CM202003TheWhistleblowerResize

The Whistleblower

(吹哨人)

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A web of conspiracies and apparent links between a clean energy plan and a disaster in Africa are woven together in the thriller The Whistleblower. Helmed by Xue Xiaolu (Ocean Heaven, Finding Mr. Right), who is considered to be China’s foremost female director, the film stars Tang Wei (Lust, Caution), Lei Jiayin (The First Half of My Life) and Qi Xi (Bitter Flowers).

 

An earthquake strikes Malawi and Australian firm Eco Energy sends a rescue team. Meanwhile, in Australia Eco Energy is celebrating a collaboration with the Chinese Han Coal Group on a clean energy plan. There, Chinese expatriate Mark (Lei) runs into his former lover Wen (Tang) who is now married to the chairman of Han Coal. Wen flies off the next day but soon after Mark is devastated to discover that her plane has crashed. Two weeks later Mark learns that Wen is actually alive, having failed to catch the flight.  But it appears she wishes to remain under the radar fearing that her knowledge of her husband’s shady business dealings – and possible links between the energy plan and the earthquake – have put her in extreme danger. 

 

 

 
Cast:

Tang Wei, Lei Jiayin, Qi Xi

Director: Xue Xiaolu
Duration (min) :

139 min (tbc), Th/Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Drama, Crime

Language:

Mandarin mixed with English

Subtitles:

Chinese & English/ English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except China, Australia and New Zealand

China, Australia

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Garden of Evening Mists

(夕霧花園)

 

 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Busan International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Nominations:

Golden Horse Award- Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Film Score, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing
To Ten Chinese Films Festival- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,
Best Achievement in Directing, Best Screenplay, Outstanding Film

Awards:

Golden Horse Award- Best Makeup & Costume Design

 

 
Synopsis:

The Second World War and its aftermath in Malaya provides the backdrop for this adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same name by Tan Twan Eng. Helmed by the Taiwanese director Tom Shu-Yu Lin (Winds of September, Zinnia Flower) The Garden of Evening Mists features a high-profile international cast including Sinje Lee (Re-cycle, Murmur of the Hearts), Hiroshi Abe (Still Walking, Godzilla 2000: Millennium), actress, singer and director Sylvia Chang (Eat Drink Man Woman, The Red Violin), John Hannah (Sliding Doors, The Mummy Trilogy) and Julian Sands (The Killing Fields, A Room with a View). Premiered at the 24th Busan Film Festival to a sold-out audience, the film went on to receive 9 nominations at the 56th Golden Horse Awards and is set to continue its winning streak as it gains international critical acclaim.

 

Embittered by the atrocities of the Second World War in Malaya, Teoh Yun Ling (Lee) seeks solace in the rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands. There, she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in the country, and its mysterious owner Nakamura Aritomo (Abe). Determined to build a Japanese garden in Kuala Lumpur in memory of her sister who perished in a labour camp, she seeks the help of Aritomo. Reluctant to help, he eventually agrees to accept Teoh as an apprentice.  Not long after, tender feelings begin to emerge between the two.

 

 
Cast:

Sinje Lee, Hiroshi Abe, Sylvia Chang, John Hannah

Director: Tom Shu-Yu Lin 
Duration (min) : 120 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English mixed with Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Bahasa Melayu
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide 

Malaysia and Korea

2019

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Somewhere Winter

(大約在冬季)

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Somewhere Winter, a love story covering two generations across three cities, is based on a novel by the Chinese best-selling author Xueman Rao. Inspired by a ballad by Taiwanese singer Chyi Chin, the film is directed by David Weiming Wang (Sex Appeal) and stars Sandra Ma (The Left Ear, Soul Mate) and Wallace Huo (Swordsman, Love Me If You Dare).

 

Standing in front of the venue for Chyi Chin’s concert in 1991, Beijing student An (Ma) is desperately trying to find a ticket for the sold-out event. She is approached by a Taiwanese photographer Xiao (Huo) who gives her free tickets. Two years later they cross paths again. The pair fall in love and the distance between their homes in Taipei and Beijing does not hinder the lovers. However, Xiao’s family puts pressure on him and he marries another woman. Years later Xiao has left his wife and An has been living in Los Angeles. As another Chyi Chin concert approaches, this time in 2019, will destiny give the pair another chance?

 

 

 
Cast:

Sandra Ma, Wallace Huo, Austin Lin, Wen Qi

Director: David Weiming Wang
Duration (min) :

125 min (tbc), Th/Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Drama, Romance

Language:

Mandarin

Subtitles:

Chinese & English/ English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except China, North America, Australia and New Zealand

China, Taiwan

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Summer Detective

(平原上的夏洛克)

 

 
Awards:

Nominations:

First Youth Film Festival- Best Film
Mi Ying Spirit Movie Award- Best Film
To Ten Chinese Films Festival- Best New Director, Best Non-professional Performance, Outstanding Film

Awards:

First Youth Film Festival- Best Cinematic Script

 

 
Synopsis:

A comedy depicting rural life in China may not at first be regarded as box office gold, but the debut feature Summer Detective from director Xu Lei has received significant critical acclaim as well as scooping the FIRST 2019 Best Cinematic Script prize.  A China-based international film festival, FIRST is committed to the discovery and promotion of filmmakers and their early works.  Infusing dark humour with suspense and adventure, the entertainer boasts superb performances from a cast of fresh faces who surely look forward to promising careers in Chinese cinema.

 

In a rural village on the North China Plain, Chaoying (Xu) has sold the cattle he’s raised in order to renovate a house. Chaoying’s friends Zhanyi (Zhang) and Shuhe (Su) come to assist him with the renovation but soon after Shuhe is hit by a car and is hospitalised in a coma.  Desperate to track down the driver who injured their dear friend, Chaoying and Zhanyi transform themselves into the “Plains Detectives” and embark on a crazy journey across the Chinese countryside.

 

 
Cast:

Xu Chaoying, Zhang Zhanyi, Su Shuhe

Director: Xu Lei
Duration (min) : 98 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except China

China

2019

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CM202002GoneWithTheLightResize

Gone With The Light

(被光抓走的人)

 

 
Awards:

Nominations:

To Ten Chinese Films Festival- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Screenplay

 

 
Synopsis:

The true nature of love is explored in the drama Gone With The Light. Written and directed by Dong Runnian (Mr. Six, Cities in Love), this inspirational tale portrays touching stories of ordinary people as they navigate the complexities of marriage and relationships.  The film boasts an outstanding cast including China box office draw Huang Bo (Journey to the West, The Island), Tan Zhuo (Dying to Survive, Mr. Tree), Wang Luodan (Lethal Hostage, The Dead End) and Locarno winner Huang Lu (Blind Mountain, She, a Chinese) who is set to star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington in the Hulu drama series Little Fires Everywhere.

 

A mysterious light has appeared in numerous countries around the world with countless people – rumoured to be those in love – disappearing afterwards. Like many of those trying to unravel the mystery behind the light, married couple Wu Wenxue (Huang Bo) and Zhang Yan (Tan) begin to question their marriage.  At the same time two women, Li Nan (Wang) and He Xiaofen (Huang Lu), share a lover who has gone missing and embark on a journey to dig into their partner’s past.

 

 
Cast:

Huang Bo, Tan Zhuo, Wang Luodan, Huang Lu

Director: Dong Runnian
Duration (min) : 131 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except China

China

2019