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Films in Mandarin

The Blue Kite (1993) - Banned in China, this film is the most acclaimed and controversial to come out of the new Chinese cinema. Told from the perspective of a young boy, Tietou, it traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors through the political and social upheavals in 1950's and 60's China. DVD or VHS.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) - A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior. DVD or VHS.

Emperor and the Assassin (1999) - Ying Zheng, the King of Qin, has one driving ambition: to unify China's seven kingdoms into one magnificent empire. DVD.

The Emperor's Shadow (1996) - Story of the rise of Ying Zhang, China's first emperor, and of his court musician, Gao Jianli. DVD or VHS.

Frozen (1996) - A young performance artist decides to make his own suicide his last work of art. On the longest day of the year, he melts a huge block of ice with his own body heat and dies of hypothermia. He calls this act of defiance an "ice burial." VHS.

Happy Times (2001) - In an attempt to impress a portly divorcée that has caught his eye, an unemployed factory worker poses as the wealthy manager of a non-existent hotel. Hoping that his fabricated success will lead to holy matrimony, he instead finds himself the guardian of the woman's blind stepdaughter. Now, as the lies get more complicated and the deception more difficult to sustain, the sweet young blind girl and the crazy middle-aged man find themselves forming an emotional friendship that is as touching as it is unlikely. DVD.

Hero (2002) - Long ago, China was divided into seven kingdoms all fighting for supremacy. The King of Qin was most determined to become the first emperor of China. Though many tried to assassinate him, only three inspired fear. The King promised endless wealth and power to anyone who defeats his would-be murderers. No results come until ten years later, when a man called Nameless brought the weapons of the three assassins to the Qin King's palace. Nameless claimed to be an expert swordsman who had defeated all three warriors and had to tell his story to the King. DVD.

The Hole (2000) - Seven days into the 21st century the rain will not let up in Taiwan and a strange disease reaches epic proportions. Tenants of a run-down apartment refuse to leave. The plumber comes to fix a leak and instead leaves a gaping hole through which the tenant spies on his neighbor. DVD.

The King of Masks (1996) - Desperate for his art to survive, the King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals an unexpected secret, their relationship is suddenly tested by both the old man's stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China. DVD.

Lan Feng Zheng (1993) - DVD.

Millennium Mambo (2001) - Working as a hostess in a trendy bar, a young beauty finds herself mercilessly torn betwen two men: Hao-hao, her neurotic and jealous live-in boyfriend, and Jack, the mysterious and enterpirsing gangster who may be her undoing. Chronicles the fleeting, finite blooming of a young woman. DVD.

Not One Less (1999) - A young woman is ordered to a remote Chinese village to be a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television sympathizes does her search bear fruit. DVD or VHS.

Raise the Red Lantern (1991) - Set in 1920's China, 19-year-old Songlian has become Fourth Wife to the wealthy Chen. Yet she must share her husband with three existing wives. Each must wait until dusk for the arrival of a red lantern, which signifies with whome the master will sleep tonight. When Songlian discovers that the other wives cheat to win the red lantern, she decides to join the fight for Chen's attention. VHS.

Red Cherry (1995) - Follows two orphaned Chinese friends as they struggle to survive in the Soviet Union during World War II. VHS.

The River (1997) - A family living separate lives is driven on a quest to alleviate the son's pain after taking a dunk in the polluted Tansui River. DVD.

The Road Home (1999) - As a son helps his mother arrange for the burial of his father in the traditional Chinese custom of his mother's village, the beautiful and touching story of his parent's courtship unfolds. His father was from the city and came to his mother's village to become the schoolmaster. In the days of arranged marriages, the son discovers that his parents marriage was the first marriage based on love. DVD.

Shanghai Triad (1994) - A beautiful prostitute is used as bait between rival gang lords in 1930's Shanghai. DVD or VHS.

Springtime in a Small Town (2002) - In South China, it's the spring of 1946, less than a year since the defeated Japanese withdrew from China. A young woman languishes on the bomb-damaged walls of the small town. The sound of a distant train whistle triggers thoughts of escape. DVD.

Together (2003) - When a shy small-town boy heads to Beijing for violin lessons, he discovers a new world filled with first loves, lasting friendships...and a secret that will change his life forever. DVD.

Vive l'Amour (1996) - Bizarre love triangle in Taipei, Taiwan between a chic real estate agent, a street merchant, and the young gay man who spies on the couple's trysts. DVD.

Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003) - Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, the story follows Lieutenant Li and Japanese emissary Lai Xi, both first-class warriors and master swordsmen. After decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, Lai Xi longs to return to Japan, but is instead sent to the west to chase wanted criminals. His only passport back to Japan is to capture and execute Lieutenant Li, a renegade soldier wanted for leading a violent mutiny when he refused orders to kill female and child prisoners. DVD.

Yi Yi (1999) - This story follows the individual lives of the Jian family. Due to many circumstances, the entire family will have to re-evaluate who they are and what their lives have become. DVD.

Xiu Xiu (1998) - A teen-aged girl named Xiu Xiu is sent down to a remote corner of Tibet for manual labor in 1975. A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp to learn horse herding. DVD.

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