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

Filmmaker Johnny Ma Wants You to Fall in Love With ’90s Chinese Cinema

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the site of the Toronto International Film Festival, in conjunction with TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. A Chinese “psychic” once told me… or, more specifically, it was my uncle, who used to run the Beijing department of the “People with Specials Powers” (as it was called Read More

No More Emoji Acting Please, Angelababy

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The Communist Party of China’s newspaper once again criticizes the performances of young actors. 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

How ‘Little Fresh Meats’ Are Winning China Over

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The phrase “little fresh meat” has been around now for several years and refers to someone who is athletic, young, and handsome. 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

Judge Not Laughing, Calls ‘Madame Bovary’ ‘a Shallow Insult’

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A Chinese judge apparently thought "I Am Not Madame Bovary" was nothing to laugh at, calling its plot an insult to her profession. Read More

Alibaba Buys 30 Percent Stake in Hehe Pictures

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Alibaba Pictures Group will acquire a 30 percent strategic stake in Chinese film investment company Hehe Pictures, becoming its second-largest shareholder. Read More

Novelist Behind Hit Chinese TV Show Accused of Plagiarizing 200 Works

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An alliance of authors, playwrights, and anti-plagiarism crusaders is preparing a lawsuit against an acclaimed online novelist, accusing her of copying over 200 works, online news outlet Jiemian reported Monday. Read More

Sorry Hollywood, The Chinese Market is No Longer Easy Money

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The recent remake of "Ben-Hur" by Paramount Pictures was a box office flop in North America. Its fate in China was no better. Read More

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