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Rare treats

Postmen in the Mountains

by Jianqi Huo
Nashan Naren Nagou
1999 / 93m - China
Postmen in the Mountains poster

Postmen in the Mountains is one of China's hidden gems, made by a director who sprinkles his films with soul and warmth. It's an easy recommend, if you can stand the slow pacing that is.

The good stuff

Lost in Love

by Jianqi Huo
Ru Ying Sui Xin
2019 / 96m - China
Lost in Love poster

Very stylish and heartfelt romantic drama about the precarious balance between passion and trust. Though Huo is known to be a very skilled romance director, this film felt closer to Yibai Zhang's early work, sporting a more contemporary, urban vibe. Great cinematography and superb central performances make this a worthy entry in Huo's oeuvre.

Xuan Zang

by Jianqi Huo
Da Tang Xuan Zang
2016 / 120m - China
Adventure, Drama
Xuan Zang poster

I thoroughly enjoyed Zang's trip, not in the least because of Huo's skilful presentation.

Love in the 1980s

by Jianqi Huo
1980 Nian Dai De Ai Qing
2015 / 105m - China
Drama, Romance
Love in the 1980s poster

If you're familiar with Chinese dramas then you'll feel right at home watching Love in the 1980s.

Snowfall in Taipei

by Jianqi Huo
Tai Bei Piao Xue
2009 / 106m - Taiwan
Romance, Drama
Snowfall in Taipei poster

The film looks great, the actors do a good job and even though the soundtrack is a little inconspicuous the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Life Show

by Jianqi Huo
Sheng Huo Xiu
2002 / 106m - China
Life Show poster

A pleasantly executed film featuring a strong lead and some good solid drama, splendid scenery and just breaths the couleur locale.

The inoffensive

A Time to Love

by Jianqi Huo
Qing Ren Jie
2005 / 113m - China
Drama, Romance
A Time to Love poster

A Love of Blueness

by Jianqi Huo
Lan Se Ai Qing
2001 / 99m - China
A Love of Blueness poster

A Love of Blueness fits in perfectly with a select number of films that illustrate the shift from China's 6th generation rural drama to more contemporary (genre) cinema. A stylish, urban romance with solid acting, some beautiful camera work and a decent plot. Not quite up there with the best (think Suzhou River), but worth a watch if you're interested in the recent rise of Chinese cinema.