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A-fan-t`i Effendi / The story of Effendi.

Directed by: Hsiao Lang.

Cast: T°u-i-kung, Ku-tse-li-nu-erh.

Effendi is a popular and legendary hero beloved by the Uighur people of Sinkiang. He uses his cleverness and wit to help the poor and punish the rich. This film is based upon one of the many folk tales about him. Chinese dialogue, English subtitles. VHS format.

 

 

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Bai fa mo nü zhuan / The bride with white hair

Directed by: Ronny Yu

Cast: Lin Qingxia, Zhang Guorong.

"The bride with white hair stars Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Leslie Cheung as doomed lovers caught in the cross-fire of warring clans (each being a champion warrior on opposite sides of the strife)"--Container. Soundtracks in English, Cantonese and Mandarin ; subtitles in English. DVD, Dolby stereo; widescreen.

 

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The Blue Kite

Directed by: Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Cast: Lu Liping, Yi Tian, Zhang Wenyao, Chen Xiaoman, Pu Cunxin, Li Xuejian, Guo Baochang, Zong Ping.

Banned in China, this film is the most acclaimed and controversial to come out of the new Chinese cinema. Told from the perspective of a young boy, Tietou, it traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors through the political and social upheavals in 1950's and 60's China. In Chinese with English subtitles. VHS

 

 

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Dai Sijie's China, my sorrow / China, my sorrow Connoisseur

The uplifting story of a 13 year-old's spiritual triumph over life in a chinese prison camp. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. VHS format

 

 

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Chüeh lieh / Breaking with old ideas

Directed by: Li Wen-hua

Cast: Kuo Chen-ch°ing, Wang Su-ya.

Tells the story of the struggle of Chinese peasants and workers during the Great Leap Forward in 1958 to create a new kind of college in the countryside against the powerful opposition of those who would take China back to capitalism. In Chinese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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The emperor and the assassin

Directed by: Chen Kaige

Cast: Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Li Xuejian, Sun Zhou, Lu Xiaohe, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige, Gu Yongfei, Zhao Benshan, Ding Haifeng.

Ying Zheng, the King of Qin, has one driving ambition: to unify China's seven kingdoms into one magnificent empire. In Mandarin Chinese and Spanish with English subtitles. VHS, Dolby surround.

 

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Farewell my concubine

Directed by: Chen Kaige

Cast: Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li.

Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two men at the Peking Opera, friends since childhood, and the woman who comes between them. Also an absorbing drama of the period in Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution. In Chinese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Fu-jung chen / Hibiscus town

Directed by: Xie Jin.

Cast: Liu Xiaoqing, Hiang Wen, Zheng Zaishi, Xu Songzi, Qin Shutian, Zu Shibin.

Story of a couple who sells rice beancurd for a living. During the "four clean-ups" movement of 1964, they are classified as new rich peasants; their house is confiscated and the husband is driven to suicide. After the Cultural Revolution, the wife falls in love with a rightist and almost dies when having a difficult delivery of their baby. Chinese dialog, with English subtitles.

 

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Hsiang hun nü / Women from the Lake of Scented Souls

Directed by: Xie Fei.

Cast: Siqin Gaowa, Wu Yujuan.

A woman who is the force behind her family's successful sesame oil mill earns power and status in the village. But in spite of her prosperity, she is unhappy because her husband is an abusive drunk and her son is mentally ill. She is determined to change all this by buying a wife for her son. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Hsiao ch`ien / A Chinese ghost story

Directed by: Ching Siu Thung.

Cast: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma.

A supernatural fantasy. Part I of a traditional Chinese ghost story. Soundtracks in Mandarin, Cantonese, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Bahasa, and Thai. DVD.

 

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Once upon a time in China / Huang Feihong

Directed by: Tsui Hark.

Cast: Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Rosamund Kwan.

Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the story of the legendary martial arts hero Huang Feihong (1847-1924) against foreign forces' plundering of China. In Chinese, dubbed in English. VHS.

 

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Huang t`u ti / Yellow earth

Directed by: Chen Kai-ge.

Cast: Xue Bai, Wang Xue-xin, Tan Ji.

Describes the bitter life of Shanxi peasants in the 30's, especially that of women, victims of feudalism. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Ju Dou

Directed by: Zhang Yi-Mou and Yang Feng Liang.

Cast: Gong Li, Li Bao-Tian, Li Wei.

Set in China, this is the story of a doomed love. The abused wife of a sadistic mill owner and his overworked nephew fall in love. Only murder could free the lovers from the mill owner's tyranny- or could it? In Chinese with English subtitles. VHS

 

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The Killer

Directed by: John Woo

Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Chu Kong.

Jeffrey is the killer hired by the mob for one last job. Lee is a relentless cop whose mission is to stop Jeffrey at all costs. The two enemies form a strange bond that blurs the line between good and evil. When Jeffrey is double-crossed by the mob in a shootout, Lee picks up his trail in a church while Jeffrey's mistress is caught in a crossfire. Subtitle control, language options: Cantonese, English. DVD.

 

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Life on a string

Directed by: Chen Kaige.

A fable of a blind boy who is promised the restoration of his sight if he devotes his life to music. Chinese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Na shan na ren na gou / Postmen in the mountains

Directed by: Huo Jianqi

Cast: Teng Rujun, Liu Hua [i.e. Ye].

In a village in southern China a father prepares to hand his 112-mile mail route over to his son. At dawn, the two embark on the three-day round trip on foot. Traveling along the rugged landscape of wind-blown hills, craggy rocks, and winding rivers, the son learns not only about the isolated communities to which they deliver mail but also about his own father. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Raise the red lantern

Directed by: Zhang Yimou.

Cast: Gong Li, Ma Jingwu, He Caifei, Cao Cuifen, Jin Shuyuan.

Set in 1920's China, 19-year-old Songlian has become Fourth Wife to the wealthy Chen. Yet she must share her husband with three existing wives. Each must wait until dusk for the arrival of a red lantern, which signifies with whom the master will sleep tonight. When Songlian discovers that the other wives cheat to win the red lantern, she decides to join the fight for Chen's attention. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. VHS.

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Red sorghum

Directed by: Zhang Yimou.

Cast: Gong Li, Jiang Wen, Ji Cun Hua.

Beginning as a lusty romantic comedy about a nervous young bride's arrival and ensuing seduction at a remote and winery, and ending as a heroic drama of partisan resistance during the Japanese occupation. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. VHS.

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The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus

Directed by: Clara Law

Cast: Joi Wong, Eric Tsang, Lam Chun Yen, Sin Lap Man.

Raped by the prefect of her school and sent to work camp, Golden Lotus escapes Maoist China to decadent Hong Kong by marrying a wealthy banker, and finds herself drawn both to her husband's chauffeur and to a sadomasochistic relationship with a debauched designer. A contemporary reworking of a Chinese 12th century novel. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. VHS.

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The story of Qui Ju

Directed by: Zhang Yimou.

Cast: Gong Li, Lei Que Sheng, Ge Zhi Jun, Liu Pei Qi, Yang Liu Chun.

A stoic peasant woman demands an apology when her husband is kicked in the groin by the village chief. But the Chief is a proud man who refuses to apologize, sending her on a futile trek through the complicated Chinese court system. Chinese, with yellow English subtitles. VHS.

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Tao ma tan / Peking opera blues

Directed by: Tsui Hark

Cast: Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh, Cherie Chung

Three young women become entangled with revolutionary guerillas. In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles. VHS

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T`ao ma tsei / The horse thief

Directed by: Tian Zhuangzhuang

Cast: Tseshang Rinzhin, Dan Jiji

Chinese dialogue with English subtitles. VHS format

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To live

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

Cast: Ge You, Gong Li

In a smoky gambling den in 1940's China, a drunken young man runs through his family's fortune, losing their ancestral home and all their possessions. This staggering loss proves to be their salvation, and the first step in an odyssey of survival that will take them through war and revolution love and loss, tragedy ... and triumph. Chinese language, English subtitles. VHS

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Tong fong sam hop / Heroic trio

Directed by: Johnny To

Cast: Michelle Khan, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, Damian Lau, Anthony Wong, James Pak

Three female martial arts experts (each with her own superhero identity) team up to battle a powerful wizard who thinks that if he kidnaps all the babies in China he can eventually dominate the world. DVD

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Wo ho wo ti t`ung hseh men / Me and my classmates

Directed by: Hsieh, Yu-chun

Cast: Yung Man-hsin, Yu Lei, Pao Wei-ai

A female high school student who is elected sport monitor of her class learns to grow up and develops friendships with her classmates. Chinese dialogue, English subtitles. VHS

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Wo hu cang long / Crouching tiger, hidden dragon

Directed by: Ang Lee

Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhan Ziyi, Chang Chen, Lung Sihung, Cheng Pei Pei

Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love. In Mandarin with optional soundtracks in English or French and optional subtitles in English or French. DVD.

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Xi yan / The wedding banquet

Directed by: Ang Lee.

Cast: Ah-Leh Gua, Sihung Lung, May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstei n.

Comedy about the age-old conflict between parents and their children. In New York, the Taiwanese half of a gay couple hopes to end his parents' matchmaking by announcing that he's engaged. What he doesn't count on is that they'll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials! In English and some Chinese with English subtitles. VHS.



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Xi zao / Shower

Directed by: Zhang Yang

Cast: Pu Cunxin, Zhu Xu, Jiang Wu

Mistakenly believing his father has passed away, a bathhouse master's son returns home and soon discovers the magic of the family business and its importance to the community. In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. VHS; Dolby surround

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Yi ge dou bu neng shao / Not one less

Directed by: Zhang Yimou.

Cast: Wei Min Zhi, Zhang Ruke.

A young woman is ordered to a remote, rural, Chinese village to be the substitute teacher and is told that she must keep the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, she goes after him. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.
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Yin shi nan n / Eat, drink, man, woman

Directed by: Ang Lee

Cast: Sihung Lung, Kuei-mei Yang, Chien-lien Wu, Yu-wen Wang, Winston Chao, Lester Chen, Chao-jung Chen, Chin-Cheng Lu, Ah-leh Gua, Sylvia Chang

A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior. In Chinese with English subtitles. VHS

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