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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A City of Sadness Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 152min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: Soon after Japan relinquishes control of Taiwan in 1945, the Lin brothers face hardships from the changing culture. Bar owner Wen-heung (Chen Sown-yung), the eldest brother, falls foul of local gangsters, Wen-sun disappears, and Wen-leung, scarred by his experiences in the war, ends up in an insane asylum. Deaf-mute photographer Wen-ching (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the youngest brother, decides to make a stand and fight the Kuomintang government from China that is assuming power.

To Live Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 134min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: Fugui's (Ge You) gambling leads him to lose everything, including his wife, Jiazhen (Gong Li), and his home. Over the following decades, he struggles to live as a peasant. He tries joining a theater troupe, and then he enlists in the Chinese army in hopes of being a good citizen. Yet, just as things get better -- and Jiazhen and their baby daughter return to him -- the Cultural Revolution begins and tragedy continues to strike his family. Despite numerous hardships, Fugui never gives up hope.

China : Revealed Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 102min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Coupling insightful storytelling with spectacular and ground-breaking photographic techniques, "Atlas: China Revealed" brings alive the fascinating and complex contemporary life of one of the greatest nations on earth.

China : A Century of Revolution Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 360min
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. The Mao Years examines the turbulent era of Mao's attempts to forge a "new China" from the war-ravaged and exhausted nation. Born Under the Red Flag showcases China's unlikely transformation into an extraordinary hybrid of communist-centralized politics with an ever-expanding free market economy. Monumental in scope, China: A Century of Revolution is critical viewing for anyone interested in this increasingly powerful and globally influential country.

Nanjing : Memory and Oblivion Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 053min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Nanjing Memory and Oblivion investigates the controversy surrounding the atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers while occupying the Chinese capitol, Nanjing, in 1937. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were murdered and tens of thousands of women raped by Imperial Japanese Army troops during this episode. The actual figures, however, remain in dispute as historical revisionist and Japanese nationalist argue that the scale of the atrocities has been exaggerated by the Chinese for propaganda purposes. The Chinese, on the other hand, believe that the Japanese refuse to come to terms with their past actions and intentionally provoke Chinese by honoring dead Japanese soldiers through official visits to the Yasukuni Shrine.

YiYi Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 173min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

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Description: Set in Taiwan, the film follows the lives of the Jian family from the alternating perspectives of the three main family members: father N.J. (Nien-Jen Wu), teenage daughter Ting-Ting (Kelly Lee) and young son Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang). N.J., disgruntled with his current job, attempts to court the favor of a prominent video game company while Ting-Ting and Yang-Yang contend with the various trials of youth, all while caring for N.J.'s mother-in-law, who lies in a coma.

Lust/Caution Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 155min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

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Description: During World War II a secret agent (Tang Wei) must seduce, then assassinate an official (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.

The Platform Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 150min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with optional English Subtitles

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Description: A group of friends experiences social, political and cultural changes in China from 1979 to 1989.

Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 055min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: A look at the martial arts and kung fu cinema of Hong Kong.

King Boxer: Five Fingers of Death Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 098min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English, Chinese with subtitles

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Description: A student (Lieh Lo) of kung fu meets resistance on his way to a major Chinese tournament.