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ASIA: FILM REVIEW: 24 CITY (2008, CHINA)

By David Pountain

Directed by Jia Zhangke

Of all the politically-minded directors of the last two decades, few have had their filmmaking style so innately ingrained in their ideology as the respected Jia Zhangke. 588 more words

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Review: 24 City (2008)

Director(s): Jia Zhangke
Screenwriter(s): Jia Zhangke, Zhai Yongming
Cast: Lü Liping, Joan Chen, Zhao Tao
Length: 112 minutes
Country: China/Hong Kong/Japan

Of all the politically-minded directors of the last two decades, few have had their filmmaking style so innately ingrained in their ideology as the respected Jia Zhangke. 570 more words

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Cannes: Kino Lorber Scoops U.S. Rights to Jia Zhangke's 'Mountains' (EXCLUSIVE)

Beating several distribs to the chase, Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to “Mountains May Depart,” the episodic drama by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke. The film played in competition Wednesday in Cannes. 311 more words

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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

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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

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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

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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

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