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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Gate of Heavenly Peace, The (two tapes) Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 180min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English

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Description: In June of 1989, student protesters clashed with the Chinese government at Tiananmen Square. The confrontation became one of the milestones of the era -- and the resulting massacre one of its greatest tragedies. In this documentary, directors Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton explore the square's importance as a place for political dissent. They also chronicle the bloody and historic battle that ensued, using rare footage and interviews with those who were there.

Genius that was China, parts I & II, The Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 060min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: China in the 13th century was the richest, most powerful, most technologically advanced civilization on earth. NOVA looks at how China achieved what it did, and what in Chinese politics, culture and economy kept it from doing more. Part one of a four part series. NOVA examines the extraordinary transformation that propelled Europe outward into the world from the 15th to 18th centuries, while China remained the insular middle kingdom. Part two of a four part series.

Genius that was China, parts III & IV, The Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 060min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: East and West came into direct conflict over trade and power in the 19th century. The West won. NOVA explores how Japan was later able to master Western methods, while China was not. Part three of a four part series. NOVA covers China's long road to economic and technological equality with the West, punctuated by frequent setbacks such as the 1989 massacre of pro-democractic demonstrations in Beijing. Part four of a four part series.

Great Wall Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 100min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English and Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: Based on astonishing new archaeological finds and extraordinary first-person accounts, Great Wall of China tells the story of one of the greatest wonders the world has ever known. It's more than 3,000 miles in length and was built in just 20 years by a workforce of nearly two million using technology and construction techniques that continue to inspire awe even today.

Half the Sky: The Women of the Jiang Family Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 050min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: This film explores these changes within the lives of four generations of women in the Jiang family over the last 50 years in China, from the grandmother who was bought by the Jiang family at age 14 to be grandfather's second wife, to her 24-year-old great-granddaughter who works as a sales assistant at the Pierre Cardin boutique in Beijing.

Hibiscus Town Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 164min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: Love, humiliation and politics play out in a distant village of China during the cultural revolution.

Hong Kong Fear Country/Region of Focus: China
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English
Hong Kong Story, The Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 056min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English

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Description: An excellent documentary about Hong Kong's fascinating history right before Hong Kong's 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty.

Human Rights in Asia Country/Region of Focus: China
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English
Images of Power Country/Region of Focus: China
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English