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Director Xie Jin's classic charts the relationship between two stage actresses, performed by Xie Fang and Cao Yindi, from 1935 to 1950 as the country goes through major political changes.
Adaptation of Cultural Revolution era model ballet opera features virtuosic and ecstatic dance sequences by revolutionary heroines.
A directorial and acting debut for Zhang Yimou and Gong Li, respectively, the film catapulted both to international stardom. The film is an adaptation of novel by 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan.
Renowned director Wong Kar Wai takes the martial arts period genre to a new height with this visual feast set in a vast desert where lone warriors and forsaken women roam while being perpetually trapped in devastating memories.
The life, death, love, and pain of Chinese silent cinema starlet Ruan Lingyu is brought to life in this biopic featuring an unflinching performance by Maggie Cheung.
Made a decade after the Cultural Revolution with Liu Xiaoqing and Jiang Wen in the title roles, the film charts the political trajectory of a nation through the experiences of small town individuals.
Li Lili plays a young village girl who arrives in Shanghai to discover the cruelty of life in this 1933 silent classic.
Chinese silent cinema starlet Ruan Lingyu plays a modern and independent single mother. Her life is completely altered when her child falls ill.
Ruan Lingyu, the "Chinese Greta Garbo," plays an impoverished single mother who fights for survival in 1930s Shanghai in this silent classic.
Nov 9 to Dec 8: Film series celebrates the most significant screen divas in the history of Chinese cinema, beginning with the silent period.