This summer Toronto film fans will have the rare opportunity to discover more than 80 archive films from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan at TIFF's A Century of Chinese Cinema program. With so many selections to enjoy, Reel Asian has put together our list of must-see picks and hidden gems that we recommend and is proud to co-present the following five outstanding films:
FIST OF FURY (aka The Chinese Connection)
Friday June 14 - 9:00pm
Director Lo Wei, Hong Kong 1972
The one and only Bruce Lee is at his most ferociously pure (and vice versa) in this hyper-patriotic revenge fantasy about a Chinese kung-fu prodigy who wages one-man war against the Japanese villains who murdered his master. Legendary actress Nora Miao in attendance.
A TOUCH OF ZEN
Saturday June 15 - 7:30pm
Director King Hu, Taiwan 1971
Legendary director King Hu made his masterpiece with this breathtaking wuxia epic, the only martial-arts film ever admitted to competition at the Cannes Film Festival and a direct inspiration for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Thursday July 4 - 6:30pm
Director Cecile Tang Shu Shuen, Hong Kong 1968
The groundbreaking, independently financed debut by the great director Cecile Tang anticipated the coming Hong Kong New Wave by more than a decade.
UPDATED June 19: Director Cecile Tang Shu Shuen in attendance to introduce the film!
Saturday July 13 - 1:00pm
Director Li Han Hsiang, Hong Kong 1963
Renowned Hong Kong actress Ivy Ling Po became a star in this smash-hit Huangmei opera film based on the legend of the Butterfly Lovers, a whirlwind cross-dressing romance known as the “Romeo and Juliet of the East.” Ivy Ling Po will be in attendance to introduce the film.
Thursday, July 25 - 6:30pm
Director Jia Zhangke, China 2006
A coal miner’s search for his long-lost wife and child and a nurse’s pursuit of her runaway husband intertwine in a slowly submerging village on the Yangtze River, in this elegiac modern masterpiece by Jia Zhangke.
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The full schedule is online and tickets are on sale now. Watch TIFF trailer here.