Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a Chinese-language film in the wuxia style, released in 2000. A China-Hong Kong-Taiwan-United States co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of ethnic Chinese actors, including Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. The movie was based on the fourth novel in a pentalogy, known in China as the Crane-Iron Pentalogy, by wuxia novelist Wang Dulu.
Raise the Red Lantern is an award-winning 1991 Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-produced film, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. It is an adaption by Ni Zhen of the 1990 novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong. The film was later adapted into an acclaimed ballet of the same title by the National Ballet of China, also directed by Zhang. Set in the 1920s, the film tells the story of a young woman who becomes one of the concubines of a wealthy man during the Warlord Era.
Farewell My Concubine, a 1993 Chinese film directed by Chen Kaige, is one of the central works of the Fifth Generation movement that brought Chinese film directors to world attention. Similar to other Fifth Generation films like To Live and The Blue Kite, Farewell My Concubine explores the effect of China's political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families, and groups, in this case, two stars in a Peking opera troupe and the woman who comes between them.
Shanghai Noon is a 2000 action-martial arts-adventure-comedy-western film starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Directed by Tom Dey, it was written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The movie, set in Nevada and other parts of the west in the 19th century, is a buxtaposition or juxtachief of a western with a kung fu action movie with extended martial arts sequences.
The Red Violin, is a 1998 Canadian drama film. It spans three centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a violin and its many owners. The film was an international co-production between companies in Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Kill Bill is a two-part action thriller film released in 2003 and 2004 by writer-director Quentin Tarantino, and starring Uma Thurman as The Bride. Originally conceived as one film, it was released in two 'volumes' due to its running time of approximately four hours.
Lan Yu is also the Chinese name for Orchid Island. Lan Yu is a gay-themed Chinese film by Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan in 2001. This movie is based on a popular cyber story in China called Beijing story. The film is one of a number from recent East Asian cinema for its very frank depiction of its subject matter, the forthcoming 2010 Hong Kong release (although made in 2009) Amphetamine, and the East Asian-themed US film Under One Roof.
The Wedding Banquet, is a 1993 film about a gay Taiwanese immigrant man who marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents arrive in the United States to plan his wedding banquet. The film was directed by Ang Lee and stars Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein, May Chin, Ah Lei Gua, Dion Birney, Sihung Lung, and others.
Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts/buddy cop film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour film series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker who respectively reprise their roles as Inspector Lee and Los Angeles police detective James Carter. The film finds Carter, Hannah and Lee embroiled in a counterfeit scam involving the Triads.
Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin is a 1978 Hong Kong action film directed by Chen Chi Hwa and starring Jackie Chan. It was released by the Lo Wei Motion Picture Company, a subsidiary of Golden Harvest. Along with Tu Wi Ho, Chan was also the film's stunt co-ordinator.
The Emperor and the Assassin is a 1998 Chinese historical romance film. The film was directed by Chen Kaige and stars Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Li Xuejian, and Zhou Xun (in her feature film debut). The film was well received critically and won the Technical Prize at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. It was the most expensive Chinese film made at the time, costing $20 million.
Temptress Moon is a 1996 Chinese film directed by Chen Kaige. It was jointly produced by the Shanghai Film Studio and the Taipei-based Tomson Films. The film saw Chen reuniting with Leslie Cheung and Gong Li who had previously worked with him in his breakout international hit Farewell My Concubine Temptress Moon premiered at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it was in competition for the Palme d'Or that eventually went to Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies.
Eat Drink Man Woman is a Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee and starring Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, Chien-lien Wu, Kuei-mei Yang. Many of the cast had starred in Ang Lee's previous film, The Wedding Banquet with Sihung Lung and Ah Lei Gua once more playing central elderly figures, and Winston Chao. The film was released in 1994. The film was a critical success. The 2001 movie Tortilla Soup is a re-make.
Shanghai Triad is a 1995 Chinese film, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. The film is set in the criminal underworld of 1930s Shanghai, Republic of China and spans seven days. The Shanghai Triad's Chinese title roughly translates as "Row the boat to Grandma Bridge" and is based on a traditional Chinese lullaby.
The Emperor's Shadow is a 1996 film made in the People's Republic of China by the Xi'an Film Studio. It was directed by Zhou Xiaowen, with script written by Lu Wei. The film was the most expensive made in China at the time of its release.
Come Drink with Me is a 1966 martial arts-action film directed by King Hu. Set during the Ming Dynasty, it stars Cheng Pei-Pei and Elliot Ngok as warriors with Chan Hung Lit as the villan, and features fight choreography by Han Ying-Chieh. It is widely considered one of the best Hong Kong movies ever made.
Warriors of Heaven and Earth is a 2003 Chinese action/adventure film directed by He Ping. The film's notable cinematography, by Zhao Fei, captures a wide range of landscapes across the Xinjiang province of China. It was China's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, though it did not get nominated.
The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts action film. The Big Boss was Bruce Lee's first major film. Initially, the star of the film was intended to be James Tien, but Lee's strong performance relegated Tien, then a major star in Hong Kong, to second billing. His success in this film made Bruce Lee a star across Asia.
The Game of Death was the film Bruce Lee had planned to be the demonstration piece of his martial art Jeet Kune Do. Over 100 minutes of footage was shot before his death, some of which was later misplaced in the Golden Harvest archives, and has not yet been recovered (such as one fighter attacking Dan Inosanto with a thin log).
Fist of Fury (simplified Chinese: 精武门; traditional Chinese: 精武門; pinyin: Jīng Wǔ Mén; formerly known as The Iron Hand & The Chinese Connection in the United States, is a Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Lo Wei in 1972. It starred Bruce Lee in his second major film after The Big Boss. Bruce Lee plays Chen Zhen, a fictional student of Huo Yuanjia, who fights to defend the honour of the Chinese and to bring to justice those responsible for his master's death.
Way of the Dragon is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Bruce Lee. It was the third major film starring the martial arts legend. In addition to directing the film, Bruce Lee has the leading role and is also the scriptwriter. Unlike his other films, all of which are action-dramas, Way of the Dragon is essentially an action comedy.
Purple Butterfly is a 2003 Chinese film, directed by Lou Ye. It is Lou's third film after Weekend Lover and Suzhou River. It stars Chinese mainland actors, Zhang Ziyi, Liu Ye and Li Bingbing, as well as Japanese actor Tôru Nakamura. The film premiered on May 23, 2003 at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and was given a limited release in New York City the following year on November 26, 2004.
Not One Less is a 1999 dramatic film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, adapted from Shi Xiangsheng's 1997 story "A Sun in the Sky" . It was released by China Film Group Corporation in mainland China, and by Sony Pictures Classics and Columbia Tristar internationally. Set in the People's Republic of China during the 1990s, the film centers on a 13-year-old substitute teacher, Wei Minzhi, in the Chinese countryside.