China verstehen? Diese Filme können Dir helfen!

Josh Feola, Bryan Grogan and Jake Newby haben eine Liste mit 100 Filmen zusammengestellt und auf veröffentlicht. Mit diesen 100 Filmen wollen sie ein „rundes und tiefes Profil“ Chinas aufzeigen. Die Filme sind in 10 Kategorien eingeteilt:

  1. Pre War Shanghai
  2. Mao Years
  3. Opening Up
  4. Indie and Arthouse
  5. Documentary
  6. Wuxia (Martial Arts)
  7. Pop(corn)
  8. China Today
  9. Bad Films
  10. Animation

Von den 100 Filmen kann man 40 ganz einfach auf YouTube anschauen. Diese 40 Filme + Links findest Du in der folgenden Übersicht zusammen mit kurzen Beschreibungen und der Dauer der Filme.

Viel Spaß beim reinschauen!

KategorieTitelDauerBeschreibungYouTube Link
Pre War ShanghaiThe Cave of the Silken Web (Dan Duyu, 1927)1h22minOne of the earliest cinematic adaptation of Chinese classic novel Journey to the West. When seeking for food alone, Tang Xuanzang was kept prisoner by seven spider monsters who took the form of seven beautiful women. The Monkey King and the other two of Xuanzang's disciples managed to rescue him with the help of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva/Guanyin. They renounced the desire for lust and continued the quest for Buddhist Scriptures.
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Two Stars in the Milky Way (Dongshan Shi as Tomsie Sze, 1931)1h40minA fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Shanghai movie scene, with parallels to the true-life story of popular actress Ruan Lingyu. A simple girl is plucked from the countryside by a famous actor, who romances her and makes her a star, with unhappy results. The film's score is lost, but the engagement of Zi Luolan, an opera star (credited as Violet Wong), to play the lead opposite Jin Yan (Raymond King) was a sensation.
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The Goddess (Wu Yonggang, 1934)1h25minAn unnamed devoted mother sells herself by night on the streets of Shanghai in order to support herself and her infant son. When a gambler who calls himself "the Boss" strong-arms his way into becoming her pimp, she flees with her son and attempts to earn an honest living, but the Boss tracks her down and forces her back into prostitution. When her son reaches school age, she begins hiding away enough money to pay his tuition. Although her son is ostracized by other kids due to her profession, she takes great joy in providing an education and a potential better future for him. When the other parents want the boy expelled, a kindly principal fights to keep him in school. Meanwhile, the Boss finds her hidden cash, adding financial woes to the problems of social injustice.
Written by TimeNTide on
New Women (Cai Chusheng, 1935)1h46minOvernight, the sexy Wei Ming will become a successful novelist. But, desperate to get the money that she needs to cure her little daughter (and harassed by a rich, unscrupulous rake), she will end up eventually engage in luxury prostitution.
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Scenes of City Life (Yuan Muzhi, 1935)1h29minYuan Muzhi's innovative fantasy uses live action, still photographs, animation, sound, and even a peep show to depict the love triangle between a pawnshop owner's daughter and two young men from opposite economic classes.
Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi, 1937)1h31minIn old Shanghai, two sisters, a prostitute and a singer, tried to escape from the local scoundrels with the help of a trumpet player and a newspaper seller.
Crossroads (Shen Xiling, 1937)1h50minFour students in Shanghai have recently finished university. All are unemployed. Xu contemplates suicide but his friend Zhao talks him out of it. Zhao lives in a shabby room with just a flimsy wall of planks separating him from the room behind. Miss Yang, in town to take a factory job, moves in behind. Her nails into the wall knock Zhao's photos down. The unseen neighbours start playing tit for tat... Zhao gets a job as proofreader at a newspaper. He sees that pretty girl on the tram to work every day. He doesn't know her, but it's Miss Yang... Zhao is assigned to cover labour conditions for the paper. He is sent to a factory, the one where Miss Yang works...
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Unending Love (Hu Sang, 1947)N/AThe film's plot is loosely modeled after Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and is considered an example of a sentimental wenyi picture.
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Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)1h38minFollowing WWII and with China brought to it's knees by the actions of the Japanese, prior to the rise of the Communists, led by Chairman Mao. This is the time during which Fei Mu's film takes place. Wei Wei plays a woman who lives a lonely life, shackled by her care for her gentle, but ill husband (Shi Yu)- that is until her first love reappears into her life. This is Fei's penultimate film as director, but is still enjoyed by many today as one of his best works. It has now been a firm favorite of many since it was restored in the 80's by the China Film Archive and some rate it as one of the greatest Chinese movies in history.
Written by Toby Elliot on
Mao YearsThe Life of Wu Xun (Sun Yu, 1951)3h28minThe life-story of Wu Xun, a beggar in the Qing dynasty who set up free schools for poor children.
Guerillas in the Plain (Su Li & Wu Zhaodi, 1955)1h40minA guerrilla group around Li Xiangyang are ambushed by the Japanese invasion army during the War of Resistance.
The Song of Youth (Cui Wei, Chen Huai’ai, 1959)2h50minPeople's dignity and life are measlier than paper in China's dark years in the first half of 20th century. Smart student Lin learns knowledge from a college professor and a communist man, then runs on to an extraordinary revolutionary way.
Five Golden Flowers (Wang Jiayi, 1959)1h45minAh Peng meets a girl named Jinhua at a festival and they agree to meet the next year. He searches for her and finds other girls named Jinhua.
The Red Detachment of Women (Xie Jin, 1961)1h32minIn 1930s, Wu Qionghua was a housemaid of Nan-ba-tian, a cruel warlord of a village in Hainan Island, China. Often abused by her master, Qionghua was finally rescued by Hong Changqing, leader of the Red Detachment of Women - a troop of women soldiers. She joined the troop and became the Detachment leader after the death of Hong. They captivated and executed the warlord and liberated Qionghua's home village.
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Two Stage Sisters (Xie Jin, 1965)1h52minChronicles the fortunes of two actresses in pre-revolutionary China, who are separated by money and politics.
Breaking with Old Ideas (Li Wenhua, 1976)1h50minIn 1958, the Communist Party of China sends Long Guozheng, a graduate of the Counter-Japanese Military and Political University, to head the newly established Jiangxi Communist Labour University (today's Jiangxi Agricultural University). The school's more capitalist elements, such as aiming for high bourgeois academic standards, and refusal to admit poorly-educated (according to bourgeois standards) peasants clash with Long's more communistic approach. He advocates only admitting students from the working class, and begins innovative changes—to the dismay of many other staff—such as putting more emphasis on hard labor than classroom learning, switching courses to accommodate experiential learning, removing impractical sections from the curriculum, holding lessons in the field, and excusing students who miss exams to work for the commune.
From Wikipedia
The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993)2h20minThe lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen, 1994)A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.
Opening UpDislocation (Huang Jianxin, 1986)1h25minEngineer Zhao Shuxin has been promoted and clones a robot in his image to attend his meetings, resulting in comic situations.
Back to Back, Face to Face (Huang Jianxin, Yang Yazhou, 1994)2h28minWang Shuangli is Deputy Director of the local Cultural Centre, and hopes to be appointed Director. However Old Ma is brought in from the country and installed as Director. This starts a long train of events with Wang's cronies using the bureaucracy to try to oust the new director. At home, Wang has problems because his father wants Wang to have a son to carry on the family name. However, because of the one-child policy, Wang cannot have any more children unless his young daughter is certified infirm.
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Dirt (Guan Hu, 1994)2h4minThe film follows a nurse, Ye Tong, who also serves as the film's narrator. One day, Ye Tong reunites with some childhood friends, including Peng Wei, a disillusioned and long-haired young man who leads a local rock band. Ye finds herself attracted to Peng Wei's lifestyle, despite the admonitions of her police officer friend, Zheng Weidong. When Zheng is injured by a mutual friend, Ye finds herself increasingly attracted to the strait-laced Zheng, while also finding herself attracted to Peng.
From Wikipedia
Ermo (Zhou Xiaowen, 1994)1h38minWomen's roles and consumerism in a Chinese village. The independent Ermo supports her son and disabled husband, rising early to make noodles she sells as a street vendor. A snooty neighbor has a TV, so Ermo wants a huge one. The neighbor's husband, Blindman, offers her transport to sell baskets she's made. After he gets her a city job making restaurant noodles and more money, their relationship becomes an affair. She's also selling her blood. When she discovers Blindman is subsidizing her pay, she throws the money at him and quits the job; he covers their affair and her reputation by getting beaten up over a woman in the city. When she has enough for the TV, she's exhausted.
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Indie und ArthouseLeider keine Filme auf YouTube verfügbar
DocumentaryBumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers (Wu Wenguang, 1990)1h10minIndependent Chinese documentary by Wu Wenguan following and interviewing a group of young artists around the time of the events Tiananmen about their lives and careers.
West of the Tracks (Wang Bing, 2002)9h11minThe impact of the decline of heavy industry on workers and their families in the Tiexi district of Shenyang, China, at the turn of the 21st century, documented unflinchingly by a fly-on-the-wall camera.
Though I Am Gone (Hu Jie, 2006)1h6minPioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revoution. In 1966, the Cultural Revolution exploded throughout China, as Mao's Red Guards persecuted suspected Rightists. Bian Zhongyun, the vice principal of a prestigious school in Beijing, was beaten to death by her own students, becoming one of the first victims of the revolutionary violence that would engulf the entire nation.
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Petition (Zhao Liang, 2009)2hOver the course of 12 years (1996-2008), director Zhao Liang follows the "petitioners", who travel from all over China to the nation's capital, Beijing, to make complaints about injustices committed by authorities in their home towns and villages. Most petitioners wait for months or years for their grievances to be heard, while they live in makeshift shelters around the southern railway station of Beijing. All types of cases are represented: mothers of abused young soldiers, farmers thrown off their land, workers from demolished factories, and more. The documentary explores the Sisyphean lives of the petitioners as they contend with the authorities and their own families in their struggle for restitution and survival. At times it was filmed with hidden cameras smuggled into government offices.
From Wikipedia
Village Diary (Jiao Bo, 2013)1h38minDuring a year, documentary director Bo Jiao and his crew settled in a small rural village in the province of Shandong, China. “Village diary” is the outcome of their experience and records the daily life of several farmer families. From their folk customs to their day to day struggle and hopes in a fast changing China, the farmers open up to the crew that is soon considered as the 168th family of the village of Shaoyu (杓峪村).
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Never Release My Fist (Wang Shuibo, 2015)1h28minA feature documentary by Oscar nominee Shuibo Wang, on the life and music of a group of rebellious punk rockers in China.
People’s Republic of Desire (Hao Wu, 2018)1h35minAs an entire generation has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are slowly replacing real-life human connections. And China has taken it to an extreme. Here, live streaming has become the most popular online entertainment for hundreds of millions. People's Republic of Desire provides a vérité journey into this digital universe, where young performers earn as much as US$150,000 a month singing, dancing or doing talk shows to live, interactive audiences of tens of thousands. Their fans include China's super rich, who each night lavish virtual gifts on their favorite performers (40% of the money paid for these gifts go to the performers), and the dirt poor, many of them migrant workers in urban areas searching for a cheap way to be entertained, to feel connected. The film follows three young characters - a singer, a comedian, and a migrant worker - as they search for fame, fortune and human connection in live streaming. We also meet their families, those managing the ...
Wuxia (Martial Arts)The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple (Zhang Shichuan, 1928)N/AThis movie was adapted from a newspaper serial (Strange Tales of the Adventurer in the Wild Country) and released in 18 feature-length parts over a period of 3 years (1928-31). In its entirety it would be 27 hours long.
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Red Heroine (Wen Yimin, 1929)N/AThis film is about a lower class girl named Yun Mei, played by Fan Xiaoping, who takes care of her blind grandmother. She is taken by the Western army while the army is passing through her village, An Hsi. They take her so that she can marry their general who also has a lot of other captured women. She escapes her captor, the general, with help from a martial artist named White Monkey. White Monkey trains her so that she can take revenge for her grandma who is killed by the army. In the end, Yun Mei saves her friend and her friend’s father whom the general had also captured, with the help of White Monkey.
From Dalhouse University Cinema and Media Studies Blog
Pop(corn)A Great Wall (Peter Wang, 1986)1h37minWhen computer programmer Leo Fang is passed up for promotion, he feels it is because he is Chinese and quits. He takes his Chinese-American family to Mainland China to visit his relatives, the Chaos, for a vacation. The clash of cultures between the men, wives, and teenagers, leads to some confusion and misunderstanding.
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China TodayLeider keine Filme auf YouTube verfügbar
Bad FilmsLost in Thailand (Xu Zheng, 2012)1h45minLost in Thailand is the story of two rival business managers, Xu (Xu Zheng) and Bo (Huang Bo), who are fighting over a revolutionary new in-house technology for control of their company. If Xu wins, his future will be secured. The critical task is to secure control over the shares of the chairman, who is at a retreat in Thailand. Xu catches the first plane to Bangkok, where he meets the happy-go-lucky Wang (Wang Baoqiang), an unexpected travel companion who will open his eyes to life's true priorities.
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AnimationPrincess Iron Fan (Wan Laiming, Wan Guchan, 1941)1h13minThree travelers needing to pass through a fiery mountain seek the magical fan of a princess, but she does not wish to part with it.
Pigsy Eats Watermelon (Wan Guchan, Wan Laiming, 1958)21minZhu Ba Jie looks for foods and finds a watermelon. He divides the watermelon into four parts for the master and his fellow apprentices. He eats the biggest part first, and then eats them all.
Havoc in Heaven (Wan Laiming, Cheng Tang, 1963)1h54minSun Wukong, the King of the Monkeys, sets off on his first adventure to gain a worthy weapon. This earns the attention of the Jade Emperor of Heaven.
The Peacock Princess (Jin Xi, 1963)1h13minPrince Zhaoshutun stumbles across a gathering of magical women who can transform into peacocks, and is enamored by one in particular named Nan Ma Na Well. When a bird of prey threatens one of the peacock, he kills it using a bow and arrow. With the help of a lake goddess, the prince declares his love for Nan Ma Na Well and she agrees to marry him. Meanwhile, a power-hungry man attempts to foil the marriage plans, as he wants his daughter to marry the prince. He recruits a sorcerer to send enemy troops towards the kingdom, which forces Zhaoshutun to leave for battle right after his wedding. The man then tells the populace that the princess is an evil spirit. He convinces the king, who reluctantly sentences her to death. On the execution ground, Nan Na Ma Well turns into a peacock and escapes. Subsequently, the prince returns and discovers the plot against him. He vows to find his wife. The lake goddess appears again and guides him to Nan Ma Na Well, who has returned to a peacock country in the sky. The couple reunites to rule the land.
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Nezha Conquers the Dragon King (Yan Dingxian, Wang Shuchen, Xu Jingda, 1979)1h5minTells the fable from Chinese mythology about the young warrior Nezha who takes on a group of evil dragons.
Three Monks (Xu Jingda, 1980)19minTale of three monks living in a hilltop monastery.
Lotus Lantern (Wang Dawei, 1999)1h25minThe story is based on the traditional Chinese folklore about a boy named Chenxiang. His mother, Sanshengmu, was a goddess and his father, Liu Yanchang, was a mortal. Since their marriage was forbidden, his maternal uncle, Erlang Shen, who was a god, punishes them by killing Liu Yanchang. Sanshengmu escapes and gives birth, but Chenxiang grows up without knowledge of his ancestry. Sanshengmu possesses a magical Lotus Lantern whose light can scare away evil. When Erlang Shen, a strict and powerful god, kidnaps Chenxiang, Sanshengmu fights to save him.
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