Movies by Release Date: 2018 − Letter A

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Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Crime, Romance, Drama - 31 December 2018
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In 2001, in the impoverished Chinese industrial city of Datong, a young dancer named Qiao falls in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, Qiao fires a shot to protect Bin and subsequently gets sentenced to five years in prison. Upon her release, Qiao goes looking for Bin to try and start all over again.

Director:  Jia Zhangke

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In 2001, in the impoverished Chinese industrial city of Datong, a young dancer named Qiao falls in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, Qiao fires a shot to protect Bin and subsequently gets sentenced to five years in prison. Upon her release, Qiao goes looking for Bin to try and start all over again.


Collections: Jia Zhangke

Tagline: A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Genres: Crime, Romance, Drama

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Country:   Japan,   China,   France
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  31 December 2018

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Production Companies:  Office Kitano, Xstream Pictures, MK2 Production

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A Cool Fish (2018)

108 min - Comedy, Thriller - 15 November 2018
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Cop-turned-security guard Ma Xianyong finds himself in a criminal twilight zone when two unrelated events turn his world upside down. The mysterious disappearance of his boss has implications for his financial security. Even more perilous is the abduction of his paralyzed sister who, unknown to Ma, makes a morbid deal with her captors.

Director:  Xiaozhi Rao

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Cop-turned-security guard Ma Xianyong finds himself in a criminal twilight zone when two unrelated events turn his world upside down. The mysterious disappearance of his boss has implications for his financial security. Even more perilous is the abduction of his paralyzed sister who, unknown to Ma, makes a morbid deal with her captors.


Collections: Xiaozhi Rao

Tagline: Life is a Drama. Smile and Live with it.

Genres: Comedy, Thriller

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Official Website:  http://www.ChinaLionFilm.com
Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  15 November 2018

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Production Companies:  Emperor Motion Pictures

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Runtime:  1 h 48 min

A First Farewell (2018)

86 min - Drama - 29 October 2018
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Lina Wang's directorial debut is a poem to her hometown, portraying a Muslim farmboy’s relationship with his deaf-mute mother, his friendship with a girl, and his parting from them.

Director:  Lina Wang

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Lina Wang's directorial debut is a poem to her hometown, portraying a Muslim farmboy’s relationship with his deaf-mute mother, his friendship with a girl, and his parting from them.


Collections: Lina Wang

Genres: Drama

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Country:   China
Language:  普通话, Uyghur
Release Date:  29 October 2018

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Runtime:  1 h 26 min

Ala Changso (2018)

109 min - Drama - 26 October 2018
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A touching story about Tibetan people’s pilgrimage to Lhasa. Drolma (Nyima Sungsung) surprises her gruff but loving husband Dorje (Yungdrung Gyal) with her plan take a pilgrimage to Lhasa — a gruelling, year-long voyage. Norbu, her sulky, defiant son from a previous marriage, insists on coming along. A moving family drama unfolds even as a revelation shocks everyone to the core. Winner of the Grand Jury and Screenwriting prizes at the Shanghai Film Festival. Ala Changso, from Tibetan filmmaker Sonthar Gyal (The Sun Beaten Path), is meditative and transcendent. It puts the audience in the shoes of the pilgrim, who at every three steps, claps three times with wooden boards strapped to her hands, then lies face down on the road. The film uses this extreme act of devotion as a catalyst to confront emotional truths suppressed by its protagonists, who emerge as excruciatingly human in their capacity to hold on to pain, but also to heal.

Director:  Sonthar Gyal
Writers:  Sonthar Gyal, Tashi Dawa

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A touching story about Tibetan people’s pilgrimage to Lhasa. Drolma (Nyima Sungsung) surprises her gruff but loving husband Dorje (Yungdrung Gyal) with her plan take a pilgrimage to Lhasa — a gruelling, year-long voyage. Norbu, her sulky, defiant son from a previous marriage, insists on coming along. A moving family drama unfolds even as a revelation shocks everyone to the core. Winner of the Grand Jury and Screenwriting prizes at the Shanghai Film Festival. Ala Changso, from Tibetan filmmaker Sonthar Gyal (The Sun Beaten Path), is meditative and transcendent. It puts the audience in the shoes of the pilgrim, who at every three steps, claps three times with wooden boards strapped to her hands, then lies face down on the road. The film uses this extreme act of devotion as a catalyst to confront emotional truths suppressed by its protagonists, who emerge as excruciatingly human in their capacity to hold on to pain, but also to heal.


Collections: Sonthar Gyal

Genres: Drama

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Country:   China
Release Date:  26 October 2018

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Runtime:  1 h 49 min

At Last (2018)

90 min - Action, Comedy - 20 October 2018
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When a busy Beijing couple struggling with their relationship decide to holiday in Australia and focus on conceiving a baby, they suddenly find themselves caught in the middle of a complex art heist, leading them on a dangerous yet hilarious journey.

Director:  Liu Yiwei
Writers:  Liu Yiwei

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When a busy Beijing couple struggling with their relationship decide to holiday in Australia and focus on conceiving a baby, they suddenly find themselves caught in the middle of a complex art heist, leading them on a dangerous yet hilarious journey.


Collections: Liu Yiwei

Genres: Action, Comedy

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Country:   Australia
Language:  English
Release Date:  20 October 2018

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Production Companies:  Monumental Films, Rodman Films, Story Bridge Films

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Runtime:  1 h 30 min

A True Believer (2018)

66 min - Documentary - 22 July 2018
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A filmmaker embeds himself with an anti-smuggling task force but is eventually compelled to examine himself instead.

Director:  Liu Xiaolei
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A filmmaker embeds himself with an anti-smuggling task force but is eventually compelled to examine himself instead.


Collections: Liu Xiaolei

Genres: Documentary

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Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  22 July 2018

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Runtime:  1 h 06 min

A or B (2018)

110 min - Crime, Thriller - 28 April 2018
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A young business elite Xiaonian Zhong, was imprisoned in a house! Everyday, a mysterious man will reveal one of his darkest secrets to the world. At the same time, his wife, friends and business partners were all been dragged into this incident one after another. Being imprisoned, how will Zhong combat this challenging situation? How will he escape from the house and fight the mysterious man and complete the salvation?

Director:  Pengyuan Ren
Writers:  Pengyuan Ren

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A young business elite Xiaonian Zhong, was imprisoned in a house! Everyday, a mysterious man will reveal one of his darkest secrets to the world. At the same time, his wife, friends and business partners were all been dragged into this incident one after another. Being imprisoned, how will Zhong combat this challenging situation? How will he escape from the house and fight the mysterious man and complete the salvation?


Genres: Crime, Thriller

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Official Website:  http://aorbmovie.com
Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  28 April 2018

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Runtime:  1 h 50 min

Amazing China (2018)

90 min - Documentary, Propaganda - 2 March 2018
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A propaganda documentary film for the Communist Party of China. Amazing China is a 2018 Chinese documentary film that displays China's achievements in science, technology, industry, and poverty reduction since Xi Jinping took power of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 2012.

Director:  Tie Wei
Stars:  Xi Jinping

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A propaganda documentary film for the Communist Party of China. Amazing China is a 2018 Chinese documentary film that displays China's achievements in science, technology, industry, and poverty reduction since Xi Jinping took power of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 2012.


Collections: Tie Wei

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Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  2 March 2018

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Production Companies:  CCTV

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Runtime:  1 h 30 min

An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

230 min - Drama - 16 February 2018
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In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, locals speak of an elephant who just sits there, never moving or responding. The story becomes a fixation for the characters in this film, who long to escape from the lives in which they find themselves. Chinese filmmaker Bo Hu’s ambitious and critically acclaimed debut feature takes place over the course of one day and focuses on various people left behind in China’s reach towards ongoing economic advancement. The story centres on a group of disaffected young people living in a city where the prospect of career or personal fulfilment seem remote. The political is always the personal in this epic tale of the need for security and redemption. Tragically, Bo Hu’s stirring first film is also his last - he ended his own life at the age of 29.

Director:  Hu Bo

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In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, locals speak of an elephant who just sits there, never moving or responding. The story becomes a fixation for the characters in this film, who long to escape from the lives in which they find themselves. Chinese filmmaker Bo Hu’s ambitious and critically acclaimed debut feature takes place over the course of one day and focuses on various people left behind in China’s reach towards ongoing economic advancement. The story centres on a group of disaffected young people living in a city where the prospect of career or personal fulfilment seem remote. The political is always the personal in this epic tale of the need for security and redemption. Tragically, Bo Hu’s stirring first film is also his last - he ended his own life at the age of 29.


Collections: Hu Bo

Genres: Drama

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Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  16 February 2018

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Runtime:  3 h 50 min

A Better Tomorrow (2018)

NR 113 min - Drama, Action, Crime - 18 January 2018
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A former smuggler attempts to start his life anew and repair his relationship with his estranged brother after his release from prison.

Director:  Ding Sheng

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A former smuggler attempts to start his life anew and repair his relationship with his estranged brother after his release from prison.


Collections: Ding Sheng

Tagline: United as brothers. Divided by revenge.

Genres: Drama, Action, Crime

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Country:   China
Language:  Japanese, 普通话
Release Date:  18 January 2018

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Production Companies:  Beijing Jingxi Culture, Sparkle Roll Media

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Runtime:  1 h 53 min

Asura (2018)

Fantasy - 1 January 2018
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An epic fantasy loosely based on Buddhist mythology, it is set in the mythical realm of Asura — the dimension of pure desire which is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom. Asura is China's most expensive film, but it is also China's biggest box office flop.

Director:  Peng Zhang

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An epic fantasy loosely based on Buddhist mythology, it is set in the mythical realm of Asura — the dimension of pure desire which is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom. Asura is China's most expensive film, but it is also China's biggest box office flop.


Collections: Peng Zhang

Tagline: The Realm of Desire, The Beginning of a Legend

Genres: Fantasy

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Country:   China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 2018

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Budget:  $100

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Production Companies:  Alibaba Pictures Group

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