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Film

A selection of films available at the Australian Mediatheque

Chinese Consulate Collection

Australian Mediatheque

1 Dec - 29 Mar

Drop in and enjoy some high drama and high action with a range of feature-length films from the Chinese Consulate Collection. The films in this program have been the subject of a research project undertaken in conjunction with the University of Melbourne. We present some of these titles as part of our China Up Close season.

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  • Flames of Love on the Ice
    Deng Yuan, 94 mins, China, 1990, Mandarin with English Subtitles, Unclassified 15+

    Roller-skating expert Lin Jia Jun is involved in a traffic accident that forces him into prison as a result of killing a Hong Kong traveller. Soon after his release, he encounters the dead traveller’s widow, Zhao Ya Yi. The two develop feelings for each other when a misunderstanding leads to fond affection. However, Lin Jia Jun fails to realise that the traveller was an important member of the Hong Kong Mafia, who, before passing away, hid a stash of drugs, triggering his Hong Kong associates into hiring an assassin to deal with the problem.

    Winner of the Golden Rooster 1991 - Editing.

     

    The Kunlun Column (Wei Wei Kun Lun)
    Sheng Dong, 176 mins, China, 2002, Mandarin with English Subtitles, Unclassified 15+

    A chronicle of Mao Zedong’s leadership through a series of battles between the Communist and Nationalist parties.

    The opening sequence depicts Mao speaking in front of the Communist Party, reporting that the leader of the Nationalist Party, Chiang Kai-Shek, has violated the peace treaty in place between the two parties. Mao plans his attack with the assistance of the Kunlun Column, their courage and their superior intellect.

     

    Zhenzhen's Beauty Parlor (Zhen Zhen Fa Wu)
    Xu Tongjun, 107 mins, China, 1987, Madarin with English Subtitles, Unclassified 15+

    After falling out with her old boss, Zhenzhen, a hairdresser, takes control of her own destiny by setting up her own beauty salon across the street.

    Tempers flare when Zhenzhen flies in cool Hong Kong stylist Ah Ming; suddenly, the street begins to feel too small for the two beauty parlours.

     

    The Real and Fake Monkey King (Zhen Jia Mei Hou Wang)
    Fang Ying, 106 mins, China, 1983, Mandarin with English Subtitles, Unclassified 15+

    Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels in Chinese literature, this film follows a group on a journey as they are set upon by the Six-Eared Monkey, who uses his magic to possess three forest animals, transforming them into the exact duplicates of our heroes.

     

    Soccer Hero (Jingdu Quixia)
    Xie Hong, 110 mins, China, 1987, Mandarin with English Subtitles, Unclassified 15+

    Shot in 1988 when the Chinese national football was expected to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals, this film follows a soccer match between The Pirates, the European Football League champions, and the Foreign Ambassador team in Beijing.

    The film’s leading actor Zhang Fengyi, is well-known in China and has starred in films such as Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine (1993) and John Woo's Red Cliffs (2009). Two co-stars of the film, Chen Peisi and Jiang Kun are famous comedians in China. 

     

    An American Woman's Adventure (Mao xian de Mei Guo Nu Ren)
    Jia Wang, 95 mins, China, 1989, Mandarin with English Subtitles, Unclassified 15+

    Jia Wang’s film tells the story of American journalist Helen Snow, who journeyed into China before World War II and reported on the country’s Communist Party.

    The film opens with the murder of a Caucasian woman by a group of masked men; after the murder they realise that the wrong person is killed.

    The narrative takes place in China during the early stages of the civil war. We are introduced to the Central Army (The Kuomintang) and the North West Army. Helen Snow and her American friends break through the blockades and share their knowledge of the Communist Party to the world.