October 17, 2013

The Search for a Missing Gun (Xun qiang)

While searching for his missing gun, a small-town cop learns that his ex-girlfriend has been shot and killed ... and the bullet appears to have been fired from his gun.
Chinese dialogue with English, French, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles.
Based on the story "The Search For a Missing Gun" by Fan Yiping.

An excellent film. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 37785-D Released in 2002 90 minutes

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September 20, 2013

The Guillotines (Xuè dī zĭ)

A secret brotherhood of assassins, once favored by the Emperor, is now a force of terror and oppression under a new regime. Exiled to a remote village and hunted by a squad of fighters with firearms that challenge their cold steel, the Guillotines must now outwit and outfight enemies from both sides.
Bonus features: Making of; Interviews with cast and crew; Trailer.
Xiaoming Huang, Purba Rgyal, Ching-Tien Juan.
Mandarin or English dialogue; English subtitles.

A very well done period piece. Falling out of favor can be a big problem but nothing compared to machine guns. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61474-D Released in 2013 113 minutes

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January 11, 2012

Nanjing! Nanjing!

In 1937, Japanese army has just captured the capital of the China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese were killed. The film tells the story of several figures, both historical and fictional, including a Chinese soldier, a schoolteacher, a Japanese soldier, a foreign missionary, and John Rabe, a Nazi businessman who would ultimately save thousands of Chinese civilians.

Most of us have seen the images and documentaries of the Rape of Nanking. Seeing this dramatic portrayal adds a deeper understanding to the suffering of the Chinese and the other countries invaded by Japan before the West’s involvement in what became World War Two. It is a testament to Man's cruelty to man. This is the most barbaric and feared outcome of state sponsored groupthink and control. How people can treat each other so horribly is the plague of war. Greater and lesser examples are humanities' scandalous history. We have seen Abu-garab, Rwanda, Pinochet, Vietnam, Stalin, Hitler, the Japanese atrocities, Mao and his cultural revolutions and the list goes on, this history will be a portion of human legacy. Humanity is becoming a less violent species, even though it may not look that way. Humans are becoming less violent. We must be conscious of our legacy and do all we can to understand our past in order to change our future.
This film was shot in color and de-saturated in post production. It has a hard black and white look, although the impression of color is there. The film has had its share of problems it almost wasn't made and it was pulled by the Chinese government from the film festivals however it has made its way to a worldwide audience and even though it is very painful it should be viewed. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52858-D 127 minute 2009

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March 24, 2010

Goodbye Dragon Inn

A Japanese tourist takes refuge from a rainstorm inside a run-down movie theater and discovers that some of its patrons may actually be ghostly residents.

Askwith Media Library 40221-D

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