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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In the Mood for Love Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 098min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: In 1962, journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his wife move into a Hong Kong apartment, but Chow's spouse is often away on business. Before long, the lonely Chow makes the acquaintance of the alluring Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk), whose own significant other also seems preoccupied with work. As the two friends realize their respective partners are cheating on them, they begin to fall for one another; however, neither wants to stoop to the level of the unfaithful spouses.

Journey to the Western Xia Empire Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 110min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: In the 11th century a woman (Badema) follows a band of nomadic horsemen after they kidnap 10 male babies from her village.

King of Masks, The Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 101min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: In 1930s China, aging street performer Wang (Zhu Xu) yearns for a male heir to inherit the secrets of his renowned magical act. Though he refuses an offer to join the opera, he heeds the advice of female-impersonating opera star Liang (Zhang Zhigang) to find an heir. Wang soon buys an 8-year-old orphan named Doggie (Zhou Renying). When his new heir reveals a desperate secret, Wang must choose between following the strictures of society and the fatherly love he feels for his new protégé.

Life on a String Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 107min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: The master musician (Liu Zhongyuan) and his young apprentice, Shitou (Huang Lei), are traveling through the demanding mountainous region of western China. They're also both blind. The master was given a sanxian as a child and told that his sight would be restored after he broke his 1,000th string, and he's currently on string 995. Shitou, however, seems to be more interested in Lanxiu (Xu Qing), the beautiful young villager he meets on his journey.

Not One Less Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 106min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: In a poverty-stricken village, a teacher goes away for a month and leaves a barely literate teenage girl (Minzhi Wei) in his place.

Red River Valley Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 120min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

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Description: A Chinese woman (Ying Zhen), an interpreter and a horseman (Shao Bing) encounter British imperialists in Tibet.

Rhapsody of Spring Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 120min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: In a film based on a true story, Zhao Liming (Shao Bing) is an aspiring composer seeking to discover his own voice amid the artistic explosion of China's Cultural Revolution. Fascinated by the sounds of his people, Liming scours his homeland to archive and preserve as much of its music as he can, sacrificing his personal life in the process. Finally, with these native melodies playing upon his mind, he strives to blend these influences together to create a new opera style that is all his own.

Rickshaw Boy Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 120min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: Xiang Zi is a rickshaw boy who has always had a desire to excel and a thirst for freedom. He married Hu Niu who died of dystocia later. After her death, another girl, Xiao Fuzi, falls in love with Xiang Zi but they are separated by poverty. Xiang Zi works very hard in order to change his life, only to find that Xiao Fuzi is dead just as he begins to be hopeful for their future. Finally, Xiang Zi, an unflinching man, surrenders to that dark society.

Rouge Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 093min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese with English subtitles

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Description: Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's. A detached and beautiful performer, she falls in love with Twelfth Master Chan, heir to a chain of pharmacies. They agree to a suicide pact. Jump ahead 50 years to modern Hong Kong: Fleur's ghost appears in Yuen's newspaper office, wanting to place an ad to find Chan, who never arrived in the afterlife. Yuen, and his equally bewildered girl friend, An Chor, are captivated by Fleur and her story.

Saga of Mulan Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 090min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with Engish Subtitles

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Description: In this lavish Beijing Opera production staged specifically for film, the legend of Mulan comes to life as never before. For audiences who may have only heard the Western version of this classic Chinese tale, this highly stylized production offers not only a visual feast, but a few unexpected surprises as well.