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For many mainstream filmgoers, Farewell My Concubine is perhaps the best-known Chinese language film of the 1990s, helped in no end by its success at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Chen Kaige (Yellow Earth, Temptress Moon), the film traces the troubled friendship between two Peking Opera performers during 50 years of war-ravaged Chinese history. Leslie Cheung (A Better Tomorrow, Days Of Being Wild) and Zhang Fengyi (The Emperor And The Assassin, Red Cliff) play the central duo Dieyi and Xiaolou, while Gong Li (Red Sorghum, Raise The Red Lantern) portrays Jiuxian, the former prostitute who drives them apart. Beginning in 1924, Farewell My Concubine follows a country in turmoil, from the Japanese occupation, through the resistance movement by the Kuomintang and ultimately the...
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There’s no need to look hard for your favorite Asian movies online these days. The rise of streaming services is a boon to movie-lovers worldwide, especially for those who love hard-to-find Asian art-house films.
You’ll find these gems and more at sites such as Archive.org, Mubi.com, and Fandor.com among others, here’s a list of some of our favourite award winning movies you can watch online right now.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
This Zhang Yimou film is one of the director’s many collaboration with the lovely Gong Li. Based on the novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong, it tells the story of a young woman who agreed to be a wealthy man’s fourth wife. Complications ensue as bitter rivalries rise between the man’s four wives. Gong Li’s acting in this movie is superb and the movie captures the atmosphere of 1920s China. »
- Kat Meneses
With a script seemingly written by algorithm, this dour follow-up to Ang Lee’s dazzling original film comes across like a poor episode of Game of Thrones
Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was, at its release in late 2000, one of those rare moments in moviegoing when everyone seemed to agree. From the director of Sense and Sensibility, this international co-production seemed like a film for the so-called prestige audience, in the vein of Ju Dou or Raise the Red Lantern. But at the 15-minute mark it cut loose with dreamlike martial arts action to rouse even the most jaded of kung fu VHS traders. With its nuanced characters, epic mythology, gorgeous cinematography, breathless action, iconic score (I can go on! It’s terrific!) word of mouth was unstoppable. The film advanced to suburban multiplexes, shattering (and still holding) box office records for a foreign language film in the United States. »
- Jordan Hoffman
3 items from 2016
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