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10 best Chinese films in 2011 [Copy link] 中文

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3. The Flowers of War

Billed as the "most expensive Chinese film ever" and starring Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale, Zhang Yimou's new war epic "The Flowers of War" takes audiences back to the anguish of the notorious Nanjing Massacre, which took place starting on Dec. 13, 1937.

Adapted from writer Yan Geling's novel, Zhang's film is unique in that it explores territory as yet untouched by other directors. The story focus on how 14 prostitutes, along with surviving Chinese schoolgirls and a voluptuary-turned-saint American mortician John Miller (Christian Bale), hid behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral during the Japanese occupation of Nanjing. In order to protect innocent young girls from being raped and killed, the prostitutes sacrifice themselves, potentially finding salvation in death.

Zhang and his team spent 600 million yuan (US$94.5 million) on this powerful and deeply emotional film. "The Flowers of War" is a Hollywood-class production, complete with battle scenes, tragedy, sex, vivid colors and raw emotion, all of which Zhang has long depicted with aplomb. He is trying to prove that a universal value exists: During hard times, even the humblest person can do noble deeds. Humanity can shine through the darkness.

The Nanjing Massacre, which claimed over 300,000 lives, will forever be a painful memory for Chinese as well as source of inspiration for filmmakers. Delicately crafted and artistically produced, "The Flowers of War" ends up being an entertaining but somewhat unconvincing story. The film's look into the unspeakable acts committed at Nanjing will surely arouse deep emotions among viewers. But the true history of the massacre is even thicker, darker and more desperate than audiences will witness on the silver screen. Nonetheless, this film, with its depth, beauty and agony, might just end up being Zhang's most successful blockbuster film of the last decade.
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2. A Simple Life

Hong Kong drama "A Simple Life", directed by Ann Hui and starring Andy Lau and Deanie Ip, is a touching art film that tells the heartwarming story of a dying old lady's last days.

Ip plays a domestic maid Sister Peach who copes with the problems brought by her advancing years while her old master Roger Lee, played by Lau, returns her years of service by nursing her right up until her death. The special relationship between the pair will likely melt even the hardest of hearts, thanks to the powerful performances delivered by Deanie Ip and Andy Lau.

The film has already started to collect honors. It was named best film at the 18th Annual Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. Taiwan's 48th Golden Horse Awards saw director Ann Hui win best director, while Andy Lau won best actor and Deanie Ip took the best actress gong. Ip also won the Best Actress Award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
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1. Piano in a Factory

It's a dark rhapsody; it's a sad "chicken soup for the soul" and it's a sincere black comedy which examines China's changing industrial landscape.

The film revolves around a steel piano being constructed by a recently laid-off father. He attempts to make the piano in order to please his daughter and win custody of her from his wife (her mother) from whom he is divorced.

The story is set against the backdrop of a desolate industrial centre in northeast China during the 1990s and involves a group of characters who struggle through that transformative period.

Director Zhang Meng, who was himself born in northeast China, took a genuinely offbeat, layered approach towards dealing with the period. The film is infused with a sense of often self-deprecating humor and grit, and yet is also tinged with a sense of sadness.

The small-budget comedy, distinct from more low-brow slapstick efforts, was met with high acclaim from industry professionals and movie critics alike, and has been screened at numerous international film festivals.
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