Eat Drink Man Woman
Ang Lee (1993)
Starring Sihung Lung and Yu-wen Wang
A great movie that deals with the generation gap in China through its portrayal of the single father of three unwed daughters.
Empire of the Sun
Steven Spielberg (1987)
Starring Christian Bale, John Malkovich and Miranda Richardson
The story of a boy whose life is turned upside down by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai.
The Last Emperor
Bernardo Bertolucci (1987)
Starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O’Toole
A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China
Michael Winterbottom (2003)
Starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton
A dark, Orwellian sci-fi thriller set in the near future with Shanghai as the backdrop.
Hou Yong (2004)
The tale of three generations of Shanghai women.
Zhang Yimou (1995)
A gangster film set in 1930s Shanghai. This is Shanghai’s version of The Godfather.
Lou Ye (2000)
A very surreal tale of lust and lost love set in poor, industrial Shanghai.
Zhang Yimou (1994)
Starring Ge You and Gong Li
Some say this is the best movie ever made about China. It portrays a Chinese family reduced to peasantry during the Cultural Revolution. Be sure to watch it before you arrive, as it has been banned in China.