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Film Review ‘Ice Poison’: All the right ingredients but no magic 《冰毒》影評

This film is set in and around Lashio in Northern Shan State in Myanmar, a region populated by many ethnic Chinese. Some are later immigrants, while others are remnants of the retreating Nationalist Army – posted there as guerrilla forces … Continue reading

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Memory and Small Town China: ‘Hometown Boy’ Review 《金城小子》影評

This is a slow-brewing documentary and Taiwanese director, Yao Hung-yi (姚宏易) clearly shares a love of long but poignant camera shots with executive director Hou Hsiao-hsien (候孝賢). The documentary is about Chinese artist and actor Liu Xiaodong (劉小東) going back to his hometown … Continue reading

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‘You Are the Apple of My Eye’ Review《那些年,我們一起追的女孩》 – What it’s like to be a dull person in Taiwan…

The nicest thing one can say about this film is that it gives an idea of what it was like growing up as a straight boy in Taiwan for the generation born in the 1980s, or at least an idealized … Continue reading

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Devils on the Doorstep: Film Review 《鬼子來了》影評

In a phrase: A pantomime until the end, at which point it rushes to satisfy nationalistic appetites. (Spoilers below) This film is set in a small Chinese town called Guajia (hang up armor) under Japanese occupation during the second world war. … Continue reading

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《天注定》影評 A Touch of Sin Review

A Touch of Sin is a film by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯). I’ve only seen Platform (《站台》) by him before, so am unfamiliar with the majority of his work. The Chinese title of the film differs from the English title, in that … Continue reading

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Film Review: No Man’s Land (2013) 影評:寧浩的《無人區》

I heard about this film on the Sinica podcast, where it was described by a critic as a Coenesque dark comedy. When I heard Coenesque I was thinking Burn after Reading, The Hudsucker Proxy or Fargo, not No Country for Old … Continue reading

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