Chinese Cinema

From the 1930s Golden Age to the urgent, socially conscious cinema of Jia Zhangke, Chinese cinema contains many riches to discover.

This collection aims to bring previously unavailable classics of Chinese cinema such as Spring in a Small Town to a new audience, while also collecting the works of under-appreciated modern maestros such as Feng Xioagang.

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The AssassinThe Assassin

Action and Adventure2015106 minsDirector: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s mesmerising, visually stunning tale of love and honour was Sight and Sound magazine’s best film of 2015.

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Yang ± Yin - Gender in Chinese CinemaYang ± Yin - Gender in Chinese Cinema

Documentary199779 minsDirector: Stanley Kwan Kam-pang

An inspirational and star-laden journey through Chinese cinema in the company of John Woo, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee and Tsui Hark.

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24 City24 City

Drama-documentary2008107 minsDirector: Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke mixes reminiscence and performance in his cool, measured, moving look at the changing fortunes of a Chinese factory-turned-shopping mall

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The GrandmasterThe Grandmaster

Action and Adventure2013109 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

Wong Kar-Wai’s lavish martial arts biopic tells the story of Ip Man, the legendary trainer who became Bruce Lee’s mentor.

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Documentary201588 minsDirector: Zhao Ling

Zhao Liang’s extraordinary documentary is a visually spectacular missive from the forefront of China’s industrial explosion.

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Drama201293 minsDirector: Simon Chung

A mysterious, exotic and riveting drama about a nameless man discovered naked on a riverbank, who forms a bond with the hospital assistant who can communicate with him.

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The BanquetThe Banquet

2006125 minsDirector: Feng Xiaogang

Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) stars is this lavish wuxia based on elements from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Ibsen’s Ghosts.

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Drama2010130 minsDirector: Feng Xiaogang

China’s blockbuster director Feng Xiaogang scored his biggest box office hit with this staggering disaster film about a massive earthquake and its aftermath.

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War2007119 minsDirector: Feng Xiaogang

Following a brutal battle, a Chinese army captain wakes from a coma to discover his discredited regiment has been airbrushed from history, and sets out to restore his soldiers’ honour.