dGenerate Films' Best Chinese-Language Films of the 2000s

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1.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
2.
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2002 Documentary)
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The impact of the decline of heavy industry on workers and their families in the Tiexi district of Shenyang, China, at the turn of the 21st century, documented unflinchingly by a fly-on-the-wall camera. (551 mins.)
Director: Bing Wang
 
3.
Platform (2000)
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Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose... (154 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
4.
Yi Yi (2000)
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Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. (173 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
5.
Still Life (2006)
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A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes. (111 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
6.
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
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During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town... (139 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
 
7.
Oxhide (2005)
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Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait... (110 mins.)
Director: Jiayin Liu
 
8.
Summer Palace (2006)
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Yu Hong leaves her home village and starts university in Beijing, where she develops a consuming and compulsive relationship with another student. The student riots from 1989 then ensue and take a toll on their lives. (158 mins.)
Director: Ye Lou
 
9.
The World (2004)
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An exploration on the impact of urbanization and globalization on a traditional culture. (143 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
10.
Blind Shaft (2003)
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Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident... (92 mins.)
Director: Yang Li
 
11.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
12.
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)
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On a dark, wet night a historic and regal Chinese cinema sees its final film. Together with a small handful of souls they bid "Goodbye, Dragon Inn." (82 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
13.
Three Times (2005)
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Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005. Two actors play the two main characters in each story. (132 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
14.
Suzhou River (2000)
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The river Suzhou that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets... (83 mins.)
Director: Ye Lou
 
15.
What Time Is It There? (2001)
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When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection... (116 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
16.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
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A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
 
17.
Lust, Caution (2007)
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During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee. (157 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
18.
Petition (2009 Documentary)
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It is a fantastic documentary about Chinese govt's systemic oppression and persecution towards ordinary folk who petition the government. (120 mins.)
Director: Liang Zhao
 
19.
Unknown Pleasures (2002)
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Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world. (112 mins.)
Director: ZhangKe Jia
 
20.
Millennium Mambo (2001)
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Taipei. A voice off-camera looks back ten years to 2000, when Vicky was in an on-again off-again relationship with Hao-Hao... (119 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
21.
Spring Fever (2009)
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Hired to spy on a philandering husband, Luo Haitao soon becomes entangled in a clandestine affair with the other man. Along with Luo's girlfriend, they succumb to the delirium of drunken nights, but how long can their tryst last? (116 mins.)
Director: Ye Lou
 
22.
Bing ai (2007)
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Director: Yan Feng
 
23.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
24.
The Wayward Cloud (2005)
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Hsiao-Kang, now working as a pornographic actor, meets Shiang-chyi once again. Meanwhile, the city of Taipei faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket. (114 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
25.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
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In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. (99 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
26.
Peacock (2005)
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China in the late 1970s and early 1980s: the life of an ordinary working family as seen through its three siblings. (136 mins.)
Director: Changwei Gu
 
27.
Oxhide II (2009 Documentary)
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The director shows herself and her parents making dumplings in their apartment with nine fixed camera positions, with which she revolves around the kitchen table. (132 mins.)
Director: Jiayin Liu
 
28.
Mountain Patrol (2004)
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A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet. (85 mins.)
Director: Chuan Lu
 
29.
I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)
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A day laborer is badly beaten, and a young man nurses him back to health. (115 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
30.
The Orphan of Anyang (2001)
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A prostitute from the Northeast, desperate and unable to make ends meet, abandons her baby. An unemployed... (84 mins.)
Director: Chao Wang
 
31.
2046 (2004)
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The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
32.
The Other Half (2006)
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Working as a secretary for a legal office, Xiaofen records clients detailing the sordid aspects of their lives: divorce cases... (111 mins.)
Director: Liang Ying
 
33.
Survival Song (2008 Documentary)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Guangyi Yu
 
34.
Along the Railway (2000 Documentary)
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(125 mins.)
Director: Haibin Du
 
35.
Crime and Punishment (2007 Documentary)
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In a small town near China's North Korea border, a state police station exerts itself as a solicitous caretaker of the locals. As it goes out to catch criminals and punish them too, professionalism fades into the background. (122 mins.)
Director: Liang Zhao
 
36.
Dr. Ma's Country Clinic (2008)
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Director: Cong Feng
 
37.
Though I Am Gone (2006 Documentary)
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Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revoution... (66 mins.)
Director: Jie Hu
 
38.
Tea-Horse Road Series: Delamu (2004 Documentary)
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Delamu ¨C Tibetan for "Peace Angel". Since ancient times, China's two primary land routes connecting... (110 mins.)
 
39.
My Life as McDull (2001)
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McDull is not the brightest kid on the block, but he continuously tries to do his best to please his mother. Still it seems he may not be destined for great things like she wishes, but McDull strives to try anyway. (75 mins.)
Director: Toe Yuen
 
40.
Beijing Bicycle (2001)
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A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age. (113 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
 
41.
Timber Gang (2006)
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Yu Guangyi's stunning debut explores a grueling winter amongst loggers in Northeast China as they employ traditional practices through one last... (90 mins.)
Director: Guangyi Yu
 
42.
1428 (2009 Documentary)
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The "Great Sichuan Earthquake" took place at 14:28 on May 12, 2008. 10 days after: Scenes not seen on official/TV... (116 mins.)
Director: Haibin Du
 
43.
Before the Flood (2005 Documentary)
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The dam of Three Gorges, the largest dam that humans have ever built on earth, is under construction in China... (150 mins.)
Director: Yifan Li, Yu Yan
 
44.
Blind Mountain (2007)
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A young woman is kidnapped and sold to a villager in the mountains. (95 mins.)
Director: Yang Li
 
45.
Blue Gate Crossing (2002)
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An is-she-or-isn't-she gay comedy focused on a Taiwanese teen, the boy she might like, and the girl she may love. (85 mins.)
Director: Chih-yen Yee
 
46.
Buried (2009 Documentary)
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(113 mins.)
Director: Libo Wang
 
47.
Durian Durian (2000)
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(116 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
 
48.
Face (2009)
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Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth. (138 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
49.
Fuck Cinema (2005 Documentary)
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This documentary shows how different young people try to realize their dreams or become famous through the film industry... (173 mins.)
Director: Wenguang Wu
 
50.
Ghost Town (2009 Documentary)
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A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence... (169 mins.)
Director: Dayong Zhao
 
51.
Good Cats (2008)
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(108 mins.)
Director: Liang Ying
Stars: Liang Luo
 
52.
Grain in Ear (2005)
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Grain in Ear follows the plight of Cui (Liu Lianji), a young Korean mother living on the outskirts of Chinese society... (109 mins.)
Director: Lu Zhang
 
53.
Jalainur (2008)
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Jalainur, a name from the beautiful Lake Hulun(aka Dalai nuur in Mongolian), is one of the last places... (92 mins.)
Director: Ye Zhao
 
54.
Little Moth (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A couple purchases an eleven-year old girl who cannot walk, with the intention of using her to earn money through begging. (99 mins.)
Director: Tao Peng
 
55.
Night Train (2007)
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Wu Hongyan is a young woman working as a prison guard during executions of female convicts. She feels lonely after her husband died... (94 mins.)
Director: Yi'nan Diao
 
56.
Outside (2005 Documentary)
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Director: Wang Wo
 
57.
PTU (2003)
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Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun. (88 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
 
58.
Quitting (2001)
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An actor becomes increasingly introverted and psychotic and his entire family attempts to intervene. (114 mins.)
Director: Yang Zhang
 
59.
The Search (2009)
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A filmmaker searches the Himalayas for an actor and actress to play the lead roles in his Tibetan opera. (117 mins.)
Director: Pema Tseden
 
60.
Seafood (2001)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Wen Zhu
 
61.
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part 4 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A rare screening of the artist's most recently completed films in his celebrated series, based on the history of seven intellectuals in the ancient Chinese Wei and Jin Dynasties. (79 mins.)
Director: Fudong Yang
 
62.
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part 5 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A rare screening of the artist's most recently completed films in his celebrated series, based on the history of seven intellectuals in the ancient Chinese Wei and Jin Dynasties. (90 mins.)
Director: Fudong Yang
 
63.
Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining... (116 mins.)
 
64.
Taking Father Home (2005)
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A 17 year old boy from a village in the Sechuan province leaves for the big city looking for his father... (100 mins.)
Director: Liang Ying
 
65.
Uniform (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Economic unrest roils central China's Shaanxi Province: local factories are merging, thugs threaten managers... (94 mins.)
Director: Yi'nan Diao
 
66.
Wheat Harvest (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary that sketches the double life of the young Niu Hongmiao, who cares for her sick father in the countryside and works in Beijing as a prostitute. A picture gradually emerges of the Chinese sex industry. (98 mins.)
Director: Xu Tong