Tag Archives: Mandarin

Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (2012) Ye Lou, Lei Hao, Hao Qin, Xi Qi, Feng Zu, Thriller, Crime, Drama

Mystery (2012)
China’s enfant terrible Lou Ye returns after a five-year government ban on filmmaking with Mystery (2012), a rain-soaked melodrama set against the disconsolate mist of Wuhan’s impetuously erected industrial landscape. Opening with an explosive car crash, Ye’s latest is a tangled wreck of moral impasses and social inspection. Slicing through a sheet of unrelenting rainfall, two modified sports cars – driven by a group of insufferably affluent kids – race through the streets of the Hubei province capital. Their recklessness is dramatically halted, however, when they fail to notice a young woman who has wandered into the road.
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A Brighter Summer Day / Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (1991) Edward Yang, Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang, Crime, Drama, Romance

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Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang, finally comes to home video in the United States. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Chen Chang, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil.
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Honey Pupu / Xiao shi da kan (2011) Hung-i Chen, Prince Chiu, Ralf Chiu, Bridget Dennison, Drama, Romance

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Taipei, 2010. Radio show hostess Vicky (Peggy Tseng), who likes going round the city photographing buildings, is looking for her boyfriend Dog (Lee Ta-chi), who disappeared on 1 Jan, leaving behind some photos. While searching ons his chatroom website missing.com/ing, she comes across many of his other friends, all of whom attend Datung High School. She meets one of them, Cola (Chiu Sheng-yi), who has fallen for punky drummer Cheesebaby, aka Money (Lin Chen-shi), and has an angry-at-the-world boyfriend, Assassin (Lin Po-sheng). She also discovers someone called Cat is looking for Dog. Vicky tracks down Playing (Nikki Hsieh), who plays dangerous games with men she sleeps with and has been connected with many who recently disappeared. Meanwhile, Cheesebaby takes Cola to meet her grandmother, who has an ancient computer that can still read a floppy disk that Dog left behind. On it are random philophical thoughts that Cola transcribes and gives to Vicky. Assassin, who’s angry at the time Cheesebaby is spending with Cola, and is also falling apart metally and physically, then takes up with the dangerous Playing.
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Mang jing / Blind Shaft (2003) Yang Li, Qiang Li, Baoqiang Wang, Shuangbao Wang, Crime, Drama

Mang jing (Li Yang, 2003)
Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident, and extort money from the boss to keep the incident hushed up. For their latest “mark,” they choose a naive teenager from a small village, and as they prepare to carry out their newest plan, things start to get complicated…
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Spider Lilies / Ci qing (2007) Zero Chou, Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, Kris Shen, Drama, Romance

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Jade (Taiwanese singer Rainie Yang) is a cute, young webcam performer who thinks that getting a tattoo will enhance her sexy performance skills. Upon venturing out to the tattoo parlor owned by half-Japanese ink-slinger Takeko (Isabella Leong), Jade recalls a crush she harbored ten years ago. Subsequently entering into a surreal cyberspace seduction that emerges through computer images, flashbacks, and lavish costumes highlighted by lime-green wigs, Takeko finds the lines between reality and fantasy blurring as Jade’s teasing slowly chips away at her fragile facade.
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The Four 3 / Si da ming bu 3 (2014) Gordon Chan, Ronald Cheng, Collin Chou, Chao Deng, Action

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Emotionless has left Six Doors, as has Cold Blood, who has decided to investigate the death of Lord Bu on his own. The departure of two of the four constables has effectively left Six Doors defunct. At this time, trouble begins to brew in the Imperial Palace as Emperor Huizong plans to travel incognito to the outside world. When he is almost assassinated and subsequently disappears, Cold Blood, Emotionless, Iron Hands and Life Snatcher must band together once again under Master Zhuge to save the empire from a massive conspiracy.
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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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Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (2001) Xiaoshuai Wang, Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li, Drama

Shiqi sui de dan che AKA Beijing Bicycle (2001)
Beijing: young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbor in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it’s the key to teen society – with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men – and the people around them – are swept up in the youths’ desperation.
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Zhou Yu de huo che / Zhou Yu’s Train (2002) Zhou Sun, Li Gong, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Honglei Sun, Drama, Romance

Zhou Yu de huo che (2002)
Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met at a dance while Chen Qing was in San Ming, his old home town, on a business trip. She is the inspiration for the best of his poetry. Zhou Yu is a strong willed woman, whereas Cheng Qing is a sensitive soul. These differences in addition to the growing disparity in their life situations places an unspoken strain in their relationship, despite each truly loving the other. As such, Zhou Yu befriends Zhang Qiang, a veterinarian who travels on the same trains as her. Like Zhou Yu, Zhang Qiang is a strong personality whose emotional temperament more closely matches hers. Ultimately, the three, individually and collectively, have to decide if, and if so how each of the others fits into his/her future life, especially as Cheng Qing has to make a further decision about his professional life.
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Wu Du / The Five Venoms (1978) Cheh Chang, Philip Kwok, Chien Sun, Sheng Chiang, Action

Wu Du (1978)
A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, and Toad (hence the title). His final student, who knows a little of each style must team up with one of the other good students to destroy the evil ones if there are any. Greed and treachery ensue as the student discovers that some of the students are indeed evil. But which one can he trust enough to team up with?
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Yihe yuan / Summer Palace (2006) Ye Lou, Lei Hao, Xiaodong Guo, Xueyun Bai

Yihe yuan (2006)
Country girl Yu Hong leaves her village, her family and her lover to study in Beijing. At university, she discovers an intense world of sexual freedom and forbidden pleasure. Enraptured, compulsive, she falls madly in love with fellow student Zhou Wei. Driven by obsessive passions they can neither understand nor control, their relationship becomes one of dangerous games – betrayals, recriminations, provocations – as all around them, their fellow students begin to demonstrate, demanding democracy and freedom. Protests collapse, and Yu and Zhou lose each other amidst the social chaos and panicked crowds. Zhou Wei is sent to a summer military camp, and on his release moves to Berlin, fleeing both his country and memories of Yu. She finds a job, a lover, but can not forget Zhou. In Germany, social unrest is mounting: calls for freedom, demonstrations for democracy. A familiar story for Zhou.
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