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  1. Against all odds

    Posted Jun 24th 2010, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... I wanted to explore in this film - but you can see the situation from the film's depiction of how these self-financed care centres operate on very limited resources,' she says. 'I ... since she wrote the screenplay. She has already started to make her second film. Titled Running Girl, it is the story of a Guangxi village girl who becomes one of China's top distance ...

  2. Outside the pack

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... novel by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien in the early 90s, but did not secure the resources for the production. Meanwhile, Jiang Rong's The Wolf Totem, a 2004 novel about a Beijing ... economic health.' He says Han culture-makers are overly enthralled by those in power. 'It happens in every country- if you only rely on your economic strength in becoming powerful, you ...

  3. War movies

    Posted Jul 14th 2005, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... of Japanese aggression against China in the lead-up to the second world war. Nearly 70 years on, the film has lost none of its power to whip up patriotic passion. But Protect My Country is no ordinary ... Clarence Tsui As war films go, Protect My Country is bleak, brutal and unreservedly partisan. Set in the rural hinterlands of main- land China in the 1930s, He Feiguang's film ...

  4. Film studies: power plays

    Posted Jun 11th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... ode to the Cultural Revolution, China Behind (1974), Elia Kazan's corrupted-union saga On the Waterfront (1954; banned in Hong Kong) or The 72 Martyrs of Canton, a 1954 Taiwan-backed film ... groups by a mix of stringent suppression and realpolitik exercises that played one group against the other. The situation provides an interesting twist to the more vivid power play in the cold ...

  5. Divided we fall

    Posted Jun 25th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... resources, ready to be exploited for maximum financial gain. 'The introduction of the market economy has brought in a questionable mentality- that the end justifies the means,' says Jia. ... that have swept across the mainland in the past 50 years. The accounts of the factory's move from northeastern China to Chengdu in 1958, for example, point to the mammoth plans to reshape ...

  6. Film

    Posted Sep 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui, Paul Fonoroff

    ... including: Albert Leung's Time Stopper about a man with the power to pause time but who has difficulty attracting the woman he loves; and Lai Yan-chi's 1+1 about a grandfather-granddaughter ... 2139 The Dawn of China's Revolution Li Lihua stars in this historical drama revolving around Qiu Jin, a real-life martyr along the road to the 1911 revolution. Tu Guangqi directs. ...

  7. Ashes of Time Redux

    Posted May 28th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... Clarence Tsui Starring: Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia, Tony Leung Chiu-wai Director: Wong Kar-wai Category: IIB (Cantonese and Putonghua) The images are more pristine, the colour more staggering, the music more powerful- but Wong Kar-wai's 'definitive version' (as he called it in the production notes) of his 1994 wuxia romance ...

  8. When worlds collide

    Posted Nov 08th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... humanity are built and kept in China. 'When we were shooting the film it was still during the primaries [of the US presidential elections], so Harald [Kloser, co-screenwriter of 2012] ... the US for China. 'I think the industry is increasing its scope in terms of its character and where and how people are cast,' says Ejiofor of the multi-ethnic cast in 2012. 'The ...

  9. Also showing: Fei Mu

    Posted Aug 13th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... Clarence Tsui It wouldn't be too far off the mark to describe Fei Mu as one of China's most star-crossed movie directors: his 20-year filmmaking career was mostly spent working amid war and mayhem. When he left his his desk job at Tianjin's L'Epargne Franco-Chinoise to write subtitles and synopses for the North China Film Company in 1930, large swathes ...

  10. Film

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Clarence Tsui, Paul Fonoroff, Sara Yin

    ... CT The Founding of a Republic (IIA) (Putonghua) Film about the defeat of the Kuomintang by the Communists, leading to the birth of the People's Republic of China. Stars Tang Guoqiang, ... until the survivors die in gruesome ways. Stars Haley Webb and Nick Zano. David R. Ellis directs. CT The Message (IIB) (Putonghua and Japanese) Spy thriller set in occupied China during ...




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