Films From China

A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy. ... The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmmaker Du Haibin captures the human face of the catastrophic Great Sichuan Earthquake, a monumental seismic event that measured a massive 8.0 on the Richter scale. ... Surveying the chaos 10 days after the earthquake ... Read more
"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in Sichuan China has been more than just an aeronautics factory - it has been a self-contained town of its own, with living quarters, cinemas, sports facilities and even a school. Now it's being torn down to ... Read more
Bao Gun is a simple country boy whose dreams come true. He wins a contest in his small town, the prize being a deluxe apartment in a sumptuous, new Shanghai high-rise. Armed only with a single suitcase, the address of a distant relative and trousers that ride too high, Bao Gun heads for the big smoke and a world of trouble. ... This delightful Chinese comedy charmed audi­ences at this year's Berli... Read more
A woman searching for her missing daughter refuses to go gentle, in the Short Film Palme d'Or winner from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, by MIFF Accelerator Alumni filmmaker Qiu Yang (Under the Sun, MIFF 2015; The World, MIFF 2014). ... Read more
The film starts with morning in Peking and introduces us to the capital as it may be seen during a day's tour. Although historical monuments are shown we also see the changes of the last ten years. ... Read more
This cartoon from China tells how Granny Carp tells the small carp the story about some of their ancestors who jumped over the Dragon Gate. It is said to be wonderful on the other side but the gate is high and the waves are enormous. Enticed by the story, the small carp finds a way. ... Read more
Shih-chung, King of the Chou Dynasty ... in the 1st century , suffers from epilepsy ... and becomes addicted to the medicine ... prescribed by Occultist Lee, who is conspiring to usurp the throne. The loyal Prime Minister Wang Pu , worrying about the King's health, spares no efforts to send for the best physician ... Chang Po-chin, who makes it a rule never to go on house call, but will make an ex... Read more
Yu Likwai, the celebrated cinematographer of Jia Zhang-ke (MIFF 05 filmmaker in focus), reveals his dystopian vision in the futuristic All Tomorrow's Parties, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, 2003. Set in the mid-21st century, China and the Korean Peninsula are under the totalitarian rule of the Gui Dao dynasty. Two brothers, Zhuai and Mian, are labelled dissidents and sent for re-ed... Read more
Over four extraordinary hours, Hu Bo paints a compelling portrait of contemporary China in this FIPRESCI Prize-winning debut that shows the remarkable promise of a young director who took his own life before completing what’s also his final feature. ... Bo’s fate flavours every moment of An Elephant Sitting Still with the stark reality of simply struggling to get by – and, combined with the film’s... Read more
After producing Golden Bear-winner Black Coal, Thin Ice (MIFF 2014) and helming acclaimed thriller Trap Street (MIFF 2014), Vivian Qu continues to interrogate crime, corruption and control in modern-day China in her arresting sophomore effort. ... Winning Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Festival, Angels Wear White might be shot in luminous shades thanks to its scenic seaside setting, but it... Read more
“Opens up deep historical wounds and generational traumas created by China's civil war, but does not press on them, exploring instead more universal human dilemmas.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Like thousands of Nationalists, Liu retreated to Taiwan when the Communists marched across China in 1949. Forced at the time to leave his pregnant wife Yu'e behind, he now returns forty years later to take her... Read more
"Remarkable, powerful ... Drawing as much on music and poetry as cinema, Behemoth works like a symphony." – Screen Daily ... In remote regions of Inner Mongolia, vast coal mines and iron factories mar formerly grass-covered landscapes. This is Chinese industry in all its terrifying power: a purgatory of controlled explosions, toxic dust and the deep red of liquid ore. ... Zhao Liang (Petition, MIF... Read more
A vision of a city environmentally at the end of its tether. ... When photographer Wang Jiuliang began looking into waste disposal in China's capital, he had no idea of the scale of the city's environmental problems. Out beyond Beijing's Sixth Ring Road he found a ring of another kind - hundreds of landfills, many of them illegal and totally unregulated, taking thousands of tones of unsorted waste... Read more
Like Spirited Away in reverse, Big Fish & Begonia is a visually breathtaking Chinese animation that gives ancient Taoist myth a Ghibli-esque make-over. ... Over a decade in the making, this groundbreaking fantasy adventure began life as a beloved short before being turned into a feature. The tale of Chun, a supernatural girl who travels to the world of humans on her 16th birthday in the form of a ... Read more
What passes away is, perhaps, like the river. Day and night, it never lets up. On the banks of the Yangtze River in the misty city of Chongqing, a father and son live in the shadow of one woman - their wife and mother who abandoned them years ago and who remains ever present in the failings of their new relationships. When she returns in an unexpected manner, the burden remains but also, hopefully... Read more
This beautiful and intriguing Chinese opera film is based on a seventh century Chinese legend. All the parts are played by women from the Shohsing Experimental Opera Theatre. ... The playing is of a very high order: the formalised, mime &ndash: like movements, the fluttering fans, and the subtle manipulation of the long sleeves worn by the principal characters are redolent of an ageless culture, a... Read more
Cala is a scruffy little dog who means the world to Lao, a blue-collar worker who lives in Beijing with his wife and son. When the pooch is nabbed by the authorities for being out on the streets without a permit, the family has 18 hours to procure enough money to pay the considerable fine, otherwise Cala will be let loose outside the city limits. For Lao, finding enough money is vital, as his dog ... Read more
The silvery-white metal calcium plays an important part in human health. It provides the structural material for teeth and the 206 bones in our bodies and also regulates many physiological and neurological processes. This straightforward film illustrates China's attempts to raise consciousness about public health issues. ... Read more
Meet Xiao Jiguo – the man who found fame as China’s very own President Obama impersonator, in the new film by Rongfei Guo (Fairy Tales, MIFF 2016 Best Documentary Short Film winner). ... Read more
China is now embarking upon a large scale plan for the development of sericulture, which will eventually enable her to produce finer quality silk in greater quantities. ... Read more
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