LOST IN RUSSIA
Lost in Russia features Xu Zheng as both director and lead actor, playing a middle-aged businessman named Xu Ivan. In the midst of divorce proceedings, Xu wants to fly to New York, only to find that his mother Lu Xiaohua took his passport. While trying to get his passport back, Xu ends up trapped with his mother on the K3 Beijing to Moscow Trans-Siberian train.
MY PEOPLE, MY HOMELAND
The five shorts tell the story of an uncle-nephew pair seeking medical treatment; a group of villagers, reporters, and scientists investigating a UFO; a village coming together to help their Alzheimers-stricken teacher recover his memories; a group of e-commerce sellers returning to their village; and an art student who gives up his studies and returns to his home village.
THE EIGHT HUNDRED
The Eight Hundred tells the story of a group of Republican (Nationalist) Chinese soldiers tasked with defending Shanghai’s Sihang Warehouse in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War (the Chinese theater of World War II). In both real life and the film, a little over four hundred soldiers (exaggerated to eight hundred by their commander) held a warehouse across a river from the foreign concessions in Shanghai, in the hopes that their valiant efforts would be noticed by Western media to add pressure for a peace settlement with Imperial Japan.
THE OLD TOWN GIRLS
The Old Town Girls earns itself a spot on our list of the best Chinese movies of 2020 owing to its focus on the people left behind by China’s rapid economic ascension, combined with high production quality. The characters in the film are all pitiable; they live their lives with little hope for a better future, merely floating along the river of fate that propels them through time.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
The Best is Yet To Come focuses on Han Dong, an aspiring investigative journalist. He represents the hopes and dreams of many young Chinese who migrated to big cities in the early 2000s in the hopes of a better life. Despite the fact that he’s a high school dropout who has only published online blogs, Han relentlessly pursues his dream to become a real journalist until he’s hired at a local newspaper.
IJiang Ziya is a family-friendly animation steeped in Chinese values, tradition, and mythology. It has emotional punches rivalling those of Pixar’s films, but also presents moral quandaries that make it a great watch with your whole family, sure to strike interesting conversations. One can only wonder and hope that films like Jiang Ziya are just the tip of the iceberg for the Chinese animation industry.
Sacrifice is set in the context of this war. The film focuses on the story of a group of combat engineers trying to hold a bridge in the midst of constant bombardment from the US air force. Featuring famous patriotic film names such as Guan Hu (director, The Eight Hundred), Frant Gwo (director, The Wandering Earth), and Wu Jing (actor, Wolf Warrior), Sacrifice is a feat of cinematic prowess.