Clarence Tsui

Clarence Tsui, a Hong Kong film critic and programmer, was the South China Morning Post’s Film Editor (2005-2012).
Clarence Tsui
Clarence Tsui, a Hong Kong film critic and programmer, was the South China Morning Post’s Film Editor (2005-2012).

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The Projector | This is Not a Movie argues for the power of journalism in the age of ‘fake news’

Directed by Chinese-Canadian Yung Chang, the film follows revered British war correspondent Robert Fisk and details how Rupert Murdoch’s meddling led to his move from The Times to The Independent.

15 Oct 2019 - 5:55PM

Directed by Chinese-Canadian Yung Chang, the film follows revered British war correspondent Robert Fisk and details how Rupert Murdoch’s meddling led to his move from The Times to The Independent.

This is Not a Movie argues for the power of journalism in the age of ‘fake news’
Gender parity the focus at Toronto International Film Festival, championing movies directed, co-directed and created by women

Highlights include Mark Cousins’ Women Make Films, a 14-hour documentary of clips from movies by female directors from all around the world.

19 Sep 2019 - 1:10PM

Highlights include Mark Cousins’ Women Make Films, a 14-hour documentary of clips from movies by female directors from all around the world.

Gender parity the focus at Toronto International Film Festival, championing movies directed, co-directed and created by women
The Projector | Lou Ye’s film Saturday Fiction gets lukewarm reception – has Chinese filmmaker been crushed by burden of expectation?

Saturday Fiction may have received a lukewarm response from critics, but is there more to ‘sixth generation’ Chinese director Lou Ye’s movie than meets the eye?

13 Sep 2019 - 7:03AM

Saturday Fiction may have received a lukewarm response from critics, but is there more to ‘sixth generation’ Chinese director Lou Ye’s movie than meets the eye?

Lou Ye’s film Saturday Fiction gets lukewarm reception – has Chinese filmmaker been crushed by burden of expectation?
The Projector | Hong Kong cinema is not dead, as recent Chinese box office successes show

Having been sidelined by mainland Chinese blockbusters for years, recent box office wins show Hong Kong films are back with a vengeance.

29 Aug 2019 - 3:42PM

Having been sidelined by mainland Chinese blockbusters for years, recent box office wins show Hong Kong films are back with a vengeance.

Hong Kong cinema is not dead, as recent Chinese box office successes show
The Projector | Diversity is more important than gender parity in cinema, says artistic director of Locarno Film Festival

As women make strides on the international film festival circuit, Locarno’s Lili Hinstin stresses the importance of diversity versus parity.

20 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM

As women make strides on the international film festival circuit, Locarno’s Lili Hinstin stresses the importance of diversity versus parity.

Diversity is more important than gender parity in cinema, says artistic director of Locarno Film Festival
The Projector | Chinese festival co-founder rips online critics who pan films on review websites

FIRST International Film Festival chief executive is used to navigating the perils of Chinese censorship, but negative comments posted online about festival entries are too much for Li Ziwei, who fears investors will be put off.

2 Aug 2019 - 4:08PM

FIRST International Film Festival chief executive is used to navigating the perils of Chinese censorship, but negative comments posted online about festival entries are too much for Li Ziwei, who fears investors will be put off.

Chinese festival co-founder rips online critics who pan films on review websites
The Projector | South Korea’s Super 8 ‘film lab’ Space Cell wants to revive analogue filmmaking

The ‘handmade film lab’ is dedicated to reviving analogue filmmaking. When it comes to celluloid, however, Hong Kong and mainland China are out of the picture.

18 Jul 2019 - 1:45PM

The ‘handmade film lab’ is dedicated to reviving analogue filmmaking. When it comes to celluloid, however, Hong Kong and mainland China are out of the picture.

South Korea’s Super 8 ‘film lab’ Space Cell wants to revive analogue filmmaking
The Projector | Chinese film censors cancel two domestic movies, giving Hong Kong releases a boost

The Eight Hundred and Better Days are withdrawn over controversial KMT and youth violence content; The Last Wish is renamed. White Storm 2 and The Invincible Dragon fill the gaps in mainland cineplex schedules.

8 Jul 2019 - 8:22AM

The Eight Hundred and Better Days are withdrawn over controversial KMT and youth violence content; The Last Wish is renamed. White Storm 2 and The Invincible Dragon fill the gaps in mainland cineplex schedules.

Chinese film censors cancel two domestic movies, giving Hong Kong releases a boost
The Projector | China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers are officially in favour, decades after their debuts

Recent restorations and screenings reflect authorities’ willingness to rehabilitate controversial classics.

25 Jun 2019 - 8:48AM

Recent restorations and screenings reflect authorities’ willingness to rehabilitate controversial classics.

China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers are officially in favour, decades after their debuts
The Projector | Why the Tiananmen Square crack­down is off-limits to Chinese filmmakers and the directors trying to keep history alive

Director Patricio Guzmán’s latest film, like many others he has made, explores a painful chapter in Chile’s past, but Chinese auteurs do not enjoy the same liberties, with certain historical events subject to strict censorship.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:23AM

Director Patricio Guzmán’s latest film, like many others he has made, explores a painful chapter in Chile’s past, but Chinese auteurs do not enjoy the same liberties, with certain historical events subject to strict censorship.

Why the Tiananmen Square crack­down is off-limits to Chinese filmmakers and the directors trying to keep history alive
The Projector | Actor Wu Ke-xi’s Cannes debut opens up whole new world for the Taiwanese talent

After more than a decade in the business, Wu, who just made her debut in Cannes with a Me Too-themed thriller that she also wrote the screenplay for, is finally coming into her own.

24 May 2019 - 8:15AM

After more than a decade in the business, Wu, who just made her debut in Cannes with a Me Too-themed thriller that she also wrote the screenplay for, is finally coming into her own.

Actor Wu Ke-xi’s Cannes debut opens up whole new world for the Taiwanese talent
Review | Cannes 2019: Summer of Changsha film review – crime drama smoulders but fails to spark

Debutant director Zu Feng plays a cop whose murder investigation brings him face to face with the victim’s sister; both feel responsible for the death of a loved one – cue sad looks and grave talk, and a film that ultimately lacks soul.

23 May 2019 - 10:38AM

Debutant director Zu Feng plays a cop whose murder investigation brings him face to face with the victim’s sister; both feel responsible for the death of a loved one – cue sad looks and grave talk, and a film that ultimately lacks soul.

Cannes 2019: Summer of Changsha film review – crime drama smoulders but fails to spark
Review | Cannes 2019: Nina Wu film review – Midi Z’s psychological thriller takes on MeToo trauma

Taiwanese filmmaker’s story of a bit-part actress who endures humiliation and violence on the road to stardom, and loses her sanity, is gripping, suspenseful and slick.

21 May 2019 - 11:36AM

Taiwanese filmmaker’s story of a bit-part actress who endures humiliation and violence on the road to stardom, and loses her sanity, is gripping, suspenseful and slick.

Cannes 2019: Nina Wu film review – Midi Z’s psychological thriller takes on MeToo trauma
Review | Cannes 2019: The Wild Goose Lake film review – China’s underbelly exposed in film noir by Diao Yinan

The only Chinese-language title in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, its subject matter – urban crime in China –is a surprise in the current climate. The story of the hunt for a gangster on the run, this is a sensational thrill ride.

20 May 2019 - 2:39PM

The only Chinese-language title in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, its subject matter – urban crime in China –is a surprise in the current climate. The story of the hunt for a gangster on the run, this is a sensational thrill ride.

Cannes 2019: The Wild Goose Lake film review – China’s underbelly exposed in film noir by Diao Yinan
The Projector | Immersive VR experience takes audiences away from glitz and glamour of Cannes and to the moon

Huang Hsin-chien’s show at Cannes, in collaboration with musician Laurie Anderson, is a ray of hope for Taiwan’s budding new media artists.

16 May 2019 - 2:00PM

Huang Hsin-chien’s show at Cannes, in collaboration with musician Laurie Anderson, is a ray of hope for Taiwan’s budding new media artists.

Immersive VR experience takes audiences away from glitz and glamour of Cannes and to the moon
The Projector | Avengers: Endgame vs Jinpa – can a Tibetan art house film survive a clash with Marvel?

As Pema Tseden’s latest movie takes on the Avengers in China this weekend, the David-and-Goliath battle is reminiscent of another in 2017

25 Apr 2019 - 1:00PM

As Pema Tseden’s latest movie takes on the Avengers in China this weekend, the David-and-Goliath battle is reminiscent of another in 2017

Avengers: Endgame vs  Jinpa – can a Tibetan art house film survive a clash with Marvel?
The Projector | When marketing campaigns go wrong: how China’s ‘creative’ film promotions can backfire

Flashy campaigns might help fill seats on a movie’s opening weekend but misleading messaging can turn the audience off, as seen with some recent releases in mainland China.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:40AM

Flashy campaigns might help fill seats on a movie’s opening weekend but misleading messaging can turn the audience off, as seen with some recent releases in mainland China.

When marketing campaigns go wrong: how China’s ‘creative’ film promotions can backfire
The Projector | How China is making realist films about Hong Kong instead of fantasy portrayals

Hong Kong film-goers’ interest in Bai Xue’s feature, a realist take on cross-border people smuggling, shows they want more than the caricatured portrayals of their city typical of local directors.

28 Mar 2019 - 8:48AM

Hong Kong film-goers’ interest in Bai Xue’s feature, a realist take on cross-border people smuggling, shows they want more than the caricatured portrayals of their city typical of local directors.

How China is making realist films about Hong Kong instead of fantasy portrayals
The Projector | Young Chinese directors evade censors to give voice to ethnic minorities in child-focused films

In movies that examine the lives of children from different ethnic minorities and social classes, China’s up-and-coming filmmakers may have found a way to tackle topics that would otherwise be no-go zones.

14 Mar 2019 - 3:36AM

In movies that examine the lives of children from different ethnic minorities and social classes, China’s up-and-coming filmmakers may have found a way to tackle topics that would otherwise be no-go zones.

Young Chinese directors evade censors to give voice to ethnic minorities in child-focused films
‘A different kind of freedom’: Afghanistan’s thwarted filmmakers and the new social order they imagined

They hoped to contribute to their country’s awakening from semi-feudal slumber, but its communist rulers soon went from emancipation to repression; archivist Mariam Ghani has made a documentary about their unfinished films.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:28PM

They hoped to contribute to their country’s awakening from semi-feudal slumber, but its communist rulers soon went from emancipation to repression; archivist Mariam Ghani has made a documentary about their unfinished films.

‘A different kind of freedom’: Afghanistan’s thwarted filmmakers and the new social order they imagined
When the CIA secretly funded and trained Tibetan exiles for insurgency against Chinese rule

Part of an experimental Berlin Film Festival programme, exhibition Shadow Circus documents the unlikely alliance between exiled Tibetans and the US spy agency, which lasted from the 1950s well into the 1970s.

27 Feb 2019 - 5:44PM

Part of an experimental Berlin Film Festival programme, exhibition Shadow Circus documents the unlikely alliance between exiled Tibetans and the US spy agency, which lasted from the 1950s well into the 1970s.

When the CIA secretly funded and trained Tibetan exiles for insurgency against Chinese rule
The Projector | China’s female film directors still struggling to break into the boys’ club

While veteran European female directors, such as Agnès Varda, were honoured at the Berlin International Film Festival, their contemporaries in China are still awaiting their moment in the sun.

22 Feb 2019 - 7:49AM

While veteran European female directors, such as Agnès Varda, were honoured at the Berlin International Film Festival, their contemporaries in China are still awaiting their moment in the sun.

China’s female film directors still struggling to break into the boys’ club
Opinion | Chinese censorship the talk of Berlin after Zhang Yimou film pulled from festival – and no wonder

With no explanation for the late withdrawal of Zhang’s film One Second from competition at the Berlin festival, it is no surprise international commentators gave renewed attention to the censorship of Chinese films.

15 Feb 2019 - 6:00PM

With no explanation for the late withdrawal of Zhang’s film One Second from competition at the Berlin festival, it is no surprise international commentators gave renewed attention to the censorship of Chinese films.

Chinese censorship the talk of Berlin after Zhang Yimou film pulled from festival – and no wonder
Review | Berlin 2019: So Long, My Son film review – fallout from one-child policy in China explored

Wang Xiaoshuai returns to form with this story of how a couple in China, and their friends, cope with the death of their only son; despite its sombre narrative, the film may be his most upbeat yet.

15 Feb 2019 - 12:02PM

Wang Xiaoshuai returns to form with this story of how a couple in China, and their friends, cope with the death of their only son; despite its sombre narrative, the film may be his most upbeat yet.

Berlin 2019: So Long, My Son film review – fallout from one-child policy in China explored
The Projector | Frank Scheffer’s lifelong fascination with China finds expression in latest film

The Dutch filmmaker returns to his favourite subject, this time with the documentary Inner Landscape, which shows a Chinese composer’s struggle to save a dying musical tradition

7 Feb 2019 - 9:08AM

The Dutch filmmaker returns to his favourite subject, this time with the documentary Inner Landscape, which shows a Chinese composer’s struggle to save a dying musical tradition

Frank Scheffer’s lifelong fascination with China finds expression in latest film
The Projector | China’s marginalised live streamers are the stars of a new documentary

Filmmaker Zhu Shengze’s Present.Perfect shines a spotlight on China’s everyday folk live streamers, many of whom are just searching for a human connection.

28 Jan 2019 - 2:12PM

Filmmaker Zhu Shengze’s Present.Perfect shines a spotlight on China’s everyday folk live streamers, many of whom are just searching for a human connection.

China’s marginalised live streamers are the stars of a new documentary
The Projector | Bi Gan is blazing a trail for other indie Chinese filmmakers despite big marketing fail

Cinema-goers were expecting a romcom and an excuse for a New Year’s Eve smooch, but Long Day’s Journey into Night is a far more challenging affair

13 Jan 2019 - 12:58PM

Cinema-goers were expecting a romcom and an excuse for a New Year’s Eve smooch, but Long Day’s Journey into Night is a far more challenging affair

Bi Gan is blazing a trail for other indie Chinese filmmakers despite big marketing fail
The Projector | French film festival puts Taiwanese cinema centre stage, showcasing five decades of movie making on the self-ruled island

The island’s movie-making industry is pursuing international ambitions with strong showing at the Festival des 3 Continents and push into Southeast Asia

28 Dec 2018 - 10:48AM

The island’s movie-making industry is pursuing international ambitions with strong showing at the Festival des 3 Continents and push into Southeast Asia

French film festival puts Taiwanese cinema centre stage, showcasing five decades of movie making on the self-ruled island
The Projector | Why Macau’s filmmakers are struggling to make their mark – there is no movie industry to speak of

The lack of a film industry or training schools in the casino hub means new directors have little support, unlike their Chinese or Hong Kong counterparts

6 Dec 2018 - 3:12PM

The lack of a film industry or training schools in the casino hub means new directors have little support, unlike their Chinese or Hong Kong counterparts

Why Macau’s filmmakers are struggling to make their mark – there is no movie industry to speak of
The Projector | Why there are still so few Chinese female directors: one woman is on a mission to change the narrative
  • The Chengdu film festival, by Yang Jing, The One aims to raise the ratio of female filmmakers in a country where 65 per cent of cinema-goers are women, but most scripts are written from a male perspective
23 Nov 2018 - 6:00PM
  • The Chengdu film festival, by Yang Jing, The One aims to raise the ratio of female filmmakers in a country where 65 per cent of cinema-goers are women, but most scripts are written from a male perspective
Why there are still so few Chinese female directors: one woman is on a mission to change the narrative