From November 16th – November 19th, we’re hosting the 10TH CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL, screening a variety of films ranging from a wartime romance to blockbuster action/thriller.

 Tickets on sale now using the links below, or in house at the cinema, with discounted prices for seniors and students.

 

CFF: KAILI BLUES   – 1hr 53mins

Thu 16 Nov  6:00PM

In the mystical, subtropical province of Guizhou, there is a small county clinic surrounded by fog. At the Kaili clinic, there are two doctors who live quiet, lonely lives. One of the doctors, Chen Sheng, embarks on a journey by train to find his nephew, who had been abandoned by his brother. On the way to Zhenyuan, Chen Sheng came across a place called Dang Mai, where time seemed to flow both forwards and backwards, the lives of the local people a complete mystery. He experiences his own past and future, lending him insight into his own life. Once Chen arrives at Zhen Yuan, rather than approaching his nephew, he watches secretly from a distance, he is surprised to find that his nephew flourished in the absence of his father, and decides not to interfere in his life. Before he had left Kaili, he had promised his colleague that he would stop by the home of her former lover to deliver some items, but upon his arrival, he is told that the man had passed away, and he leaves the box of mementos…

 

CFF: A TALE OF THREE CITIES – 2hr 10mins

Thu 16 Nov   8:30PM

A Hong Kong war romantic film set in World War II based on the real-life story of Jackie Chan’s parents, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan. A Chinese-Hong Kong war romance film directed by Mabel Cheung. The film is about the real love story of two people who met in Wuhu during the Second Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s, separated in Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, and finally reunited in Hong Kong in the 1950s while their children from previous marriages were left behind in mainland China (whom they would not see again until 38 years later).

 

CFF: SOMEONE TO TALK TO   – 1hr 50mins

Fri 17 Nov 6:00PM

Someone To Talk To is a drama film directed by Liu Yulin, a Tisch School of the Arts student and a silver medalist at the 41st Student Academy Awards, in her feature film directorial debut. Liu Zhenyun, Liu Yulin’s father, wrote the screenplay based on his award-winning novel One Sentence Is Ten Thousand Sentences. The film debuted at the New Currents section at the 21st Busan International Film Festival, and was subsequently selected for more than 50 film festivals around the world, including but not limited to the New York Asian Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, and XI’AN Silk Road International Film Festival.

In s small Chinese town, Cobbler Aiguo and his wife haven’t been able to communicate with each other in a long time. Aiguo’s sister Aixiang is single and looking for someone to settle down with. Their situations may be opposite to each other but their constant longing and loneliness keep them united. Aixiang later marries an older man, only to find out after their wedding that they have nothing to talk about. Aiguo’s wife eventually leaves him and in the midst of all the drama, it is their daughter who is most affected and in ways they could not have expected.

Click here to read a review from the Hollywood Reporter.

 

CFF: OPERATION MEKONG  – 2hr 4mins

 Fri 17 Nov 8:30PM

Operation Mekong is a Chinese-Hong Kong crime action film directed by Dante Lam and starring Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng. Loosely based on the 2011 Mekong River massacre, it is one of the highest-grossing films in China.

Two Chinese merchant ships were attacked in Mekong river and 13 crew members were killed. Gang Gao, the leader of Narcotics Corps in Yun Nan province was assigned to lead a special team to Golden Triangle to investigate. Cooperating with an informer, Fanxin Wu, Gao decides to fight for justice for China, no matter what it takes.

Read a review from Variety, here.

 

 

CFF: MY WAR  – 2hrs

Sat 18 Nov 6:00PM

My War is a Chinese historical war drama film directed by Oxide Pang and starring Liu Ye, Wang Luodan, Huang Zhizhong, Tony Yang, Ye Qing and Wang Longhua. The movie was inspired by Ba Jin’s novel ‘Reunion’ (‘Tuan Yuan’).

This movie is an historical drama following the Chinese volunteers sent to fight in the Korean War against the US where they experienced life and death and established profound revolutionary feelings.

 

CFF: TIK TOK  – 1hr 50mins

Sat 18 Nov 8:30PM

A Korean-Chinese co-production, Li Jun’s Tik Tok takes place in Seoul and follows Korean cop Jiang (Lee Jung-jae), who is investigating the kidnapping of a footballer’s wife, mere hours before he is supposed to play in a momentous match in an Asian championship. Jiang is led to Guo Zhida (Wallace Chung), a Chinese gambler who wears a mask and suffers from severe mental illness, for which he is being treated by Yang Xi (Lang Yueting), a Chinese psychiatrist hired by his brother Zhihua (also Wallace Chung). Zhida has placed several bombs in the stadium where the football match is taking place, and now Jiang must play his sick game of riddles and bets to get him to tell where they are, before it’s too late.

 

CFF: SIX YEARS, SIX DAYS  – 1hr 34mins

 Sun 19 Nov 6:00PM

In the summer of 2012, the former Beijing Olympic Games volunteer (LuYuan) was far from being willing to obey his father’s plan to be a village official in Beijing, then he met with his fellow 2008 Beijing Olympics volunteer (Xiao Duo). The two quickly fall in love and plan to meet each other again in Beijing on August 8 each year. Following the next six years, they love each other, but miss each other again and again.

 

CFF: DOCTOR’S MIND   – 1hr 36mins

Sun 19 Nov 3.30PM

The sunshine girl Jin Shanshan is a student trained for being a General Practitioner in Beijing Huaxia Hospital. She wishes to use what she learned to stop the tragedy of her mother’s death to repeat. She witnessed Dr. Pan Feng, Director of the emergency department, under investigation for the doctor-patient conflicts. Dr. Pan thus resigned. He finally went to the communities and became a real health-carer of the people — General Practitioner. During Jin’s internship in Beijing Huaxia Hospital, she feels that patients are unbearable to see a doctor, and doctors are also struggling to cope. The only way to solve the medical problem can only be “building foundation in the communities”.

 

CFF: THE FOUNDING OF AN ARMY  – 2hr 13mins

 Sun 19 Nov 8:15PM

In 1927, the Northern Expedition had just made significant achievements, the Kuomintang “right” rebelled revolution and launched a crazy attack. Within a few months, nearly 31 million progressive compatriots were brutally killed. The killings shocked the country. China was about to fall into the abyss of warlord and dictatorship once again. Because of being no own armed forces, under the Kuomintang “right” crazy attack, the establishment of less than 7 years of the Chinese Communist Party was almost devastated. Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and other party members realized importance of own armed forces. Joining with Zhu De, He Long, Ye Ting, Liu Bocheng and many patriotic generals were vowing to form the people’s army.