#163: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

j111dszut0eaae2azg5h050iikw#163 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, (卧虎藏龙), 2000, Ang Lee
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

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#332: A City of Sadness

ryplnarzbag8aet06mrzmovjygb#332 – A City of Sadness, (悲情城市), 1989, Hou Hsiao-hsien
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Soon after Japan relinquishes control of Taiwan in 1945, the Lin brothers face hardships from the changing culture. Bar owner Wen-heung, 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, the youngest brother, decides to make a stand and fight the Kuomintang government from China that is assuming power.

#469: Raise the Red Lantern

vkxkrsjkbscf2obhnuvced3ijac#469 – Raise the Red Lantern, (大红灯笼高高挂), 1991, Zhang Yimou
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China in the 1920s. After her father’s death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for his attention and the privileges that are gained. This competition gets out of hand…

#664: Eat Drink Man Woman

jgjsu9zlr2i8t6oe54uxsj7m25p#664 – Eat Drink Man Woman, (飲食男女), 1994, Ang Lee
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The film tells the story of a retired and widowed Chinese master chef Chu and his family living in modern day Taipei, Taiwan. At the start of the film, he lives with his three attractive daughters, all of whom are unattached. As the film progresses, each of the daughters encounters new men in their lives. When these new relationships blossom, the stereotypes are broken and the living situation within the family changes.. The film features several scenes displaying the techniques and artistry of gourmet Chinese cooking. Since the family members have difficulty expressing their love for each other, the intricate preparation of banquet quality dishes for their Sunday dinners is the surrogate for their familial feelings.

#882: Stray Dogs

quximz3mkxkid2b6aanvabu5tak#882 – Stray Dogs, (郊遊), 2013, Tsai Ming-liang
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A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home. On the day of the father’s birthday the family is joined by a woman – might she be the key to unlocking the buried emotions that linger from the past?