-'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress' by Dai Sijie who narrates her life during the Cultural Revolution, a classic for understanding Chinese society in the 16th century.
-'Chinese Painting' by Emmanuelle Lesbre and Liu Jianlong. A rediscovery of Chinese painting with almost 300 unpublished works from Chinese collections. 2004 Art Book Prize - The Year of China.
-'Ancient China' by Emmanuelle Lesbre and Marie Laureillard. Archaeological excavation work has unearthed dozens of burial places for princes dating from 1,500 BC. Tombs constructed like funeral palaces.
-'Hot Wok' by Ken Hom. Published in February 2005. Culinary advisor to various restaurants in Asia and Europe, the author is well-known for his television cookery programmes broadcast in England by the BBC. The work presents simple recipes from basic and elaborate dishes.-'Yangtze Jiang' by Philip Wilkinson. The Yangtze Jiang crosses the whole of China. This work follows the course of the Long River, born in the mountains of Tibet, which extends to the plains of eastern China.
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'Suzhou River' by Lou Ye, the first Chinese film to win a prize at the 2000 Paris Film Festival.
'Farewell my concubine' by Chen Kaige, Palme d'or in 1993.
'The blue Kite' on the tragic years of the cultural revolution, by Tian Zhuang-Zhuang.
'The Last Emperor' by B. Bertolucci.
'Ri Ri Ye Ye' (Day and Night) by the director Wang Chao (prizewinner in November 2004 at the 3 Continents Festival - F3C - in Nantes). A trip to the heart of rural China in a small mining town, reflecting the economic and social upheavals of contemporary China. Also see 'The Anyang Orphan' (2001), by the same director.
'Shower' by Zhang Yang. This film is about ancestral bathing customs, the 'Quingshui'.
'Women from the Lake of Scented Souls' by Xie Fei. Unusual portrait of a Chinese woman in the 80s (Golden Bear at the Festival of Berlin in 1999)
'An Answer From heaven' by Wang Junzheng. Youth prize at the Berlin Festival in 1993.
Work by Zhang Yimou: 'Red Sorghum', 'Wives and Concubines' and 'Qiu Ju, a Chinese woman'.
'Hero', an epic relating the history of China to the 'Period of the Warrior States' between 475 and 221 BC. This film won an award in Berlin (2004), and was nominated for an Oscar and the Golden Globe for the best foreign film.
'The House of Flying Daggers'