Documentary

List of Documentary movies from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan: posters, images, info, trailers, actors, directors, and more.

Poster for the movie "Dream Empire"

Dream Empire

Yana is a 24-year-old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her “Chinese Dream.” Drawn by the glamour and easy riches of China’s historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help Chinese real estate developers market their new developments. But this business takes a dubious turn as her foreigners are increasingly used in a surreal effort to turn remote rural ghost towns into “globalized booming cities” on the … Read more

Beijing beseiged by waste

Beijing Besieged by Waste

Photographer Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, fearlessly documenting Beijing’s unholy cycle of consumption through poignant observational visits with the scavengers who live and work in the dumps. While China’s economic ascent commands global attention, less light has been shed upon the monumental problem of waste spawned by a burgeoning population, booming industry, and insatiable urban growth. Award-winning photographer Wang Jiuliang focuses his lens upon the grim spectacle of waste, excrement, detritus, and … Read more

Doris & Hong poster

Doris & Hong

Doris, a 70-year-old Italian retiree, was born in Eritrea to an Italian family during the Italian colonial period. Hong, a 23-year-old Chinese girl, grew up in the economic boom of China. Having been accepted to an art school in Rome, Hong flew to Rome, and is being housed at Doris’ spare room. It is her first time out of China. Both women considered the living arrangement temporary, lasting for a few months to a year, … Read more

Poster for the movie "Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey"

Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey

Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee’s last (unfinished) film, Game of Death, Little paints a textured, complex portrait of the world’s most famous action hero

Poster for the movie "Protagonist"

Protagonist

Jessica Yu’s documentary explores the relationship between human life and Euripidean dramatic structure by weaving together the stories of four men: German terrorist, a bank robber, an “ex-gay” evangelist, and a martial arts student.

Poster for the movie "Paths of the Soul"

Paths of the Soul

Poster for the movie "Paths of the Soul"

Paths of the Soul (2015)

115 min - - 10 September 2015
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Paths of the Soul documents the simplicity of spiritual life on the world’s highest plateau, where the rarefied air makes each and every humble gesture an arduous task.

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Paths of the Soul documents the simplicity of spiritual life on the world’s highest plateau, where the rarefied air makes each and every humble gesture an arduous task.


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Country:   China
Release Date:  10 September 2015

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Runtime:  1 h 55 min

Docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet.

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Poster for the movie "The Master"

The Master

A Thai documentary about ‘Van VDO’ , the VHS shop in 1990s. The shop established the independent cinema scene for Thai audience by selling VHS of American, European, and Asian indie films. However, all of them are pirate and illegal.

Poster for the movie "The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories"

The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories

The Wages of Resistance is a feature-length documentary film that portrays an “extended span of time” of the protests against building Narita International Airport which have continued from the 1960’s to today through documenting monologues of those whose lives were twisted by the movement.

Poster for the movie "On the Hunting Ground"

On the Hunting Ground

On the Hunting Ground made by Tian Zhuangzhuang at the invitation of the Inner Mongolia Film Studio. After living for a month with the Mongolians on the grasslands in preparation for the film, he drastically changed the script given to him by the studio. The original story centered around the themes of male dominance and jealousy with a complicated plot; in Tian’s film, the narrative element practically disappears. Insofar as a narrative centre exists, it … Read more

An Estranged Paradise

Shot in 1997 and premiered at Documenta XI in 2002, An Estranged Paradise displays many of Yang’s signature motifs — crisp black-and-white 35mm cinematography, storylines that blur contemporaneity with traditional stylistics, homages to/revisions of genre cinema akin to the early work of his influences Jean-Luc Godard and Jim Jarmusch — while also reflecting his early studies as a painter, notably in a prologue that muses on the traditional methods and subjectivity of Chinese landscape painting. … Read more

Poster for the movie "Journey to the South Pacific"

Journey to the South Pacific

An underwater voyage to Indonesia to learn about its inhabitants such as giant rays and whale sharks as well as efforts being made in the region for ocean conservation.

Poster for the movie "Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer"

Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer

Step into the extraordinary life of a Chinese immigrant who overcame the challenges to achieve the American dream. This biography follows the path of a young boy who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through kung fu training. He escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out on his own, and embraces opportunity in a new land. The now highly recognized Grandmaster Pui Chan is one of the pioneers responsible for bringing … Read more

Man Made Place

China is currently marked by a phase of rapidly growing urbanization. The film in this context deals with two particular cities. Yum en a derelict ghost town and Or dos a mythic city of the future,both are deserted. They exist because of completely different reasons. The film shows through impressive images how these two cities and the relation of inhabitants to these cities are developing in China in times of urban growth.

Poster for the movie "Let the Bullets Fly"

Let the Bullets Fly

Set in China during the Warlords Period of the1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang, himself a small-time imposter. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.

Poster for the movie "River People"

River People

He Jianjun follows fishermen on the banks of the Yellow River in the Shanxi Province. Partly in documentary form, partly as fiction, River People shows traditional life as it passes the generations, calm and irreversible as the river itself, apparently unaffected by economic changes in the city. People live without medical care, social provisions, without tax. It’s about the cousins and best friends Baowa and Laba (who sometimes tell the story). An old uncle, who … Read more

Poster for the movie "Timber Gang"

Timber Gang

Yu Guangyi’s stunning debut explores a grueling winter amongst loggers in Northeast China as they employ traditional practices through one last, fateful expedition. For generations, the lumberjacks of Heilongjiang, China have made their living harvesting timber amidst a barren, wintry landscape. These woodcutters confront the elements, living in makeshift cabins surrounded by snow and ice. Hand tools, sleds and horses are the only technology they employ to drag massive trees down the perilous slopes of … Read more

Poster for the movie "Struggle"

Struggle

This powerful documentary explores the cruel realities of sweatshop labor and workplace injury in China, and one lawyer’s mission to defend worker’s rights.

Poster for the movie "Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet"

Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

Ten Minutes Older is a 2002 film project consisting of two compilation feature films entitled The Trumpet and The Cello. The project was conceived by the producer Nicolas McClintock as a reflection on the theme of time at the turn of the Millennium. Fifteen celebrated film-makers were invited to create their own vision of what time means in ten minutes of film.