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...
May 17, 2013
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...
Dec 22, 2011
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...
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...
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...
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...
Aug 20, 2010
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,...
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...
Mar 11, 2008
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...
Mar 8, 2008
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,...
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
CDT in the News
- MIT Technology Review – Now China wants to censor online comments
- The Globe and Mail – Shanghai leaves lockdown after two months, but ‘zero COVID’ policy remains
- WION – Shanghai residents spent 2 months ‘locked’ up, but China bans media from calling it a ‘lockdown’
- The Independent – Shanghai prohibits media from using the term ‘lockdown’
- Guardian – Shanghai reportedly bans media use of the term ‘lockdown’ as lockdown ends