The Chinese Films Will Present On TIFF 2016

Festival 2016/ Special Presentations

The Wasted Times 

(Luo Man Di Ke Xiao Wang Shi)

China | 118 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour | Mandarin

Directed by Cheng Er 导演:程耳

Executive Producer: Jerry Ye, Wang Zhonglei, Albert Lee, Hu Xiaofeng

Producer: Zhang Dajun, T.K Yang, Lina Wu

Cinematographer: Du Jie

Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ge You, Tadanobu Asano

Love, hatred, and betrayal abound in Shanghai during the chaotic, war-torn 1930s. Mr. Lu is ambushed during an important meeting with the Japanese army, but his sister’s husband, Watabe, sacrifices himself to save Mr. Lu. Worse still, the Japanese brutally murder Mr. Lu’s children and sister. To avenge their deaths, Mr. Lu’s mistress attempts to kill the culprit but ends up dead. Years later as the SinoJapanese war comes to a close, Mr. Lu visits Mrs. Wang, the abandoned wife of his former boss who reveals an astonishing truth about the tragedy. Cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Ge You, and Tadanobu Asano.

 

 

I Am Not Madame Bovary 

China | 128 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour |

Directed by Feng Xiaogang

Cast: Fan Bingbing

A café proprietor spends a decade petitioning the Chinese legal system after being swindled by her ex-husband, in this caustically comic contemporary fable from superstar director Feng Xiaogang (Aftershock).

 

Birth of the Dragon

USA / China / Canada | 103 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour |

Directed by George Nolfi

Executive Producer: George Nolfi, David Nicksay, Kelly Mullen, Helen Ye Zhong

Producer: Michael London, Janice Williams, James Hong Pang, Leo Shi Young, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson

Cinematographer: Amir Mokri

Cast: Billy Magnussen, Xia Yu, Philip Wan-Lung Ng

A contemporary take on the classic Kung Fu films Bruce Lee brought to the world, Birth of the Dragon tells the story of the legendary fight in 1964 San Francisco between a then unknown Bruce Lee and Shaolin master Wong Jack Man as seen through the eyes of a young American student of both men. While details of the fight are still hotly disputed to this day, one thing is clear – out of that epic fight, Bruce Lee emerged as The Dragon, the man who brought Kung Fu to the world.

 

 

Festival 2016/ TIFF Cinematheque

 

The Horse Thief (DAOMA ZEI)

China | 88 minutes | 1986 | PG | colour | Mandarin |

Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang

Cinematographer: Hou Yong, Zhao Fei

Cast: Tseshang Rigzin, Dan Jiji, Jayang Jamco

One of the greatest achievements of Fifth Generation Chinese cinema, Tian Zhuangzhuang’s ravishingly beautiful epic set in the vastness of rural Tibet was famously praised by Martin Scorsese as the best film he saw in the 1990s.

 

Festival 2016/ Vanguard

Godspeed

Taiwan | 111 minutes | World Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour | Mandarin | Thai | Taiwanese | Cantonese |

Directed by Chung Mong-Hong

Producer: Jufeng Yeh, Shao-Chien Tseng

Cinematographer: Nagao Nakashima

Cast: Michael Hui, Na Dow, Leon Dai

A Taiwanese drug mule has his foolproof smuggling method thrown out of whack when he catches a ride with the wrong cab driver, in this highly entertaining caper starring Hong Kong comedy legend Michael Hui.

 

Festival 2016/ Short Cuts

The Hedonists

China | 26 minutes | North American Premiere | 2016 | STC | colour | Mandarin |

Directed by Jia Zhang-ke

Executive Producer: Liu Kailuo

Producer: Wang Hong, Li Wenwen, Liu Jingya

Cinematographer: Yu Likwai

Cast: Liang Jingdong, Han Sanming, Yuan Wenqian

An engaging combination of comedy and drama about several unemployed Shanxi coal miners looking for work. What begins as an everyday tragedy about the hard lot of workers in our age of economic volatility becomes something unexpected in this sly and visually sumptuous satire by Chinese master Jia Zhang-ke.

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