Zhao Dan

Poster for the movie "The Life of Wu Xun"

The Life of Wu Xun

The life-story of Wu Xun, a beggar in the Qing dynasty who set up free schools for poor children.

Poster for the movie "Crossroads"

Crossroads

Four students in Shanghai have recently finished university. All are unemployed. Xu contemplates suicide but his friend Zhao talks him out of it. Zhao lives in a shabby room with just a flimsy wall of planks separating him from the room behind. Miss Yang, in town to take a factory job, moves in behind. Her nails into the wall knock Zhao’s photos down. The unseen neighbours start playing tit for tat… Zhao gets a job … Read more

Poster for the movie "Red Crag"

Red Crag

A taut wartime thriller, Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame anticipates the paranoia and violence of the imminent Cultural Revolution while harking back to the aesthetic splendour of the Golden Age Shanghai cinema of the late 1940s. (This opulence is largely due to the work of cinematographer Zhu Jinming, the master visual stylist of Shangrao Concentration Camp and other key “Seventeen Years” films.) The film concerns a hard-boiled woman working in the Chongqing Communist underground … Read more