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The Best of Global Lens: China

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First Run Features Presents a New DVD Box Set -- THE BEST OF GLOBAL LENS: CHINA

Dam Street
A Film by Li Yu

During a time of rigid moral code in China, a sixteen year old girl living in a small riverside town discovers she is pregnant. The community is stunned, her family loses face and she and her boyfriend are expelled from their school; in the aftermath, her boyfriend leaves her, and she is forced to put her child up for adoption. Ten years later, she is reduced to working as a singer in a local song and dance troupe, her only friend a young boy who protects her from the critical eyes of the community... until a marriage proposal probes the limits of their friendship and the depth of her unresolved past.

WINNER! Grand Prize - Best Film, Deauville Asian Film Festival
WINNER! Best Director, Ghent Int'l Film Festival
WINNER! Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival
"CHINESE FILMMAKING AT ITS BEST: Picturesque, emotive and haunting. This lyrical, quietly powerful study of a proud young woman trapped in a man's world boasts rich, burnished cinematography, arresting imagery, and a stunning central performance from the beautiful Liu Yi."- Edinburgh International Film Festival

Luxury Car
A Film by Wang Chao

In this award-winning drama, an old schoolteacher travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan in search of his missing son, who his dying wife wants to see one last time. But instead of finding their son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, and her mobster boyfriend might be linked to his son's disappearance. Fast-paced and suspenseful, with a beautiful performance by Chinese star Tian Yuan, Luxury Car illustrates the painful reality of parents who have lost contact with their children through rural exodus and political upheaval in China.

WINNER! Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival
"The performances are subtle and smart. Chinese pop star Tian Yuan is both tender and seductive."- The Hollywood Reporter

Stolen Life
A Film by Li Shaohong

A young girl, Yanni (Xun Zhou), is taken to live with her aunt and grandmother in Beijing. As an adolescent, Yanni becomes withdrawn and reclusive, believing that she has been abandoned by her parents, and that she has no control over either her life or her fate. Surprising everyone, Yanni is accepted to college. But as she prepares to begin her new life, an encounter with a delivery man triggers a series of unexpected events.

WINNER! Best Film - Tiburon International Film Festival
WINNER! Best Narrative Feature - Tribeca Film Festival
"Riveting. A polished feminist eye-opener!"- Variety

Uniform
A Film by Diao Yinan

Wang, a young tailor struggling to pay his father's medical bills and simultaneously gain the attention of a pretty girl, discovers a solution for both problems: a policeman's uniform, left in the family shop. He begins to impersonate a police officer, extorting money and impressing the attractive Zheng, who also leads a double life - as an escort. A humorous but realistic portrait of the clashing values of modern-day China.

WINNER! Dragons And Tigers Award For Young Cinema, Vancouver International Film Festival
SPECIAL MENTION, Rotterdam International Film Festival
"Uniform is beautifully observed...great performances."- London Film Festival


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tian Yuan, Xun Zhou, Liang Hongli, Liu Yi
  • Directors: Li Yu, Wang Chao, Li Shaohong, Diao Yinan
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 363 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NQC438
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 16, 2011
I love the idea of DVD compilations, but I almost never purchase them. Most contain mainstream film and (1) if there are films I like, they are generally coupled with awful choices or (2) they have films I've already bought, but in better format presentations. But I think the idea of bringing international fare together, such as in this collection, at a reasonable price is a great way for viewers to sample various movies. This quintessentially Chinese collection is absolutely designed for people who are familiar with the introspective, contemplative, and leisurely paced character studies favored in Chinese drama. Each has merits to recommend it--but there are a couple of truly memorable films in this set. That said, you can make up your own mind whether this collection is for you. Here are the films:

Dam Street (3 1/2 stars): There is a really compelling story at the heart of "Dam Street." In some hands, the film could have been turned into a melodramatic weepie about sacrifice and mother love. But it's matter-of-fact tone keeps it relatively grounded in reality. While this is a strength, it also serves as somewhat of a weakness keeping the viewer aloof to the central characters. Every time some big dramatic act takes place, the film cuts away to a narration to explain what happens next instead of showcasing the actual aftermath. So the emotional payoff is consistently shortchanged as we never stay close enough to the action.

The film does boasts solid performances. When a sixteen year old student becomes pregnant, a moral code all but ostracizes her from acceptable society. Forced to give the child up, and later told it is dead, she unwittingly befriends a boy ten years later who may have closer connections than she is aware of.
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I have viewed all the films from this particular series from China...They were all very well written, directed and performed. I enjoy foreign films or independent films a lot more than the "main stream" films from Hollywood...Iwill purchase more from this "The best of the Global Lens" series..Coodos..
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