Tag Archives: 2000s

Yi ge mo sheng nu ren de lai xin / Letter from an Unknown Woman (2004) Jinglei Xu, Jue Huang, Wen Jiang, Huang Jiao, Drama

Yi ge mo sheng nu ren de lai xin (Xu Jinglei, 2004)
Peking, 1948. A winter night. A man returns home to find a letter awaiting him written by a woman before her death. in the letter she tells him the story of her love for him -a life-long passion that has not diminished over time, but one that he has never known. her story spans 18 years from the moment she -then a 13 year-old girl- sets her eyes on her new neighbor. she tells their brief but passionate love in her youthi the hardship she goes through raising their child alone, and their final encounter after the war, during which the man fails tor ecognize her and one which leaves her in despair. Now having lost her son, she no longer has the courage to live on. Only in a letter is she capable of telling him everything, for the first and the last time. shaken by the letter, the man searches his memory for the nameless woman.
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Melinda and Melinda (2004) Woody Allen, Will Ferrell, Vinessa Shaw, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Melinda and Melinda (Woody Allen, 2004)
Over a meal in a French restaurant, Sy poses a conundrum to his fellow diners: Is the essence of life comic or tragic? For the sake of argument, he tells a story, which the others then embellish to illustrate their takes on life. The story starts as follows: A young Manhattan couple, Park Avenue princess Laurel and tippling actor Lee, throw a dinner party to impress Lee’s would-be producer when their long-lost friend Melinda appears at their front door, bedraggled and woebegone. In the tragic version of what happens next, the beautiful intruder is a disturbed woman who got bored with her Midwestern doctor-husband and dumped him for a photographer. Her husband took the children away and she spiraled into a suicidal depression that landed her straight-jacketed in a mental ward. In the comic version, Melinda is childless and a downstairs neighbor to the dinner hosts, who are ambitious Indy filmmaker Susan and under-employed actor Hobie.
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Ye Che / Night Train (2007) Yi’nan Diao, Rongcai Fu, Chao Ji, Dan Liu, Drama

Ye Che (2007)
Wu Hongyan is a young woman working as a prison guard during executions of female convicts. She feels lonely after her husband died, and she takes a night train to another city to visit a dating service. After a series of unsuccessful dates, she meets Li Jun. It quickly becomes obvious that he is hiding a secret: he is the widower of one of the female convicts of which Wu Hongyan assisted in the execution. Li Jun is torn apart by his feelings, as he is both attracted to Wu Hongyan, and having a desire for revenge for his executed wife.
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Sinyora Enrica ile Italyan Olmak / Being Italian with Signora Enrica (2010) Ali Ilhan, Claudia Cardinale, Ismail Hacioglu, Lavinia Longhi, Comedy, Drama

Sinyora Enrica ile Italyan Olmak (2010)
Signora Enrica is a 2010 Italo-Turkish comedy-drama film, written and directed by Ali ?lhan, starring Claudia Cardinale as an elderly Italian woman who takes in a young Turkish exchange student. Abandoned with a son by her husband years ago, Signora Enrica is notorious in her native Rimini for refusing to allow any men into her house ever since. She rents out rooms to female students, while also working as a tailor and at the market. She decides to make an exception to her age-old rule for Ekin, a Turkish student who comes to her house…
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Noruwei no mori / Norwegian Wood (2010) Tran Anh Hung, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Drama, Romance

Noruwei no mori (Tran Anh Hung, 2010)
Set in the 1960’s, high school student Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) loses his only friend Kizuki (Kengo Kora) after he commits suicide. Toru, now looking for a new life, enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, Toru meets Kizuki’s ex-girlfriend Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi) in the university. They grow close because they both share the same loss. As Toru and Naoko grow even closer, Naoko’s sense of loss also grows. After Naoko’s 20th birthday, she leaves for a sanitarium in Kyoto. Watanabe, devastated by the situation, meets pure-hearted Midori (Kiko Mizuhara) during the spring semester. Midori looks like a small animal that just came into the world …
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