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Chinese Films

China film finds success in comedy

The headlines this first week of January have been filled with figures on China's box office for 2012, with many in the media predictably focusing on the fact that foreign films overtook domestic ones to win the box office crown last year.

Friday, 4 January, 2013, 12:16pm

The view finder

The irony is not lost on Jia Zhangke when he says the most surprising thing about his recent stint in charge of a collection of Asia's most promising young filmmakers is how much he has learned from the experience.

4 Nov 2012 - 10:06am

Poverty problems in the frame

These days, Zhao Tao moves in glamorous circles. Now a regular on the international film festival circuit with starring roles in films such as Platform, Unknown Pleasures and Still Life, she has graced gala premieres at Venice, Cannes and Berlin.

7 Oct 2012 - 1:52pm

Director admits making promo

Noted film director Zhang Yimou was paid 2.5 million yuan (HK$3.06 million) for his involvement in an 18.5 million yuan promotional video for the Railways Ministry that has further cast the office in a negative light amid mounting public criticism, mainland media reported yesterday.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Painted Skin: The Resurrection

Starring: Vicky Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Mini Yang Mi Director: Wuershan Category: IIB (Putonghua)

Resurrection? Regression more like, as director Wuershan's attempt to outdo Gordon Chan Ka-seung's Painted Skin trips on the same missteps of many a slammed mainland blockbuster of years past.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Snowfall in Taipei

Starring: Chen Bo-lin, Tong Yao, Tony Yang You-ning, Morning Mo Tsz-yi Director: Huo Jianqi Category: I (Mandarin)

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rebel film director Lou Ye heads to Cannes

Lou Ye, the Chinese director twice banned for screening his work at overseas film festivals without securing official approval, is expected to appear at the Cannes Film Festival next month with his first officially sanctioned film in nine years.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rebel director Lou Ye gets Cannes okay

Lou Ye, the Chinese director twice banned for screening his work at overseas film festivals without securing official approval, is expected to appear at the Cannes Film Festival next month with his first officially sanctioned film in nine years.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Peking Opera 'losing its tradition'

A top musician has criticised a new adaptation of the Peking Opera Farewell My Concubine.

Li Zuming, of the China National Peking Opera Company, said modern elements tacked on to the classic opera - including video and even a real horse - had turned it into a stage play.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

When a plan comes together

Huishan Zhang is a man in a hurry. The 28-year-old mainland designer, who is tipped to be the next big thing, is a bundle of nervous energy and infectious enthusiasm. Zhang talks animatedly about everything.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Starring: Jet Li Lianjie, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Mavis Fan Hsiao-shuan Director: Tsui Hark Category: IIB (Cantonese and Putonghua versions)

A spectacular wuxia epic that mixes wire work with cutting-edge 3-D technology, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is mesmerising visually but deeply flawed.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Writers' picks of 2011

Chan Koon-chung Author, The Fat Years

1. Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikotter. The kind of archival research may no longer be possible. This was China's worst man-made, policy-induced famine, but authorities remain in denial by calling it 'a three-year natural disaster'.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The Blue Kite

The stunning thing about Tian Zhuangzhuang's 1993 film is not that it was banned (nor that Tian was banned from filmmaking for eight years), but how it ever came to fruition in the first place.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Weeks of agony for wife who could only wait and hope

When Jiang Tianyong 'disappeared' in February, his wife, Jin Bianling, thought he might return in a day or two like he had previously.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Film)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is about two sets of friendship between women in two different times in history.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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