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       Page 1: My All-Time Favorites
      Page 1: Films I Love
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Favorite Films by Actress
Gong Li
 Raise the Red Lantern
(Da hong deng long gao gao gua) with Gong Li (poster), China 1991 Period Drama 2:05 DVD
In northern China in the 1920s, four wives compete to spend the night with their wealthy husband, not because they care about him but for the status and privileges it brings. Masterful performances, especially by Gong Li who won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actress. Brilliant direction by Zhang Yimou. An exceptional script. Awesome art direction, beautiful sets and costumes. Wonderful music. A masterpiece, perfect in every way. My favorite film. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
 Ju Dou
with Gong Li (photo), China 1989 Period Drama 1:38 DVD
In 1920s China, a beautiful young woman, forced into marriage by poverty, becomes the third wife of a wealthy, old, impotent silk dyer. He cruelly beats her for failing to bear him an heir. Her suffering attracts the sympathy of his nephew and the two begin a secret affair. Intriguing story with unforgettable characters. A visually sumptuous masterpiece. A wonderful, sensual performance by Gong Li. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
 Temptress Moon
(Feng yue) with Gong Li (photo), China 1995 Period Drama 2:12 DVD
In 1911 China, the patriarch of a very wealthy, powerful family and his son are addicted to opium. The young brother of his son's wife is forced to work as a servant. When he grows up, he flees to Shanghai, joins a triad, seduces women, steals their valuables and blackmails their husbands. After the old master dies and his son becomes brain dead, his daughter is proclaimed head of the family. The gigolo returns to seduce her and steal the family fortune. A visually spectacular masterpiece with Gong Li who was nominated for Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Peintre, La
(Hua hun / Pan Yu Liang, a Woman Painter / Soul of a Painter) with Gong Li (photo), China 1993 Biography 1:28 / 2:10 DVD
Born in 1899 to a poor family in Yangzhou, Pan Yuliang was sold to a brothel when only 12 years old after the death of her parents. She became the concubine of a customer, moved to Shanghai and studied painting. Awarded a government scholarship to study in France. Her self-portrait Bathing Woman won a French prize; but traditional China refused to acknowledge her work. After teaching in China, she returned to France for the rest of her life. Interesting.
 Farewell, My Concubine
(Ba wang bie ji) with Gong Li (photo), China 1993 Historical Drama 2:37 / 2:52dc DVD
A history of China from the 1920s to the 1970s told through the 52-year relationship between performers in the Beijing Opera. A fascinating story, exceptional performances, beautiful visuals. A masterpiece. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Gong Li won the NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress for this role. In 2006, Premiere magazine ranked this role as the 89th greatest performance of all time. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 To Live
(Huozhe) with Gong Li, China 1994 Historical Drama 1:55 / 2:12 DVD
The tumultuous history of China from the 1940s to the 1970s told through one family's experiences. Helps you understand what happened in China this century. Gong Li was nominated for Best Actress at the Chlotrudis Awards for this role. An exceptional production directed by Zhang Yimou.
 Emperor and the Assassin, The
(Jing ke ci qin wang) with Gong Li, China 1999 Historical Drama 2:41 DVD
China's first emperor Ying Zheng, king of Qin province during the late 3rd century B.C., unites the country's six warring kingdoms under his rule. It asks an intriguing question: Did Ying Zheng conquer the other kingdoms for greater personal power, or did fate assign him the responsibility of uniting China to stop the constant wars? Best version of this story. A Gong Li film. Directed by Chen Kaige.
 Shanghai Triad
(Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao) with Gong Li (photo), China 1994 Period Drama 1:47 DVD
Unhappy people trapped in the criminal underworld of Shanghai during the 1930s. Fascinating story. Excellent performances. Beautiful visuals. Gong Li sings! An exceptional production directed by Zhang Yimou.
 Memoirs of a Geisha
with Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi (poster), Suzuka Ohgo, Eugenia Yuan, USA 2005 Drama 2:25 DVD
In 1929 Japan, a 9-year-old girl from a poor family in a remote fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto. While the spiteful Hatsumomo mistreats her, the kind Mameha helps her become a renowned geisha. An excellent, beautiful film. Zhang Ziyi is very good, but my favorite performances were given by Gong Li who was awarded Best Supporting actress by the National Board of Review, Michelle Yeoh and Suzuka Ohgo. I wish Eugenia Yuan had played “Pumpkin.” In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Curse of the Golden Flower
(Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia) with Gong Li (photo), Chen Jin, Li Man, Hong Kong & China 2006 Period Drama 1:54 DVD
In 928 AD China, a dysfunctional royal family engages in betrayal, incest and vengeance. A Shakespearean melodrama presented as a grand spectacle directed by Cecil B. DeMille, action scenes choreographed by Busby Berkeley, sets and costumes designed by Liberace. The garishly psychedelic palace decor and corseted voluptuous women revealing lots of cleavage aren't historically accurate, but a joy to behold. Overwhelming. Gong Li was awarded Best Actress at both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Hong Kong Film Critics Awards. Read full review. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Zhou Yu's Train
(Zhou Yu de huoche) with Gong Li (photo), China 2002 Romance 1:36 DVD
A beautiful porcelain painter from Sanming takes the long train ride to Chongyang twice a week for consummations of her passionate affair with a shy poet. She raises money to publish his first book and organizes a poetry reading. The poet, feeling smothered by all her attention, transfers to a new job in Tibet to get away from her. Continuing to make the now pointless twice-weekly train trips, she is pursued by a veterinarian. Perplexing.
 Breaking the Silence
(Piaoliang Mama) with Gong Li, China 2000 Drama 1:31 DVD
A single mother will do anything to provide for her hearing-impaired son after her taxi driver husband divorces her. A touching story. Gong Li won the Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress plus Best Actress at the Montreal World Film Festival.
 Chinese Box, The
with Gong Li (poster), USA 1996 Drama 1:39 DVD
An Englishman pursues a Chinese ex-prostitute for love and a mysterious scarred woman out of curiosity in Hong Kong during the 1997 British handover to China. The Englishman is definitely not a likeable character. Because she doesn't speak English, Gong Li communicates with her eyes and body language. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Red Sorghum
(Hong gao liang) with Gong Li, China 1987 Period Drama 1:31 VCD
In 1920s China, a poor family sells their daughter in marriage to a wealthy old wine maker. Fortunately for her, he dies immediately. She takes over his business. One of the workers at the winery gets mad and pees in the wine to ruin it. But they sell it anyway. This “vintage” becomes their most popular ever. Then the Japanese invade... Amusing, disturbing, touching. Gong Li's first film. Directed by Zhang Yimou.
 2046
with Faye Wong (photo), Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Dong Jie, Hong Kong 2004 Drama 2:09 DVD
A gloriously photographed, randomly edited, incredibly beautiful movie about a total slimeball and the beautiful women who fall in love with him in 1960s Hong Kong. (Why do women do that? Is it because these movies are made by men?) The cinematography by Christopher Doyle is breathtaking. My favorite Wong Kar-wai film. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Story of Qiu Ju, The
(Qiu Ju da guan si) with Gong Li (photo), China 1992 Drama 1:40 DVD
A rural village woman's unrelenting quest for justice. A satire on the Chinese legal system. Interesting, but sometimes tedious. Gong Li won the Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. Directed by Zhang Yimou.
Shu Qi
In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the leading actress role was originally given to Shu Qi. But eight weeks into filming, her manager pulled her out of the film to make a Japanese Coca-Cola commercial! – losing for her the international stardom that went to Zhang Ziyi.
 City of Glass
(Boli zhi cheng / Po lei chi shing) with Shu Qi (photo), Hong Kong 1998 Romance 1:55 DVD
In the late 60s, two Hong Kong University students fall in love. He is arrested while demonstrating for the Diaoyutai Movement during the “Red Hot Era.” After his release, he goes to France to finish his studies. She graduates and starts her career. Both marry and have children. Twenty years later, their love is rekindled. A very touching love story. The film received a record 12 nominations at the 18th Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Actress for Shu Qi.
 So Close
(Xi yang tian shi / Chik yeung tin sai) with Shu Qi (photo), Vicki Zhao Wei, Karen Mok, Hong Kong 2002 Action Comedy Thriller 1:50 DVD
When a wealthy Shanghai computer mogul is murdered, an ambitious young female undercover detective is assigned to the case. During her investigation, she encounters two beautiful sisters who are criminal masterminds with mental and kung fu skills equal to her own. Awesome eye candy with terrific fight choreography and gorgeous ladies in chic outfits. Not to be missed! In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Love Me, Love My Money
(You qing yin shui bao / Yau ching yam shui baau) with Shu Qi, Hong Kong 2001 Romantic Comedy 1:38 DVD
A filthy rich, but absurdly stingy, businessman is made temporarily penniless by his vengeful ex-girlfriend. His house is looted, his credit cards are frozen and his wallet is empty. He meets a struggling financial analyst and pretends to be poor to determine if she likes him for himself or just his money. Because Shu Qi is so beautiful, charming and delightful to watch, I thoroughly enjoyed this film.
 Gorgeous
(Bolei cheun / Bor lei jun) with Shu Qi (photo), Hong Kong 1999 Romantic Comedy 1:39 DVD
Beautiful young Taiwanese woman goes to Hong Kong to find her true love. The first guy she meets is a gay cosmetologist who lets her stay with him. Next she meets a lonely, multi-millionaire trash recycler who gets beat up by a white guy smaller than he is. Guess whom she chooses? A feel good romantic comedy with non-life-threatening martial arts contests. Shu Qi is charming and “Gorgeous.”
 Look for a Star
(You long xi feng / Yau lung hei fung) with Shu Qi (photo), Zhang Xinyi, Denise Ho, Ella Koon, Hong Kong 2009 Romance DVD
In Macau, a twice-divorced billionaire developer meets a young nightclub dancer in a casino. His chauffeur dates a divorced woman with a young daughter. His corporate secretary has issues with a maintenance man at their hotel. Three touching relationships dealing with the effect of class differences on romance. Although the television game show at the end is contrived and annoying, the rest of the film is enjoyable.
 Foliage, The
(Mei ren cao) with Shu Qi (photo), China 2003 Drama 1:39 DVD
During the Cultural Revolution in China, young intellectuals from the cities are drafted into the People's Army for manual labor in rural areas. A platoon leader considers a childhood friend there his girlfriend. But she likes a rebellious young man from another platoon. When tensions rise between the two platoons, she becomes a pawn in the conflict. Strong characters, weak story. Excellent performance by Shu Qi who was nominated for Best Actress at the 1st China Movie Directors' Association Awards.
 If You Are the One
(Fei cheng wu rao) with Shu Qi (photo), China 2008 Romantic Comedy 1:56 DVD
A bald, mediocre-looking, middle-aged bachelor places a personal ad on the Internet hoping to find a wife. After several unsuccessful dates, he meets a woman twenty years younger than him and so attractive, he thinks she's too good for him. She is of course, but because her married boyfriend just decided to stay with his wife, she befriends the bachelor anyway. Screenplay and direction by Feng Xiaogang. The witty dialogue is amusing.
 Beijing Rocks
(Bei Jing le yu lu / Bak Ging lok yue liu) with Shu Qi (photo), Hong Kong 2001 Drama 1:49 DVD
The underground lives of a rock band as they travel the backroads of contemporary China giving concerts in cities and rural towns. A love triangle develops among the band leader, his beautiful girlfriend and an American-born Chinese who joins the band. None of the characters know what to do with their lives. Shu Qi gives her character a special charm. Director Mabel Cheung made two of my favorites: City of Glass and The Soong Sisters.
 Transporter, The
(Transporteur, Le) with Shu Qi (photo), France 2002 Action 1:32 DVD
An ex-special forces soldier now lives in a villa on the French Mediterranean and has a lucrative business as an underworld “transporter” for hire. He will deliver anything anywhere, no questions asked. His 3 rules: never change the agreement, no names, never open the package. Well, he opens the package, finds Shu Qi inside, and all hell breaks loose. The fight scenes are exciting except for the interminable ending. Shu Qi is gorgeous. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 My Wife Is a Gangster 3
(Jopog manura 3) with Shu Qi, Hyeon Young, South Korea / China 2006 Action Comedy 1:55 DVD
The beautiful-martial-art-killing-machine daughter of a Hong Kong triad boss is framed for murdering the boss of a rival gang and is forced to flee to South Korea to escape retaliation. Her father's friend, a Korean mob boss, orders three bumbling stooges with no fighting skills whatsoever to protect her. A sexy female assassin is sent from Hong Kong to kill her. Shu Qi replaces Shin Eun-kyung with no connection to the two previous films. Slapstick comedy combined with fight scenes. Mildly amusing. Hot tattoo!
 Three Times
(The Best of Our Times / Zui hao de shi guang) with Shu Qi (photo), Taiwan 2005 Romance 2:15 DVD
A couple play pool in 1966, speak in subtitles in a 1911 brothel, and live pointless lives in present-day Taipei. This film consists of long takes of people doing almost nothing. Shu Qi won Best Actress at the 42nd Golden Horse Awards and was nominated at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival because, without her, this film would be excruciating to watch. Director Hou Hsiao Hsien's four other films listed on this site can justifiably be found in the “Films I Hate” category. In Asian Film Trailers below.
Gigi Leung
 Love on the Rocks
(Luen ching go gup) with Gigi Leung (photo), Kathy Chow, Hong Kong 2004 Romantic Comedy 1:43 DVD
A beautiful young woman breaks up with her dorky boyfriend, because he isn't romantic, and dates other guys. He hires a 19-year old self-proclaimed love advisor, who has never been in a relationship, to give him lessons. She tells him to revisit all his ex-girlfriends to find out what he has been doing wrong. Amusing story with five beautiful women: Gigi Leung (adorable), Kathy Chow (breathtaking), Rain Li, Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi.
 Sky of Love
(Oi duen liu sin) with Gigi Leung (photo), Hong Kong 2003 Romance 1:31 DVD
A college girl, playing around with a ham radio, makes contact with a guy who attends the same university. When the two try to meet, they discover that they exist 23 years apart. Even though they are unable to see one another, they form a deep friendship and affect each other's lives. Sound familiar? It's a remake of the Korean film, Ditto, which was better. Gigi Leung is wonderful.
 Tempting Heart
(Xin dong / Sam dung) with Gigi Leung (illustration), Karen Mok, Sylvia Chang, Hong Kong 1999 Romance 1:55 DVD
A Hong Kong filmmaker reminisces about her first love at 17. The transcendent joy. The heartbreak when parents force them to break up. The longing for lost love. Meeting again years later. Attempts to reunite. “It's the love we've lost that haunts us.” Gigi Leung is adorable, wonderful in this role and was nominted for Best Actress at the 19th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. Written and directed by Sylvia Chang.
 Turn Left, Turn Right
(Xiang zuo zou xiang you zou / Heung joh chow heung yau chow) with Gigi Leung (photo), Hong Kong 2003 Romantic Comedy 1:42 VCD
A translator and a classical violinist live in the same apartment building but never meet until finally one day in the park. It's love at first sight but then they lose contact with one another. Will fate allow them to meet again? This could have been a touching love story because the two leads are likable and their romance was believable and very touching. But the director's dismal attempt at humor ruined what could have been a wonderful film.

 Roots and Branches
(Wo de xiong di jie mei) with Gigi Leung (photo), China 2001 Family 1:35 DVD
Four children, who grow up looking out for each other in a small town in China, are given up for adoption and separated when their parents are killed in a blizzard. Twenty years later, the eldest daughter, raised in America where she's become a famous conductor, returns to China to track down her siblings. One viewer wrote, “The four children give outstanding performances.”
Michelle Yeoh
 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(Wo hu cang long) with Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Taiwan 2000 Period Martial Arts Drama 2:00 DVD
In early 19th century China, an aristocrat's daughter falls in love with a thief. A martial arts master wants to retire and live a life of meditation, after he avenges the death of his master. He and a female martial arts master have loved each other for years, but never expressed it. Great story, spectacular fights, gorgeous photography, beautiful music, wonderful performances by Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi. A masterpiece. Four Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Memoirs of a Geisha
with Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi (poster), Suzuka Ohgo, Eugenia Yuan, USA 2005 Drama 2:25 DVD
In 1929 Japan, a 9-year-old girl from a poor family in a remote fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto. While the spiteful Hatsumomo mistreats her, the kind Mameha helps her become a renowned geisha. An excellent, beautiful film. Zhang Ziyi is very good, but my favorite performances were given by Gong Li who was awarded Best Supporting actress by the National Board of Review, Michelle Yeoh and Suzuka Ohgo. I wish Eugenia Yuan had played “Pumpkin.” In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Soong Sisters, The
(Song jia huang chao) with Michelle Khan (Yeoh), Maggie Cheung, Vivian Wu, Hong Kong 1996 Historical Drama 2:24 DVD
Fifty years of Chinese history seen through the lives of the Soong sisters. Ai-ling (Khan) married Kung Hsiang-hsi, who established the first banks in China and became finance minister of Hong Kong. Ching-ling (Cheung) married Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who overthrew the Manchu dynasty to establish a republic in China. And May-ling (Wu) married Chiang Kai-shek, leader of the Nationalist government in China, and later Taiwan. Fascinating.
 Wing Chun
(Yong Chun) with Michelle Yeoh, Catherine Hung Yan, Hong Kong 1994 Martial Arts 1:33 DVD
Michelle Yeoh kicks ass with beauty, grace and finesse in a martial-arts film inspired by a real person in 19th century China. Entertaining and fun.
 Tomorrow Never Dies
with Michelle Yeoh (photo), UK & USA 1997 Action Thriller 1:59 DVD
A powerful megalomaniac media mogul intends to start a war between England and China to promote his news business. (Just like William Randolph Hearst and the Spanish-American War of 1898.) England sends James Bond to investigate. China sends the stunning Wai Lin. He doesn't want to work with her but changes his mind when he realizes that she can kick ass too. Michelle Yeoh is breath-taking. My favorite “Bond. James Bond.” film.
 Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The
with Michelle Yeoh (photo), Isabella Leong, Jessey Meng, USA 2008 Adventure 1:52
In 1946 China, a goofy English family confronts a reawakened mad-as-hell two thousand year-old Chinese emperor, his 10,000 terra-cotta soldiers, 10,000 slave skeletons, several huge Yeti, a three-headed fire-breathing dragon, a gorgeous sorceress and a beautiful assassin. They survive car chases, crash landings, booby-traps, epic battles, avalanches and find the lost city of Shangri-La in the Himalayas. The most breath-taking (and personal favorite) parts of the film are Michelle, Isabella and Jessey. Thrill-a-minute dumb fun.
Kwai Lun-Mei
 Secret
(Bu neng shuo de. mi mi) with Kwai Lun-Mei (photo), Tseng Kai-Xuan, Taiwan 2007 Romance 1:41 DVD
A new student at the Tanjiang Art School meets an attractive and charming girl in an old music room. She immediately steals his heart and the two begin a romance. But she has secrets; things about her life she won't tell him. Interesting story. A touching romance. Beautiful music. A moving performance by the adorable Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-Mei. I love this film!
 Blue Gate Crossing
(Lanse da men) with Kwai Lun-Mei (photo), Liang Shu-hui, Taiwan & France 2002 Drama 1:25 DVD
In Taiwan, a high school girl, her best friend and a boy they like try to understand their relationships and feelings for one another. A very beautiful film about adolescence. Very sweet, very realistic, very touching. Kwai Lun-Mei gives an incredible performance. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 All About Women
(Nu ren bu huai / She Ain't Mean / Not All Women Are Bad) with Zhou Xun, Kwai Lun-Mei (photo), Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Hong Kong 2008 Comedy 2:00 DVD
A 1930's style screwball comedy. A calamity-prone geek experiments with love potions to attract men. A sexy woman pursues a business career. A punk-haired biker girl practices boxing and wants to be a rock star. Even though there were no subtitles, I thoroughly enjoyed the outrageous situations and laughed out loud at the bizarre behavior. Zhou Xun is adorable and hilarious. Kitty Zhang Yuqi looks like a supermodel. Kwai Lun-Mei is amazing. Stunning locations and sets. Inventive art direction and cinematography.
 Most Distant Course, The
(Zui yao yuan de ju li) with Kwai Lun-Mei (photo), Taiwan 2007 Drama 1:53 DVD
Three people, a young heart-broken unemployed sound recordist, a seriously deranged recently-divorced psychiatrist and an attractive young female office clerk with an unfaithful lover/boss begin traveling around Taiwan looking for something to change their unhappy lives. Two endless hours with unhappy people having meaningless experiences. The psychiatrist was skin-crawl creepy. The sound recordist, a pathetic loser. I couldn't wait for their scenes to end. But I enjoyed watching the adorable Lun-Mei listen to her headphones.
Zhou Xun
 Banquet, The
(Legend of the Black Scorpion, The / Ye yan) with Zhang Ziyi (photo), Zhou Xun, China 2006 Action Drama 2:11 DVD
In 907 AD China during the Tang Dynasty, the new Emperor has usurped the throne by murdering his brother and then marrying his widow. The Empress asks the Crown Prince to help kill him. When the Prince hesitates, she seeks the throne for herself. A loose adaptation of Hamlet. The screenplay, performances, action scenes, art direction, cinematography, music and Feng Xiaogang's direction are superb. A gorgeous and suspenseful masterpiece. One of the greatest films ever made. Zhou Xun won Best Supporting Actress in the 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 West Lake Moment, A
(Yuan yang hu die) with Zhou Xun, Zhang Yue, China 2004 Romance 1:52 VCD
In present-day Hangzhou, a young woman who owns a swank teahouse near picturesque West Lake falls for an immature, commitment-challenged screenwriter with a girlfriend. Complicating her own life are a fiancé, a best friend who loves her, and her inner child whom she calls “Zazabo.” This film started out cute, charming and funny then it grabbed my heart and never let go. Zhou Xun is adorable. Zhang Yue is very special.
 Perhaps Love
(Ruguo ai / Yu guo oi) with Zhou Xun (photo), Hong Kong 2005 Musical Romance 1:47 DVD
In present-day Shanghai, an ambitious actress, a respected director – her mentor and lover, and her former boyfriend – now also a film star are making a 1930s musical film, ironically, about a love triangle. Beautiful, breathtaking, enchanting, exciting, inventive, magical, spectacular and touching. The stunning Zhou Xun has never been better and won the Best Actress Award at both the Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film Awards in 2006. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 All About Women
(Nu ren bu huai / She Ain't Mean / Not All Women Are Bad) with Zhou Xun, Kwai Lun-Mei (photo), Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Hong Kong 2008 Comedy 2:00 DVD
A 1930's style screwball comedy. A calamity-prone geek experiments with love potions to attract men. A sexy woman pursues a business career. A punk-haired biker girl practices boxing and wants to be a rock star. Even though there were no subtitles, I thoroughly enjoyed the outrageous situations and laughed out loud at the bizarre behavior. Zhou Xun is adorable and hilarious. Kitty Zhang Yuqi looks like a supermodel. Kwai Lun-Mei is amazing. Stunning locations and sets. Inventive art direction and cinematography.
 Painted Skin
(Hua pi, Wa pei) with Zhou Xun (photo), Vicki Zhao Wei, Betty Sun Li, Hong Kong 2008 Fantasy Action Romance Comedy 1:41 / 1:58dc DVD
A big-budget supernatural spectacle about an evil immortal female demon who eats human hearts to stay young and beautiful, and falls in love with a married general. Also, a close friend is still in love with the general's wife; a tomboy demon buster is in love with the close friend; and a fly-eating lizard in human form is in love with the seductive demon and supplies her with fresh hearts. The women, cinematography, sets and costumes are spectacular. The acting, martial arts, special effects and subtitles are funny. Surprisingly enjoyable.
 Beauty Remains, The
(Mei ren yi jiu / Fei) with Zhou Xun (photo), Vivian Wu, China 2004 Drama 1:30 VCD
In 1949 China, the communist army is advancing. In Qing Dao, 15 years after being abandoned, a poor, illegitimate schoolgirl is pressured by her spoiled older half-sister to help her collect the inheritance after their wealthy father dies. A casino owner-boxing promoter pursues them. Desire, passion, greed and the dilemma of holding on or letting go. Sets, costumes and hairstyles recreate the era beautifully. Zhou Xun and Vivian Wu are excellent.
 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
(Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise) with Zhou Xun (photo), China & France 2002 Drama 1:50 DVD
In 1971 China, during the Cultural Revolution, two university students are sent to a remote mountain mining village as part of their reeducation to purge them of their western-oriented education. They meet a beautiful young seamstress. To woo her, they read to her forbidden books including those by Balzac. In the process, she learns about a world she had never imagined. Beautiful scenery, a moving story and touching relationships. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Suzhou River
(Suzhou he) with Zhou Xun (photo), China 2000 Drama 1:23 DVD
In present-day Shanghai, a teenage girl takes a motorcycle courier for her boyfriend. He kidnaps her for the ransom money. She runs away, jumps off a bridge into the Suzhou River and disappears. He goes to jail for three years. When he gets out, he goes looking for her. He finds a woman that looks exactly like her in a sleazy bar swimming in a large glass tank dressed as a blond mermaid. Is she the one he's looking for? Zhou Xun is wonderful.
 Baober in Love
(Lianai Zhong De Baobeir) with Zhou Xun (photo), China 2004 Drama 1:35 DVD
Baobar is a beautiful young woman, who is slowly going crazy. She is trying to cope with childhood traumas and looking for romance at the same time. She finds a video tape of a guy confessing his dreams and falls for him. She wins his love, and they move in together in an old abandoned factory building. Visually extravagant. I don't know if the film made sense because I saw it without subtitles. Zhou Xun is wonderful.
 Beijing Bicycle
(Shiqi sui de dan che) with Gao Yuanyuan (photo), Zhou Xun, China & Taiwan 2001 Drama 1:53 DVD
Poignant tale of two teenagers struggling to find their place in Beijing. A country boy wants a job in the city. A city boy wants to be accepted by a girl and some boys at high school. They are unable to communicate their thoughts and emotions. Believing it's what you have that's important, rather than who you are, each boy desperately desires a bicycle to get the life he wants. Brilliant script.
Jeon Ji-hyun
 My Sassy Girl
(Yeopgijeogin geunyeo) with Jeon Ji-hyun (photo), South Korea 2001 Romantic Comedy 2:03 / 2:17dc DVD
In present-day Korea, a young man takes responsibility for helping a troubled young woman who constantly abuses him. Without a doubt, the best romantic comedy ever made. Jeon Ji-hyun is beautiful, enchanting, charming, funny and plays this role brilliantly; no actress could have done a better job. The scenes with her parents are priceless. I have watched this film many times and have laughed, cried and loved seeing it every time. Jeon Ji-hyun won Best Actress at the 2002 Grand Bell Awards for this role.
 Il Mare
(Si wol ae / Siworae / Love Beyond Time) with Jeon Ji-hyun, South Korea 2000 Romance 1:35 DVD
Two lonely young people, separated by time, share their thoughts and feelings with one another by sending letters through a magical mailbox. Gradually, they fall in love with one another. A unique, touching and unforgettable love story. Exceptionally beautiful in every way. Jeon Ji-hyun is charming. Directed with gentle sensitivity by Lee Hyun-seung. I love this film!
 Windstruck
(Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida) with Jeon Ji-hyun (photo), South Korea 2004 Romantic Comedy 2:04 DVD
The touching and beautifully told love story between a ravishing young female no-fear kick-ass police officer and a meek high school teacher is ruined during the scenes of police pursuit and bloody violence. I wish I could have deleted those parts. A wonderful, surprise ending. Jeon Ji-hyun, probably the most gifted young actress in the world today, shines especially when expressing her sassy persona and over-the-top antics.
 Daisy
with Jeon Ji-hyun (photo), South Korea 2006 Romance 1:50
A beautiful young Korean woman works as a street artist in Amsterdam. Two Korean men, an Interpol agent and a professional assassin, simultaneously fall in love with her. This is not your typical police action thriller with the two men constantly fighting over the girl. It's a very beautiful, romantic, intelligent and emotional film about an unusual love triangle. Even though I saw it in Mandarin without English subtitles, I liked it anyway. In Asian Film Trailers below.
Shin Eun-kyung
 Perfect Match, A
(Joheun saram isseumyeon sogae shikeojwo) with Shin Eun-kyung (photo), South Korea 2002 Romantic Comedy 1:45 DVD
Because Korean society places tremendous pressure on its people to get married at the proper age, from 27-30, young men and women seek out match making agencies to introduce them to prospective spouses and to help them make the best impression. An unattached “couple manager” is attracted to one of her clients and, obviously, complications ensue. Because of the wonderful performance by Shin Eun-kyung, I enjoyed it.
 My Wife is a Gangster
(Jopog manura) with Shin Eun-kyung (photo), South Korea 2001 Action Comedy 1:47 DVD
A beautiful young woman, who kicks serious ass, is second in command and the only woman in an underworld gang. One day, her dying sister guilts her into promising to get married and have a baby before she dies. She reluctantly marries a naïve civil servant who is unaware of her role as a ruthless gang leader. I thoroughly enjoyed the romantic comedy and disliked the violence. Shin Eun-kyung is incredible and performs many of her own stunts.
 Mr. Housewife
(Quiz King / Mister jubu quiz wang) with Shin Eun-kyung (photo), South Korea 2005 Comedy 1:47
An ambitious, career-oriented TV host is embarrassed that she has a househusband who doesn't work and stays home to cook, clean and care for their little daughter. Desperate, after losing the family savings, he participates in a television quiz show intended only for housewives. When the TV host wife learns about this, she moves out. Not enough Eun-kyung, but amusing and a touching ending.
 My Wife is a Gangster 2: Return of the Legend
(Jopog manura 2: Dolaon jeonseol) with Shin Eun-kyung (photo), South Korea 2003 Action Comedy 1:44 VCD
A female gang boss loses her memory in a fight and goes to work at a Chinese restaurant delivering food on a scooter. A gang threatens local shopowners. As an afterthought, Zhang Ziyi appears as a rival gangster. Much less enjoyable than the first. Shin Eun-kyung is the only good thing about this film. Sadly, while filming a fight scene, Shin Eun-kyung was hit in the left eye with a wooden plank. Although her eye returned to normal, she permanently lost her sight in that eye.
 Ring
(Ring Virus) with Shin Eun-Kyung, South Korea 1999 Horror 1:48 DVD
After watching a strange videotape, the phone rings telling the person who saw it that he will die in seven days. After her niece presumably dies like that, a young journalist begins to investigate and finds the deadly tape. Although she has been warned not to, she watches it anyway. Minutes later the phone rings... A Korean remake of the Japanese hit, Ringu. Mildly entertaining. Shin Eun-Kyung is always good.
Michelle Krusiec
 Saving Face
with Michelle Krusiec (photo), Lynn Chen, Joan Chen, USA 2004 Drama 1:31 DVD
A young Chinese-American surgeon, living in Manhattan, is just starting a lesbian relationship with a beautiful Chinese-American ballerina when her single mother shows up on her doorstep pregnant and won't tell who the father is. Then the ballerina is offered a job in Paris. An exploration of the conservative Chinese community in New York. Very touching, often funny, great script, first rate acting and direction. Michelle Krusiec is wonderful. In Asian Film Trailers below.
Eugenia Yuan
 Charlotte Sometimes
with Eugenia Yuan (photo), Jacqueline Kim, USA 2002 Drama 1:25 DVD
A film about the complicated relationships among an auto mechanic, his drop dead gorgeous tenant and best friend, her sleep-over boyfriend and a beautiful and mysterious stranger that shows interest first in the mechanic, then the boyfriend. Minimal lighting, brief exchanges, quiet moments, unexpressed emotions and sexual tension create believable relationships and an intriguing story. A special film. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Mail Order Wife
with Eugenia Yuan (photo), Deborah Teng, USA 2004 Drama 1:32 DVD
A filmmaker funds a New York City doorman's mail order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience. She's a beautiful young woman from a poor village in Burma. He's an unattractive, fat, reclusive pervert who just wants her for sex, sex videos, cooking and house cleaning. She runs away with the filmmaker who turns out to be an asshole. Intended as a mockumentary comedy, but really a tragedy. Eugenia Yuan is exceptional. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Memoirs of a Geisha
with Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi (poster), Suzuka Ohgo, Eugenia Yuan, USA 2005 Drama 2:25 DVD
In 1929 Japan, a 9-year-old girl from a poor family in a remote fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto. While the spiteful Hatsumomo mistreats her, the kind Mameha helps her become a renowned geisha. An excellent, beautiful film. Zhang Ziyi is very good, but my favorite performances were given by Gong Li who was awarded Best Supporting actress by the National Board of Review, Michelle Yeoh and Suzuka Ohgo. I wish Eugenia Yuan had played “Pumpkin.” In Asian Film Trailers below.
Kim Hyun-joo
 Calla
with Kim Hyun-joo (photo), Kim Hee-sun, South Korea 1999 Romance 1:38 DVD
A young man finds a bouquet of flowers on his desk every morning. To find out who his secret admirer is, he goes to a nearby florist shop and at first sight falls in love with the young woman he meets there, thinking she is the one who is sending him flowers. He arranges to meet her for dinner. But just as he arrives, a crazed drug addict kills her right before his eyes. A touching romance ruined by scenes of violence. Kim Hyun-joo is lovely.
 Star Runner
(Siu nin ah fu) with Kim Hyun-joo (photo), Hong Kong & South Korea 2003 Action 1:40 DVD
Two separate stories. A contrived romance in the first half. Men bashing each other's brains out in the second. Kim Hyun-joo is extremely beautiful and the only reason to watch this film.
René Liu
 Fleeing by Night
(Ye ben) with René Liu (photo), Taiwan 2000 Period Drama 2:03 DVD
In 1930s China, the daughter of a wealthy businessman has been engaged to a man she had never met. He returns home after many years of studying music in America. Both become friends with the star of an opera troupe. She feels affection for both men, but they are more attracted to one another. The opera singer is also pursued by a man from wealthy, opium-addicted family. The three remain good friends their entire lives. Beautifully filmed, deeply moving. A masterpiece.
 Happy Birthday
(Sun yat fai lok) with René Liu (photo), China / Hong Kong 2007 Romance 1:47 DVD
Touching story about the friendship and love between two people over a period of several years. Based on a short story by René Liu. Screenplay by Sylvia Chang. Directed by Jingle Ma. Perfect.
 20 : 30 : 40
with René Liu, Sylvia Chang, Angelica Lee “Sinjie,” Kate Yeung, Hong Kong & Taiwan 2004 Romance Drama Comedy 1:53 DVD
A twenty-something Malaysian girl goes to Taiwan in the hope of becoming a pop singer. A thirty-something flight attendant juggles liaisons with two men; neither committing to nor fully cutting ties with either. A forty-something owner of a florist shop discovers her husband has a second family, gets a divorce and plunges into the singles scene. All four women are terrific. Brilliantly written and directed by Sylvia Chang. Involving, entertaining and funny.
 Migratory Bird
(Hou niao) with René Liu (photo), Taiwan 2001 Romantic Comedy 1:51 DVD
A Taiwanese couple has relocated to Canada but the husband frequently travels to China for business. While apart both experience sexual temptations. Teenagers living in their home have a hate-love relationship. Realistic situations and emotions. Frequently funny. René Liu is delightful.
 World without Thieves, A
(Tian xia wu zei) with René Liu, Li Bingbing, China & Hong Kong 2004 Drama 1:40 DVD
Two professional thieves and partners in love become conscience stricken when they meet a naive young carpenter carrying his life's savings aboard a train home to get married. He believes these two swindlers are his friends. Also on board is another gang of thieves. When the woman decides to protect the young man from all thieves, her boyfriend doesn't know what to do. René Liu is wonderful. Ge You is enjoyably slimy. Li Bingbing is sexy.
 Personals, The
(Zheng hun qi shi) with René Liu (photo), Taiwan 1998 Comedy 1:44 DVD
An attractive 30-ish woman becomes dissatisfied with her life and quits her job as a eye doctor in a Taipei hospital to search full-time for a husband. She takes out a newspaper ad hoping to find someone suitable. About 100 men respond to the ad. She meets them one by one in a quiet tearoom. Each one seemingly worse than the one before. At night, she pours her heart out to the answering machine of her former married lover. Entertaining.
 Run Papa Run
(Yat kor ho ba ba) with René Liu (photo), Hong Kong 2008 Comedy 1:54 DVD
A lifelong triad gang leader meets a young aspiring lawyer, gets her pregnant and has to marry her. After their daughter is born, he makes a committment to become a good father... while continuing his life of crime! Directed by Sylvia Chang. Amusing and entertaining.
 Siao Yu
(Shao nu xiao yu) with René Liu, Taiwan 1995 Drama 1:44 DVD
A young woman emigrates from China to New York City to be with her boyfriend. In order to get her American citizenship, she pays an unemployed, sixty-year-old, radical right wing journalist with a gambling problem to marry her. But she still lives with her boyfriend. When immigration officers come, she moves into her husband's apartment to convince them the marriage is real. But unfortunately, the husband's long gone wife also comes to stay.
 X-Roads
(Xin shizi jietou) with René Liu (photo), Taiwan & China 2001 Drama 1:44 DVD
A Chinese businesswoman living in New York returns to Shanghai for her mother's funeral. Her mother's handyman makes romantic advances because he wants to use her mother's house as a nightclub. The two fall for one another despite their other relationships. (Many years earlier, her mother and his father had loved one another too.) The film juxtaposes vintage footage from the 1937 Chinese classic Crossroads with this current revision.
Faye Wong
 Chinese Odyssey 2002
(Tian xia wu shuang) with Faye Wong (photo), Vicki Zhao, Hong Kong 2002 Romantic Comedy 1:37 DVD
In Ming Dynasty China, the young Emperor and his sister are both confined to the Imperial Palace by their mother, the Empress Dowager. After sneaking out, they meet and fall in love with commoners, also a brother and sister. He's a wanderer, she's runs a restaurant. It's silly, goofy and very funny. I loved it. Especially the song.
 Chungking Express
(Chongqing senlin) with Faye Wong, Valerie Chow, Hong Kong 1994 Comedy Drama 1:44 DVD
In 1990s Hong Kong two lovelorn cops have been dumped by their girlfriends. One tries to track down a female drug dealer who wears a blond wig. The other meets a girl at an all night snack bar. She secretly breaks in and cleans his apartment when he's not there. More style than story or character development. Quirky, funny and engaging. Faye Wong is wonderful! Directed by Wong Kar Wai.
 2046
with Faye Wong (photo), Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Dong Jie, Hong Kong 2004 Drama 2:09 DVD
A gloriously photographed, randomly edited, incredibly beautiful movie about a total slimeball and the beautiful women who fall in love with him in 1960s Hong Kong. (Why do women do that? Is it because these movies are made by men?) The cinematography by Christopher Doyle is breathtaking. My favorite Wong Kar-wai film. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Leaving Me, Loving You
(Dai sing siu si) with Faye Wong (photo), China 2004 Romance 1:34 DVD
In Shanghai, a doctor breaks up with his event planner girlfriend but soon regrets his decision. He had his reasons but, in my opinion, any guy who breaks up with Faye Wong is brain damaged. Very little happens. Very little is said. They just look at each other a lot. He's remorseful. She's frustrated. The music is nice. The photography is beautiful. Anyone who has been separated from someone they love will be touched by this film.
Wu Chien-lien
 Eat Drink Man Woman
(Yin shi nan nu) with Wu Chien-lien, Taiwan 1994 Drama 2:03 DVD
The romantic relationships and family conflicts of a father and his three daughters in present-day Taipei. I grew to care about every member of this family. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
 Dragon Town Story
(Long cheng zheng yue / Lung sing jing yuet) with Wu Chien-lien (photo), Hong Kong 1997 Drama 1:36 DVD
In 1910s China, a warlord slaughters a rival clan during a wedding ceremony. The only person to survive is the bride who goes into hiding and plots revenge for the murder of her entire family. Nine years later she hires an assassin and the two go to the warlord's town. After the first assassination attempts fails, the warlord suspects them and invites them to his home. The director wisely includes many close-ups of the stunning Wu Chien-lien.
 Phantom Lover, The
(Ye ban ge sheng / Yau boon goh sing) with Wu Chien-lien, Hong Kong & Singapore 1995 Dramatic Romance 1:40 DVD
In 1926 China, a popular actor has an affair with the daughter of a scheming industrialist who destroys his magnificent theater. Ten years later, a nearly bankrupt acting troupe restores the burned-out theater and finds a phantom-like recluse, who hides his disfigured face, living amongst the ruins. A Chinese interpretation of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. The songs and music can't even begin to compare to the Andrew Lloyd Webber version.
Zhang Yue
 West Lake Moment, A
(Yuan yang hu die) with Zhou Xun, Zhang Yue, China 2004 Romance 1:52 VCD
In present-day Hangzhou, a young woman who owns a swank teahouse near picturesque West Lake falls for an immature, commitment-challenged screenwriter with a girlfriend. Complicating her own life are a fiancé, a best friend who loves her, and her inner child whom she calls “Zazabo.” This film started out cute, charming and funny then it grabbed my heart and never let go. Zhou Xun is adorable. Zhang Yue is very special.
 Sunflower
(Xiang ri kui) with Zhang Yue (photo), Joan Chen, China 2005 Drama 2:09
A willful and domineering man imposes his opinions of what is right on his wife and son making their lives miserable. Only in his lonely old age does he realize what a bad husband and father he had been and that he never expressed his love to them. A beautifully made film that made me angry and sad. Zhang Yue is very special.
Anita Yuen
 C'est La Vie, Mon Chéri
(Endless Love / Xin Buliao Qing) with Anita Yuen, Hong Kong 1993 Romance 1:45 DVD
A touching romance between a charismatic young woman from a street-singing family and an aspiring songwriter. A very popular film that swept the 1993 Hong Kong Film Awards. You just can't help falling in love with Anita Yuen.
 He's a Woman, She's a Man
(Jin qi yu she / Gum gee yuk yip) with Anita Yuen, Hong Kong 1994 Romantic Comedy 1:47 DVD
A fanatic Hong Kong music fan idolizes a female singer. In an attempt to meet the singer, the fan poses as an amateur male singer, gets a contract with the singer's producer/boyfriend and moves in with him! The fan gets a big crush on the producer and he starts to have feelings for him (her) also. This causes complications with his girlfriend and discomfort about his own sexuality. Silly, but funny. Anita Yuen is irresistibly charming.
 Who's the Woman, Who's the Man
(Jin qi yu she 2 / Gum gee yuk yip 2) with Anita Yuen (photo), Hong Kong 1996 Romantic Comedy 1:47 DVD
This sequel to the immensely popular He's a Woman, She's a Man begins where the first one left off. The producer and his female-disguised-as-a-male protégé move in together causing the public to assume they are gay. He (she) becomes a pop star. Both question their sexuality. Entertaining, but not as good as the original.
Zhang Ziyi
 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(Wo hu cang long) with Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Taiwan 2000 Period Martial Arts Drama 2:00 DVD
In early 19th century China, an aristocrat's daughter falls in love with a thief. A martial arts master wants to retire and live a life of meditation, after he avenges the death of his master. He and a female martial arts master have loved each other for years, but never expressed it. Great story, spectacular fights, gorgeous photography, beautiful music, wonderful performances by Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi. A masterpiece. Four Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Banquet, The
(Legend of the Black Scorpion, The / Ye yan) with Zhang Ziyi (photo), Zhou Xun, China 2006 Action Drama 2:11 DVD
In 907 AD China during the Tang Dynasty, the new Emperor has usurped the throne by murdering his brother and then marrying his widow. The Empress asks the Crown Prince to help kill him. When the Prince hesitates, she seeks the throne for herself. A loose adaptation of Hamlet. The screenplay, performances, action scenes, art direction, cinematography, music and Feng Xiaogang's direction are superb. A gorgeous and suspenseful masterpiece. One of the greatest films ever made. Zhou Xun won Best Supporting Actress in the 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Memoirs of a Geisha
with Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi (poster), Suzuka Ohgo, Eugenia Yuan, USA 2005 Drama 2:25 DVD
In 1929 Japan, a 9-year-old girl from a poor family in a remote fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto. While the spiteful Hatsumomo mistreats her, the kind Mameha helps her become a renowned geisha. An excellent, beautiful film. Zhang Ziyi is very good, but my favorite performances were given by Gong Li who was awarded Best Supporting actress by the National Board of Review, Michelle Yeoh and Suzuka Ohgo. I wish Eugenia Yuan had played “Pumpkin.” In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Jasmine Women
(Mo li hua kai) with Zhang Ziyi (photo), Joan Chen, China 2004 Drama Romance 2:10 DVD
The love lives of a woman, her daughter and granddaughter spanning 50 years of tumultuous change in Shanghai. In the 1930s Mo, wanting to become an actress, becomes the mistress of a film investor and has a daughter, Li. In the 1950s Li and her working-class husband adopt an orphan girl, Hua. In the 1970s Hua marries a university graduate and has a baby girl. Three touching stories, beautifully acted. Zhang Ziyi's best performance by far. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 2046
with Faye Wong (photo), Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Dong Jie, Hong Kong 2004 Drama 2:09 DVD
A gloriously photographed, randomly edited, incredibly beautiful movie about a total slimeball and the beautiful women who fall in love with him in 1960s Hong Kong. (Why do women do that? Is it because these movies are made by men?) The cinematography by Christopher Doyle is breathtaking. My favorite Wong Kar-wai film. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Road Home, The
(Wode fuqin muqin) with Zhang Ziyi (photo), China 1999 Romance DVD
An old woman in rural Hebei province recalls how she met her husband 40 years earlier and the difficulties they had to overcome. Highly romantic. Zhang Ziyi is radiant in her first film. Directed by Zhang Yimou.
 Hero
(Ying xiong) with Zhang Ziyi, Maggie Cheung (photo), China & Hong Kong 2002 Historical Action 1:36 DVD
During the Warring States period (475-221 BCE), seven feudal states are continually at war. King Zheng of Qin believes the only way to achieve peace is for him to conquer the other states. Four legendary assassins, who believe that non-violence is the precondition for peace, vie to stop the king's brutality. Stunning cinematography. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
 House of Flying Daggers
(Shi mian mai fu) with Zhang Ziyi (photo), China & Hong Kong 2004 Action Romance 1:59 DVD
During the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called “The House of the Flying Daggers” opposes the government. Two police officers go to a brothel to check out a blind dancer. (What better place to start an investigation?) Things are never what they seem. Visually spectacular, but the fight scenes eventualy became tedious. Tragically, Anita Mui died before her scenes could be shot; she was only 40. Directed by Zhang Yimou.
 Purple Butterfly
(Zi hudie) with Zhang Ziyi, Li Bingbing, China 2003 Drama 2:07 DVD
In 1930s China, just prior to World War II, a young Chinese woman is in love with a Japanese man who must return for military service. After seeing her brother killed by Japanese, she joins an underground resistance group in Shanghai. Years later, her former lover, now a secret police officer, returns to Shanghai and this group plots to assassinate him. Told through moods and emotions rather than dialogue; stylishly filmed. Absorbing.
 Musa, the Warrior
(Wu shi) with Zhang Ziyi, China & South Korea 2001 Historic Drama 2:38 DVD
In 1375, China was in a state of chaos because of fighting between the Yuan and Ming. A Korean delegation goes to make peace with the new Ming government but they are accused of spying and exiled to a remote desert. They escape and head home. When they meet Yuan soldiers who have kidnapped a Ming princess, they decide to rescue her. Based on a true story. Great story, interesting characters.
Karena Lam
 Floating Landscape, The
(Lian zhi feng jing) with Karena Lam Kar Yan, Hong Kong 2003 Romance 1:40 DVD
In China, a young woman's lover has just died of an incurable disease. Before his death, he painted a beautiful landscape from the days when he was a boy in Qingdao. She goes to Qingdao to find this place and learn more about him. A local postman offers to help her. A relationship grows between them, but she still loves her boyfriend. Touching.
 Tiramisu
(Lian ai hang xing / Luen oi hang sing) with Karena Lam Kar Yan, Hong Kong 2002 Romance 1:51 DVD
A nice, beautiful dancer in a contemporary dance company in Hong Kong has several chance encounters with a deaf delivery boy/janitor with an annoyingly narcissistic hairstyle. Before their relationship can start, she is killed by a runaway bus. Not to worry, this is only the beginning of their romance. Ultra romantic. Karena Lam is delightful. On camera, Eason Chan goes number two. Disgusting.
 It Had To Be You!
(Hau bei tim sum) with Karena Lam Kar Yan (photo), Hong Kong 2005 Romance 1:33 DVD
A restaurant manager in Hong Kong loves a playboy doctor who already has a girlfriend. The restaurant's chef is the #2 boyfriend of an airhostess. These two spar, then become friends. Faye Wong sings Wo Yuan Yi. Gratefully, the director focuses on the romantic relationship and doesn't ruin the mood with slapstick comedy or violence. Karena Lam is very appealing but sometimes overdoes her cuteness. Nicola Cheung and Yan Ng are great.

 Claustrophobia
(Qin mi / Chan mat) with Karena Lam Kar Yan (photo), Hong Kong 2008 Romance 1:40
An employee falls in love with her married boss. Without warning, he asks her to interview for another job. She demands to be terminated. Highly recommended!
Kim Ha-neul
 Ditto
(Donggam) with Kim Ha-neul (photo), South Korea 2000 Romance 1:50 DVD
A college girl, playing around with a ham radio, makes contact with a guy who attends the same university. When the two try to meet, they discover that they exist 21 years apart. She lives in the year 1979, while he lives in 2000. Even though they are unable to see one another, they form a deep friendship and affect each other's lives. A very touching, beautiful film. Very much like the even better film, Il Mare, which also explores love across time.
 Too Beautiful to Lie
(Don't Believe Her Lies / Geunyeoreul midji maseyo) with Kim Ha-neul (photo), South Korea 2004 Romantic Comedy 1:55 DVD
Soon after her parole, a lovable ex-con retrieves a family heirloom engagement ring from a pickpocket. When she goes to the owner's home to return it, his family assumes that she's their son's fiancée and that he's gotten her pregnant. Amusing comedy of misunderstandings with buckets of happy tears at the end – the perfect Korean romantic comedy. Kim Ha-neul is absolutely wonderful.
 My Tutor Friend
(Donggabnaegi gwawoehagi) with Kim Ha-neul, South Korea 2003 Romantic Comedy 1:50 DVD
A young man, who should be in his second year of college, is still in high school because he just wants to goof off with his friends. His wealthy family hires a beautiful young tutor, his own age but from a poor family, to help him graduate. Of course, they don't like one another at first, but then, guess what? Amusing. Kim Ha-neul is cute and charming.
Kim Hee-sun
 Wanee and Junah
(Wanee wa Junah) with Kim Hee-sun, South Korea 2001 Drama 1:55 DVD
Wanee, an animator, and Junah, a scriptwriter, are lovers leading a peaceful life together until one day, an old friend of Wanee's comes to visit and reminds Wanee of her first love, her stepbrother. Memories and reality create a romantic triangle that Wanee must resolve. Very realistic relationships between all the characters. The watercolor sequence at the end is the most beautiful animation I have ever seen. A very touching film.
 Man Who Went to Mars, The
(Hwaseongeuro gan sanai) with Kim Hee-sun (photo), South Korea 2003 Romance 1:47 DVD
After her father dies, a little girl writes letters to him believing he has gone to Mars instead of Heaven. Her closest friend feels sorry for her and writes back pretending to be her dad. Twenty years later, she's beautiful, smart, sophisticated and has a successful business career in the city. He is a goofy, not-very-bright postman in a remote country village, but he's always loved her and dreams of the day when they will be together. Very touching.
 Calla
with Kim Hyun-joo (photo), Kim Hee-sun, South Korea 1999 Romance 1:38 DVD
A young man finds a bouquet of flowers on his desk every morning. To find out who his secret admirer is, he goes to a nearby florist shop and at first sight falls in love with the young woman he meets there, thinking she is the one who is sending him flowers. He arranges to meet her for dinner. But just as he arrives, a crazed drug addict kills her right before his eyes. A touching romance ruined by scenes of violence. Kim Hyun-joo is lovely.
Shim Eun-ha
 Christmas in August
(Palwol ui Christmas) with Shim Eun-ha, South Korea 1998 Romance 1:37 DVD
The proprietor of a small photo shop is terminally ill. He's told his father and sister but no one else. He is spending his few remaining days just working in the store as usual. But then, a beautiful meter maid is attracted to him becomes a regular customer. He appreciates her very forward advances and finds comfort in her company but painfully withholds the truth about his condition and his love for her. A very touching film which won many awards.
 Interview
(Intyebyu) with Shim Eun-ha (photo), South Korea 2000 Drama 2:05 DVD
A film director interviews a woman for his film. At first she lies, but gradually she begins to reveal the truth about herself and the director can't help falling in love with her. Neither could I. A very touching film with a sensitive portrayal by the breathtakingly lovely Shim Eun-ha. I wish she had made more films before retiring. Oh, Sang-mi!

 Art Museum by the Zoo
(Misulgwan yup dongmulwon) with Shim Eun-ha (photo), South Korea 1998 Romantic Comedy 1:48 DVD
A soldier on leave from the army is trying to get back with his ex-girlfriend who has already made plans to marry someone else. A young woman who shoots wedding videos for a living secretly loves an assistant to a senator who barely looks at her. The soldier starts helping the photographer with a script she is writing and the two start to appreciate one another. A delightfully sweet film.
Lee Eun-joo
 Scarlet Letter, The
(Juhong geulshi) with Lee Eun-joo (photo), South Korea 2004 Mystery 1:55 DVD
A police captain is simultaneously involved in a complicated murder investigation and an extra-marital affair with a sultry nightclub singer. Surprising revelations occur one after another until the shocking conclusion. Like Hitchcock, only better. I was on the edge of my seat. Tragically, on 22 February 05, not long after this film was released, the beautiful and talented young actress, Lee Eun-joo, committed suicide. She was only 24.
 Lovers' Concerto
(Yeonae sosheol) with Lee Eun-joo, Son Ye-jin, South Korea 2002 Romance 1:46 DVD
A young man meets two beautiful young women who are close friends. He immediately falls in love with one of them but she's not interested. The three become good friends and spend a lot of time together. Eventually, both women fall in love with him and he falls in love with the other woman. The two women leave town. He goes to look for them and uncovers a secret they had hidden from him. A touching film about love and friendship.
 Garden of Heaven, The
(Haneul jeongwon) with Lee Eun-joo, South Korea 2003 Romance 1:35 DVD
A beautiful young woman with incurable stomach cancer falls in love with an emotionally distant young doctor. Will he return her love before her time runs out? In the last ten years, South Korean filmmakers have made several romantic films in which the young woman dies. At least two with Lee Eun-joo. This leads me to believe that Koreans like a good cry when they go to the movies. Touching.
 Bungee Jumping of Their Own
(Beonjijeompeureul hada) with Lee Eun-joo (photo), South Korea 2001 Romance 1:47 VCD
In 1983 Korea, two university students fall very deeply in love. But just before he enters the military for his two-year obligation, she suddenly disappears and he doesn't know what happened to her. Seventeen years later, he's married with a cute little daughter, working as a high school teacher, and feels strangely attracted to one of the boys in his class. Extremely romantic. “It's not because I love you. It's because all I can do is love you.”
Sandrine Holt
 Rapa Nui
with Sandrine Holt (photo), USA 1994 Drama 1:47 DVD
The inhabitants of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) carve, transport and erect the huge Moai stone statues to placate the gods, but destroy their island's ecology in the process. Ridiculous beyond belief. The only good thing about this film is Sandrine Holt, but the director imprisons her in a cave for most of the film. What was he thinking?!
Bai Ling
 Red Corner
with Bai Ling (photo), Jessey Meng, USA 1997 Drama 2:02 DVD
American lawyer in China takes a beautiful model to his hotel room for the night. The next morning he's hung over, she's dead and the police arrest him for murder. The Chinese court dislikes his moral depravity and self-righteous attitude. They encourage a guilty plea followed by a speedy execution. He complains to his court-appointed lawyer about the civil and human rights abuses of China's legal system. She defends them. Bai Ling is wonderful.
 Anna and the King
with Bai Ling, USA 1999 Drama 2:27 DVD
Based on the true story of a British woman hired as governess for the children of the king of Siam (Thailand) in the 19th century. Strong-willed Anna struggles with the king for power over the royal youngsters. There are romantic sparks, but no fire. An exceptional production, beautiful to look at, but a very disappointing story. Bai Ling was never given a chance.
Li Bingbing
 World without Thieves, A
(Tian xia wu zei) with René Liu, Li Bingbing, China & Hong Kong 2004 Drama 1:40 DVD
Two professional thieves and partners in love become conscience stricken when they meet a naive young carpenter carrying his life's savings aboard a train home to get married. He believes these two swindlers are his friends. Also on board is another gang of thieves. When the woman decides to protect the young man from all thieves, her boyfriend doesn't know what to do. René Liu is wonderful. Ge You is enjoyably slimy. Li Bingbing is sexy.
 Purple Butterfly
(Zi hudie) with Zhang Ziyi, Li Bingbing, China 2003 Drama 2:07 DVD
In 1930s China, just prior to World War II, a young Chinese woman is in love with a Japanese man who must return for military service. After seeing her brother killed by Japanese, she joins an underground resistance group in Shanghai. Years later, her former lover, now a secret police officer, returns to Shanghai and this group plots to assassinate him. Told through moods and emotions rather than dialogue; stylishly filmed. Absorbing.
 Silver Hawk
(Fei Ying) with Michelle Yeoh, Li Bingbing, Hong Kong 2004 Action 1:39 DVD
In fantasy futuristic Polaris City, a beautiful, but reckless, billionaire heiress dons silver sunglasses, cape and hotpants to careen about the city on a motorcycle fighting crime for fun. Michelle Yeoh is gorgeous. Li Bingbing looks sexy in blue hair. The good guys are extremely annoying. The bad guys snarl, but are more likeable. The fight scenes are campy and contrived. But, if I ever get in trouble, send Michelle Yeoh to rescue me...   or Li Bingbing.

 Waiting Alone
(Du zi deng dai) with Li Bingbing (photo), Gong Bibei, China 2004 Romantic Comedy 1:47
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A love triangle among optimistic young people. “The funniest Chinese-language film of 2005!” “One of the top 10 must-see movies of the year!”
Xu Jinglei
 Spring Subway
(Kaiwang chuntian de ditie) with Xu Jinglei (photo), Gao Yuanyuan, China 2002 Romance 1:34 DVD
In contemporary China, a young couple who have been together for seven years begin to feel their passion is lost and have trouble communicating. A wonderful, sensitive film with excellent performances and inventive direction. I appreciated the many close-ups of Xu Jinglei.
 Confession of Pain
(Seung sing) with Shu Qi (photo), Xu Jinglei, Hong Kong 2006 Crime Drama 1:50 DVD
A former cop turned private eye stays perpetually drunk to dull the pain of his girlfriend's suicide. The wife of his former partner hires him to investigate the brutal murder of her father. During his investigation, he discovers secrets, lies and a spunky bar girl. The director shows who did it right away and drags out the reason why for the rest of the film. Huge mistake. Once you know who did it, you don't really care why. The four stars make the film watchable. I liked Xu Jinglei the best. Shu Qi is only used for humor and eye candy.

 Letter from an Unknown Woman
(Yi ge mo sheng nu ren de lai xin) with Xu Jinglei (photo), Lin Yuan, China 2004 Drama 1:38 •••••
In 1948 Peking, a rich, famous, playboy novelist returns home to find a letter from a woman he doesn't remember. In the letter she tells him of her life-long love for him, a love he has never been aware of. She begins her story 18 years earlier in 1930, when as a 13 year-old girl, she first sees him. Then, she tells him about their brief but passionate affair six years later and the hardship she faced raising their child alone. She tells him about their final encounter, and how his failure to recognize her left her in despair. Now that she has lost her son, she no longer has the courage to live. Only in this letter is she capable of telling him everything, for the first and last time. Shaken by the letter, the man searches his memory for this woman. “Ravishing Chinese remake of the 1948 Hollywood classic; possibly the most visually splendid film of the year.” Written, directed, co-produced and starring Xu Jinglei.
Barbie Hsu
 My So Called Love
(Ai de fa sheng lian xi) with Barbie Hsu (photo), Taiwan 2008 Romance 2:00 DVD
A beautiful young woman searches for true love during the years from high school to successful career. Despite the one-dimensional characters, soap opera acting and music video/television commercial directing style, this film is enjoyable, even touching. Also, with all the closeups of Barbie Hsu, it would make a much better video show on your big screen tv than a digital fish tank.
Gao Yuanyuan
 Spring Subway
(Kaiwang chuntian de ditie) with Xu Jinglei (photo), Gao Yuanyuan, China 2002 Romance 1:34 DVD
In contemporary China, a young couple who have been together for seven years begin to feel their passion is lost and have trouble communicating. A wonderful, sensitive film with excellent performances and inventive direction. I appreciated the many close-ups of Xu Jinglei.
 Beijing Bicycle
(Shiqi sui de dan che) with Gao Yuanyuan (photo), Zhou Xun, China & Taiwan 2001 Drama 1:53 DVD
Poignant tale of two teenagers struggling to find their place in Beijing. A country boy wants a job in the city. A city boy wants to be accepted by a girl and some boys at high school. They are unable to communicate their thoughts and emotions. Believing it's what you have that's important, rather than who you are, each boy desperately desires a bicycle to get the life he wants. Brilliant script.

 Shanghai Dreams
(Qing hong) with Gao Yuanyuan (photo), China 2005 Drama 2:03 •••••
In the 1960s, the Chinese government encouraged a large number of families to leave the cities to settle in poorer regions of the country in order to develop local industry. In the early 1980s, a nineteen-year-old girl living in the poor mountainous Guizhou province with her parents and brother has just fallen in love. But her father wants to return to Shanghai in the hope of securing a brighter future for his children. Prix du Jury winner at Cannes.
France Nuyen
 Joy Luck Club, The
with Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, Rosalind Chao, USA 1993 Drama 2:19 DVD
The lives of four women who were born in 1930-40s China and later came to America, and of their daughters in present-day San Francisco. “This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and it carries with it all my good intentions.” Based on the Amy Tan novel. Engrossing, touching. Outstanding performances by the entire cast which also includes Vivian Wu, Yu Feihong, Irene Ng, Melanie Chang, Yi Ding, Vu Mai and France Nuyen.
 South Pacific
with France Nuyen, USA 1958 Musical 2:31 DVD
In 1943 on a US Navy base in the Soloman Islands, a young American nurse falls in love with a wealthy, middle-aged French planter. A marine lieutenant falls for a beautiful native teenager. This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has wonderful songs and breathtaking scenery but is tarnished by bad acting, dubbed singing and color filters used during the musical numbers. With all its flaws, I like it anyway. France Nuyen's first film. The Carnegie Hall concert version is wonderful.
 Man in the Middle
(The Winston Affair) with France Nuyen (photo), UK 1963 Drama 1:34 DVD
In 1944 India, an American second lieutenant deliberately kills a British sergeant. Because of tensions between British and American soldiers, the local commanding general wants an expedited court marshall with a guilty verdict to smooth things over. A military lawyer is assigned to defend the murderer. France Nuyen isn't given much to do except look beautiful.
 Satan Never Sleeps
(The Devil Never Sleeps / Flight from Terror) with France Nuyen (photo), USA 1962 Propaganda Romantic Comedy 2:05 DVD
In the 1940s, an American Catholic priest is assigned to a mission in China during their civil war. A beautiful local girl falls for him. A Red Chinese officer brutally rapes her. When the priest learns she is pregnant, he encourages her to marry the rapist so the child will have a father! Then encourages the rapist to renounce communism so this romantic comedy can have a happy ending! A ludicrous mess worth enduring only for France Nuyen.
 China Cry: A True Story
with Julia Nickson (photo), France Nuyen, UK 1990 Drama 1:43 DVD
A Chinese girl from a wealthy family loses her home when the Japanese invade during World War II. After the war, she is initially eager to become part of Mao's “new society,” but because she was sent to a Christian school as a child, she beommes a victim of communist oppression and is interrogated, beaten, almmost executed and eventually sent to a labor camp. She is able to escape to Hong Kong and later works to obtain human rights for people in China. Based on Sung Neng Yee's autobiography.

 Girl Named Tamiko, A
with France Nuyen, USA 1962 Drama 1:50 n/a •••
Eurasian photographer living in Japan, who longs to go to America, is torn between a Japanese woman and a blonde American.
Aishwarya Rai
 Devdas
with Aishwarya Rai (photo), India 2002 Romance Drama Musical 3:02 DVD
In 1920s India, childhood friends grow up and fall in love, but their parents won't allow them to marry. She marries a wealthy, much older man she doesn't love. He chooses alcohol, a prostitute and a life of vice. Aishwarya Rai, the sets, costumes and photography are gorgeous. The dance sequences are terrific. The most strikingly beautiful Hindi film I have ever seen. The only bad thing about this film is Shahrukh Khan; I cannot tolerate him. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Straight from the Heart
(Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) with Aishwarya Rai (photo), India 1999 Romantic Musical 3:08 DVD
In India, a gorgeous young woman is heartbroken because her father forces her to marry a nice man when she is in love with an annoying, arrogant, narcissistic jerk. A strong argument in favor of arranged marriages. Everyone acts like they overdosed on caffein, but the love story and musical numbers are wonderful. Aishwarya Rai (below), the sets and saris are breathtaking. “Love isn't selfish. It lies, not in your own happiness, but in thge happingess of the one you love.”
 Bride & Prejudice
with Aishwarya Rai (photo), India 2004 Musical Romantic Comedy 1:51 DVD
An Indian mother is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. A Bollywood adaptation of Jane Austen's classic tale with romance, Jerry Lewis-type comedy, singing and dancing. The women are all too nice and beautiful for the available men. Aishwarya Rai is gorgeous. Quite entertaining.
 Chokher Bali
(Sand in the Eye) with Aishwarya Rai (photo), India 2003 Drama 2:04 DVD
In 1902 Bengal during British rule in India, two young men from wealthy families ignore a marriage proposal from a poor, but gorgeous and educated country girl. A year later, she seduces both men, then dumps them. An ingenious story of methodical revenge, destroyed by unnatural dialogue and both men acting like retarded toads. Interminable. Aishwarya Rai and the photography are breathtaking. Based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore.

 Journey Across India
(Taj Mahal: The Great Indian Experience / The Heart of India) with Aishwarya Rai (photo), India 2007 Drama 0:40
In this film, Aishwarya Rai narrates and re-enacts aspects of the life of Mumtaz Mahal, the inspiration for the construction of the Taj Mahal. (Aishwarya Rai will play Mumtaz Mahal in a $30 million film about the Taj Mahal to be shot in India in 2008. Sir Ben Kingsley will play Shah Jahan.)
Freida Pinto
 Slumdog Millionaire
with Freida Pinto (photo), UK 2008 Drama 2:00
An impoverished young man, who grew up a homeless orphan in the slums of Mumbai, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of the TV show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Funny, romantic, inspirational and uplifting. An absolute masterpiece; brilliant screenplay, exceptional direction, cinematography, editing, performances and music. I will never forget this film. Very highly recommended. I predict (24 Nov 08) this film will win Academy Awards for Best Picture, Directing and Adapted Screenplay.
Academy Awards: Best Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Score, Original Song - Jai Ho. Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director - Danny Boyle, Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy, Original Score - A.R. Rahman. British Academy Film Awards: Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing and Sound; Freida Pinto was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture, Director, Writer, Young Actor - Dev Patel, Composer. National Board of Review Awards: Best Film, Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Dev Patel, Adapted Screenplay. Producers Guild of America Award: Best Feature Film. Directors Guild of America Award: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Screen Actors Guild Award: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Palm Springs International Film Festival Award: Breakthrough Performance - Freida Pinto.
Napakpapha Nakprasitte
 Maebia
(Snake Lady, The) with Napakpapha Nakprasitte (Napakprapa Nakprasit) (photo), Thailand 2001 Erotic Thriller VCD
A successful Thai businessman with an attractive wife, young son and affluent lifestyle pursues a beautiful young woman with seductive eyes who lives in the jungle with a deadly black cobra that protects her. When will men learn? This film is worth seeing just for the exceptionally gorgeous Napakpapha Nakprasitte and grossed more than 20 million baht in its first three days of release. The movie posters featuring Napakpapha Nakprasitte are absolutely breathtaking. See all of them in the photo gallery.
 Butterfly Man
with Napakpapha Nakprasitte (Napakprapa Nakprasit) (photo), Thailand & UK 2002 Romance 1:35 DVD
While on vacation, an English backpacker falls in love with a breathtakingly beautiful young woman on an exotic Thai island. But, of course, he cheats on her and gets involved with bad guys and violence. This is a bad film, but it stars the exceptionally beautiful Napakpapha Nakprasitte (also spelled Napakprapa Nakprasit). I hope she has the opportunity to make good films.

 Bitter/Sweet
with Napakpapha Nakprasitte (photo), USA / Thailand 2008 Romantic Comedy
An American businessman has a great job and beautiful fiancée. When his boss, a coffee mogul, sends him to Thailand to inspect a crop for purchase, he meets a beautiful Bangkok executive who brings him to the coffee fields of Southern Krabi with the hopes that he will purchase coffee there. Initially, they cannot stand to be around each other; but, of course, that changes. It's not possible for any guy to resist Napakpapha Nakprasitte.
Lhakpa Tsamchoe
 Seven Years in Tibet
with Lhakpa Tsamchoe (photo), USA 1997 Drama 2:19 DVD
Based on the memoir by Heinrich Harrer, an arrogant Austrian mountain climber who leaves his wife and infant son behind to head a Himalayan expedition in 1939, only to be captured by Allied forces as a prisoner of war. He escapes, finds his way to Lhasa in Tibet and befriends the Western culture-obsessed teenage Dalai Lama. A good movie, but I couldn't take Brad Pitt seriously.
 Himalaya
(Caravan / Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef ) with Lhakpa Tsamchoe (photo), Nepal 1999 Adventure Drama 1:49 DVD
The daily lives and traditional customs of Tibetan herdsmen living in a remote village in the Dolpo in the northwestern Himalayas of Nepal. A charismatic, but stubborn, old chief leads a caravan of yaks carrying salt across treacherous mountain passes. The scenic shots are spectacular. The characters are unforgettable. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
Tia Carrere
 Noble House
with Julia Nickson (photo), Tia Carrere, USA 1988 Drama 5:55 VHS
The two most powerful businessmen in 1963 Hong Kong struggle for domination while engaging in espionage, stock manipulation, drug smuggling and beautiful women. A tv mini-series based upon the James Clavell book. Nowhere near as good as Shogun, but not as dreadful as Tai-Pan. Cast includes Julia Nickson, Irene Tsu, Helen Funai, Nancy Kwan and Tia Carrere.
Dong Jie
 2046
with Faye Wong (photo), Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Dong Jie, Hong Kong 2004 Drama 2:09 DVD
A gloriously photographed, randomly edited, incredibly beautiful movie about a total slimeball and the beautiful women who fall in love with him in 1960s Hong Kong. (Why do women do that? Is it because these movies are made by men?) The cinematography by Christopher Doyle is breathtaking. My favorite Wong Kar-wai film. In Asian Film Trailers below.
 Sound of Colors
(Di xia tie / Dei gwong tit) with Dong Jie (photo), Hong Kong 2003 Romance 1:37 DVD
A not-so-angelic cupid connects a sweet young blind woman with a fast-talking Hong Kong matchmaker and a shy guy in Taipei with a heartbroken young woman in Shanghai. Contrived, saccharine and shallow. The sentimental romantic mood is completely sabotaged by Tony Leung's trademark smartalec smirkiness. Three years earlier in Happy Times Dong Jie was a cute girl, now she's a beautiful young woman.
 Happy Times
(Xingfu shiguang) with Dong Jie (photo), China 2000 Comedy 1:35 DVD
Unemployed man, who borrows money to survive, asks a fat, unlikeable divorcée to marry him. His intended spoils her fat, unlikeable son and mistreats her nice, blind step-daughter. After she attempts suicide, the man tries to help by making her believe she has a job in a massage parlor. Dong Jie is delightful, but the irritating schemer talks so unrelentingly, you want to shove a sock in his mouth.
Maggie Q
 New York, I Love You
(New York, je t'aime) with Shu Qi (photo), Maggie Q, France USA 2009 Romance 1:50
Twelve filmmakers direct individual love stories in New York City.
Kelly Hu
 Scorpion King, The
with Kelly Hu (photo), USA 2002 Action 1:34 DVD
In Egypt 5000 years ago, a warrior seeks revenge against evil marauders. Entertaining. Listed only because of Kelly Hu.
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