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In Love We Trust (DVD FOREIGN IN)  In Mandarin with English captions.  116 min.  2009. 

A divorced couple learns that the only way to save their daughter, who has leukemia, is to have another child. Now both remarried, they are forced to test their love and commitment by putting their current relationships in danger.

In the Mood for Love (DVD FOREIGN IN)  In Cantonese, Mandarin, French, and Spanish, with English captions.  98 min.  2002. 

Two lonely people discover in each other the intimacy they have lost in their marriages.

Infernal Affairs (DVD FOREIGN INF)  In Chinese and dubbed English, with English and Spanish captions.  101 min.  2002. 

A mole and an undercover police officer both have the same objective – to discover who is the mole and who is the cop.

Ip Man (DVD FOREIGN IP)  In Cantonese with dubs in Mandarin and English, with English captions.  107 min.  2008. 

Set in Fo Shan, China, during the Sino-Japanese War, the brutality of the Japanese occupation is brought to life, where once proud men are forced to fight to the death for a precious bag of rice. Defined by courage and humility, Ip Man, whose fighting skills are revered all over China, rises to the forefront. Upon refusing to teach his martial arts to the invading Japanese soldiers, he must fight for the honor of his country in a series of battles that will culminate in a kill-or-be-killed showdown with Japan's greatest fighter.

Ip Man 2 (DVD FOREIGN IP)  In Cantonese or Mandarin, with Chinese or English captions.  108 min.  2011. 

A new arrival in British-occupied Hong Kong wants to open a martial arts academy. But the corrupt martial arts masters, led by Master Hung, refuse until he proves himself in a series of fights against the local master, which Ip does, in style. But even after earning the respect of the local masters, Ip's troubles are far from over.

Island Etude (DVD FOREIGN ISL)  In Mandarin with English captions.  108 min.  2007. 

Before graduating from college, a hearing-impaired, handsome young man decides to cycle around Taiwan, where he rediscovers his roots, makes new friends, and falls in love.

John Rabe (DVD FOREIGN JOH)  In Cantonese, Mandarin, German, and Japanese, with English captions.  134 min.  2010. 

A German businessman rescued more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanking Massacre in China by courageously negotiating a safety zone to protect innocent civilians from the Japanese Army. Drawing from John Rabe's 1937 diaries as source material, Florian Gallenberger has crafted a portrait of a man revered as a saint in China to this day and yet never rewarded for his courage during his lifetime.

Ju-Dou (DVD FOREIGN JU)  In Mandarin with English captions.  94 min.  1990. 

They were destined, if not doomed, to be together. She was the mill owner's battered bride; he was the miller’s overworked nephew. Out of their plight grew a profound and powerful secret love.

The King of Masks (DVD FOREIGN KIN)  In Mandarin with English, French, and Spanish captions.  101 min.  1996. 

Desperate for his art to survive, the King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals a secret, their relationship is tested because of the old man’s stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China.

Let the Bullets Fly (DVD FOREIGN LET)  In Mandarin, with Chinese or English captions.  128 min.  2010. 

Set during the Age of the Warlords in the 1920s, this comic western is the highest grossing Chinese film. When an outlaw impersonates a county governor to clean up a corrupt town, he enters a showdown with the local “godfather.” Full of surprises and grounded with a smart, humorous script, battles are fought with guns and wit.

Lost in Beijing (DVD FOREIGN LOS)  In Mandarin with English captions.  113 min.  2008. 

An-kun is a skyscraper window washer in Beijing and his wife Ping-guo is a masseuse. The parlor is owned by Dong, a rich businessman who epitomizes China's new money-obsessed society. Their worlds collide after Dong forces himself on Ping-guo, while An-kun witnesses everything. An-kun decides to blackmail Dong. He must either pay or be charged for rape. When Ping-guo learns that she's pregnant, the stakes get even higher.

Love Unto Wastes (DVD FOREIGN LOV)  In Cantonese or Mandarin, with traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, or English captions.  98 min.  1986. 

Three women from Taiwan go to Hong Kong, expecting fame and fortune. Tragedy strikes when one is murdered and the other two become involved in a love triangle.

Lust, Caution (DVD FOREIGN LUS)  In Mandarin with English, French, or Spanish captions; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.  148 min.  2007. 

Against the backdrop of a transforming country, a young woman is swept up in a plot to assassinate an intelligence agent. As she assumes the role of seductress, she is entangled in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue, love, and betrayal.

Luxury Car (DVD FOREIGN LUX) In Mandarin with English captions.  88 min.  2006. 

A schoolteacher tries to fulfill his dying wife's wish to see her missing son and instead finds his daughter and her boyfriend, who might have ties to his son's disappearance.

Millennium Mambo (DVD FOREIGN MIL)  In Mandarin with English captions.  101 min.  2001. 

Working as a hostess in a trendy bar, a beautiful woman is torn between two men: Hao-Hao, her neurotic and jealous live-in boyfriend, and Jack, a mysterious and enterprising gangster who may be her undoing.

The Most Distant Course (DVD FOREIGN MOS)  In Mandarin.  114 min.  2007. 

A heartbroken sound technician can't get over the girl who left him without a word, so he sends her a tape. Ryo, a girl involved with a married man, gets the tape by accident and tracks down the sender. Meanwhile, a recently divorced psychiatrist embarks on a soul-searching journey and meets the sound technician. Will these three lonely souls eventually find the place that is closest to their hearts?

Mountain Patrol (DVD FOREIGN MOU)  In Chinese or dubbed French, with English or French captions.  89 min.  2004. 

Beijing journalist Ga Yu arrives in a Tibetan village. He joins a manhunt across the wastelands of Kekexili. Acting without Chinese government approval, the impoverished vigilantes vow to capture or kill the poachers who decimated the sacred antelope of Kekexili.

Nanking (951 DVD NAN)  In Chinese, Japanese, or English, with English captions.  90 min.  2007. 

The Japanese invaded Nanking, China in the early days of World War II. This film focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. It is told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries.

New Year Sacrifice (DVD FOREIGN NEW)  In Mandarin with English captions.  100 min.  2004. 

A young woman, twice widowed, is seen as a bearer of bad luck. She becomes a social outcast. Based on a short story by Lu Xun, this was one of Asia Weekly’s top 100 Chinese films of all time.

Not One Less (DVD FOREIGN NOT)  In Mandarin with English captions.  106 min.  1999. 

A young woman comes to a remote Chinese village to be a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the manager of the local television station sympathizes does her search bear fruit.

Perhaps Love (DVD FOREIGN PER)  In Mandarin or English, with Chinese or English captions.  107 min.  2005. 

Reality and fantasy merge as Lin tries to rekindle Sun's affections under Nie's grudging watch. With song and dance sequences and sumptuous images, this film weaves a tale of bittersweet love.

Platform (DVD FOREIGN PLA)  In Mandarin with English captions.  148 min.  2000. 

This film spans the turbulent 1980s by following four performers in the state-run Peasant Culture Group. Based in Fenyang, these "art workers" praise the late Chairman Mao with approved revolutionary classics. When an "open door" cultural policy is instituted, China begins to move toward Western-influenced consumer capitalism.

Quitting (DVD FOREIGN QUI)  In Mandarin, with English or Spanish captions.  112 min.  2001. 

Based on a true story, using real people, this film chronicles a Chinese actor's battle against heroin addiction.


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