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Poster for the movie "Before Next Spring"

Before Next Spring

Where is home? For a group of Chinese students studying and working in Tokyo, it might be the Nankokute restaurant whose manager has been in Japan for years without ever managing to obtain a residence permit. The cook left his family in China and hasn’t yet managed to have them brought over to join him and one waiter’s father is sick while the other’s is a violent alcoholic. An engaging fresco of everyday life with … Read more

First Night Nerves

Yuan Xiuling, a former star and has-been actress plans to return to the spotlight of the theater a year after her philandering husband died. She decides to star in Two Sisters, written and directed by transwoman An Ouyang. But, her biggest rival, He Yuwen, a rising actress, also stars in the play. Yuwen plans her theatrical debut through it. During the preparation of the play, such a drama unfolds at the backstage as much as … Read more

Nice View

Jing Hao, 20, moved to Shenzhen by himself to live with his younger sister. The siblings have a comfortable but limited existence. Jing Hao gets a chance by chance to pay for his sister’s pricey surgery, hoping that a better life is on the way, but he suddenly encounters a significant setback.

The Calming

A film director wanders the world alone after breaking up with her boyfriend, finally gaining inner peace.

So Long, My Son

The changes in Chinese society from the 1950s to the ’80s, as experienced by two families.

Someone To Talk To

An adaptation of Liu Zhenyun’s award-winning novel One Sentence Worth Ten Thousand, produced by Bill Kong. The novel, which won the Mao Dun Literature Prize after it was published in 2008, revolves around a divorced woman and her married younger brother and deals with loneliness and alienation in contemporary Chinese society. The film marks the feature debut of award-winning short filmmaker Liu Yulin, who is adapting her father’s work. A New York University film graduate, … Read more

Ever Since We Love

The film “Ever Since We Love”, directed by Li Yu, is based on the novel of the same title. The story depicts the life of a medical school student who grows through his experience of love and friendship.

Mystery

A sexually intense thriller set in the colossal city of Wuhan in eastern China, which the director portrays as an unimaginably gigantic forest of featureless skyscrapers, their summits lost in the smog. The film has touches of Chabrol–and even a weird hint of Fatal Attraction–and also offers a sly satirical perspective on modern China’s new rush to capitalist riches and bourgeois prosperity… [We are introduced] to the comfortable, placid domestic world of Yongzhao (Qin Hao), … Read more