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Poor Man's Violence

From Jia Zhangke’s film “A Touch of Sin”

“I’m trying to create a panorama view of our society. Lately, the occurrence of acts of violence continues to increase. 1,313 more words

Law And Order

Mission Improbable as Jia Zhangke’s ‘Mountains’ Releases in China Against ‘Rogue Nation’

Going up against the release of Alibaba-backed “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is a tall order for any film in China. That, however, is the challenge being taken up by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and “Mountains May Depart,” his drama which premiered in competition in Cannes. 461 more words


Busan Festival To Open With India's 'Zubaan'

Indian drama “Zubaan,” directed by Mozez Singh, will open the 20th edition of the Busan International Film Festival.

Chinese film, “Mountain Cry” directed by Larry Yang will close the festival, which runs Oct. 335 more words


Walter Salles, Laurie Anderson in San Sebastian's Zabaltegi

Marcia Tambutti’s “Beyond My Grandfather Allende,” Walter Salles’ “Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang” and Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” figure among the highlights of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival’s Zabaltegi sidebar, which concentrates some of the most unclassifiable and suggestive proposals of the current international film scene. 514 more words


5 Films: Jia Zhangke (Introduction)

I’ve been writing more consistently for the blog in the past few weeks, so I’ve thought about new ways to develop it rather than just reviewing new films. 400 more words


Shanghai Festival Serves Up Something for Everyone

The 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival kicks off Saturday (June 13-21) with a wide-ranging and creditable lineup that nevertheless also reflects the imprint of censorship, politics and central control. 610 more words



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