Fantastic Foreign Films: Chinese
11 year-old Wang lives in a remote village in China, Life is tough but his family makes the most of what they have. Chosen to lead his school in their daily gymnastics, he is told he needs a clean new shirt, which forces his family to make a great sacrifice. Set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution, this coming-of-age story may be Wang Xiaoshuai's best film.
A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.
After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.
In Hong Kong, the eighteen years old Wong Kar Mun has been blind since she was two years old. She has a cornea transplantation, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she is seeing dead people. With the support of Dr. Wah, Mun tries to find who was the donor of her eyes and resolve the mystery of her visions.
The film depicts Hong Kong in the striving 60s, as seen through the eyes of a child. Nosy, naughty and always running into trouble, the kid observes with wit
and humor the ever changing society of Hong Kong.
The story revolves around the kid and his family - a working class father, a happy-go-lucky mother, an aspiring, starry-eyed elder brother, and our young protagonist himself. Through the elder brother's first romance, and the family's encounters with love, hope, failure, death and rebirth, we travel back to a place called old Hong Kong, a time we'll always remember, and a place we have always called home.
Chow Yun-fat plays a take-no-prisoners cop on the trail of The Triad, the Hong Kong Mafia, when his partner is killed during a gun battle. His guilt propels him into an all-out war against the gang, including an up-and-coming soldier in the mob (Tony Leung) who turns out to be an undercover cop. The two men must come to terms with their allegiance to the force and their loyalty to each other as they try to take down the gangsters. A stunning feast of hyperbolic action sequences (including a climactic sequence in an entire hospital taken hostage), Hard-Boiled is a rare treat for fans of the action genre, with sequences
as thrilling and intense as any ever committed to film.