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Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met ... See full summary »
A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »
Gong Li stars in this low-key drama about a single mother who will do anything to provide for her son. Sun Liying (Li) struggles to care for her hearing-impaired child Zheng Da (Gao Xin) after her taxi driver husband divorces.
In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds... See full summary »
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The literal translation of the title of this movie is: The Empress Dowager.
This movie is sarcastic about the current political situation in China by depicting what was in the past, so it is an indirect social criticism of the current regime. For example, the movie accurately depicted the fact that officials in the imperial courts are not selected by merits or ability, but by connection, and the incapable officials got their posts only because they were Manchurians and they kept their posts even though their lack of ability lead to military defeats. Even the most stupid Chinese can make the connection between the past and present because the two mirrors each other. This is the hidden message behind the scene.
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