Chinese Cinema 1950-65

Following the 2010-11 Season, the Guild was pleased to present a bonus mini-season of Chinese Cinema from the first 15 or so years of Communist Rule, 1950-65.

These screenings were preceded by introductions by Dr Julian Ward, from the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh, who also led post-screening discussions.

Dr Ward is the co-editor of The Chinese Cinema Book, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The launch of the book saw a one-day Studies in Chinese Cinema event on Saturday 2 July 2011, which EFG members were welcome to attend.

The White Haired Girl

Wang Bin and Shui Hua | China | 1950

The film is available to watch and download online from The Internet Archive, at

New Year Sacrifice

Sang Hu | China | 1956

The original story the film was based upon, by writer Lu Xun is available in English translation at

Before the New Director Arrives

Lü Ban | China |  1956

Hero in the Bandits’ Den

Yan Jizhou and Hao Guang | China | 1958

Lin Family Shop

Shui Hua | China | 1959

An essay on the film, by Chinese film scholar Stephen Teo, can be found at

Land Mine Warfare

Tang Yingqi, Xu Da and Wu Jianhai | China | 1962

Stage Sisters

Xie Jin | China | 1965

A 1988 article on the film by critic Gina Marchetti can be found at