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Easy Chinese Words and Phrases for Speaking about Movies (Pt. 2)

May. 19, 2022

In last article, we introduced several popular film genres in China: Animation, Documentary and Action Movie to you. Which one is your favorite so far? In this passage, we’ll continue to let you learn more about China’s movies.

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1. War Movies Key Vocabulary

Zhàn zhēng piān (战争片) War Movie

Nǐ xǐ huān kàn zhàn zhēng piān ma?
你 喜  欢    看     战      争     片   吗?
Do you like watching war movies?

Recommendation: Red Sorghum Hóng gāo liáng (红高粱)

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A young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous proprietor of a winery in 1930s China. She falls for one of his servants in the surrounding crimson sorghum fields. When the master passes away, she is left with the lonely business.

The film’s screenplay was based on the novel of the same name by Chinese author Mo Yan. In 2012, Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy awarded him the prize as an author “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”.

2. Drama film Key Vocabulary

Jù qíng piān (剧情片) Drama Film

Gǎn rén (感人) touching

Jù qíng piān cái yǒu shēn dù ba!
剧   情    片   才   有   深    度  吧!
Dramas have the most depth!

Recommendation: To Live Huó zhe (活着)

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The film is based on the background of civil war and politics after the founding of New China, and reflects the fate of a generation of Chinese people through the bumpy experience of the male father-in-law Fugui’s life.

In 1994, the film won the Jury Award, Best Actor Award and other awards at the 47th Nasional International Film Festival.

3. Romantic movie Key Vocabulary

Ài qíng piān (爱情片) Romantic movie

Nà gè nǚ yǎn yuán hǎo měi a!
那  个  女  演    员    好   美 啊!
The actress is so gorgeous!

Recommendation: My Father and Mother Wǒ de fù qīn mǔ qīn (我的父亲母亲)

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The film is based on Bao Shi’s novel “Memorial”. It tells the story of mother Zhao Di and father Luo Changyu who knew each other, fell in love with each other, separated, and finally stayed together for a lifetime.

In recent years, Chinese movies have gained increased popularity abroad. But movies aren’t just for entertainment, after all. They also give you a cultural education that enriches your language comprehension. So we hope you can also learn useful phrases and sentences as well as Chinese culture in movies. What‘s your favorite Chinese movie? You’re welcome to talk about it in the section below!

You May Want to Learn More :

“Easy Chinese Words and Phrases for Speaking about Movies (Pt. 1)”

“Superheroes You Have to Know About — in Chinese”

”Are You Game for “Squid Game”’s Games?”

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