Movies by Release Date: 2004 − Letter A

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Ab-normal Beauty (2004)

97 min - Horror - 4 November 2004
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Jiney is a popular art and photography student, but despite winning an award, she remains unhappy with her work. After photographing the aftermath of a fatal car accident, she finds herself obsessed with death. Suffering from morbid thoughts, flashbacks of an incident from her youth when she was sexually abused by some young boys start to appear.

Director:  Oxide Pang Chun
Writers:  Oxide Pang Chun, Thomas Pang

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Jiney is a popular art and photography student, but despite winning an award, she remains unhappy with her work. After photographing the aftermath of a fatal car accident, she finds herself obsessed with death. Suffering from morbid thoughts, flashbacks of an incident from her youth when she was sexually abused by some young boys start to appear.


Collections: Oxide Pang Chun

Genres: Horror

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  4 November 2004

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Runtime:  1 h 37 min

An Estranged Paradise (2004)

76 min - Documentary - 1 November 2004
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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. Set in the city of Hangzhou (where Yang had studied at the China Academy of Fine Art), the film takes as its focal point a restless young man, Zhu Zi, following him as he aimlessly wanders through the city. Through a series of distinct vignettes, Yang depicts Zhu Zi's inability to find comfort in friends, lovers or environment as a reflection of the existential difficulty of China's "nameless generation," cast adrift during the rapid changes at the turn of the millennium.

Director:  Yang Fudong
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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. Set in the city of Hangzhou (where Yang had studied at the China Academy of Fine Art), the film takes as its focal point a restless young man, Zhu Zi, following him as he aimlessly wanders through the city. Through a series of distinct vignettes, Yang depicts Zhu Zi's inability to find comfort in friends, lovers or environment as a reflection of the existential difficulty of China's "nameless generation," cast adrift during the rapid changes at the turn of the millennium.


Collections: Yang Fudong

Genres: Documentary

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Country:   China
Release Date:  1 November 2004

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Runtime:  1 h 16 min

A-1 Headline (2004)

95 min - Drama, Action, Thriller, Romance - 9 September 2004
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Ling is a fashion columnist whose ex-boyfriend died in a car accident. Debt collectors Fei and Ma are eyewitnesses on the scene and Fei is certain that Peter's death is more than just an accident. The weird and suspicious act that news Chief Editor Tsang recently displays convinces Ling of what Fei says. Ling pleads for the assistance of both Fei and Ma. With newspaper photographer Kei also volunteering to help, the quartet embanks on a journey to track down the truth. How much truth will tomorrow's headline news reveal?

Writers:  Gordon Chan, Rico Chung Kai-Cheong

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Ling is a fashion columnist whose ex-boyfriend died in a car accident. Debt collectors Fei and Ma are eyewitnesses on the scene and Fei is certain that Peter's death is more than just an accident. The weird and suspicious act that news Chief Editor Tsang recently displays convinces Ling of what Fei says. Ling pleads for the assistance of both Fei and Ma. With newspaper photographer Kei also volunteering to help, the quartet embanks on a journey to track down the truth. How much truth will tomorrow's headline news reveal?



Tagline: Never Let the Truth Become the Headline

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  English, Cantonese
Release Date:  9 September 2004

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Runtime:  1 h 35 min

Astonishing (2004)

88 min - Mystery, Thriller - 13 May 2004
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Mandy's life turns upside down after getting into a car accident.

Director:  Herman Yau
Writers:  Herman Yau

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Mandy's life turns upside down after getting into a car accident.


Collections: Herman Yau

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  13 May 2004

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Production Companies:  Phaedra Image Limited

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Runtime:  1 h 28 min

A World Without Thieves (2004)

113 min - Action, Drama - 1 January 2004
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Two grifters, Wang Bo and Wang Li, a couple who've been arguing, board a train in rural China. He wants to fleece a peasant, nicknamed Dumbo for his naiveté, who's carrying 60,000 yuan and trusts everyone. She wants to protect the hick kid, an act of expiation brought on by prayer and a visit to a temple. Also on board are one of more sets of thieves, including a calculating boss and his femme fatale. The boss wants to recruit Wang Bo, and a series of contests ensue, with the potential of turning deadly. While Li guards Dumbo from Bo and the others, can she and Bo sort out their relationship? And can Dumbo's simple spirituality touch anyone else?

Director:  Feng Xiaogang

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Two grifters, Wang Bo and Wang Li, a couple who've been arguing, board a train in rural China. He wants to fleece a peasant, nicknamed Dumbo for his naiveté, who's carrying 60,000 yuan and trusts everyone. She wants to protect the hick kid, an act of expiation brought on by prayer and a visit to a temple. Also on board are one of more sets of thieves, including a calculating boss and his femme fatale. The boss wants to recruit Wang Bo, and a series of contests ensue, with the potential of turning deadly. While Li guards Dumbo from Bo and the others, can she and Bo sort out their relationship? And can Dumbo's simple spirituality touch anyone else?


Collections: Feng Xiaogang

Genres: Action, Drama

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Country:   China,   Hong Kong
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 2004

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Runtime:  1 h 53 min

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