Tristan Shaw, Author at SupChina

Tristan Shaw is an American writer who enjoys folklore, film, and history. You can follow him on Twitter @Tristan89201760

‘The New King of Comedy’: A remake that shouldn’t have been made

A remake of a 1999 Stephen Chow classic, The New King of Comedy has hijinks galore and even some…

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1990 documentary ‘Sunless Days’ is a rare snapshot of the post-June 4 Chinese community

A somewhat experimental piece from Hong Kong director Shu Kei, as free-wheeling as it is far-flung, Sunless Days…

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China’s greatest propaganda film: Zhou Enlai’s historical musical ‘The East is Red’

The story behind the Chinese Communist Party’s best propaganda musical.  

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‘Iron Moon’: A beautiful portrait of China’s working-class poets

Is there room for poetry in contemporary society? Iron Moon, an award-winning documentary that splices together the working-class life…

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‘Poet on a Business Trip’: An offbeat odyssey through Xinjiang with poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of articles that looks at Chinese poetry, both past…

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The life and death of Chinese poetry’s mystical martyr

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of articles that looks at Chinese poetry,…

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The brief and scandalous film career of Madame Mao

Before she became the most powerful woman in China and imposed her vision of art and culture…

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‘City on Fire’: Behind the story and influence of Ringo Lam’s classic

City of Fire, the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, is a masterclass in the Hong Kong crime…

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The tragic end of Shi Hui, Maoist China’s most promising actor-director

Persecuted and misunderstood, Shi Hui was one of many individuals swept up and destroyed by the Anti-Rightist…

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Film Friday: Taiwan’s gay-themed ‘Dear Ex’ touches on acceptance, love, and humanity

A pleasant surprise of a movie that’s arrived at the appropriate time.  

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The People’s Republic of Desire, reviewed

A dark and provocative glimpse at China’s celebrity streaming culture  

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5 classic Chinese New Year movies

Center image: All’s Well, End’s Well; clockwise from upper left: Rumble in the Bronx, The Chinese Feast,…

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The Unfinished Comedy: How a brave satire in Maoist China destroyed its creator’s career

In the 1957 satirical film The Unfinished Comedy, made during Mao Zedong’s Hundred Flowers Campaign, one…

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Hanshan: Investigating the life of Chinese literature’s most mysterious poet

The poet Hanshan 寒山, a name meaning “Cold Mountain,” ranks as one of the most eccentric and mysterious figures…

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Film Friday: ‘The Great Buddha+,’ Taiwan’s award-winning dark comedy, is worth the hype

Director Huang Hsin-yao’s satirical, sometimes bleak dark comedy focuses on class, political corruption, and religion in Taiwan.  

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