Based on the novel Aftershock by Zhang Ling, the film follows a family who became victims in the Tangshan earthquake. The father, Fang Daqiang, was crushed while trying to rescue his children, Fang Deng and Fang Da, who were trapped in the house. Unable to save both kids, the mother, Li Yuanni, is forced to sacrifice Fang Deng for her feeble younger brother Fang Da, a decision that proved agonizing for the entire family.
Possibly one of the best epics of all time, Farewell My Concubine is a feast for the eyes and heart. Spanning over 50 years, we follow the lives of two opera stars from their entry as young boys into the Peking Opera School in 1924 to their reunion in 1977. the boys endure the rigorous and sometimes torturous training at the hands of Master Guan (Qi Lu) who molds their talents, preparing them for their life-long roles as a concubine and a king. Douzi (Leslie Cheung), who's role is that of the Concubine, is conditioned to live as a girl in order to perfect his role. He develops a romantic love for Shitou (Fengyi Zhang), who can only return a fraternal love, choosing instead the beautiful Juxian (Gong Li), a prostitute that becomes his wife, driving Douzi into deep despair.
A young man from rural China struggles to make good in Beijing in this drama, which suggests an updated and relocated variation on the neorealist classic Ladri di Biciclette. Guei (Cui Lin) is a teenager who arrives in the big city looking for work; he and a handful of other youngsters are hired as bicycle messengers, with their employer giving them new mountain bikes under the condition that they're paid ten yuan for each message they deliver, and the bicycles are theirs once they've made 58 trips. Guei discovers the job is not an easy one, as he deals with the complexity of the huge city, confusion over who gets what message, and the condescending attitude Beijing residents often display toward the new arrivals.
A semi-biographical account of the life of martial arts master Yip Man.
"Set in Fo Shan, China during the Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man vividly brings to life the brutality of the infamous Japanese occupation, where once proud men are forced to fight [to the] death for a precious bag of rice. Defined by courage and humility, Ip Man, whose fighting skills are revered all over China, rises to the fore front. Upon refusing to teach his martial arts to the invading Japanese soldiers, he is forced to fight for the honor of his country in a series of battles that will culminate in a kill-or-be-killed showdown with Japan's greatest fighter"--Container.
Based on a true story about a Chinese photographer and an Englishman who arrives with "moving pictures". Liu unintentionally defies his families traditions to help bridge the gap between Chinese culture and the inventions and western technologies. In order to better his standing in society, so he can marry the woman he loves, Liu must decide if he wants to risk everything to help bring the motion picture industry to China.
Centuries ago, two 'sworn sisters' are isolated by their families, but stay connected through a secret language written in the folds of a white silk fan. Now in modern-day Shanghai, their descendents must draw inspiration from the past as they struggle to maintain their own eternal bond in the face of life's complications. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope and friendship.
In a small Chinese village a farmer (Qing Lai) and his chief quarrel over land. When Qing Lai is injured by the chief, who kicks him in the groin, Qing's wife Qiu Ju begins a quixotic odyssey that takes her from her small village to the provincial capital. She is relentless in her one-woman crusade to wreak a simple justice from the proud Chief ... she wants him to apologize.