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China's Indie Icon Jia Zhangke Launches Commercial Venture Fabula (EXCLUSIVE)

In an opportunistic swerve from his indie film roots, Chinese film maker Jia Zhangke is going to start making commercial movies.

With a base in Shanghai, he has established Fabula Entertainment (the Chinese name translates as “warm currents”) and raised money for a slate of movies that he will produce. 320 more words


Jia Zhangke, The Man With His Fingers on the Pulse of China

I was first introduced to Jia Zhangke a few years ago when I chanced to purchase a quasi-legit dvd of his 2013 film A Touch of Sin… 954 more words


Chinese Cinema Today

A couple months ago I was asked to write this brief overview of the state of contemporary Chinese language cinema for the Estonian arts magazine Sirp… 2,486 more words

Running Out Of Karma

May 2016 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the May issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on April 25.

Captain America: Civil War… 4,346 more words



written by: Jia Zhangke
produced by: Shozo Ichiyama
directed by: Jia Zhangke
rated: unrated
runtime: 131 min.
U.S. release date: September 28, 2015 (New York Film Festival), October 17, 2015 (Chicago International Film Festival) & April 15-12, 2016 (Gene Siskel Film Center) 1,286 more words

Hong Kong Festival Youth Prize Won by 'Life'

First time director, Zhang Hanyi’s “Life After Life” won the Firebird Award, the top prize in the young cinema competition at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. 166 more words



Ostatni film sławnego chińskiego reżysera JIA Zhang’ke MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (tłum. STRACONA KRAINA), wyprodukowany w roku 2015 podbija świat. Ostatnio zdobył palmę w Cannes. Pierwsze sceny rozgrywają się w czasie obchodów Chińskiego Nowego Roku (1999) w zapyziałym klubie w jakimś górniczym miasteczku; w tle motyw muzyczny “Go West” Pet Shop Boys. 1,132 more words