Ju Dou

Ju Dou (菊豆) Director: Zhang Yimou, Yang Fengliang Written: Liu Heng Country: China Year: 1990 “Ju Dou” on Amazon. “Ju Dou” is the brutal and sad story of women’s reality in rural China. It is one of the remarkable, woman-centered … Continue reading

Zhang Yimou "Raise the Red Lantern" poster

Raise the Red Lantern

  Raise the Red Lantern (大红灯笼高高挂) Director: Zhang Yimou Written: Tong Su, Zhen Ni Country: China Year: 1991 “Raise the Red Lantern” was named in a list of “25 movies you must see before you die,” and is considered a … Continue reading


Hero (英雄) Director: Zhang Yimou Written: Feng Li, Bin Wang, Zhang Yimou Country: China, Hong Kong Year: 2002 “Hero” on Amazon. Movie “Hero” is yet another cinematic re-imagination of The First Emperor of China, the King of Qin, Qin Shihuangdi. … Continue reading

Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip “The Warlords” poster

The Warlords

The Warlords (投名狀) Director: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip Written: Chun Tin-nam, Guo Jun-li Country: Hong Kong, China Year: 2007 “The Warlords” on Amazon. Lately China’s mainstream cinema has been all about retelling historical events through visually beautiful action films. … Continue reading