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十面埋伏 [House of Flying Daggers] (2004)


Zhang Yimou’s painterly aesthetic ensures his movies are never less than majestic to look at, whatever genre he’s working in, but as a Wuxia film… 92 more words

Film Reviews

"Raise the Red Lantern" (Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà)

Directed by Zhang Yimou Raise the Red Lantern was released in 1991 and, despite censorship and a rough reception at home, was warmly welcomed in the West (Yimou received a Silver Lion for best director at the… 584 more words


"Raise The Red Lantern" (1991)

Haunting. That’s the one word I would use to describe Raise the Red Lantern, a Chinese period piece showcasing a very unfortunate circumstance borne from the traditions of the time. 519 more words


Viewing Diary: Two films by Ning Ying

Part of the 1982 class to graduate from the Beijing Film Academy alongside the likes of Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou, Ning Ying took longer to make her mark than her more prestigious classmates. 1,097 more words


Crowd control Chinese-style

Most activities in China for tourists involve large crowds. One example was my trip with two friends to see the evening performance, Impression Sanjie Liu, on the River Li in Yangshou, a tourist town nestling among craggy limestone peaks in China’s southern karst scenery. 634 more words

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Veteran actor Ken Takamura dwells on past mistakes in this drama from The director of House of Flying Daggers

When western audiences talk about cinema from East Asian, a few specific genres (and movies associated with them) spring to mind, specifically: horror, marital arts, historical epics, yakuza/triad and anime. 934 more words