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‘The Wandering Earth’: China’s futuristic blockbuster rehashes Hollywood-style nationalism, clichés, and schmaltz

A film of just disaster clichés is empty, but a film that tries to fill…

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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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How a highly anticipated NYE Chinese art film became the most nonsensical movie of 2018

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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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China Business Corner: Introducing Yinyu, the virtual KTV app whose users are singing up a storm

Happy New Year and best wishes from China Business Corner! We’re a weekly window into Chinese-language coverage of business, technology,…

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5 must-see Chinese movies of 2018

Five noteworthy Chinese movies from 2018, including from big-name directors Zhang Yimou, Jia Zhangke, and Jiang Wen.  

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Hopping Vampires and Beautiful Ghosts: A Brief History of Chinese Horror, Pt. 2

From killer butterflies and hopping zombies (in a movie nominated for Best Film at the Hong Kong…

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Hopping Vampires and Beautiful Ghosts: A Brief History of Chinese Horror, Pt. 1

Chinese horror films might not be internationally renowned — and indeed, they are frowned upon in today’s…

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The SupChina Quiz: Chinese Film

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was Tech in…

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5 classic movies to remember Xie Jin, the master of Chinese melodrama

Xie Jin remains relatively obscure outside of his home country, which is a shame. He directed such…

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Why ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ might flop in mainland China, through no fault of its own

Crazy Rich Asians took Hollywood by storm this summer, winning critical praise and inspiring moving essays about the power of…

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ become gold diggers in China

“Crazy Rich Asians is heading to China. Will it be a hit?”

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‘Havoc in Heaven’: How China’s first animators braved war, politics, and exile to create a masterpiece

Based off Journey to the West, this hand-animated classic took more than two decades to complete, with…

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