Tag Archives: 1980s

Yu Ta-fu chuan ji / Cherry Blossoms (1988) Eddie Ling-Ching Fong, Yat Sun Chan, Yun-Fat Chow, Tat Wah Fok, Drama, Romance

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In 1913, Yu Dafu goes from China to Japan to study. At that time, Japan is the nascent superpower of East Asia, while China, the “sick man of Asia”, is in turmoil. Dafu is forced to confront the formidable combination of challenging schoolwork, foreign culture, and a racist populace during his time in Japan, and, along the way, struggles with becoming a man, emotionally and sexually. Towards the beginning of the film, he meets, while bathing nude in a hot spring, Lung-erh, and falls in love instantly. Although Yu Dafu is unable to locate her after their brief encounter, he eventually runs into her again after having taken up his studies in Nagoya.

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Angst / Fear (1983) Gerald Kargl, Erwin Leder, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Silvia Rabenreither, Drama, Horror, Thriller

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A man is released from prison after serving ten years for murdering an elderly woman. He quickly begins to feel the compulsion to kill again. After failing to murder a cab driver, he flees and discovers a secluded rural home, where a young woman lives with her sick mother and disabled brother. He then begins to take out his sadistic pleasures on them, attempting to hold them hostage, while thinking of his troubled childhood with his abusive mother and grandmother…

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Going Back (1984) Ron Teachworth, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Howe, Perry Mallette, Drama, Romance

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In 1964 two high school friends, Brice and Cleveland leave their suburban neighborhood in Michigan to spend the summer in the countryside before going off to college. They are befriended by a lonely farmer, Jack Bodell, who offers them a place to stay. As days pass, Cleveland helps Jack around the farm and finds in him the father figure he lacks, while Brice falls in love with a local girl named Cindy. The unforgettable summer ends too soon, but the memories linger. Four years later Brice and Cleveland drive up to Jack’s farm and learn that there is no going back…

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Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) Moshé Mizrahi, Tom Hanks, Cristina Marsillach, Benedict Taylor, Drama, Romance, War

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An American flyer who joined the RAF before his country was in the war is recovering from a leg injury in Jerusalem. Through an English friend he meets a quiet Jewish girl whose close-knit family originally came from Spain. The two are attracted to each other but she is convinced their diverse backgrounds mean it could never work; not only is he a gentile, his father is a protestant minister. So though they keep running into each other in the small community, they find themselves just as frequently parting again.

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Home Fires Burning (1989) Glenn Jordan, Barnard Hughes, Sada Thompson, Robert Prosky, Drama

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After his estranged son, Henry (Bill Pullman), returns a damaged man from the front lines of World War II, Jake Tibbetts (Barnard Hughes), a cantankerous Southern newspaper editor, struggles with the distance between reality and his own unreasonable expectations for his family. Tibbetts tests the patience of those closest to him – including his wife (Sada Thompson) and his oldest friend (Robert Prosky) – as he skirts the edges of sanity in the face of rapidly changing times.

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They Still Call Me Bruce (1987) James Orr, Johnny Yune, David Mendenhall, Pat Paulsen, Comedy

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Bruce Won arrives in America in search of an American G.I. who saved his life in the Korean War. He meets an orphan boy and together they land themselves in a string of outrageous situations. This high-strung farce culminates when a case of mistaken identity leads a gang of thugs to think Bruce is a karate master. They arrange a nationally-televised match which pits our hero against a monstrous brute, and Bruce is beaten to a bloody pulp…

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