International Studies & Programs

Film Collection

The Asian Studies Center has an extensive collection of fiction and non‑fiction films available to borrow. Visit the center or contact us for more information.

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Black Cannon Incident Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 099min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: On a business trip, lonely Zhao loses a chess piece that is precious to him, but his attempts to recover it prompt a series of unwarranted incidents that impact his job and his life.

Blue Kite, The Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 138min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: In 1950s China, just after Chen Shujuan (Lu Liping) and and her librarian husband, Lin Shaolong (Quanxin Pu), have their first child, Shaolong is unjustly forced into a labor camp as a result of Mao's purges. Shaolong dies during his imprisonment, and Shujuan marries Li Guodong (Li Xuejian). But the family faces dire poverty under the Communist regime, and the malnourished Guodong dies. Shujuan and her now adolescent son, Tietou (Chen Xiaoman), must then stick together to survive.

Breaking the Iron Rice Bowl Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 088min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English
China: A Century of Revolution: China in Revolution 1911-1949 Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 153 min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: China: A Century of Revolution is a six-hour tour de force journey through the country's most tumultuous period. First televised on PBS, this award-winning documentary series presents an astonishingly candid view of a once-secret nation with rare archival footage, insightful historical commentary and stunning eyewitness accounts from citizens who struggled through China's most decisive century. China in Revolution charts the pivotal years from the birth of the new republic to the establishment of the PRC, through foreign invasions, civil war and a bloody battle for power between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek.

China: The Great Leap Forward Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 040min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: In a land of two billion people, this touching portrait of one earnest young man who leaves his struggling rural family to seek his fortune in a big city, represents the life of milions of migrants in China now.

China: Unleashing the Dragon, Hong Kong & the Boom Towns Country/Region of Focus: China
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Examines what may lie ahead for China and Hong Kong and how it will interact with the international cultural and economic community.

China: Unleashing the Dragon, Deng's Legacy Country/Region of Focus: China
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Examines Deng's role in shaping the reformed China.

China: Unleashing the Dragon, The Fragile Rice Bowl Country/Region of Focus: China
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Looks at the impact of economic and generational lines.

China: Unleashing the Dragon: Soul of the Master Country/Region of Focus: China
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Illustrates how changing values and economic pressures are influencing popular culture and long-standing cultural institutions.

China's Cosmopolitan Age: The Tang Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 056min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: The Tang dynasty, known as the golden age of Chinese history, was an era of great cultural development and material prosperity. This video program examines the Tang's vitality in government, art, religion and philosophy, and its profound contribution to the humanistic traditions of China, Korea and Japan.