Chinese Cinema Absent from Cannes 2017 Selections

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In past years, Cannes has featured Chinese-language cinema by King Hu, Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Wong Kar-Wai, Lou Ye, Ang Lee, Johnnie To, and Jia Zhangke, but this year, while Japan and South Korea are well-represented, the only Chinese element seems to be the corpse of a teenager washed ashore on Bondi Beach in a special presentation of Jane Campion’s television series, 'Top of the Lake: China Girl.' Read More

New Talent: The Afghan Bruce Lee (Video)

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That strange truth-fiction thing strikes again: if you were to ask a screenwriter to contrive a Dickensian figure for the post-9/11 action-movie generation, they would not be able to top Abbas Alizada. Alizada, the youngest of ten children raised in the hardscrabble, war-torn streets of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, discovered the classic kung fu movies of Bruce Lee as a teenager, and dedicated himself to becoming a martial arts champion in Lee's image. Read More

Film Review: ‘Sword Master’ Wields a Dull Blade

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Based on a novel by the wuxia icon Gu Long, "Sword Master" tells the story of a virtuoso swordsman, weary of the toll taken on his spirit by violence and bloodshed, who is pulled out of the monastic life he tries to adopt. It is also a remake of "Death Duel," a classic and lurid Shaw Brothers production from 1979, in which Yee appeared as the protagonist. Ergo, it is additionally something of a personal project. Read More

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