Event: A Festive Night In
TONG presents the top 10 best of contemporary Chinese cinema to watch this festive season, handpicked by our team.
Us and Them 后来的我们 (2018)
Directed by Rene Liu, this bittersweet romantic drama follows the journey of two strangers, who having met on a train, grow what they believe to be an unshakable bond. As the plot unfolds, the film follows the pair over the subsequent years and their battle to stay together amidst an era of financial, social and romantic adversity.
The Farewell 别告诉她 (2019)
Starring Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin and Zhao Shuzhen, this tongue-in-cheek comedic drama tells the tale of an American-Chinese family who plan a secret gathering to celebrate the life of their grandmother, having learnt she only has a short while left to live.
People's Republic of Desire (2018)
This year alone, over half a billion of China’s population tuned into a livestream. People’s Republic of Desire is a documentary film that explores the importance of livestreaming in China, how it has transformed interpersonal relationships and the extraordinary and often dangerous measures that users are willing to take to maximise their influence through the medium.
A Beautiful Life 不再让你孤单 (2011)
A young real estate agent moves to Beijing in search for a new start in life and a new fortune. After a series of setbacks, including a dangerous affair with a married man, Li meets and falls in love with city policeman. As their love intensifies, Fang falls ill with an incurable disease. Will the couple's love for each other be enough to conquer his illness?
A Sun 陽光普照 (2019)
A award-winning drama, A Sun is an exceptional and heart wrenching story of a family of four who must bear the weight of tragedy as one of their sons faces incarceration.
Ne Zha 哪吒之魔童降世 (2019)
This fantastical animation follows the story of the rebellious outcast Ne Zha and how he must battle with his divine given superpowers and a destiny that is set to destroy the world. How will he save his loved ones and break the chains of the prophecy?
An Elephant Sitting Still 大象席地而坐 (2018)
The first and only film by director Hu Bo, An Elephant Sitting Still follows the protagonist Wei Bu who is forced to leave his home to seek safety from an abusive father and school bullies. Based in the city of Manzhoulin, this film is an uncompromising portrayal of life in modern China offering a mesmerising story of a young boy’s journey to happiness, safety and freedom.
Ash Is Purest White 江湖儿女 (2018)
A young dancer named Qiao falls in love with Bin, a mobster and dangerous gang member. After a fight breaks out between Bin and his rival gang, Qiao jumps to her lover’s defence with an illegally owned gun, resulting in her spending 5 years in prison. As Qiao is released from prison, their relationship becomes increasingly rocky and she soon learns that she is more alone than she thought.
Farewell My Concubine 霸王别姬 (1993)
This award-winning historical drama directed by Chen Kaige is set in a politically turbulent China in the middle of the 20th Century. It follows the lives of two troubled young opera singers in Beijing and how in the midst of war and the rise of opium, the lines between stage and reality soon begin to blur.
The Wandering Earth 流浪地球 (2019)
Set in the distant future, a group of talented astronauts battle to guide the Earth out of the path of an increasingly expanding and threatening Sun. As China’s third most successful film of all time, this science-fiction box office hit stars some of the country’s most exciting new talent including Qu Chuxiao, Zhao Jinmai and legendary actors Wu Jing and Ng Man-tat.