Chinese favourites

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Chinese favourites

Postby jcdavies » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:42 pm

I've just been catching up on a few oldies (some without subs), so here's my little list, including Hong Kong, and a couple of Taiwanese co-productions set on the mainland...

Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 194
Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou, 1991)
Two Stage Sisters (Xie Jin, 1965)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
The Goddess (Wu Yonggang, 1934)
To Live (Zhang Yimou, 1994)
A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1969)

The Lin Family Shop (Zhang Shuihua, 1959)
Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000)
Rouge (Kwan, 1987)
Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000)
Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)
House of the Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou, 2004)
Little Toys (Sun Yu, 1933)
Life on a String (Chen Kaige, 1991)
2046 (Wong Kar-wai, 2004)
Street Angel (Yuan Mushi, 1937)
The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993)

this is likely to be the Chinese century, and there should be ever more top films, as well as wider interest in the country's earlier cinema history. Hollywood watch out!

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby A » Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:31 pm

Where did you get the opportunity to watch those early films John? Any DVDs out there?

From the top of my head and out of the few Chinese/Hongkong films I've seen (probably not more than 50) these are the great ones:

Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)
The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)
Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (Chia-Liang Liu, 1983)
The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-wai, 1995)
Surveillance (Jianxin Huang, Yazhou Yang, 1997)
Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2000)
Platform (Jia Zhang-ke, 2000)
Hero (Zhang Yimou, 2002)
Public Toilet (Fruit Chan, 2002)
Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2002)
House of the Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou, 2004)

Not quite as good, but very much recommended:

One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh, 1967)
A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1969)
New One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh, 1971)
The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)
Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai, 1991)
The Bride with White Hair (Ronny Yu, 1993)
The Blade (Hark Tsui, 1995)
Not One Less (Yimou Zhang, 1999)
Happy Times (Yimou Zhang, 2001)
Little Red Flowers (Yuan Zhang, 2006)

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby jcdavies » Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:17 pm

I got several oldies (Spring in a Small Town, The Goddess, Lin Family Shop, Little Toys, Street Angel, Crows and Sparrows)- and cheap too- from, but as i said many that may be hard to get elsewhere are without subtitles, so a bit of plot-checking beforehand doesn't go amiss. Just ordered Spring River Flows East, Daybreak from there, and had also been intending to see Bride with White Hair, Eight Diagram Polefighter

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby A » Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:15 pm

I'll have to check out some of the subtitled ones. I don't like judging films if i can't follow what's going on.
Is the image quality acceptable on most of them?

I'd suggest you first check out "Eight Diagram Pole Fighter". If you like that one, I would move on to "Bride with White Hair". They are both a bit like the King Hu films, but without the exceptional direction and philosophical grounding, though they both owe much to it.
Pole Fighter is more camp, while Bride is a tad more serious.

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby jcdavies » Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:36 pm

The Goddess has intertitles, the picture quality of most is acceptable. My understanding of Spring in a Small Town was helped by my having seen the remake, anyway i think without subs helps concentrate a bit more on little visual details- the tiniest expressions, body language and gestures in that film are a pleasure.

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby A » Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:06 pm

Yes, I also saw the remake before the original and was able to appreciate it quite easily. But I guess I'd only enjoy watching a film without subs, if I had seen it before. Otherwise I would always be under the impression that I am missing something.

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby jcdavies » Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:34 am

There is that frustration but it concentrates the eyes and mind in a way i find absorbing, and seeing those Chinese films has been a bit of fresh air to a jaded viewer. More on order, which i'm looking forward to more than most on my normal rental list and am often lethargic now to bother watching

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby A » Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:16 pm

Yes, I can understand that.
I should try and watch some films without subs sometime (e.g. the two Victor Erice films I have at home).

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby smurfrevolt » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:10 am

Hmmm, I like Jiang Hu. I think Andy Lau was in it.

Re: Chinese favourites

Postby hengcs » Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:07 pm

Trevor's take

hmmm ... i thought i used to write sth on it too?
but i guess it is deleted during that famous "attack" ...

my 1 cent worth
-- the pace is kind of slow ... shld hasten slightly
-- BUT, i thought the ending was GREAT! ... not many pple expect the ending to be as such ... wow ... but some of my friends did not get the ending ... kind of pity …

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