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Movies: Contemporary

A Good Woman

良家妇女 (中英文)

Director: Huang Jianzhong
Starring: Zhang Weixin, Ma Lin
Order No. D8550
EAN: 6937475398216
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 100 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Beauty Media Inc.
Price: $14.95

Widely viewed as director Huang Jianzhong's best film, A Good Woman is a portrait of rural life in southwest China through the eyes of a woman in a matriarchic society. Unlike other folklife portraits of the time, the film focuses on the protagonist's personal situation, rather than on the social structure itself. This film is a great window into Chinese rural life, and Chinese filmmaking in the 1980's, a formative period for the industry.




A Post in White Birch Forest

白桦林中的哨所

Director: Yao Shougang
Starring: Lu Jun
Order No. D8526
EAN: 6937475391491
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 90 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

It is about the tortuous course in a youth soldier Luxing's life when he works as a guide of military dogs as well as the twists and turns in his love.




Ashima: An Ethnic Chinese Love Story

阿诗玛

Director: Liu Qiong
Starring: Yang Likun
Order No. D8511
EAN: 6937475391866
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 88 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

This is a classic love legend. Ashima, a beautiful girl falls in love with a brave young man called Ahei. Unfortunately Azhi, the son of the local tribal chief, imprisons Ashima wishing to force her to marry him but she never agrees. Ahei hurries to rescue her lover so the jealous Azhi schemes to drown the two lovers. In the end, Ashima turns into a stone elephant stationed in the rock forest.




D8551

At Middle Age

人到中年 (中英文)

Director: Wang Qiming
Starring: Pan Hong, Da Shichang
Order No. D8551
EAN: 6937475398902
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 87 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Beauty Media Inc.
Price: $14.95

Lu Wenting, the star in the movie, is an efficient doctor of absolute integrity. She devotes herself to getting rid of the sufferings of her patients but gets a small salary and lives in a shabby apartment, about which she never complains. After work, she has to do a lot of housework, also keeps her busy during her spare time. In spite of her poor living condition, she always blames herself for not fiver more to others.




Battle on Shangganling Mountain

上甘岭

Director: Sha Meng, Lin Bin
Starring: Gao Baocheng, Xu Linge
Order No. D8509
ISBN: 788408810X
EAN: 6937475375613
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 124 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1956
Price: $14.95

The film depicts a famous battle between the Chinese and American troops during the Korean War (1951-1953), how a group of Chinese soldiers tried their best to drag the American forces so that the Chinese main forces were able to defeat them.




Chess King

棋王

Director: Teng Wenji
Starring: Xie Yuan
Order No. D8512
EAN: 6937475389948
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 88 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

The story happens in the period of Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and shows the lives of educated youths (urban school leavers during that period who were sent to work and live in the countryside and mountainous areas) in the farms. In a town of the southwest, there is a master chess player, who nails the “commander in chief”, a chess piece, on the chessboard, claiming that if someone can let him pull out the nail and move the “commander in chief” when playing chess, he will admit that he is a loser. Wang Yisheng is proficient at chess since his childhood. Encouraged by his friends, he challenges “Nail Li” to play chess with him. Unable to defeat him, Li asks for an even play. And Wang Yisheng agrees a draw in chess, but never plays chess again. If you want to know the reason, watch the movie.




Farewell to My Concubine

霸王别姬

Director: Chen Kaige
Starring: Zhang Fengyi, Zhang Guorong
Order No. D8502
ISBN: 7880008365
EAN: 6937475385087
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 164 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Chinese Film Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1993
Price: $14.95

Summary: Duan Xiaolou and Cheng Dieyi are junior fellow apprentices and they are also good friends in Beijing Opera Troupe. Dieyi acts a female role and Xiaolou acts a male role. They often perform the opera "Farewell to My Concubine," which is a well known opera in Beijing. Dieyi also regarded himself as the concubine in reality and Xiaolou as the overlord. Later Xiaolou marries Ju Xian therefore causes a rift between him and Dieyi. Due to various reasons, their friendship breaks up eventually.
In Cultural Revolution in China, Xiaolou and Ju Xian are separated and Ju Xian kills herself since she hears that her husband doesn't love her at all. After the Cultural Revolution, Xiaolou and Dieyi meet with each other and they co-perform the opera “Farewell to My Concubine” again...




Five Golden Flowers

五朵金花

Director: Wang Jiayi
Starring: Yang Likun
Order No. D8516
EAN: 6937475391927
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 95 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio and Video Press
Price: $14.95

At the March Third Festival Ah Peng, a young man of Baizu minority meets Jin Hua (Golden Flower) and falls in love with her at the first sight. He comes to seek her the second year. Walking from village to village he finally finds his sweetheart.
Threaded by the search of Ah Peng for his lover, stories of four other girls are also told, displaying the life and the ambitions personality of the girls in different positions.
This movie contains many typical songs of the Baizu minority which are still very popular in China.




In the Wild Mountains

野山

Director: Yan Xueshu
Starring: Du Yuan
Order No. D8514
EAN: 6937475391538
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 97 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

This is a movie about the conflict of ideas against the backdrop of social changes in China. The scene was set in two families in the Qin Mountain. The peasant Zhang Huihui got used to the life style of his elders and went through life in a happy-go-lucky fashion. Only the young man Hehe, who had seen much of the world, tried new things again and again despite of his wife Qiurong's opposition and numerous failures. However, Huihui' wife Guilan turned out to be Hehe's supporter. As a result, both of the couples got divorced and they formed two new families.




King of the Children

孩子王

Director: Chen Kaige
Starring: Xie Yuan
Order No. D8522
EAN: 6937475389955
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 106 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Directed by Chen Kaige, this film is adapted from the novel of Ah Cheng. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), there is a shabby school in a remote mountain area that is short of teachers. An educated youth, “Old Cha”, though young but has been living and working there for seven years, is chosen to be the “King of the Children”, that is a teacher. With no books, he will copy the books; without textbook, his dictionary is the holy Bible. The children are prone to read critical articles, but they are not literate. Then the king of the children teaches them how to spell the words and write a composition. In the end, the king of the children is dismissed from the teaching position, ending up again as the “Old Cha”.




Legend of Tianyun Mountain

天云山传奇

Director: Xie Jin
Starring: Shi Weijian
Order No. D8520
EAN: 6937475391910
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 120 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Gaungzhou Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

This is a movie of love, hate and politics. Luo Qun, a young capable and ambitious political commissar of an exploration team, is branded as a Rightist and sent to reform by labor while Wu Yao, a rigid and treacherous man is promoted as the Party secretary of a prefecture. Luo Qun’s fiancée leaves him resolutely so as to make a clear break from him and she later marries Wu Yao. Only Song Wei holds Luo Qun in arms tightly when he is dying.




Liu San Jie (Liu the Third Sister)

刘三姐

Director: Su Li
Starring: Huang Wanqiu, Liu Shilong
Order No. D8504
ISBN: 7884088118
EAN: 6937475375606
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 114 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1961
Price: $14.95

This is the first musical film in China which tells the story of Liu San Jie (Liu the Third Sister), a legendary folk female singer of Zhuang minority in Guangxi Autonomous Region. She loves the ordinary people and despises the vicious landlord. She was hated by the landlord who wants to forbid her from singing but fails. Then the landlord kidnaps Liu San Jie who later escapes with the help of her lover and other people. Liu San Jie moves to other places to inspire people with folk songs.

The movie contains many beautiful folk songs of Guangxi Zhuang minority and stunning scenery of Guangxi.




Love and Legacy

爱情与遗产

Director: Yan Xueshu
Starring: Zhang Yuyu
Order No. D8524
EAN: 6937475389924
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 98 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

The film talks about two quite different attitudes toward love of Wei Wei and his sister Wei Jia. It shows that young people should look for what kind of love and old people should leave what kind of legacy to their children.




Mr. Zhao: The Chinese Fatal Attraction

赵先生

Director: Lǚ Le
Starring: Jiang Wenli
Order No. D8523
EAN: 6937475381553
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Gaungzhou Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

When a teacher begins an affair with one of his students, his wife follows him and discovers his infidelity. To complicate matters further, the young mistress reveals that she is pregnant with the teacher's child. Not wanting to leave the wife who paid his way through university and bore him a son, but also refusing to abandon his pregnant mistress, Mr. Zhao must face the agony of choosing between the two women.




No Regrets about Youth

青春无悔

Director: Zhou Xiaowen
Starring: Shi Lan
Order No. D8525
EAN: 6937475390005
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 100 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Zheng Jianong, a bulldozer driver, has been suffering from illness for years and his wife leaves him. Mai Qun, a nurse, finds out that Zheng Jianong under treatment is the hero she once nursed in the army hospital. Recalling the past, Mai Qun falls in love with him. She brings comfort to the desperate Zheng, accompanying him for his last few days.




Not One Less

一个都不能少

Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Wei Minzhi
Order No. D8513
EAN: 6937475309373
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: N/A.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Guizhou Eastern Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Directed by Zhang Yimou, the movie begins when Mr. Gao, a teacher in Xiao Quan primary school, wants to go home to see his sick mother. The head of the neighboring village asks Wei Minzhi to take care of the students in place of Mr. Gao during his leave. Wei Minzhi requires the students to copy the articles of the text every day and she also takes the roll of the students every day, as not a single student is supposed to be absent from the class. Wei Minzhi is extremely serious about her job who doesn't allow anyone to get the students out of her classroom. The 10-year-old Zhang has to leave school and go to the city to work because her family owes a huge debt. Wei Minzhi makes up her mind to get Zhang back from the city no matter what…




Obsession

疯狂的代价

Director: Zhou Xiaowen
Starring: Wu Yujuan
Order No. D8517
EAN: 6937475389986
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 95 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

A young girl Lan Lan is raped by a rascal, and her sister swears to find him, searching high and low. And also public security men try their best to crack the criminal case. Finally the criminal Sun Dacheng turns out. On the occasion of capturing him, a trial of hostage against hostage begins…




Romance on Lushan Mountain

庐山恋

Director: Huang Zumo
Starring: Zhang Yu, Guo Kaimin
Order No. D8503
ISBN: 7885181367
EAN: 6937475385124
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 82 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Gaungzhou Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1980
Price: $14.95

The film tells the story about the daughter of a Nationalist general who revisits the famous summer resort Lushan Mountain in Jiangxi province in 1980 and falls in love with the son of a senior general of the Chinese Communist Party. This movie is regarded as one of the modern romantic classics in China.




Samsara: A Story of Retribution

轮回

Director: Huang Jianxin
Starring: Lei Han
Order No. D8528
EAN: 6937475389962
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 125 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Shi Ba is a self-employed profiteer, skilled in deceiving, bragging, speculating and game-playing. He deceives others, who fool him too. Meeting the dancer, Yu Jing, he decides to reform himself, turning over a new leaf. However, he meets with gangster's blackmail and suffers from wrecking. After the setback, he is not able to recover again and dies in an extreme way. Six months later, his wife gives birth to a boy, called Shi Ba junior. This seems to be retribution of his life.




Seventeen Years

过年回家

Director: Zhang Yuan
Starring: Li Bingbing, Liu Lin
Order No. D8508
ISBN: 788408533X
EAN: 6937475383878
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 83 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1999
Price: $14.95

This is a story about catholicity and love.
A remarried couple, with their respective daughter Xiao Qin and Tao Lan, live together. Tao Lan kills Xiao Qin unintentionally due to a misunderstanding and is put into prison. 17 years later, Tao Lan is allowed to go home fro the Spring Festival but nobody meets her in the bus stop. Chen Jie, the young female ward helps Tao Lan to her new home. Tao’s father is rather surprised as the mother doesn’t give him the notice from the jail ahead. Tao Lan knees down before her father feeling sorry for having killed his daughter. The father at first doesn’t want to see her but finally accept her.




Special Operating Room

特别手术室

Director: Tian Zhuangzhuang
Starring: Shi Ke, Ding Jiali, Li Xuejian
Order No. D8506
ISBN: 7885180409
EAN: 6937475383830
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 89 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Guangzhou Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 2005
Price: $14.95

Summary: Lu Yun, anchor of a television program, becomes pregnant before marriage and decides to have an induced abortion. After this induced abortion experience, she realizes the social problem of pregnancy before marriage and makes up her mind to carry out a special topic report in the hospital. In this movie, Chinese female's attitude towards sex and the state of the sex education, sexual harassment in the office, incest between fathers and daughters, ultra-marriage love affairs, especially the harm done to the female who is pregnant before marriage are relentlessly exposed.




The Birth of New China

开国大典

Director: Li Qiankuan
Starring: Gu Yue
Order No. D8515
EAN: 6937475391903
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 163 min.
Number of Disc: 2
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio and Video Press
Price: $19.95

This story describes the historical events that happen just before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and portrays a galley of important people from Mao to KMT generals.




The Mystery of R4

R4之谜

Director: Li Yundong
Starring: Zhang Liwei
Order No. D8527
EAN: 6937475389931
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 86 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Li An is a police officer during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). When she investigates a case, she finds that the so-called “criminal” Chen Xiaoxiao turns out to be the former girlfriend of her lover, Lu Sha. Restraining her sentiment, she enforces the law impartially and finally finds out the truth. After the redressing of her grievance, Chen Xiaoxiao comes to Lu Sha. However, Li An leaves quietly.




The Red Elephant

红象

Director: Zhang Jianya
Starring: Yanjiao
Order No. D8518
EAN: 6937475392047
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 75 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio and Video Press
Price: $14.95

In the southwest frontiers of China there lie many luxuriant forests where live a great variety of plants and animals. Three kids of Dai minority are told by a granny that a red elephant which is the symbol of God lives in the forest. So in a summer vacation they go into the forest to look for the elephant and finally they discover the secret of the elephant.




The River without Buoys

没有航标的河流

Director: Wu Tianming
Starring: Li Wei
Order No. D8519
EAN: 6937475389993
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 70 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

The film describes the frustrated experience and love of Pan Laowu, who makes his living by draining off waste water. It reflects the suffering brought about in the Cultural Revolution, the kindness of common working people, their firm belief and their aspiration for a better life. In 1983 the film won the Prize for the Best Film awarded by the Cultural Ministry of China. And in the Fourth Hawaii International Film Festival in 1984, it gained the Prize for the Central Film in the Western Films.




The Road Home

我的父亲母亲

Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Sun Honglei
Order No. D8501
ISBN: N/A
EAN: 6937475385155
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 110 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Guizhou Eastern Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1999
Price: $14.95

Summary: The memories of first love always brings out the most beautiful feeling. When Shengzi’s father dies, his old mother tells him the story of her first love with his father. The story makes Shengzi feel the sweetness and bitterness of first love. Shengzi can feel his mother’s determination in pursuing an ideal life.
When his mother is young, she bears a secret love for his father, an honest and humorous young teacher, who is attracted by the beauty and kindness of his mother. And they fall in love with each other in a romantic and traditional way. For forty years, they never separate from each other for a single moment. But when her husband dies, she seems to hear the most melodic music in the world at her husband’s burial…




The Trouble-shootings

顽主

Director: Mi Jiashan
Starring: Ge You, Zhang Guoli, Pan Hong
Order No. D8507
ISBN: 7884083183
EAN: 6937475383854
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 101 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1979
Price: $14.95

This movie is adapted from one of the major novels of Wang Shuo, a famous and controversial writer in China.
In the early years of China’s reform, Yu Guan and his friends run a company called "Three-for", namely, they are supposed to help people out of their trouble by offering all kinds of services. They will even deal with love affairs on behalf of those ambitious and busy people who are too much occupied with their own career; they are willing to be the doormat and scolded by the wives in place of those henpecked husbands. Society needs their services, but some of problems caused by their services raise eyebrows from government officials. What will be the fate of this service company?




Troubled Laughter

苦恼人的笑

Director: Yang Yanjin
Starring: Li Zhiyu, Panhong
Order No. D8505
ISBN: 7884081520
EAN: 6937475384332
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 92 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1979
Price: $14.95

The film depicts the lives and fates of Chinese intellectuals in an era of cultural revolution manipulated by the Gang of Four.
In the winter of 1975 during the Cultural Revolution, the newspaper was reduced to be rumor mongers instead of being faithful to the truth. Fu Bin, a journalist, didn't want to tell lies. At length, he chose to be an honest man and was arrested…




Visitors on the Icy Mountain

冰山上的来客

Director: Zhao Xinshui
Starring: Liang Yin
Order No. D8521
EAN: 6937475391873
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 101 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio and Video Press
Price: $14.95

The story tells how the PLA soldiers in Xinjiang borders see through the pitfalls of many kinds and suppress the spies in the form of beautiful women and merchants. A very intriguing and touching movie.




Zhou Enlai

周恩来

Director: Ding Yinnan
Starring: Wang Tiecheng
Order No. D8510
ISBN: 7884085240
EAN: 6937475383861
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 158 min.
Number of Disc: 2
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1991
Price: $19.95

The film focuses on how Zhou Enlai, the Chinese Premier, tried his best to protect the PLA generals and high-ranking government officials from being persecuted during the Cultural Revolution. The movie reveals the fierce power struggles among the top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party.




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