Film Countries Archives: China

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wo hu cang long

  Ang Lee

  Taiwan, Hong Kong, United States, China     120 minutes

Synopsis

Two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy—and the inescapable, enduring power of love. Set against 19th-century China’s breathtaking landscape, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the action-packed, box office smash from acclaimed director Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm) featuring stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

Sony Pictures Classics 30th Anniversary screening

 Mandarin with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Media

Film Credits

  •   Bill Kong, Hsu Li-Kong, Ang Lee
  •   Wang Hui-Ling, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai
  •   Tim Squyres
  •   Wang Jian-Quo
  •   Peter Pau
  •   Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Sihung Lung, Cheng Pei-Pei
  •   Tan Dun
  •   Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, Good Machine International, Edko Films, Zoom Hunt Productions, China Film Co-Production Corp., Asian Union Film & Entertainment Ltd.
  •   2000

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Return to Dust

  Li Ruijun

  China     133 minutes

Synopsis

In this unlikely love story, social outcasts Ma and Guiying are married off to each other —a union of convenience that both families expect to be filled with isolation and misery. Despite such desultory beginnings, husband and wife slowly begin to understand, respect, and depend on one another and, against the odds, create a loving home. Set against a stark backdrop of urbanization, poverty, and worker exploitation, this deceptively simple narrative carries with it a rare humanity and warmth. Commanding landscape photography lends the story an epic scope to create a sweeping meditation on the joys and sorrows of life on the margins.

 Mandarin with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 13 @ 12:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 1:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Li Yan, Zhang Min
  •   Li Ruijun
  •   Li Ruijun
  •   Wang Weihua
  •   Wu Renlin, Hai-Qing
  •   Hucheng No.7 Films
  •   https://filmmovement.com/return-to-dust

Shorts: Best of the Fest

  Various

  Austria, China, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, United States 94 minutes

Synopsis

Otherworldly. Transcendent. Heartwarming. Insightful. Powerful. These six Hugo Award-winning short films have been selected by our juries as the best of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival.

In “The End of Suffering (a proposal)” (Greece), a young  woman’s anxiety attack becomes an intergalactic dialogue with the universe. A young New Jersey native returns to his hometown in “Gramercy” (United States), where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and personal struggle. Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret in “We Have One Heart” (Poland). An essayistic contemplation of the act of desertion within the world of a videogame in “How To Disappear” (Austria). “Tie” (Portgual, France) finds two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape. And “Step Into The River” (China, France) presents a sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

 Chinese, English, French, Greek, Polish with subtitles 

Sponsors

Documentary Program Sponsor

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Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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Striding into the Wind Ye Ma Fen Zong

  Wei Shujun

  China 130 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

Virtual Events

Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director Wei Shujun

Synopsis

Fed up with his final year at film school, skilled sound recordist Kun is searching for something more. He coasts through class, works dead-end jobs, and is constantly at odds with his girlfriend. With a newly minted drivers’ license, an old second-hand Jeep, and his best friend in tow, Kun takes up with a student production and embarks on a journey of self-discovery across China’s lush, varied landscape. Featuring winning performances and directed with a wry emotional clarity, Striding into the Wind is a keenly observed meditation on movies, modern China, and the meandering restlessness of youth.

 Mandarin with subtitles 

Media

“Step Into the River” [Short Film] He An

  Weijia Ma

  China, France 15 minutes

Watch Info

This film is available as part of Shorts 2: Disconnect the Dots (Animation)

Synopsis

A sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

 Chinese with subtitles 

Sponsors

Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Cultural Partner

Logo: French Consulate 268x50