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Chinese Challenge; Official; October 2015
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Goal:
Watch as many Chinese films as possible!
(Taiwan - Hong Kong - Mainland China accepted)


Rules:
- Rewatches allowed and good for the soul
- 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 October 1st, 2015 to October 31th, 2015


Official iCM Lists:
Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
Hong Kong Film Awards' Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
Asian Cinema: A Field Guide (China: #1-76, Hong Kong: 356-459, Taiwan: 633-675)
UNESCO (films 108-122 are Chinese)
100 Classic Martial Arts Films

Other Chinese lists:
101 Essential Chinese Movies by critic and China film historian Simon Fowler
Golden Horse (4-9 votes)
Asia Weekly Magazine's 100 Greatest Chinese Films of the 20th Century
Time Out Shanghai's 100 Best Mainland Chinese Films
Time Out's 100 Greatest Hong Kong Films
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
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/asia+weekly+magazines+100+greatest+chinese+films+of+the+20th+century/mjf314/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/fandor+100+essential+chinese+movies/benitotambara/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/onderhonds+top+200+hong+kongslashchinaslashtaiwan/belchinees/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/taipei+golden+horse+film+festival+and+awards+-+best+film/ataraxic/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/hong+kong+film+critics+society+200+classic+chinese+films/zhangalan/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/taiwanese+new+waves/clogston/

Other martial arts lists:
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

Eligible films from our new 500<400 list:
#7: Guizi lai le 2000 - a.k.a. Devils on the Doorstep
#9: Shen nu 1934 - a.k.a. The Goddess
#23: Kong bu fen zi 1986 - a.k.a. The Terroriser
#33: Qing shao nian nuo zha 1992 - a.k.a. Rebels of the Neon God
#70: Hai shang hua 1998 - a.k.a. Flowers of Shanghai
#169: Dong dong de jia qi 1984 - a.k.a. A Summer at Grandpa's
#179: Do ma daan 1986 - a.k.a. Peking Opera Blues
#187: Dao ma zei 1986 - a.k.a. Dao ma tse
#201: Suzhou he 2000 - a.k.a. Suzhou River
#210: Cheung foh 1999 - a.k.a. The Missing
#218: Ruan Lingyu 1991 - a.k.a. The Actress
#238: Lian lian feng chen 1987 - a.k.a. Dust in the Wind
#316: Can que 1978 - a.k.a. Crippled Avengers
#387: Hao nan hao nu 1995 - a.k.a. Good Men, Good Women
#413: Bei kao bei, lian dui lian 1994 - a.k.a. Back to Back, Face to Face
#422: Nan guo zai jian, nan guo 1996 - a.k.a. Goodbye, South, Goodbye
#424: Tian mi mi 1996 - a.k.a. Comrades: Almost a Love Story
#432: Geung si sin sang 1985 - a.k.a. Mr. Vampire
#484: Tau ban no hoi 1982 - a.k.a. Boat People

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This challenge is automatically updated. But I won't leave my pc running all the time.
Edited by Melvelet, Oct 1 2015, 10:47:41 AM.
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BREAKING NEWS!
- The annexation of Taiwan by China has begun - Inclusion of Taiwan in ICM Chinese Challenge is a clear sign - Obama calls it's an extremely hostile act - UN gathers in an emergency meet later this day -


Seriously I get the inclusion of Taiwan in this. ;)
Edited by Lonewolf2003, Oct 1 2015, 12:01:14 PM.
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I think Taiwan should be kept out of this.
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We could name it Greater Chinese Challenge if you want ;)
But it was never called People's Republic of China Challenge.
Edited by Melvelet, Oct 1 2015, 12:49:42 PM.
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I demand that this list be included:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/taiwanese+new+waves/clogston/

In. Thanks, Melvelet, we crossposted.

The aboriginal Taiwanese are 2% of population and their languages belong to the Austronesian family, but hardly anybody speaks them now. So if we're talking Chinese-language films...
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@Mel: Yeah, that would make it sound somewhat clearer.
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I'll be focussing on Mainland filmsand I might manage it for the WC if I get to watch the more or less acclaimed ones in time. China has a lot of subbed films that look pretty interesting, yet most of them barely have any checks... Feel free to make recommandations that you think might do well in the WC.
My extensive watchlist: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls079155027/
What I've seen: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073794517/

1. You-Zhong 2012 aka Beijing Flickers 7+/10
Wasn't so great overall but it did have some really good parts.

Zhang Yuan's filmography looks promising enough, maybe I'll add him to the Director's Challenge. Don't forget to watch some films by Wang Xiaoshuai who is already nominated.

@3eyes: List is included now (though the term Taiwanese New Wave is a bit stretched on this list and some films are missing)
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BFI just posted a new list: 10 great Chinese-language films of the 21st century
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-chinese-language-films-21st-century
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Melvelet
Oct 1 2015, 01:59:44 PM
BFI just posted a new list: 10 great Chinese-language films of the 21st century
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-chinese-language-films-21st-century
Clearly, someone there reads the forum.

I'm in. I'll mostly be watching HK movies.
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I'm in.
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1. Hex (1980)

Horror from Shaw Bros. Only so-so.
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1. Nan guo zai jian, nan guo aka Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996) 6/10
2. Qing mei zhu ma aka Taipei Story (1985) 6.5/10
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Here's a list of my favorite Chinese-language films, if anyone's interested: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls070219933/

Last updated July 2014. I'll try to update it today if I have time.
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Oh, fun challenge! And I see someone included my top 200. Popularity-wise though, horror seems to be topping Chinese cinema right now. That can't be good.
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If anyone's looking for films to watch for both challenges, I recommend the horror/romance/comedy film My Left Eye Sees Ghosts. From what I remember, it wasn't very scary, but IMDb says it's horror so I guess it counts.

I guess I don't need to recommend A Chinese Ghost Story because everyone has already seen it.
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01. Xiao cheng zhi chun / Spring in a small town, by Fei Mu (1948) 7/10

A drama with a frustrated wife, sick husband and long-lost lover... Not bad, but I didn't find the direction great either...
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Oct 1 2015, 01:59:44 PM
BFI just posted a new list: 10 great Chinese-language films of the 21st century
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-chinese-language-films-21st-century
With all due respect, The Craptastic Grandmaster (2013) should be nowhere near a list like this.
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2. Feng yue 1996 a.k.a. Temptress Moon 9/10

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This really is a great one, yet hardly any forum member has seen it. With superb opium-infused Christopher Doyle photography this is obviously heavy on style but it also has a lot to offer story-wise. 20's Shanghai provides a great background once again, paired with the Pang family estate that is being rendered obsolete by the changing times.

3. Ben ming nian 1990 a.k.a. Black Snow 7/10

4. Guo nian hui jia 1999 a.k.a. Seventeen Years 7/10
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2. Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013)

I miss the stuntwork and practical effects in Tsui Hark's films. These CGI-heavy Detective Dee films are not much to look at.

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Melvelet
Oct 1 2015, 01:59:44 PM
BFI just posted a new list: 10 great Chinese-language films of the 21st century
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-chinese-language-films-21st-century
With all due respect, The Craptastic Grandmaster (2013) should be nowhere near a list like this.
I'm not critisizing the films themselves, but this is obviously a list made by people who don't look beyond what's being fed to them.
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01. 3.5*/5.0* - Tian Ma Xing Xiong [The Cross]

Good, but could've been better. Production problems clearly hampered the second part of the film, which is a shame because Simon Yam was great, the cinematography was more than adequate and the premise was intriguing. Still worth a try.
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1. Nezha nao hai / Nezha Conquers the Dragon King (China 79)

Animation style quite different from anime. The protagonist's origin brought to mind that of the Princess Kayuga.


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5. Ba wang bie ji 1993 a.k.a. Farewell My Concubine 8/10
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1. Geung si (2013) 5/10
Former Hong Kong pop singer Juno Mak's debut as a director. A tribute to Geung si/vampire films in the old days (and Mak invites vampire film icons like Chin Siu-hou and Anthony Chan to star in the film). Very stunning visual. Interesting plot though not fully developed. The fight in the end is creative but confusing. And the ending is unsatisfactory imo.

2. Meng long guo jiang (1972) 1/10
Almost no plot development. Very boring story. Just fighting and fighting, and all the fights look similar. Bruce Lee does not belong to the cinema. He is a good martial artist, but as a movie star, unlike Jackie Chan, Lee doesn't know how to make his action scenes entertaining. The only surprise in this film is that some of Bruce's facial expression remind me of Chaplin.

3. Liang Shan Bo yu Zhu Ying Tai (1963) 6.5/10
Restricted by the boring original story which is a typical romantic tragedy without surprise. It has a good opening but then keeps getting downhill afterwards. However I appreciate the set and costume design and the cinematography. The acting is also good. And the director successfully fuses the style of Chinese opera into the film (although this somehow restricts the miss-en-scene and the acting).

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2. Feng yue 1996 a.k.a. Temptress Moon 9/10
Thanks for the rec, mel. Added it to my shopping list.
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You can find the full lists of The Greatest HK Films poll and The Greatest Chinese Films poll conducted by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society in this thread.

http://s15.zetaboards.com/iCheckMovies/topic/7925708/1/#new
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1. Coming Home (2014)

I watched it at the cinema.

I'm hoping to see The Assassin at the cinema later this month but I'm not sure when it'll be shown.
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1. My Mandala (2013, Taiwan)

I'm the first one to check this film! A spiritual drama about a con artist who pretends to be a Tibetan lama to make a buck from a wealthy family. The story arc feels a bit uneven at times, with a side-story that is not well developed in my opinion. However this is compensated by the actors, who did a very good job portraying humanly and complex characters. A pretty good effort from a first-time director.
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Here's a list of my favorite Chinese-language films, if anyone's interested: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls070219933/

Last updated July 2014. I'll try to update it today if I have time.
Which movies (mainland) would you consider for WC?
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6. Lan feng zheng 1993 a.k.a. The Blue Kite 8-/10
Perhaps the most overtly political film I've seen from the mainland. Its major strength lies in the depiction of the common folks who - in trying to ensure their own safety and benefit - conform to the government agenda and thus support it.
Unfortunately my knowledge of Chinese history is too limited to fully appreciate it.
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02. 3.5*/5.0* - Wang chao de nv ren: Yang Gui Fei [Lady of the Dynasty]
03. 4.0*/5.0* - Nian Nian [Murmur of the Hearts]

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3. Sex and Zen (1991)

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2. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)

Though my viewing was interrupted by two long phone calls, I loved this - an outer pilgrimage which is at the same time an inner one, you don't know what's going to happen next.
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Here's a list of my favorite Chinese-language films, if anyone's interested: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls070219933/

Last updated July 2014. I'll try to update it today if I have time.
Which movies (mainland) would you consider for WC?
I don't think I'll manage China in the next WC, but if I did, I guess I would pick Suzhou River, since it's one of my favorites and has a reasonable chance of doing well. Devils on the Doorstep and Spring in a Small Town would be safe choices (and Devils is probably the safer of the two). I just noticed that To Live has <1000 checks, which is surprising, so that would be safe as well.

I'm not sure what else I would pick. I'd have to think about it some more (or maybe I need to watch more mainland films). Maybe I would consider The King of Masks, which I suggested in one of the nomination threads. I know that monty likes it, and Mario doesn't like it. I don't know what other people think of it. There are also several highly-regarded Chinese documentaries, so you might want to watch some of them to see if any are good choices.
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2. Railroad of Hope (2002)
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7. Ju Dou 1990 8/10

Made between two masterpieces that it can't rival but there's no need to be shy either. And visually it looks fantastic even with this poor DVD :)
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4. Police Story 2 (1988)

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4. Police Story 2 (1988)

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I just checked your LoveHKFilm progress to see if I could recommend anything to you. Have you seriously not seen In the Mood For Love?? You need to watch that asap.
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3. Blue gate crossing / Lan se da men (Taiwan 02)
Not just another teen movie. Delightful.

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