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Review: Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fengyang

This intelligent, enjoyable documentary provides an insightful portrait of Jia and the fast-changing China his films explore…

From his early Fenyang-based films such as Xiao Wu to the recent 

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32 - Mountains May Depart

Mike’s brother corrects our pronunciation of director Jia Zhangke’s name, helping us settle into a discussion of his ambitious, deeply moving tale of friendship and loss that spans two and a half decades. 82 more words


Mountains May Depart (Shan He Gu Ren – Mountains and Rivers, Old Acquaintance, China-Japan-France 2015)

The latest film by Jia Zhang-ke to reach the UK has taken two years since its appearance at Cannes in May 2015. I’m not sure why it has taken so long but it certainly seems to have confused a few critics. 1,179 more words


Pingyao Film Festival 2017: Interviews with Jia Zhangke and Marco Müller

Pingyao Year Zero was the inaugural year of an exciting new addition to the international film festival calendar, a new boutique event set in the truly unique location of the ancient city of Pingyao, provincial China. 248 more words


Pingyao Film Festival 2017: Year Zero of Jia Zhangke’s independent film festival

Last week was the first edition of the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Film Festival. The brainchild of world-renowned Chinese film director Jia Zhangke, the event fulfilled a lifelong dream of his to bring an auteur’s festival to provincial China where he grew up. 1,563 more words


Chinese Poet Han Dong Cultivates Dark Humor in 'One Night on the Wharf'

A keen admirer of Luis Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” Chinese poet Han Dong makes an appearance this week in Busan with “One Night on the Wharf,” his first attempt at directing a movie. 308 more words


Inaugural Pingyao Festival in China Makes Last-Minute Date Switch

The Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, a new event pioneered by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and renowned festival programmer Marco Mueller, has shifted the dates of its inaugural edition. 175 more words