The Spring River Flows East
This inventive Depression-era comedy follows unemployed young graduates trying to succeed—or at least survive—in thirties Shanghai, and marked the emergence of Zhao Dan and Bai Yang as major stars.
This 1938 talkie remake of The Goddess offers a chance to see how another leading star, Butterfly Wu (Hue Die), interpreted the role made famous by the late Ruan Lingyu.
Included on the Hong Kong Film Awards list of the greatest Chinese-language films of all time, this decades-spanning epic following a Shanghai’s couple separation during the Sino-Japanese War has been termed China’s Gone with the Wind.
A strong-willed teacher and writer (Ruan Lingyu) is driven to despair by gossip and lecherous men in this intriguing, hard-hitting melodrama given further power by Ruan’s own real-life suicide after filming.
Ruan Lingyu delivers one of her most luminous performances as a mother forced into prostitution in this classic of the Golden Age of Shanghai cinema, a film that could make even jaded denizens of pre-Code Hollywood blush.