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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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5 influential movies from the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers

Coming of age during the Cultural Revolution, China’s post-Mao filmmakers would revolutionize the industry with story-driven movies…

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Director Jia Zhangke roasts Hu Xijin over his review of ‘Ash Is Purest White’

It’s widely acknowledged that Hu Xijin 胡锡进, Editor-in-Chief at the nationalist tabloid the Global Times, has many opinions. Aside from…

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Director Feng Xiaogang reportedly cut from ‘Ash is Purest White’ because of Fan Bingbing’s tax scandal

A director’s cut of Jia Zhangke’s latest movie, Ash is Purest White (江湖儿女 jiānghú érnǚ), was released in China last…

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Fan Bingbing ‘missing’ amid swelling rumors that China’s highest-paying actress has been arrested

Press photo of The Legend of Ba…

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5 great Chinese movies from the Second Golden Age

The Second Golden Age of Chinese film, short-lived as it was, saw some of China’s best directors,…

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Director of ‘worst movie on Douban’ sues review website for rating

The producers of Pure Hearts: Into Chinese Showbiz (纯洁心灵·逐梦演艺圈 chúnjié xīnlíng·zhú mèng yǎnyì quān), which received a score of 2.1…

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Movie and TV productions in China halted by salary cap on celebrities

On August 10, three of China’s largest streaming websites issued a notice announcing they were capping the…

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Five essential Chinese silent films

Politics, revolution, bloodshed, prostitution, suicide, feminism (before it was defined as such): Chinese films of the 1920s…

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