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Chinese Challenge (Official); June 2013
Topic Started: May 31 2013, 01:51:05 PM (1,500 Views)
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Goal:

Watch as many chinese films as possible !
(Taiwan - Hong Kong - Mainland China accepted)


Rules:

- No rewatches
- A feature film (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies

Challenge runs from June 1st, 2013 to June 30th, 2013


Official iCM Lists:
Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
Hong Kong Film Awards' Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
UNESCO (films 108-122 are Chinese)
iCM martial arts list (martial arts lists are not 100% chinese, but most of them are, so it can be used as support)

Other Chinese lists:
Golden Horse (4-9 votes)
Asia Weekly Magazine's 100 Greatest Chinese Films of the 20th Century
Hong Kong Film Archive's 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies
dGenerate Films' Best Chinese-Language Films of the 2000s
Kevin B. Lee's 100 Essential Chinese Movies (compiled from 4 other lists)
Chinese/Hong Kong/Taiwanese submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Other martial arts lists:
Sohu's 100 Classic Kung Fu Martial Arts Films
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/martial+art+movies/bubar/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/essential+martial+arts+films/drunkenmantis/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/imdbs+top+kung+fu+movies/jimmymac14/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/great+martial-arts+movies/mehulxtreme/

Other filmography lists:
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Edward Yang
Wong Kar-Wai
Ang Lee
Zhang Yimou
Tsai Ming-liang
Jia Zhangke
John Woo
Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Jackie Chan

Participants:
mjf314 - 43
3eyes - 13
cinephage - 4
esiersdale - 8
allisoncm - 2
jonas2k - 1
sushantv10 - 1
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Edited by cinephage, Jun 26 2013, 03:20:05 PM.
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i am in , some long pending ones wud try to see....
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I'll participate.
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I'm in. Aim to watch a dozen or so.
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In for 10
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I'm in! Hopefully I defend my title.
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The fun begins !

01 - Lu ding ji II: Zhi shen long jiao / Royal Tramp 2, by Siu-Tung Ching & Jing Wong (1992) 7/10

Hilarious kung-fu comedy, maybe too absurd at times...
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1. Execution in Autumn (1972)

Now I've seen everything on the Golden Horse list that's available with subs.

I'm thinking of watching Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks sometime later this month, but if I watch it, would it count as 1 entry or 3 entries for this challenge? It only has 1 IMDb entry but there are 3 parts.
Edited by mjf314, Jun 1 2013, 08:30:46 AM.
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2. The Kingdom and the Beauty (1962)

If I counted right I have 12 left to watch on the Hong Kong Film Awards list...
Edited by mjf314, Jun 2 2013, 10:39:14 PM.
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1. To live / Lifetimes / Huozhe (China 94)
Riveting story of the ups and downs of a family trying to adjust to the political changes from the 40s to the 60s; I can see why this is banned in China.

I could get a bronze on Golden Horse if I really tried but I doubt I'll make it this month.


mjf, I say count Tie Xi Qu as 3 for this challenge - too bad it isn't 3 checks also.
Edited by 3eyes, Jun 1 2013, 02:37:13 PM.
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3. 92 Legendary La Rose Noire (1992)
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I also think Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks can be considered as 3 for this challenge.
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1. Execution in Autumn (1972)

Surprisingly impressive , was expecting just another kung fu flick . Pretty decent drama. Hadnt read abt it nor knew it was an official check earlier , caught it some time back when it was available on kg as free leech....
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4. Durian Durian (2000)
5. Raining in the Mountain (1979)
6. Mambo Girl (1957)
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7. This Life of Mine (1950)
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2. What time is it there? / Ni na bian ji dian (Taiwan 01)
3. Yellow earth / Huang tu di (China 85)
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8. Magnificent Butcher (1979)

This check gets me a bronze on the martial arts list.
Edited by mjf314, Jun 4 2013, 04:43:57 AM.
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9. China Behind (1974)
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Jun 4 2013, 02:46:44 AM
2. What time is it there? / Ni na bian ji dian (Taiwan 01)
3. Yellow earth / Huang tu di (China 85)
Did you enjoy Yellow Earth? I remember loving it last year. It was my favorite film of last years challenge.
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10. The Horse Thief (1986)
11. Myriad of Lights (1948)
12. Millennium Mambo (2001)
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Jun 5 2013, 01:19:53 AM
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Jun 4 2013, 02:46:44 AM
2. What time is it there? / Ni na bian ji dian (Taiwan 01)
3. Yellow earth / Huang tu di (China 85)
Did you enjoy Yellow Earth? I remember loving it last year. It was my favorite film of last years challenge.
Yes indeed! Thanks for asking. It made me decide to focus on a few directors for this challenge, of whom Kaige Chen is one.

4. A city of sadness / Bei qing cheng shi (Taiwan 89, Hsiao-hsien Hou)
My daughter-in-law is Taiwanese, and I plan to watch the whole Taiwan trilogy.

5. The big road / Dalu (China 35, Yu Sun)[/spoiler]
Strange kind of semi-silent, with sound effects and songs in a socialist realism vein.

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1. Peking Opera Blues (1986)
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02 - Xizao / Shower, by Yang Zhang (1999) 7/10

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13. The House of 72 Tenants (1973)
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6. The promise / Wu ji (China 05, Kaige Chen)
Apparently the U.S. version is missing about 20 min.

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14. Story of a Discharged Prisoner (1967)

This check would have made me tied for #1 on the HKFA list but Straka watched something yesterday so I still need to watch 1 more.
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2. Happy Together (1997)
3. The Killer (1989)

Watched
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15. Ah Ying (1983)

Now I'm tied for #1 and I have 2 left to watch (of the ones that are available).
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16. A Summer at Grandpa's (1984)
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17. Hibiscus Town (1986)
18. Oxhide (2005)
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1. Ying hung boon sik III jik yeung ji gor (1989) 6/10
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7. Days of being wild / A Fei jingjyuhn (Hong Kong 90)
8. The puppetmaster / Xi meng ren sheng (Taiwan 93, Hsiao-hsien Hou)

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Is Café Lumière eligible for this challenge? It was filmed in Japan and the actors are Japanese, but the director (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) is Taiwanese.
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19. Good Men, Good Women (1995)
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Is Café Lumière eligible for this challenge? It was filmed in Japan and the actors are Japanese, but the director (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) is Taiwanese.
Not eligible, it's Japanese, I've seen it I would know. No different to Park's recent film Stoker being American, not Korean, so don't try it.
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Jun 10 2013, 03:31:05 PM
Is Café Lumière eligible for this challenge? It was filmed in Japan and the actors are Japanese, but the director (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) is Taiwanese.
Not eligible, it's Japanese, I've seen it I would know. No different to Park's recent film Stoker being American, not Korean, so don't try it.
Are you sure about that? IMDb lists it as a Japanese-Taiwanese co-production, whereas Stoker is only listed as American. Also the writer and cinematographer of Café Lumière are Taiwanese, and part of the plot is about someone doing research on a Taiwanese composer.
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But the title's in French! It must a be a French film! I'd say it counts. It's supposed to an homage to Ozu but it fits more to think of it as a HHH film. and I'd say it continues his examination of modern politics on contemporary people, versus his 80s/90s films which were period pieces whose politics were allegorical. For the most part, anyway.


Spoilers: Taiwan and Japan have a bit of a history together.
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03 - Kekexili, by Lu Chuan (2004) 8/10

Great film idea, and the landscapes are incredible.

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20. Little Moth (2007)
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21. The Other Half (2006)
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