China

China’s big attempt to break into the international blockbuster market is safe and sturdy – qualities better suited to a wall than an epic.
China’s most expensive film production ever was also, briefly, one of its most controversial: when Matt Damon was announced in the lead role, many assumed fantasy epic The Great Wall would be yet another case of Hollywood “whitewashing”.
Don't expect a satisfactory whodunit denouement in this coming-of-age/serial killer hybrid.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: In 1991, in a small northern Chinese backwater town, a pubescent girl, Jing (Su Xiaotong) has reached that embarrassed stage where she constantly argues with her mother and every public utterance by her father (Guo Xiao)...
Fight sequel goes soft on action.
A month ago I reviewed Tai Chi 0, Stephen Fung’s manic post-modern martial arts CGI driven mini-epic and part one of a planned trilogy and what the filmmakers hope, if the hype is to be believed, will be a major franchise....
Hectic fight film one for the true fans.
Tai Chi 0 is manic, high energy martial arts movie making. It’s playful. It wants to be silly, and is. Part homage, part post-modern genre demolition job. It’s like all the boring bits about this school of action cinema have been pulped and the...