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Viewing Diary: Xiao Wu (Jia Zhangke, 1997)

Xiao Wu (played by Wang Hongwei) is the eponymous character of Jia Zhangke’s 1997 feature-length debut. He’s a small-time thief with longish floppy hair and wide-framed glasses, a diminutive frame and a rather reticent demeanour, not exuding much confidence except when picking pockets. 2,356 more words


Cannes Film Review: 'Mountains May Depart'

The cinema’s consummate chronicler of a China evolving so rapidly that its own citizens can scarcely keep apace, Jia Zhangke strikes a particularly melancholic chord in “Mountains May Depart,” a polymorphous snapshot of 21st-century capitalism and its discontents that also finds the filmmaker, like several of his characters, venturing for the first time outside of his home turf and mother tongue. 1,087 more words


F.I.L.M. of the Week (April 30, 2015)

Sadly, I missed Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” when it screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  I caught up with the film recently from the comfort of my living room thanks to Netflix, though to just an audience of one.   298 more words

Movie Reviews

A Touch of Sin (2013)

This was cool. An art movie masquerading as an action movie. All the stories are strong, the first was my favourite, and they’re so heavily connected thematically that they never felt like a bunch of stories just strung together. 106 more words

Media Diet

Selfie Sticks Discouraged At Cannes Film Festival

PARIS (AP) — World cinema heavyweights including China’s Jia Zhangke, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino and the United States’ Gus Van Sant will compete for prizes at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday. 422 more words


BY: Jia Zhangke

Então descobri uma regra. Quando um ator fica seriamente bloqueado em sua interpretação, a primeira coisa a ser feita e verificada é o roteiro. A na escrita, necessariamente, algo de falso, algo não crível na maneira na que o personagem reage à situação em curso. 71 more words


In a Nutshell: Xiao Wu (1997)

Director(s): Jia Zhangke
Screenwriter(s): Jia Zhangke
Cast:  Hongwei Wang, Hao Hongjian
Length: 108 minutes
Country: Hong Kong/China

Jia Zhangke makes difficult films – difficult to make and often difficult to watch. 143 more words