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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...
Chinese noir signals audacious new era.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: After successive ‘waves’ of Chinese mainland filmmakers, the Fifth Generation (lush, pageant-like, visually splendid) yielding slowly to the Sixth (minimal, downbeat, quotidian), it’s something of a relief to see a crop of...
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...
Movie magic makes monkey tale swing.
In The Monkey King 3D, a massive sense of spectacle overwhelms a somewhat simplistic take on the mystical tale of Simian spirit Sun Wukong, but what an impressive display it proves to be in the hands of director Soi Cheang. With his reworking of...
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