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Film Friday

‘Chicken Poets’: Meng Jinghui’s absurdist comedy explores art in an artless world

April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of that, we present Chicken Poets, a film about a poet who…

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‘A Sun’: Golden Horse winner is a subtle drama about a broken family

Now available on Netflix, A Sun is a weighty Taiwanese crime-drama filled with shocking violence and repressed emotion. Ultimately, it’ll have…

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‘The Wild Goose Lake’: A grimy, neon-drenched noir from Wuhan

Set in Wuhan — a gritty, weird, flashing city that’s unlike the Wuhan you see in headlines today — The Wild…

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Love, captured: China’s billion-dollar pre-wedding photo industry

China Love, a documentary released last year by Australian filmmaker Olivia Martin-McGuire, takes a close look at China’s pre-wedding photo…

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‘So Long, My Son’ — A heartfelt examination of grief, stasis, and mass modernization

A beautiful, heart-aching film that will live alongside China’s classics for years to come.   The titular likeness that So…

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‘Send Me to the Clouds’: A woman’s desire to desire

“Feminism” and “women’s cinema” remain misunderstood and stigmatized terms in modern China, which brings us to the film Send Me…

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Till death brings us together: ‘Love Education’ review

Despite historical turmoil and social transformations, women believe in love, search for love, sustain the institutions of love, and pay…

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‘Mr. Vampire’: The definitive jiangshi movie

To wrap up our series on Chinese horror, we turn to the jiangshi, that most quintessential of Chinese monsters. Part-vampire,…

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‘Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind’: Hong Kong as alienated urban hell

Known as the “Steven Spielberg of Asia,” Tsui Hark began his career directing horror movies, and Dangerous Encounters of the First…

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‘The Enchanting Shadow’: A classic ghostly romance

We continue the countdown to Halloween with our series on Chinese horror. This week: The Enchanting Shadow, the first Hong Kong…

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‘Song at Midnight’: China’s brilliant take on Phantom of the Opera

We’re commencing the countdown to Halloween with a series of film columns about Chinese horror flicks. This week: Song at…

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‘Love on Delivery’: Stephen Chow’s early comedy is breezy, surreal, and funny

Looking for a China-related film? There’s an untapped treasure trove on Netflix of all genres, from documentaries like American Factory…

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The life and work of Dai Tielang, director of ‘Black Cat Detective’

A cat detective. A mouse with one ear. Zany gadgets and surprising violence. Welcome to the mind of animator Dai…

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‘Secrets in the Hot Spring’: A horror-comedy more silly than scary

Secrets in the Hot Spring is a wacky, well-intentioned take at the haunted house genre.   Compared to the genre’s heyday in…

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‘A City of Sadness’: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s historical tragedy remains a masterpiece 30 years later

The first Chinese-language film to ever win the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion award, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s A City of Sadness is the…

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