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Chen Kaige

Director, Actor

Yellow EarthYellow Earth (1984) Recommended
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Quiang Liu, Tuo Tan, Xueyin Wang
This spearheaded the wave of modern Chinese cinema to be seen outside the People's Republic. A communist soldier visits a backwards village in 1939…
Life On a StringLife On a String (1991)
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Zhongyuan Liu, Lei Huang, Qing Xu
A richly poetic chronicle of a blind man who devotes himself to music. Like the director's subsequent FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE, some messages may be…
Farewell My ConcubineFarewell My Concubine (1993)
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Gong Li, Leslie Cheung
Lavish, episodic journey through 20th Century Chinese history, encompassing more revolutions than a 45. Joint winner of the Palm D'Or at Cannes is…
Temptress MoonTemptress Moon (1996)
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Gong Li, Leslie Cheung
Chen Kaige elevates the sumptuous Chinese epoch of FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE with this visually rapturous, though far less coherent saga of epic…
Emperor and the Assassin, TheEmperor and the Assassin, The (Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang) (1999)
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Gong Li, Zhang Fenyi
Vast, gilded historical spectacle set in the 3rd Century BC, centred on China's legendary first Qin emperor's struggle to consolidate a unified…
TogetherTogether (He Ni Zaiyiqi) (2002) Recommended
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Tang Yun, Liu Peiqi, Chen Kaige
Touching story of a father and his 13–year–old son, a shy violin prodigy, who scrape up their meagre savings and set off from their…
Promise, ThePromise, The (Wu ji) (2005)
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Hiroyuki Sanada, Dong-Kun Jang, Cecilia Cheung
Visually exquisite, if utterly frivolous Golden Globe–nominated romantic epic from the director of FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE relays the story of…
Chacun Son CinemaChacun Son Cinema (To Each His Own Cinema) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Theo Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August
35 auteurs convey the meaning of cinema in less than three minutes each, in this epic commission to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film…
Founding of a Republic, TheFounding of a Republic, The (Jian guo da ye) (2009)
Dir. Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang
Feat. Guoqiang Tang, Guoli Zhang, Qing Xu
The People‚Äôs Republic of China rolls out the big guns for this 60th anniversary epic, chronicling in big, sweeping gestures, the uprising of Mao…

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