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A flowering of Asian cinema

Chinese director Jia Zhangke. Photo: Xinhua

Asian movies fared so well at this year's Cannes International Film Festival that it is tempting to say the region's cinema has come of age. Chinese director Jia Zhangke headed the list with the best screenwriting prize for A Touch of Sin, followed by awards for entries from Japan, Singapore and Cambodia.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am

Briefs, December 23, 2012

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday that the government was mulling whether to review the law to better monitor cooking oil companies.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Johnnie To, Chen Kaige on Oscars long list for best foreign film

The Oscars foreign long-list includes (clockwise, from top left) Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, Michael Haneke, Chen Kaige and Johnnie To. Photo: AFP

French blockbuster Les Intouchables and Austrian Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Love are hot tips for best foreign language Oscar, from a long-list of candidates. Hong Kong movie master Johnnie To and China’s Chen Kaige are also among films from 71 countries which could be vying for an Academy statuette.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Pimp film revives Chinese cinema's rebellious streak

Time was when China was represented at the Cannes Film Festival by films the leaders in Beijing detested.

From the late 1980s to early this century, directors such as Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou defied censors to bring their politically sensitive work to the French Riviera, winning sympathy and awards.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Turn over a new leaf

The earthquake was a turning point for us - the Chinese government and especially the Chinese people - to combat corruption and to stop being self-serving. Criticisms should serve as reminders that we should neither be smug about our strengths nor feel inferior about our weaknesses.

4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

A matter of taste and opinion

Huang Hung, publisher and editor of Time Out Beijing and iLook, said that keeping up with the latest goings-on in a city like Beijing was tough enough - but training journalists to write a decent food review could be even tougher.

23 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Water Margin

It's a dance performance with a purpose. As part of the International Arts Carnival 2002 for children, the Hong Kong Dance Company's Water Margin aims to promote Chinese culture with concepts such as 'explore yourself and help others', 'all men are brothers' and 'in unity lies strength' - all communicated through movement.

19 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

kunihiko makita

kunihiko makita Appointed Japanese Consul General to Hong Kong about six weeks ago. He is still exploring and becoming accustomed to Hong Kong.

10 May 1998 - 12:00am

Spanish nostalgia wins

When I heard some rotten Spanish movie had pipped Chen Kaige's brilliant Farewell My Concubine for the Best Foreign Film Oscar back in 1994, I admit I was not impressed. I hadn't seen the movie but I knew it couldn't possibly be as good as Chen's epic story of two Peking-opera stars.

3 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Everything but the right girl

MAINLAND director Chen Kaige has run into serious trouble on the set of his follow-up to the Cannes Palme d'Or-winning Farewell My Concubine.

And it's a case of cherchez la femme. Chen has fired two actresses since production started on A Temptress Moon in September.

10 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Youngsters major draw

FORTY years ago, pupils at the Beijing Traditional Opera School had lessons in ill-equipped classrooms in a dilapidated convent in the southern part of the city.

Today, the opera school is housed in an imposing building at a prestigious address and regarded as an important training ground for Beijing Opera artists.

11 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Storms halt Tempest

CHEN Kaige may have gained the mainland authorities' permission to shoot his new epic, Tempest Moon starring Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing in the PRC, but that hasn't stopped the award-winning director from running into serious production difficulties.

30 Oct 1994 - 12:00am


CHEN Kaige as the new Armani man? We kid you not. Chen, director of Farewell to My Concubine, has been approached via his agent, William Morris, about being the Asian model for Giorgio Armani clothing.

6 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Taiwan embraces Concubine

THE award-winning Farewell to My Concubine has finally hit the screens in Taiwan after months of intense lobbying by producer Hsu Feng and Tomson Films.

19 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Farewell to film-maker's freedoms

THE mayhem and chaos which accompanied the Beijing premiere of Chen Kaige's Farewell to My Concubine seemed oddly appropriate given the mass-confusion over the exact status of the award winning movie.

31 Jul 1993 - 12:00am