the invading Japanese and, finally, to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.
Kan shang qu hen mei (2006)
Director: Yuan Zhang
Starring: Bowen Dong, Yuanyuan Ning, Chen Manyuan and Zhao Rui
A young boy starting school for the first time struggles to fit in to a strictly regimented society in in post-revolutionary China.
The Painted Veil (2006)
Director: John Curran
Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham
Starring: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg and Catherine An
A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.
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