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Like Hou’s cinema, taking a life of someone you loved is not something to be considered idly.
It’s an indisputable fact that Hou Hsiao-hsien’s first wu xia movie The Assassin is an exquisitely beautiful film. Shot by frequent Hou collaborator, the superb cinematographer Mark Lee Ping Bin (who Wong Kar-wai turned to when his relationship...
Moody thriller signals audacious new era.
We reviewed 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. SBS subsequently acquired it and it is available for streaming at SBS On Demand. Follow the links below to watch the film in full, and see our interview with director Diao Yinan...
1.5 stars Right at the end of the final credit crawl for Iceman is the usual capitalised warning that “This Picture Is Protected By Law”. Audiences, however just have to take their chances. Just before that warning comes the admission that this 2...
After its much-commented premiere at Berlin, Lou Ye’s Blind Massage continued its run of the festival circuit at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. An original and at times confronting ensemble piece, Blind Massage looks at the...
Best watched under the carefree, festive influence of Chinese New Year, writer/director Jing Wong’s From Vegas to Macau is a flagrantly nutty confection that reunites him with his God of Gamblers leading man, Chow Yun-Fat (voicing in Cantonese...
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