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Movies: Modern

A Young Lady with Silver Hair

白毛女

Director: Wang Bin
Starring: Tian Hua
Order No. D8115
ISBN: 7883671448
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: N/A
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese ONLY, with NO English or Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Peninsula Audiovisual Press
Price: $7.95

It’s a story about a girl named Xi’er who fled into a mountain after being raped by a landlord because of her father’s debt.




Devils on the Doorstep

鬼子来了

Director: Jiang Wen
Starring: Jiang Wen
Order No. D8123
EAN: 6937475379697
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 140 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Gaungzhou Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, this dark comedy from director Jiang Wen takes a fresh look at life under occupation at the end of WWII. Jiang Wen also stars as Ma Dasan, a peasant who, one night at gunpoint, is forced to shelter two prisoners. One is a captured Japanese soldier who wants to be killed and the other is his Chinese interpreter who wants to stay alive. As the days turn into months, Ma Dasan and his fellow villagers keep their unwanted guests hidden from the Japanese, while deciding whether or not to execute them. The film's rich, bold cinematography is matched only by its approach to the subject, which, in turn, attracted the unwanted attention of Chinese censors who ultimately banned it form Chinese screens.




Dong Cunrui: A Heroic Soldier

董存瑞

Director: Guo Wei
Starring: Zhang Liang
Order No. D8110
EAN: 6937475391965
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 100 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Dong Cunrui is a young soldier of PLA. This movie describes his growth from a common civilian into a brave soldier and his heroic sacrifice of life in the destruction of the enemy’s blockhouse.




Dr. Sun Yat-sen

孙中山

Director: Ding Yinnan
Starring: Liu Wenzhi
Order No. D8118
EAN: 6937475392061
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 149 min.
Number of Disc: 2
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Zhujiang Film Studio White Swan Audiovisual Press
Price: $19.95

This movie narrates the glorious struggling life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic of China. At his young age Sun plans to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. For more than thirty years he leads one revolution after another. This movie reveals his unconquerable determination through his revolutionary career.




From Victory to Victory

南征北战

Director: Cheng Yin
Starring: Feng Zhe
Order No. D8111
EAN: 6937475391934
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 120 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

In the winter of 1947, the PLA army in east China makes a strategic retreat after a series of victories, which causes puzzlement among the soldiers. And just then the Kuomintang troops encircle the PLA army from three directions wishing to have a decisive battle. With the help of the local civilians, a battalion successfully blocks the enemy’s reinforcement for six days and nights and finally destroys all the enemy troops.




General Peng Dehuai

彭大将军

Director: Liu Bin
Starring: Ding Xiaoyi
Order No. D8120
EAN: 6937475391590
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 150 min.
Number of Disc: 2
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $19.95

The film is about the life of Marshal Peng Dehuai, one of the top Chinese military leaders. It shows the impressive battle achievement that he had made and reveals his uprightness, courage of speaking out against Mao, sticking to truths and the spirit of never yielding to power.




Horse Thief

盗马贼

Director: Tian Zhuangzhuang
Starring: Caixiangzengren
Order No. D8121
EAN: 6937475391576
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 83 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

Luobur's little son died of illness. Therefore, he blamed that on his stealing a horse in the "ghost dancing." Later, his second son was born. Nevertheless, by force of livelihood, he had to steal horses again. Unfortunately, he was hit to death when he stole horses for the last time. The film shows the unique culture of Tibet and the influence that religion has on its people as well as the society through the rich filmic language and the expressive force of the film image.




D8136

Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch

李连英 (中英文)

Director: Tian Zhuangzhuang
Starring: Jiang Wen, Liu Xiaoqing
Order No. D8136
EAN: 9787880861952
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

This film tells the story of the thirty year relationship between Eunuch Li Lianying and the Empress Dowager in the late Qing Dynasty. It covers the stories of Li Lianying, Prince Chun, and Emperor Guangxu, and Li’s personal tribulations. Director Tian Zhuangzhuang is highly acclaimed as one of China’s greatest directors, and the film launched the career of acting star Jiang Wen.




Lover's Grief over the Yellow River

黄河绝恋

Director: Feng Xiaoning
Starring: Ning Jing
Order No. D8116
EAN: 6937475309380
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 110 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Shenzhen Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

During the later stage of World War II, a seriously wounded American airplane was forced to land near the Great Wall. A squad of the 8th Route Army rescued the American pilot and escorted him to the communist-controlled area. On the way, they encountered a series of thrilling events. Through these events, the film depicted the conflicts between the American pilot and the communist soldiers and how in the end, a life and death feeling was established among them…




Medal for a Smuggler

戴勋章的走私犯

Director: Pan Peicheng
Starring: Zhang Zhizhong
Order No. D8119
EAN: 6937475389979
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 77 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Xi'an Film Studio Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

During the period of China's Resistance War Against Japanese Aggression, a company commander of Kuomintang, Dong Ziming escorts the weapons used in the war to Nanjing by order. With the weapons safely arriving at the destination, Dong Ziming is granted by his superior a medal “Order of Blue Sky and White Sun with Grand Cordon.” However, knowing that what he escorts with great hardship is not weapons but contraband, he starts to investigate the case to prove his innocence. When the whole thing comes to light, Dong Ziming has to make a choice between life and death…




Midnight

子夜 (中英文)

Director: Sang Hu
Starring: Li Rentang, Qiao Qi
Order No. D8134
EAN: 6937475398261
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 140 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Beauty Media Inc.
Price: $14.95

This is the film adaptation of Mao Dun’s epic tale of rivalry in old Shanghai. Two business clans make war against each other using bonds, warlords, banks and even women, as they both face threats from the rising communist movement. Though Mao Dun was highly critical of the imperial-style capitalism of old Shanghai, he shows a keen understanding of the inner workings of markets and manipulation. There are many books and films about old Shanghai in the West, but none tell the Chinese side of the story with such eloquence and beauty.




One and Eight

一个和八个

Director: Zhang Junzhao
Starring: Tao Zeru, Chendaoming
Order No. D8107
ISBN: 7884086514
EAN: 6937475383816
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 86 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio and Video Press
Pub Year: 1984
Price: $14.95

Summary: During the Anti-Japanese War, an Eighth Route Army (under the control of the communist party) soldier and eight outlaws meet with the Japanese invaders in their way. Wang Jin, an Eighth Route Army instructor, who is framed up by the spy, leads other outlaws to untie themselves and breast the enemy side by side. After they succeed in defeating the enemy's besiegement, they undergo a long hardship and the outlaws finally come to realizing their importance in new terms.




Reconnaissance across the Yangtze River

渡江侦察记

Director: Tang Xiaodan
Starring: Sun Daolin
Order No. D8114
EAN: 6937475391958
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 105 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

In the spring of 1949 just before the battles for the PLA to cross the Yangze river, a reconnaissance squad was sent to the South of the river to get information on the KMT defenders. With the help and support of the local guerrillas the squad overcame many difficulties and finally got the enemy’s defending plan and the display of their troops.




D8135

Regret for the Past

伤逝 (中英文)

Director: Shui Hua
Starring: Wang Xingang, Lin Ying
Order No. D8135
EAN: 6937475398254
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 98 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Beauty Media Inc.
Price: $14.95

Lu Xun was a master of modern Chinese literature and an influential thinker in China’s modernist movement. In this film adaptation of one of his more memorable tales, an intellectual looks back in regret at his story of lost love. Touching on identity, poverty, love and politics, this is more than a simple love story.




Rickshaw Boy (Camel Xiangzi)

骆驼祥子

Director: Ling Zifeng
Starring: Zhang Fengyi, Siqin Gaowa
Order No. D8102
ISBN: 7880007962
EAN: 6937475385063
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 113 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Peninsula Audiovisual Press
Pub Year: 1982
Price: $14.95

Summary: This film is adapted from the novel by Laoshe.
The film has it set in old Beijing, telling the story of Xiangzi and Huniu, who later becomes Xiangzi’s wife. Xiangzi comes to the city from the village, runs with his rickshaw, desperately hoping to live a free and better life. However, he can't change his fate and ends up with a miserable life.




Shanghai Triad

摇啊摇,摇到外婆桥

Director: ZhangYimou
Starring: Gong Li, Li Baotian
Order No. D8101
ISBN: 7883502247
EAN: 6937475383847
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 106 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Peninsula Audiovisual Press
Pub Year: 1994
Price: $14.95

Summary: Set in the 1930s, the story is about a young boy, Tang Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao), who just arrived in Shanghai working as a servant in a Triad owned nightclub. He is assigned to Bijou (Gong Li), a cabaret singer and girlfriend of Tang, the Triad Boss (Li Baotian).

Bijou is cheating on the Boss with Song (Sun Chun), whom the Boss suspects is planning to betray him. After a bloody gang fight in which Shuisheng's uncle dies, the Boss and a small entourage retreat to a peasants' island. There, Bijou befriends Cuihau (Jiang Baoying), an unassuming woman who prepares meals for the visitors, while Shuisheng befriends Ajiao (Yang Qianguan), Cuihau's daughter. Bijou unwittingly gets Cuihau and her brother-in-law killed. Song arrives and the Boss calmly confronts him with evidence of his treachery. The gang kills Song and Bijou. The Boss takes Ajiao back to Shanghai with him (saying she will be the new Bijou when she is older), along with Shuisheng tied to the sails of the ship.




Song of Youth

青春之歌

Director: Cui Wei, Chen Huaikai
Starring: Xie Fang, Kangtai
Order No. D8106
ISBN: 7880007946
EAN: 6937475385131
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 157 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Chinese Film Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1959
Price: $14.95

Summary: Before the break out of the “September 18 Incident” consequent upon Japan’s invasion of China in 1931, female student Lin Daojing tries to kill herself due to personal reason but is saved by a college student Yu and then they get married. Later Lin meets and is inspired by Lu, a member of the Communist Party and understands that intellectuals can survive only when they participate in the students’ anti-Japanese movement. Encouraged by some members of the Communist Party, Lin joins the Party and becomes one of the leaders of the famous anti-Japanese movement.




The Battle of Tai' Erzhuang

血战台儿庄

Director: Yang Guangyuan
Starring: Shao Honglai
Order No. D8109
EAN: 6937475391996
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 130 min.
Number of Disc: 2
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Price: $19.95

During the Anti-Japanese War, a famous Kuomintang general Li Zongren commands fight bravely in Shanxi and annihilated more than 10,000 enemies. In the movie, the morality and distinct personality of generals such as Li Zongren, Zhang Zizhong, Wang Ming Zhang, and Sun Lianzhong are vividly depicted.




The Last Emperor

末代皇帝

Director: Bernardo Bertolucc
Starring: John Lone, Joan Chen
Order No. D8117
EAN: 6937475385094
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 156 min.
Number of Disc: 2
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Chinese Film Audio & Video Press
Price: $19.95

Pu Yi, the last emperor in China’s history, came to the throne at the age of three. As a kid he grows up in the game of being an emperor and later he finds that it is not a game but a fact. However he realizes that he is nobody but a protagonist in a farce, in which he is only a puppet with the symbol of power but can never exercise it. “Pu Yi becomes, by turns, a playboy, a dupe to the Japanese, and a victim of China's cultural reforms and re-education programs.”




The Letter with Feathers

鸡毛信

Director: Shi Hui
Starring: Cai Yuanyuan, Shu Shi
Order No. D8108
ISBN: 7884089319
EAN: 6937475385117
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 66 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio and Video Press
Pub Year: 1954
Price: $14.95

Summary: During the Anti-Japanese War, the leader of Kids’ Regiment Hai Wa one day gets a militia task from the communist-led Eighth Route Army: to send an emergency letter. On the way, he meets Japanese, but Hai Wa cleverly keeps the letter safe and introduces the Japanese to the mountains where they are wiped out by the Eighth Route Army. Furthermore, the Eighth Route Army attacks a base of the Japanese troops according to the letter and takes captive of an important commander of the Japanese army.




The Lin Family’s Shop

林家铺子

Director: Shui Hua
Starring: Xie Tian
Order No. D8103
ISBN: 7880008284
EAN: 6937475385070
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 83 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Peninsula Audiovisual Press
Pub Year: 1959
Price: $14.95

Summary: After the Japanese invasion of China, young students set off a boycott of Japanese goods. Boss Lin in a small town in east China bribes the chairman of Chamber of Commerce who gives Lin a tacit consent to sell Japanese goods. Lin conducted auction to sell these products and squeezes other small capital counter parts. But he also is exploited by the government officials, police, and gendarme. In this chaos, Lin’s shop bankrupts and he runs away with other people’s money saved in his shop.




The Long March: The Red Army Story

长征

Director: Zhai Junjie
Starring: Tang Guoqiang
Order No. D8122
EAN: 6937475380723
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 152 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Guizhou Eastern Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

With intriguing plots, this film is full of power and grandeur. It for the first time reveals some of the unknown events and secrets of the Communist Party of China in the 1930s and describes the whole process of the Red Army’s Long March.




The Red Detachment of Women

红色娘子军

Director: Xie Jin
Starring: Zhu Xijuan, Chen Qiang, Wang Xingang
Order No. D8105
ISBN: 7884082276
EAN: 6937475385100
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 110 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio and Video Press
Pub Year: 1961
Price: $14.95

The film tells a story about a young woman named Wu Qionghua who is a Red Army soldier in Hainan Island and how survives the revolution and grows into the leader of an army detachment.




D8138

The Teahouse

茶馆 (中英文)

Director: Xie Tian
Starring: Yu Shizhi, Zheng Rong
Order No. D8138
EAN: 6937475398247
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 119 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Beauty Media Inc.
Price: $14.95

In old Beijin, the teahouse was the center of the community, and a microcosm of Chiinese society. Modern literary giant Lao She used a typical teahouse as a setting to tell the story of China’s tribulations and societal collapse in the early 20th century. Spanning sixty years and three generations, we see a touching portrayal of China, from the fall of an ancient empire to the rise of the communist movement. This is the definitive film adaptation of the originial play.




D8137

Traveling Players

鼓书艺人 (中英文)

Director: Tian Zhuangzhuang
Starring: Li Xuejian Tan Mingdi
Order No. D8137
EAN: 6937475398926
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 108 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Beauty Media Inc.
Price: $14.95

It's adapted from the namesake novel by Lao She.This film depicts Fang Baoqing's deeply-inflicted family, drum singers by trade. During the WWII, Baosen, Baoqing's brother was bombed to death by Japanese invaders. Xiulian, his younger daughter failed to marry Meng Liang, a progressive writer, and then got raped by a lovelace, Zhang Wen; Dafeng, his eldest daughter was deserted by her husband. After the war came to an end, Baoqing boarded on the passenger ship and headed for place in the distance.




Two Actresses

舞台姐妹

Director: Xie Jin
Starring: Xie Fang, Shangguan Yunzhu
Order No. D8113
EAN: 6937475392009
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 108 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Price: $14.95

The movie depicts the life of two actresses of Yue Opera before and after the communist takeover in 1949.




Xi'an Incident

西安事变

Director: Cheng Yin
Starring: Jin Ange
Order No. D8112
EAN: 6937475392016
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 170 min.
Number of Disc: 2
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Qilu Audio & Video Press
Price: $19.95

Xi’an Incident, which shocked China and the world in 1936, is one of the most important events in China’s modern history. This movie reveals how the patriotic general Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng started the incident by detaining commander-in-chief Chiang Kai-shek and how the incident came to a peaceful settlement with the involvement of the Communist Party.




Xiao Hua (Little Flower)

小花

Director: Zhang Zheng
Starring: Chen Chong (Joan Chen), Liu Xiaoqing
Order No. D8104
ISBN: 7880008667
EAN: 6937475383823
Picture Format: NTSC (good for North American users)
Length: 96 min.
Number of Disc: 1
Language: Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles
Publisher: Chinese Film Audio & Video Press
Pub Year: 1979
Price: $14.95

This is a touching story about two girls who do not know their interlaced families met during the war and finally found their brother and parents.

Summary: Xiao Hua, sister of Zhao Yongsheng, is deserted by her poor family. He Xiangdong, a woodworker, adopts her and renames her He Cuigu. To steer clear of arrest by the enemy, Dong Hongguo, offspring of a revolutionary family, is renamed Xiao Hua so as to be adopted by her adopter. Later, Zhao Yongsheng's parents are killed by the enemy, and he joins the Liberation Army. In 1947, when Zhao Yongsheng returns to his own village, his sister Xiao Hua happens to find her brother. Doctor Zhou, who works in the hospital of the army, adopts Xiao Hua without knowing she is her own daughter. He Cuigu has become a well-known guerrilla hero after she grows up. She doesn't recognize her brother ZhaoYongsheng when she carries him on the stretcher. The riddle is solved accidentally after the war, Zhao Yongsheng, Xiao Hua and Cuigu meet each other happily. Dong Xiangkun and Doctor Zhou also feel happy to reunite with their own daughter after 17 years of departure.




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