Film Review: ‘Demons Strike Back’ at the Audience in ‘Journey to the West 2’

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Slapstick subversiveness notwithstanding, "Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back" still amounts to a Sinocentric power play that diminishes the appeal of the enterprise. Read More

Film Review: ‘Buddies’ Out of Control in ‘India’

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‘Buddies’ Out of Control in ‘India’ Buddies in India (2017), written and directed by Wang Baoqiang. Distributed by ChinaLion, opened in the U.S. January 27, 2017 (cinemas here). Grade: C+ A bromance with a hollow message, combined with a whirlwind of wuxia action, road comedy, Bollywood musical, and a half-baked primer on classical monkey-god mythology, Read More

Film Review: ‘Some Like It Hot’ More like Lukewarm Water

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A typical, and not unentertaining contemporary Chinese comedy of upwardly-mobile, city-dwelling, professional-class Chinese boy-men, dumbstruck by hot young women who are not their wives, with an unsubtle moral tacked on the end. Read More

Talent is Hard to Nail Down: Part 6 of the First CFI Guide

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In China, it’s very difficult for films to have start dates and for producers to have confidence that those start dates will be kept. Read More

The Import Rules Are Strict: Part 3 of the First CFI Guide

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In the run-up to China’s joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, negotiators hit a wall over the number of international motion pictures China would allow inside its borders each year. Read More

CFI Q&A: Li Bingbing’s English Tutor, ‘Mysterious Foreign Boyfriend’

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When you hear Li Bingbing speak English, its polish on the road to Hollywood crossover at one time got a little boost from China Film Insider China correspondent Fergus Ryan. Read More

CFI Q&A: Rian Dundon, English Tutor to China’s Leading Lady Fan Bingbing

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China Film Insider spoke with Rian Dundon, who served as English tutor and private photographer for China's most recognizable film star, Fan Bingbing. Read More

Exposing Sexual Abuse in China: Q&A with ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ Director Nanfu Wang

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Nanfu Wang hoped that a woman called Ye Haiyan, who had offered free sex on the Internet to draw attention to the plight of poor women selling their bodies to support their children, would lead her to the prostitutes she wanted to interview. Read More

CFI Q&A With Author Peter Hessler on ‘River Town’ the Movie

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Not Since 'Iron and Silk' in 1991 has there been a major motion picture about an American teaching in China. Read More

CFI Q&A With Joan Xu, Young Screenwriter in Beijing

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Xu, a recent "Global Shaper" at Davos, talks about the stories that drive her, making money, and dealing with being a relative newcomer in China's restricted movie business. Read More

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