Aperture Cinema - Winston Salem, NC | Our favorite Chinese Films
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Our favorite Chinese Films

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About This Project

As this pandemic spreads, so too does xenophobia and racism, particularly for Chinese Americans. COVID-19 is not “the Chinese virus.” So this week, we wanted to celebrate some of our favorite Chinese-language and Chinese American films.

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Bao (2018): This Pixar short written and directed by Domee Shi won best animated short at the 91st Academy Awards. A woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings springs to life. Rated G, 8 minutes. Available on Disney +

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The Farewell (2019): In this funny, heartfelt story by Lulu Wang, Billi’s (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch–the only person who doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live. Rated PG, 140 minutes. Available on Amazon Prime Video
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One Child Nation (2019): In this 2019 Sundance U.S. Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, Chinese-born filmmakers Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang expose the devastating consequences of China’s One-Child Policy through the stories of those who lived it. This film had a brief run at a/perture, so stream it if you missed it!┬áRated R, 129 minutes. Available on Amazon Prime Video
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Soul of a Banquet (2014): In this mouth-watering documentary, director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) profiles Cecilia Chiang, the matriarch of modern Chinese cooking, as she relates her fascinating history and cooks up a sumptuous, once-in-a-lifetime banquet. Not Rated, 79 minutes. Available on Hulu
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Chungking Express (1994): Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. Filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color, t his is a classic by the acclaimed Wong Kar-wai and one of Gray’s favorites! Rated PG-13, 102 minutes. Available on the Criterion Channel
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Always Be My Maybe (2019): Reunited after 15 years, famous chef Sasha (Ali Wong) and hometown musician Marcus (Randall Park) feel the old sparks of attraction but struggle to adjust to each other’s worlds in this Netflix original rom-com. Rated PG-13, 101 minutes. Available on Netflix