Which stretches across the Yangtze River
‘Mother India’ (‘Bharat Mata’) India(Mehboob Khan, 1957)One of the sub-continent’s first ever blockbusters, it is also known as India’s “Gone with the Wind.” Acting legend Nargis plays a woman who must raise her children single-handedly after her husband is maimed in an accident, and becomes the catalyst for her fellow villagers to fight for their land. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1957 Academy Awards — India’s first ever Oscar nomination.
‘The Host’ (‘Gwoemul’) South Korea(Bong Joon-ho, 2006)Arguably one of the greatest monster films ever made; a staggering 20 percent of the population of South Korea have watched this film. It is based on the true story of a U.S. military employee ordered to dump formaldehyde into the sewer system that leads to Seoul’s Han River. Six years later a giant mutant squid starts attacking people (this part is made up).
‘Syndromes and a Century’ (‘Sang sattawat’) Thailand (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006) One of seven films commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival, part of Vienna’s Mozart Year in 2006. Set in two hospitals, Weerasthakul reflects on the lives and memories of his medic parents using an experimental, anti-narrative style (a series of images, soft spoken dialogue and music) which was chosen by the hugely influential French film magazine “Les Cahiers du Cinéma” as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007.
‘Whale Rider’ New Zealand(Niki Caro, 2002)At just xem bong da 12 years-old star, Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her extraordinary performance as “Pai,” a first-born female in the patriarchal Whangara tribe who believes she is destined to be the new Chief.
‘Still Life’ (‘Sanxia haoren’) China(Zhang Ke Jia, 2006) Awarded a Golden Lion at Venice in 2006, this wide-sweeping film is based on the human tragedy of the Three Gorges Dam (more than one million people have been displaced) which stretches across the Yangtze River. The story focuses on a miner who travels back to his home town looking for his wife only to find that his former home is now submerged. The film illustrates the gulf between China’s new world order and the soon-to-be-forgotten culture of the past.