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“Flowers of War”: The Reviews Are In

Hollywood star Christian Bale stars in the new Zhang Yimou movie “Flowers of War” about the Rape of Nanking during World War II, which many have seen as Zhang’s effort to secure China’s first Oscar. After...

Mao’s Last Dancer

The Houston Chronicle reviews Mao’s Last Dancer, a film about ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who was the first person in the cultural field to defect from China: Directed by Bruce Beresford from a screenplay by Jan Sardi,...

Men Won’t Cry – Traces of a Repressive Past

In Senses of Cinema, Berenice Reynaud reviews a number of movies from the Vancouver International Film Festival, including four from mainland China: The shadow of lost sons haunts Du Haibin’s 1428, an award-winning (Orizzonti...

Modern Slavery in Rural China

The New York Sun reviews Blind Mountain (盲山), Li Yang’s movie about human trafficking, which is being released in New York this week: Of all the recent movies to tackle the terrifying issue of human trafficking (including...

China’s Alluring ‘Still Life’ Runs Deep

The Boston Globe reviews Jia Zhang-ke’s Still Life (三峡好人): Fengjie County, which lies along the Yangtze River in China, is flood-prone. To stem the deluges, the region has made way for the Three Gorges Dam, an epic,...

Drowning in Progress – J. Hoberman

The Village Voice reviews Jia Zhangke’s Still Life, which is just being released in the U.S.: More observer than director, Jia is concerned with how it feels to be in a particular

Postal Modernism in the Cinema – Danwei

From Danwei blog: Ann Hui‘s(ËÆ∏ÈûçÂçé) new movie The Postmodern Life of My AuntÔºàÂ߮¶àÁöÑÂêéÁé∞‰ª£ÁîüÊ¥ªÔºâ tells a story of love, games, and opera. But what makes it


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