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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


The 68th Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet [End]

The 68th Cannes Film Festival opened up today and some of our favorites fashionista/actresses went to the big event. These A-list Chinese celebrities went to the Opening Ceremony of the festival (which will be happening from May 13th to 24th, 2015) and the premier of the movie ‘La Tête Haute’. 73 more words


A Touch of Sin (2013)


Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin is a shockingly bleak and sad tale of ordinary Chinese lives blighted by catastrophe in a rapidly changing modern world, giving the audience a good drubbing and with only a glimmer of hope at the end. 1,458 more words

What I've Been Watching

Alasdair Connell reblogged this on F O E C and commented:

a-touch-of-sin-medal-FOEC-Over the Christmas break I helped my Dad begin his own blog, A Touch of Film, as an outlet for the reams of film reviews that he turns out each month. I've reposted his first published review, a semi-collaborative effort between both of us that was written up from our extensive discussions of Jia Zhangke's direct and exquisitely composed Cannes prize-winner. Enjoy!

A TOUCH OF SIN-Tian zhu ding (2013)

Winning the best screenplay at Cannes last year and despite being passed by the censors in China, this indictment of certain aspects of Chinese society has still not been given a release date by the authorities. 399 more words


A Touch of Sin (2013)

I had completely forgotten this was an anthology movie when I sat down and watched this, but it didn’t really hurt the movie, but it does suffer from the biggest problem with anthologies: it’s a horribly uneven.  92 more words

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Review: A Touch Of Sin

Jia Zhangke’s latest film, A Touch Of Sin, has caused something of a stir in his native China, where censors refused the film’s screening. It seems generally believed that this is not only because of the film’s violence (which is considerable at times, but far from boundary-breaking), but also thanks to the greater depiction of a nation that the film paints; that of a land of injustices, of exploitation and of unrecognised daily tragedies. 658 more words


A Touch of Sin (China/Japan 2013)

Jia Zhangke is one of the most important directors in China and within global cinema. He wrote and directed this film titled carefully to nod towards King Hu’s… 696 more words

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