Newsletter-January 2010

Happy New Year!

It’s been a busy season for dGenerate Films, as we prepare to acquire a third round of China’s best independent cinema. Some of the new titles forthcoming include Jia Zhangke’s Dong, Zhao Dayong’s Street Life, Yang Jin’s Black and White Milk Cow, Robin Weng’s Fujian Blue, Yu Guangyi’s Last Lumberjacks, Yan Yu and Li Yifan’s Before the Flood I & II, and Zhao Liang’s Crime and Punishment. These are available for exhibition screenings now, DVD and VOD are on their way.

As always, comprehensive information on dGenerate Films and how to buy films in our catalog can be found on our website. If you’ve been considering obtaining dGenerate Films titles, we’d encourage you to put your plans in motion in 2010 and support the vital work our filmmakers produce. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have, feel free to contact us at any time, through any means, as always!


Brent Quan Hall

VP, Marketing & Operations
(646) 360-0343 /

dGenerate Bits


  • dGenerate Films has released the results of their poll on the top Chinese language films of the 2000s. We queried fourty-seven of the leading Chinese film experts in the world, from academics to critics to filmmakers to curators. The top pick? Click here to find out!
  • Some individual lists of note: Zhang Xianmin (China Independent Film Festival), Peter Rist (University of Concordia), and Shelly Kraicer (Vancouver International Film Festival); as well as all forty-seven ballots.


  • dGenerate Films is proud to collaborate with Apple on a new monthly
    series called Meet the Filmmakers at the only Apple Store in China.
    The series kicks off with three back-to-back talks during the Spring
    Festival, a two-week holiday celebrating the Lunar New Year.

This series will showcase the brightest stars of today’s
D-Generation, China’s newest filmmakers powered by digital
technology. Digital tools, from digital video cameras to editing
software, have placed filmmaking in the hands of the people. Listen
and watch how award-winning directors use digital technology to
create their latest movies, attracting worldwide attention and

  • Feb 17 – Peng Tao
  • Feb 18 – Cui Zi’en
  • Feb 19 – Jian Yi

All events at 7pm at the Apple Store at The Village, Sanlitun, Beijing.


  • The Toronto Star had a great article in December featuring many dGenerate filmmakers and their insights into how their work fits contextually into the political Chinese landscape. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to better understand the complexities of the environment within which independent artists create in today’s China.


  • Help us maximize visibility for the underground films and independent filmmakers we represent. We’ve started Twitter-ing to go along with our Facebook Page. Join us and further the movement!


dGenerate Titles Named in the Top Films of the Decade Poll

While many of the films in the Top Chinese Language Films of the Decade poll can be hard to track down, we’re proud to be distributing several of them. In addition to the films below, other films mentioned include Before the Flood, Last Lumberjacks, and Crime and Punishment, all of which will be released in the coming months. To order our films or to get more information on any of our titles, visit our film catalog here and order through Amazon or directly through us.

Oxhide Oxhide (Niu Pi) – LIU Jiayin. China, 2005. Narrative, 110 min.

Daily life in a cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a Chinese family. More info>>

The Other Half The Other Half (Ling Yi Ban) YING Liang. China, 2006. Narrative, 111 min.

Xiaofen spends all day listening to everything that’s wrong with China, opening her eyes to the chaos that threatens her own life. More info>>


Betelnut (Bing Lang) – YANG Heng. China, 2005. Narrative, 112 min.

Along a sleepy Hunan riverside, two delinquent boys experience a summer of love and violence in Yang Heng’s visually stunning debut. More info>>

Little Moth

Little Moth (Xue Chan) – PENG Tao. China, 2007. Narrative, 99 min.

When an impoverished couple adopts a crippled young girl and puts her to work begging on city streets, a battle soon ensues over her fate. Director Peng Tao turns the sordid street life of small town China into a chain-reaction tale of human cruelty and unforgettable suspense. More info >>

San Yuan Li San Yuan Li (San Yuan Li) – OU Ning, CAO Fei. China, 2003. Experimental Documentary, 45 min.

Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of SAN YUAN LI, a traditional village besieged by China’s urban sprawl. More info >>

Ghost Town

Ghost Town – ZHAO Dayong. China, 2008. Documentary, 169 min.

Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in a rugged corner of Southwest China, the village is haunted by traces of China’s cultural past while its residents piece together a day-by-day existence. More info >>


Using (Long Ge) – ZHOU Hao. China, 2008. Documentary, 105 min.

A twisted relationship develops between an urban Chinese couple struggling with heroin and a filmmaker chronicling their addiction, in this provocative documentary on drug abuse, filmmaking and friendship. More info >>

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