China, the 1990s. A young bookseller is in love with a woman. The woman is now with another guy, a rich man. The rich man sends his people to beat the bookseller. In the fight, the laptop computer from a man looking at the scene gets broken. Who will pay for the computer? The bookseller wants revenge. Will it be useful? The bookseller and the laptop owner are from different ages and classes. They are … Read more
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
Tracing the fascinating, real-life saga of one of China’s most revered composers, master storyteller Teng Wenji sweeps us into China’s intellectual and artistic coming of age during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). As a young composer, Zhao Liming (Shao Bing) struggles with a constellation of opposing forces: personal ambitions vs. communal obligation, romantic love vs. loyal friendship, modern music vs. traditional.