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Jia Zhangke

A Good Week for ... , June 2, 2013

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke claimed the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival, part of a wave of Asian success at the world's most prestigious movie event.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am

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.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am

Director Jia Zhangke scoops Cannes screenplay prize for A Touch of Sin

Jia Zhangke and wife Zhao Tao after being awarded Best Screenplay.

Mainland director Jia Zhangke won the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival for A Touch of Sin, a shocking look at rampant corruption and exploitation in his home country.

28 May 2013 - 8:34am

Iran’s Farhadi and China’s Jia make Cannes splash

 Chinese actor Luo Lanshan, director Jia Zhangke and his wife actress Zhao Tao  in Cannes. Photo: AFP

Two directors from countries with tough film censorship brought bold and probing movies to the Cannes Film Festival on Friday — one exploring China’s social problems, the other delving into the mysteries of the human heart.

18 May 2013 - 10:59am

Director calls for new China film rating system

Xie Fei in an interview with the Atlanta Chinese Film Society. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Famous Chinese film director Xie Fei published an open letter on the internet on Saturday, making a case for the replacement of China’s current censoring mechanism with a motion picture rating system.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:42pm

Mo Yan the censorship fighter

Mo Yan (L) and Kenzaburo Oe in Mo's hometown, Gaomi, Shandong province.

Don't forget there's more to Mo Yan than what propaganda officials and free speech activists would each have you see, say those who know Mo well.

15 Oct 2012 - 8:16am

Chinese characters

Although failing to win any prizes on the Croisette, Chinese filmmakers gave their all at this year's Cannes Film Festival, revealing the historical schisms and social realities shaping what is now seen as the world's emergent economic powerhouse.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Live from Cannes

Director has no regrets about missing out on an actor's life

20 May 2010 - 12:00am

24 City

24 City

Joan Chen, Lu Liping, Zhao Tao, Chen Jianbin

Director: Jia Zhangke

The line between documentary and fiction is purposely blurred in this chronicle of a factory that's symbolic of the changes wrought by China's special brand of communist capitalism.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

New nationalists wage all-out war on dissent

The death of veteran movie director Xie Jin this month spawned a series of eulogies in the mainland media. In particular, the third-generation filmmaker's focus on strong female characters was praised, while his 1986 feature Hibiscus Town was rightly hailed for its vivid portrayal of the destructive effects of the Cultural Revolution on ordinary people.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Nelson Yu's latest film gets a chance at Venice festival

Congrats to local filmmaker Nelson Yu Lik-wai (pictured). It has just been announced that his latest movie, Plastic City, is included in competition at the Venice Film Festival, which starts on August 27.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Cannes falls silent to mark tragedy

Contemplation has always been at a premium at the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most frenetic and extravagant events in the world.

18 May 2008 - 12:00am

In the name of humanity

Mainland artist Liu Xiaodong tells Ng Tze-wei how he learned to paint from a fresh point of view

For more than a decade after he graduated from Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1988, realist painter Liu Xiaodong made his name with his studio portraits, which were free of social or political symbolism.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hollywood East

In the US, the movie industry has had three months of turmoil with the writers' strike. This side of the world, filmmaking is being strangled on the mainland by the very authority that has been in charge now for more than half a century.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Chinese taking a leading role on film juries

The strong Chinese presence on the juries at this year's Cannes Film Festival is a sign of how Chinese perspectives are seen as vital components in the evaluation of international cinema, says mainland filmmaker Jia Zhangke .

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

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