Film Review: ‘Our Time Will Come’

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Director Ann Hui’s WWII Hong Kong resistance drama 'Our Time Will Come' tells the complex story of the fight against the invading Japanese. Read More

Film Review: A Loner

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Director Xing Xiao’s "A Loner," a Shanghai Film Festival premiere in June, is a quiet stage upon which the remarkable veteran actress Zhu Xijuan’s powerful performance enumerates the challenges facing China’s rapidly aging population. Read More

Film Review: ‘King of Peking’

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This must-see gem of a comedy from sophomore writer and director Sam Voutas is about father and son projectionists who stick together through hard times in Beijing, making ends meet by pirating movies. Read More

Film Review: ‘Battle of Memories’ Puzzles but Isn’t Easily Forgotten

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Director Leste Chan's "Battle of Memories" is a Chinese puzzle of a sci-fi murder mystery about the human tendencies to try to control destiny and then escape the pain when things don’t turn out as planned. Read More

Film Review: ‘Extraordinary Mission’ Shows New Possibilities For Modern Action

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'Extraordinary Mission' is an extraordinarily lush feat of production, presenting an acutely visualized widescreen world with the urgent velocity of a film that its makers feel has to cram in every last bit. In our current fallen world of big-screen action, it’s a syllabus for possibilities that remain. Read More

Film Review: ‘Born In China’ Projects Soft Power, Cuddly As Well

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After his previous work, it may have seemed natural for Lu to direct a documentary about animals facing extinction in China. With China’s breakneck growth and its President talking about taking the lead in global warming prevention, what better time for a Chinese director to show the world that beyond the cities on its smog-choked coast resides an innocent China of vast natural beauty and splendor in need of protection? Read More

Chinese Films to Watch on Netflix Tonight

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For the Chinese film fan -- or for the film industry professional trying to bone up on the best of the recent oeuvre -- Netflix is a good resource, but it's not a great one. Read More

Film Review: ‘Suspect X’ An Inelegant Equation

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Western audiences may be unsettled by the idea that the unspeakable acts that Shi commits to help his lady neighbor and thus win her affection might deserve compassion. In our culture, this is plain creepy, but in China, where a generation of male only children have been mathematically aced-out and will never have a woman to love because there aren’t enough to go around, the story does strike a certain poignant chord. Read More

Bérénice Reynaud on The Greatest Chinese Films

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Bérénice Reynaud is a pioneering explorer of Chinese film, someone who since the 1980s has led readers in the West to new discoveries and understanding about Chinese directors, their work and the system in which it is produced. Read More

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