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: More ‘Kung Fu’ Than ‘Yoga’ in Jackie Chan’s Chinese New Year Gift

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More ‘Kung Fu‘ Than ‘Yoga‘ in Jackie Chan’s Chinese New Year Gift Kung Fu Yoga (2017), written and directed by Stanley Tong Distributed by WellGo USA, opens in the US January 27, 2017 (cinemas here). Grade: B A scenic, fast-moving treasure hunt spanning China, Tibet, Dubai, and India, Jackie Chan’s latest action-comedy reunites him with 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

Film Review: Jackie Chan Throws Back and Rolls Ahead in ‘Railroad Tigers’

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Surrounded by a crew played by so-called Little Fresh Meat actors along with his 34-year-old son, Jaycee, Chan winningly reprises the loose-limbed, high-spirited vibe of the Hong Kong "Lucky Stars" comedies of the ‘80s with charm if not a memorably balletic central performance. Read More

Film Review: ‘The Wasted Times’ is Vulgar and Silly, but Exquisite

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Pretty people and prettier pictures are among the laudable assets in the pedigree and filigree of this gangster story set in Shanghai. Read More

Film Review: ‘Old Stone’ is Neorealist Noir

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"Old Stone" (Lao Shi/老石), the debut feature by Chinese-Canadian director Johnny Ma, makes a kind of hybrid neorealist noir, something akin to the rising, ultra-unreal (chaohuan) sensibility, through the story of a hapless taxi driver, the titular Lao Shi, whose desire to act morally is at every turn thwarted by an inhuman system. Read More

What the Critics Think: Crosscurrent (2015)

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“This divisive film certainly falls into a similar Chinese New Wave groove thanks to its maddeningly riddle-like nature and strongly ambiguous atmosphere.” Read More

In ‘Mr. Six,’ China’s Changing and Staying the Same

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Playing an aging gangster railing against the “little punks” who kidnapped his son in Beijing, Feng Xiaogang gives a solid performance as the title character of Mr. Six Read More