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CDT Chinese’s 404 Files: Why Films Get Banned from Douban

In the 404 Files podcast (404档案馆), CDT Chinese tells multimedia stories of censorship and circumvention in China. The following is a translation of the transcript of Episode 36, released on October 27, a deep dive into why films...

Man of the Week: Hu Jie

CDT is expanding its wiki beyond the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon to include short biographies of...

Jia Zhangke: China Must End Silence on Injustice

Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (天注定), a film containing enough violence for critics to have conjured thoughts of Tarantino, won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Just prior to taking the prize, Jia told...

Q&A: Lu Chuan

The Hollywood Reporter interviews director Lu Chuan about his new historical drama The Last Supper: THR: Please explain how The Last Supper will differ from all the ancient Chinese epic films that have come before it. Lu Chuan...

Danwei: Interview with Zhao Dayong

Danwei interviews filmmaker Zhao Dayong about his new film The High Life which premieres at the Hong Kong International Film Festival: Interview with Chinese film director Zhao Dayong from Danwei on Vimeo. Read a review of The...

Film Director Battles For Soul Of Chinese Cinema

NPR profiles Zhang Yimou and his new film, a remake of the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple: Zhang Yimou has undergone a dramatic transformation, from art-house auteur of the early 1990s to the man who orchestrated the...

Golden Nuggets of the Silver Screen

China Daily profiles filmmaker Zhang Yuan, whose work has often been banned inside China: After shooting the first music video for Chinese rock ‘n’ roll godfather Cui Jian, he made Beijing Bastards in 1994, which was...

Let a Thousand Film Students Compete – Fiona Ng

From the New York Times: Wen Guiyu thinks back to three years ago, when she and her mother came here from her small hometown in Hebei Province, after a 12-hour train ride. Arriving at their destination on Xi Tu Cheng Road, Ms. Wen recalls seeing masses of people – “10,000 of them.” Like her, the […]


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