Movie Guides: Chinese (Mandarin) Language Films

Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only; video viewing stations are located on the second floor. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

VHS = VHS
DVD = DVD

Mango Languages

Mango Languages has three full-length movies you can watch within the database with simultaneous Mandarin and English subtitles:

  • Little Big Soldier = Da Bing Xiao Jiang: An old soldier kidnaps a young general of an enemy state and takes him on a long journey to collect the reward.
  • Ocean Heaven = Hai Yang Tian Tang: Explores the subject of parental love and autism in kids.
  • Kung-Fu Dunk = Gong Fu Guan Lan: Fang Shijie is found as a baby in the garbage and raised at a martial arts academy. With the help of a man, he gets into college and is promoted to the basketball championship as he searches for his real parents.

Video Titles

DVD Aftershock = Tangshan Da Di Zhen --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T36 2011
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

DVD Bai Yin Di Guo = Empire of Silver --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .E47 2013
The fate of a banking empire and its most powerful family lies with one idealistic young man torn between the needs of the people, the duty to his family, and the undying love of a woman.

DVD Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Tailor Made Romance = Xiao Cai Feng --- MEDIA PQ2664 .B3513 2005
Set in the early 1970s during the later stages of China's Cultural Revolution, two city-bred teenage best friends are sent to a backward mountainous region for Maoist re-education.

DVD Beijing Bicycle = Shi Qi Sui De Dan Che --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B4555 2002
Just as Guai, a bicycle messenger, makes his final payment for the silver mountain bike loaned by his company, he finds it stolen. After endless searching, Guai discovers his bicycle is now in the hands of Jian who bought the bicycle with stolen money. Though Guai and Jian finally work out a deal, they find themselves involved in a series of unforgettable events.

DVD Beijing Chu Zu = Beijing Taxi --- MEDIA DS795.9.T16 B44 2010
Beijing Taxi is a feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values.

DVD Bian Lian = The King of Masks --- MEDIA PN1997 .M375 2000
Desperate for his art to survive, the King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals an unexpected secret, their relationship is suddenly tested by both the old man's stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China.

DVD City of Life and Death --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .N365 2011
Dramatizes the Japanese siege of the Chinese capital of Nanking on December 9, 1937, which resulted in the death of 300,000 civilians.

DVD Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon = Wo Hu Cang Long --- MEDIA PN1997 .W64 2001
Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen.

DVD Eat Drink Man Woman = Yin Shi Nan Nu --- MEDIA PN1995.9.C55 Y56 2002
A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior.

DVD Er Shi Si Cheng Ji = 24 City --- MEDIA HN733.5 .T94 2010
A documentary film on the state-owned Factory 420, also called the Chengdu Engine Group, which was founded in 1958 to produce aviation engines. Now abandoned, the factory is sold for millions to real estate developers to be transformed into a complex of luxury apartment blocks called 24 City. The film revolves around eight dramatic interviews that present three generations with ties to the factory: the first factory workers, more recent employees, and the children of former laborers. Woven into this oral history are three fictional monologues delivered by actors.

DVD Gu Ling Jie Shao Nian Sha Ren Shi Jian = A Brighter Summer Day --- MEDIA PN1997 .B75 2016
Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, it is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager.

DVD Hero = Ying Xiong --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .Y56 2004
With supernatural skill and no fear, a nameless soldier embarks on a mission of revenge against the fearsome army that massacred his people. Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, he must take on the empire's most ruthless assassins and reach the enemy he has sworn to defeat.

DVD Ju Dou: An Erotic Tale of Forbidden Passion --- MEDIA PN1997 .J8 2005
In 1920s China, a young woman is forced into marriage and is then abused by her elderly husband. Her suffering attracts the sympathy of her husband's younger, kinder nephew, and the two begin a secret affair that could lead to tragic consequences.

DVD Lan Feng Zheng = The Blue Kite --- MEDIA PN1997 .L328 2002
Told from the perspective of a young boy, T'ieh-t'ou, this film traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors through the political and social upheavals in 1950s and 1960s China.

DVD The Last Supper = Wang de Shengyan --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L378 2014
During the tumultuous last days of the Qin dynasty, the Commander of the era's most powerful army recognizes great potential in an inexperienced laborer named Liu. When he gives Liu command of thousands of officers, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will put his own life in peril and determine the fate of a nation.

DVD Last Train Home = Gui Tu Lie Che --- MEDIA HD5856.C6 G85 2011
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

DVD Let the Bullets Fly = Rang Zidan Fei --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L48 2011
Set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang, who was a small-time imposter. Bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.

DVD Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia = Curse of the Golden Flower --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M35 2007
Family strife and rebellion trouble the royal family during 10th century.

DVD Na Shan Na Ren Na Gou = Postmen in the Mountains --- MEDIA PN1997 .N3 2008
A father prepares to hand his 112-mile mail route over to his son. At dawn, the two embark on the three-day round trip on foot. Traveling along the rugged landscape of wind-blown hills, craggy rocks, and winding rivers, the son learns not only about the isolated mountain to which they deliver mail but also about his own father.

DVD Out of Phoenix Bridge = Hui Dao Fenghuangqiao --- MEDIA HQ1767.O9 2009
This groundbreaking work from Li Hong, China's first independent female documentarian, follows two years in the lives of four young women from the countryside who have come to Beijing for jobs. Although they work long hours as maids or street vendors and share a tiny room no bigger than a closet, they savor these years—between living as a daughter at home and returning to the village to marry—as probably the freest time of their lives.

VHS Raise the Red Lantern = Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua --- MEDIA PN1997 .D16 1992
Set in 1920's China, 19-year-old Songlian has become fourth wife to the wealthy Chen, and she must share her husband with his other three wives. When she discovers that the other wives manipulate and cheat for their husband's favors, she decides to join the fight for Chen's attention.

DVD The Road Home = Wo De Fu Qin Mu Qin --- MEDIA PN1997 .W6 2001
As a son helps his mother arrange for the burial of his father in the traditional Chinese custom of his mother's village, the beautiful and touching story of his parent's courtship unfolds.

DVD Sanxia Hao Ren = Still Life --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S75 2008
After a town is completely destroyed by a flood, the residents must try to rebuild their homes, the town, and their lives.

DVD Shen Nü = The Goddess --- MEDIA PN1997 .S54 2004
A sad story of a woman, as a mother and a prostitute in Shanghai in earlier 1930s.

DVD Shijie = The World --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S555 2005
On the outskirts of Beijing is an amusement park called The World. The staff, most who have come to work from rural areas, may be happy around the guests, but it's a different story behind the scenes.

DVD Story of Qiu Ju = Qiu Ju Da Guan Si --- MEDIA PN1997 .Q2 2006
An ordinary, courageous woman in a small village fights against the system in her quest for justice.

DVD To Live = Huo Zhe --- Classroom Collection
In a smoky gambling den in 1940s China, a drunken young man runs through his family's fortune, losing their ancestral home and all their possessions. This staggering loss proves to be their salvation and the first step in an odyssey of survival that will take them through war and revolution, love and loss, tragedy and triumph. Through the terrors of China's civil war, the passions of the communist takeover, the betrayals of Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward and the tragic mistakes of the Cultural Revolution, their lives unfold across four decades of momentous change.

DVD A Touch of Sin = Tian Zhu Ding --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T6845 2014
Inspired by four shocking and true events, the film focuses on four characters who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. A young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

DVD A Touch of Zen = Xia NĂ¼ --- MEDIA PN1997 .T683 2016
A fugitive noblewoman seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she finds with a shy scholar and two aides in disguise is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the four against legions of blade-wielding opponents.

DVD Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? = Ming Tian Ji Ae Ai Shang Wo--- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M5 2014
Introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng, upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire.

DVD Wu Kui = Wooden Man's Bride --- MEDIA PN1997 .W662 2002
This film begins in the 1920's in the Chinese desert. When her bridegroom is killed, the bride is forced by tradition to marry a wooden effigy of the dead man. She secretly begins a forbidden, passionate affair with a young man setting off violence and revenge.

DVD Xi Zao = Shower --- MEDIA PN1997 .S54 2000
Mistakenly believing his father has passed away, a bathhouse master's son returns home and soon discovers the magic of the family business and its importance to the community.

DVD Xiu Chun Dao = Brotherhood of Blades --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B76 2015
This kung fu thriller is set in the late Ming Dynasty. Three elite guards for the palace are involved in a power struggle with one of their own brothers.

DVD Yang Ban Xi = The 8 Model Works --- MEDIA PN2051 .Y36 2007
Yang Ban Xi was the name given to the group of performers that would put on extravagant propaganda productions during the Cultural Revolution. Take a look at this art form, its unique performers, and the madame that oversaw it all.

DVD Yi Yi = A One and A Two --- MEDIA PN1997 .Y5 2006
An intimate look at the life of a middle-class family in Taipei, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral.

DVD You and Me: A Peking Opera --- MEDIA M1500.Z57 Y6 2016
Based on the age-old tale from the Zuo legend "Lord Zheng vanquishes Duan in Yan"—a story about deceit and the power of filial love.

Last Updated: July 2017