Li Yu

Li Yu, 李玉. Born on 2.12.1973 in Shandong Province in China, she began working as a television presenter at a local TV station at the age of 16. After moving to Beijing, she worked as an announcer on television and began making documentaries. She devised a documentary series, LIFE SPACE for the national state channel CCTV, for which she directed numerous contributions. She took up screen play and short story writing and, in the year 2000, she made her feature film debut, JIN NIAN XIA TIAN, which she presented in the Forum section of the Berlinale in 2002.

Poster for the movie "Ever Since We Love"

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.

Dam Street

Loneliness, saving face, and public mores. In 1983 in China, Yun is a bright schoolgirl who gets pregnant. She’s expelled, her boyfriend leaves town, and her mother arranges the baby’s adoption, telling Yun the child died at birth. Ten years later, Yun sings pop songs in a dive, takes the occasional married lover, and lives with her mother, a teacher. The mother tutors a student, Xiao-yong, a lad of ten, who becomes attached to Yun. … Read more

Double Xposure

When Song Qi stumbles upon her boyfriend’s affair with her best friend, her life quickly starts falling apart and she is subsequently drawn into a quicksand of revenge and murder. Though all is not as it seems and Song Qi will have to embark on a twisted journey into her past and the very depths of her own mind

Buddha Mountain

Ding Bo (Chen Po Lin, think a young Takeshi Kaneshiro before the surgeries) and his friends Nan Feng (Fan Bingbing) and Fei Zao aka Fatso (Fei Long) are a trio of 20-something outsider-y types that have no intention of sitting exams and getting into universities. When they need a new home for assorted reasons, they answer an ad placed by lonely, retired Chinese opera singer Chang Yue Qin (the awesome-as-usual Sylvia Chang), who is mourning … Read more

Lost in Beijing

A look at modern-day life in China’s capital centered on a ménage-a-quatre involving a young woman, her boss, her husband and her boss’s wife. Massage girl Pingguo (Apple) (The stunning Fan Bingbing) lives in a cramped apartment with her bad-tempered window cleaner husband Kun (Tong Dawei), barely eking by on their miniscule pay. When Pingguo gets raped by her boss Lin (Tony Leung) one afternoon, Kun, who is washing the windows of the building, witnesses … Read more

Fish and Elephant

The story follows the elephant keeper in the Beijing Zoo who maintains an aquarium of fish in her home (hence the two-animal title), and her lesbian lover, a fabric saleswoman in an outdoor market. Her relationship is tested, however, when her recently divorced mother returns to town in the hope of setting her daughter up in marriage. Further complicating matters is one of Xiaoqun’s ex-lovers also returning to her life with the law in pursuit.