East Palace West Palace / 東宮西宮

Takes “flirting to get out of a ticket” to a whole new level MAYBE Release date: November, 1996Director: Zhang YuanLanguage: Mandarin Who should watch this movie: People interested in Peking opera. Folks in the kink community.  When should you watch this movie: When it’s relevant to your thesis research. When you’re tired of being queerContinue reading “East Palace West Palace / 東宮西宮”

To Live / 活著

Mao does not come out looking great in this one YES Release date: May 18, 1994Director: Zhang YimouLanguage: Mandarin Who should watch this movie: Students in a “20th Century Chinese History” class.  When should you watch this movie: When you are prepared/emotionally fortified against devastation.  The sell: This! Movie! Is! Sad! If you’re halfway throughContinue reading “To Live / 活著”

Hero / 英雄

Is Zhang Yimou a nationalist? We may never know YES Release date: October 24, 2002Director: Zhang YimouLanguage: Mandarin Who should watch this movie: Photographers. Dancers. Costume designers. Fans of the 2012 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.  When should you watch this movie: When you want to be wowed.  The sell: When it comes to mis enContinue reading “Hero / 英雄”

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / 臥虎藏龍

Also a better love story than The Notebook YES Release Date: July 7, 2000Director: Ang LeeLanguage: Mandarin Who should watch this movie: Fans of action. Fans of Jet Li. Folks who were really let down by the Wonder Woman movie and are looking for a real “girl power” movie that doesn’t suck.  When should youContinue reading “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / 臥虎藏龍”