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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Summer Palace Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 140min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese and German with English Subtitles

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Description: The film deals with a young student played by Hao Lei who leaves her small hometown to study at the fictional "Beiqing University" (a homage to Peking University). There she meets a fellow student and begins an intense romantic relationship in the backdrop of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The film also follows the eventual disillusionment of these young idealists after the crackdown, as the years progress through the 1990s and into the 2000s (decade). The film is named after the Summer Palace located in Beijing.

Lost in Beijing Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 113min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Mandarin with optional English Subtitles

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Description: A young married woman, Liu Pingguo (Bingbing Fan), works in a massage parlor for sleazy Lin Dong (Tony Leung Ka Fai) and his infertile wife, Wang Mei (Elaine Jin). One night, Lin finds Liu drunk and rapes her, while her window-washer husband, An Kun (Tong Da Wei), helplessly watches. Furious, An attacks Lin's car and tries to blackmail him. When Liu discovers she's pregnant, the two couples come to an agreement: money for Liu if the child is Lin's, and nothing but custody if An is the father.

China - Inside Out - New World Power, Old World Politics Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 042min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: After 300 years of relative isolation, China is reaching out to the rest of the world looking for resources, food, friends, and safe places to invest its new fortune. Follow this still-unexplored story of the stunning global transformation taking place.

The People's Republic of Capitalism - Volume 1 Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 088min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: In this in-depth four-part documentary, Ted Koppel examines China’s new status as an economic superpower and its complex relationship with the United States. He focuses on Chongqing--a city in Sichuan Province with a burgeoning population and big plans for the future. While peasants in outlying areas eke out a meager living, the rising middle class revels in new riches, challenging traditional ideas about religion, sexuality, and consumerism. All this reverberates here in America, where companies scramble for cheap labor, workers find jobs shipped overseas, and shoppers snap up Chinese-made goods at big box retailers.

The People's Republic of Capitaliam - Volume 2 Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 088min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: In this in-depth four-part documentary, Ted Koppel examines China’s new status as an economic superpower and its complex relationship with the United States. He focuses on Chongqing--a city in Sichuan Province with a burgeoning population and big plans for the future. While peasants in outlying areas eke out a meager living, the rising middle class revels in new riches, challenging traditional ideas about religion, sexuality, and consumerism. All this reverberates here in America, where companies scramble for cheap labor, workers find jobs shipped overseas, and shoppers snap up Chinese-made goods at big box retailers.

2008-09 CCS Public Lecture Series - Alexandra Harney & Yasheng Huang and the flim "The Train to My Home Town" by Ai Xiaoming Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 194min
Type of Film: Lecutre/Feature
Language: English

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Description: Alexandra Harney & Yasheng Huang and the film "The Train to My Home Town" by Ai Xiaoming.

Up the Yangtze Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 093min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: in English, Mandarin and sichuan with English Subtitles

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Description: This documentary examine China's rapidly changing economy by focusing on the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. For the government, the dam stands as a symbol of progress; but it displaces hundreds of families during its creation. Following local teenagers Chen Bo Yu and Yu Shi, who work on one of the Western cruise lines that sails up the Yangtze near the dam, the film details the friction in Chinese society as its citizens struggle with the realities of its new consumer capitalism.

Young & Restless in China Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 106min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: In English and some Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Description: Chinese youth adjust to a rapidly changing society.

Cinema Asia: China Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 051min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: With the abyss of the Cultural Revolution far behind it, cinema in the People’s Republic of China is as vital and complex as any in the world. This program examines the so-called Fifth and Sixth Generations of Chinese filmmakers, exploring their thematic and stylistic differences and their varying approaches to domestic and international markets. It also looks at underground auteurs who use “movie cafes” to reach viewers and evade censors.

Everyday is Valentine Country/Region of Focus: China
Length: 100min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Chinese, English with subtitles

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Description: A woman (Cecilia Cheung) hopes to find true love with a property agent (Leon Lai) after her boyfriend has a drunken one-night stand.