Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (天注定) screened today at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is being considered for the “Golden Palm,” the prestigious festival’s highest prize. Today’s...
by alicebirney | Jul 6, 2011
PC World reports on the latest Chinese Communist Party film, “Beginning of the Great Revival”. Chinese authorities are doing all they can to censor the public’s online reaction to the film. Theaters in China...
by Sophie Beach | May 12, 2011
The New York Times reviews “City of Life and Death”, a new movie by Lu Chuan which presents a fictionalized telling of the Nanjing Massacre: History weighs hard and steady on “City of Life and Death” without...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 21, 2010
China Beat reviews I Wish I Knew, a documentary by Jia Zhangke: Jia’s best films are insistently about the articulation of “space” amid seemingly insurmountable constraints. In these films, Jia strives to engender a state of...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 11, 2010
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...
by Kate Zhao | Jan 19, 2008
Another review of Jia Zhangke’s Still Life, which just opened in New York, from the New York Times: A meticulous record of a vanishing world — Mr. Jia’s cinematographer, Yu Lik-wai, surveys the wreckage with slow panning shots that evoke the horizontal expanse of Chinese scroll paintings — “Still Life” is an act of commemoration […]
by Kate Zhao | Jan 18, 2008
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 environment. His films are predicated on a sense of everyday social flux and, more than any I’ve seen, they provide some sense of […]
by Sophia Cao | Apr 18, 2007
From Film Threat: The shootings at Virginia Tech shocked a nation, but will their aftermath continue to cause havoc? As a nation asks “why” and starts to formulate theories, one independent film may be about to find itself a victim of its own subject matter. Debuting at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, director Shi-Zheng Chen’s […]
by Wu Nan | Apr 17, 2007
From the Washington Post: Bracketed by stunning long shots taken from the front of a moving freight train, Wang Bing‘s epic, three-part documentary, Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks,” is an astonishingly intimate record of China’s painful transition from state-run industry to a free market. Filming between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Wang and his sound […]
by Sophia Cao | Mar 27, 2007
From Danwei blog: Ann Hui‘s(ËÆ∏ÈûçÂçé) new movie The Postmodern Life of My AuntÔºàÂß®Â¶àÁöÑÂêéÁé∞‰ª£ÁîüÊ¥ªÔºâ tells a story of love, games, and opera. But what makes it postmodern? Nothing, according to Hu Xudong, a noted columnist, poet, and Peking University professor. In a column for The Beijing News last week, Hu mused on how the term “postmodern” […]
by Sophia Cao | Mar 22, 2007
From SFIAAFF: A heady and emotionally charged chronicle of the short-lived sexual and political idealism which swept through Beijing in the late ’80s, Lou Ye’s (Â®ÑÁÉ®) fourth feature marks a stunning new direction for Chinese cinema. Certainly the most erotic and sexually explicit film to come from mainland China, SUMMER PALACE is ground-breaking in its […]
by Sophia Cao | Jan 13, 2007
From Danwei blog: There’s been quite a bit said about how bad Zhang Yimou‘s latest film is: how Curse of the Golden Flower is all empty spectacle, how its skimpy costumes and blood-soaked finale amount to commercialized garbage, and how its social commentary is superficial and essentially irrelevant…. Seven layers of Curse of the Golden […]
by Sophia Cao | Sep 7, 2006
From New America Media: As China continues its economic transformation and materialism runs rampant, acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou offers an antidote to big city distractions. In his new film “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (ÂçÉÈáåËµ∞ÂçïÈ™ë),” Zhang returns to his spare, emotional palette with a focus on human relationships. He offers a glimpse into […]
by Sophia Cao | Jul 26, 2006
From China Daily via Xinhua News Agency: As for a comedy, there is no higher praise and honour than a remark like “the movie is laughable” when the viewers walk out of the cinema, he concluded. Many viewers attributed the suspense, funny dialogue and vivid characters to the success of “Crazy Stone (ÁñØÁãÇÁöÑÁü≥Â§¥).” Regarded as […]