Category: Movies

Understanding China and Mandarin with 7 Chinese film classics

These mostly older Mainland Chinese movies I’ve come to like and recommend to anyone interested in China.

人生第一次 – The Firsts in Life

“人生第一次” or “The Firsts in Life” is a very popular documentary series in China. Here’s why I think it’s a good resource for learning Mandarin – even though it has one problem.

Chinese dreams (2019): must-watch China doc

Many western China doc’s are deeply rooted in prejudice and choose the moral high ground. Hardly surprising: they don’t bring any new insights. There are exceptions though…

jamie bilbow cooking with granny

New show: Granny knows best 奶奶最懂得 (2019, TV series)

More about cooking! In his new show Jamie Bilbow explores rural China to learn from the true kitchen heroes – Chinese grandmothers. How did the British moderator become so fluent in Mandarin?! Three reasons why you should watch the show.

Still unbeaten: Journey to the West (1986, TV series)

Journey to the West is a key to understanding China. There is just no way around it. The TV-adaption from 1986 remains a must-see classic till this day.

Love defense wars: 爱情保卫战

She broke his fishing rod and she liked it! Yes, I sometimes watch bad Chinese television and insult my intellect. You should too! You wanna know why?

Women in Shanghai: 上海女子图鉴 (TV series)

Year: 2018 Duration: 20 episodes X 25 min. Subtitles: Chinese only Difficulty: Intermediate / upper intermediate Luo…

Film tip: My Ferry / 我的渡口

“我的渡口” or “My Ferry” struck me as a rather slow and silent movie, conversations between country people…