Lu Yanshi is arrested as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution in China, and is forced into a labour camp for the forseeable future. Only once has he managed to escape his captors clutches to meet his wife Feng, Wanyu at a train station, but they are ultimately betrayed and separated once again. He never gave up hope though, and when the Revolution ends, he walks free; free to live his life and free to hold his wife and daughter in his arms again. What he hopes is an emotional reunion, however, turns to confusion when Feng fails to recognise him. She has been left with memory loss after an accident, and although she has waited for years for the return of her husband, his appearance doesn't register in her at all. Lu has no choice but to accept Feng's condition, and do what he can to build a relationship again.
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Lu Yanshi is ripped away from his family and arrested as a political prisoner during China's Cultural Revolution, forced to work in a merciless labour camp. He makes a futile escape attempt in a plan with his daughter Wanyu, but he is soon re-captured and put back to work. Some years later, he is finally freed when the Revolution comes to an end, but he is less than welcomed when he returns home. His wife has suffered an accident which has left her with permanent amnesia and she is unable to recognise her husband upon his return. She shuns Yanshi, and continues to wait for her husband's return, and so he does what he can to jog her memory and convince her that it's him. When that fails, he must find another way to remain close to her - but that may mean abandoning their marriage.
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During the Cultural Revolution in China, Lu Yanshi was viciously torn away from his beloved wife Feng Wanyu and forced to work in a labour camp. In an enormously risky operation, he manages to escape his imprisonment in order to meet Wanyu at a rail station - unfortunately, their secret meeting plans are betrayed to the prison officials and he is immediately re-arrested. Many years later, the Revolution has ended and he is finally freed. However, when he returns home to his wife, he discovers that she is suffering permanent amnesia following an accident and doesn't believe Yanshi to be her husband. Instead, she waits patiently each day for Yanshi's return while he desperately tries to jog her memory. When his efforts seem fruitless, he does what he can to remain close to her - even if it means leaving their romance behind.
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Kaige's film charts the course of a unique romantic triangle that would even give Frank Borzage pause, following the relationship of two boyhood friends over half a century of turbulent Chinese history. After being abandoned by his prostitute mother at the Beijing Opera training school, young Douzi (Ma Mingwei as a child, Yin Shi as a teen, and Leslie Cheung as an adult) soon makes friends with the cocky Sitou (Fei Yang as a child, Yin Zhi as a teen, and Zhang Fengyi as an adult), and they both provide emotional support for the other as they undergo the grueling and pitiless opera school training that finds them, as adults, as the female and male role stars of the Beijing Opera. However, at the height of their fame, Sitou (now known as Duan Xiaolou) announces his intent to marry the sex-bomb prostitute Juxian (Gong Li). Douzi's (now known as Cheng Dieyi) obsessive jealousy and immediate dislike for Juxian leads him into the creepy arms of opera patron Yuan (Ge You) and to seek solace in opium-induced stupors. As the years pass and the old friends became increasingly estranged, they are finally, during the Gang of Four years, forced to publicly denounce each other as counter-revolutionaries. The result is humiliation and tragedy.
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Set in a royal court during the 10th century Tang dynasty, Golden Flower starts in and spends most of its time inside those same palace walls; which at first doesn't seem like a bad place to be. The place is a bejeweled rainbow of color, splashed with sunlight that sparkles off the golds, reds, and greens, and the camera greedily prowls its corridors looking for fresh spectacle. Yimou starts off with a feverishly choreographed ballet of servitude as hundreds of courtiers ready themselves in synchronized grace for the arrival of the long-traveling Emperor Ping (Chow Yun-Fat, regally villainous). His three princes await him, each curious about how and if he is going to divide up power between them, as his health seems to be in decline.
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The Lecter character has appeared in five different films now, which by my count is four too many. Brian Cox gets credit for first playing the imprisoned killer in Michael Mann's underrated Manhunter. But Lecter didn't become a household name until Hopkins sank his teeth into the role for The Silence of the Lambs. Since then, Hollywood has strained its muscles beating every dollar it could from this dead horse of a character. We've endured the Jodie Foster-free sequel Hannibal and Red Dragon, an unnecessary Manhunter remake with Hopkins in the Lecter role.
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A young and beautiful woman who doesn't know what she wants out of life, Zhou Yu seems to think that as long as she keeps moving, she won't have to make any tough decisions. She uses the time off from her job painting ceramics to travel hundreds of miles twice a week to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing (Tony Leung Ka Fai), a librarian who writes and recites florid love poetry.
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This time, Tony Leung's Chow Mo-Wan is far from the repressed creature that he played in Love, eternally suffering for the married beauty living in his apartment building. Mo-Wan is now going through all the highs and lows of numerous affairs in 1960s Hong Kong, playing out almost an entire history of love within the space of one film. The title comes from the number of the apartment next to his, wherein reside a number of women with whom we will see him become entangled over the course of the film. 2046 is also the name of a science fiction serial he scribbles down (part of the dues he pays as a struggling hack writer), scenes of which we see acted out, watching its hero endure an eternal train ride away from the mysterious place called 2046, where everybody goes to reclaim lost memories and never returns from; except him.
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