Clarence Tsui

Clarence Tsui was South China Morning Post’s Film Editor (2005-2012) and now works as a freelance journalist.
Clarence Tsui
Clarence Tsui was South China Morning Post’s Film Editor (2005-2012) and now works as a freelance journalist.

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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
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.

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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
The Projector | The Chinese festival drawing hordes of ‘cultured youth’ to art-house cinema screenings

Pingyao International Film Festival draws young cinema fans from big cities hours away; Cheap tickets and accommodation, and stalls selling food and artisanal goods part of the draw

8 Nov 2018 - 2:27PM
The Chinese festival drawing hordes of ‘cultured youth’ to art-house cinema screenings

Pingyao International Film Festival draws young cinema fans from big cities hours away; Cheap tickets and accommodation, and stalls selling food and artisanal goods part of the draw

The Projector | Filmmakers seek box office boom with Chinese co-productions, but success is not guaranteed

From Hollywood and France to South Korea and Japan, international filmmakers are keen to team up with those in China, but mixed results show unpredictability of mainland audiences and adminis­trators

26 Oct 2018 - 4:29AM
Filmmakers seek box office boom with Chinese co-productions, but success is not guaranteed

From Hollywood and France to South Korea and Japan, international filmmakers are keen to team up with those in China, but mixed results show unpredictability of mainland audiences and adminis­trators

The Projector | China’s changing landscape star of documentary shown at Busan International Film Festival

Chinese Portrait, a film by director Wang Xiaoshuai, is an amalgamation of short clips shot over the past decade showing the country’s physical and sociological evolution

12 Oct 2018 - 1:02PM
China’s changing landscape star of documentary shown at Busan International Film Festival

Chinese Portrait, a film by director Wang Xiaoshuai, is an amalgamation of short clips shot over the past decade showing the country’s physical and sociological evolution

The Projector | China’s golden week: which movie will win big at the box office, Shadow, Project Gutenberg or Hello, Mrs Money?

A small-time film production company may have found the formula for big-screen success with its comedy of manners starring Celina Jade

28 Sep 2018 - 11:49AM
China’s golden week: which movie will win big at the box office, Shadow, Project Gutenberg or Hello, Mrs Money?

A small-time film production company may have found the formula for big-screen success with its comedy of manners starring Celina Jade

The Projector | Hong Kong filmmaker’s Toronto film festival showing reflects city’s international legacy

Half Chinese and half English, and now based in New York, Simon Liu ponders how his experimental films have come to exhibit a split personality

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Hong Kong filmmaker’s Toronto film festival showing reflects city’s international legacy

Half Chinese and half English, and now based in New York, Simon Liu ponders how his experimental films have come to exhibit a split personality

China’s Dallas Buyers Club wins big at the box office, and other summer 2018 hits

A look at summer’s successes, as well as its biggest flops, reveals the changing tastes of mainland audiences

31 Aug 2018 - 8:07PM
China’s Dallas Buyers Club wins big at the box office, and other summer 2018 hits

A look at summer’s successes, as well as its biggest flops, reveals the changing tastes of mainland audiences

Chinese documentaries focus of Hong Kong film festival, with state suppression of the genre taking centre stage

As mainland Chinese authorities continue to tighten their grip on independent filmmakers, Huang Wenhai’s ‘Rejection/Determination’ platform puts state suppression centre stage

16 Aug 2018 - 4:20PM
Chinese documentaries focus of Hong Kong film festival, with state suppression of the genre taking centre stage

As mainland Chinese authorities continue to tighten their grip on independent filmmakers, Huang Wenhai’s ‘Rejection/Determination’ platform puts state suppression centre stage

Chinese filmmaker exiled in Hong Kong draws on his experiences of exclusion and reunion in new film

Ying Liang’s A Family Tour is inspired by the director’s inability to return home, where his work has been condemned as ‘subversive’

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Chinese filmmaker exiled in Hong Kong draws on his experiences of exclusion and reunion in new film

Ying Liang’s A Family Tour is inspired by the director’s inability to return home, where his work has been condemned as ‘subversive’

Chinese filmmaker tells story of child monks in Nepal – they fight, swear and are addicted to cellphones

Swearing, fighting and addicted to cell phones and Bollywood – Chinese filmmaker Kang Yuqi’s new feature, A Little Wisdom, shows kids will be kids, even in a monastery in the birthplace of Buddha

19 Jul 2018 - 3:36PM
Chinese filmmaker tells story of child monks in Nepal – they fight, swear and are addicted to cellphones

Swearing, fighting and addicted to cell phones and Bollywood – Chinese filmmaker Kang Yuqi’s new feature, A Little Wisdom, shows kids will be kids, even in a monastery in the birthplace of Buddha

The rise of female filmmakers in China: the three women breaking ground in a man’s world

Women are behind three of the top 10 grossing movies of 2018, with one pulling in more than 1 billion yuan, becoming the first female Chinese filmmaker to do so

5 Jul 2018 - 11:48AM
The rise of female filmmakers in China: the three women breaking ground in a man’s world

Women are behind three of the top 10 grossing movies of 2018, with one pulling in more than 1 billion yuan, becoming the first female Chinese filmmaker to do so

Romance returns to Chinese cinema – but off screen, the film industry is mired in relationship dramas

In China action-packed blockbusters have been muscled out by romance films, but not for the reasons you might expect

21 Jun 2018 - 8:06PM
Romance returns to Chinese cinema – but off screen, the film industry is mired in relationship dramas

In China action-packed blockbusters have been muscled out by romance films, but not for the reasons you might expect

New Oscars rule to give Asian documentary filmmakers much-needed boost

Hong Kong filmmaker Ruby Yang applauds the new regulations announced by the Academy and talks about her efforts to interest more Hongkongers in the genre, which is on the rise thanks to platforms like Netflix and HBO

7 Jun 2018 - 7:32PM
New Oscars rule to give Asian documentary filmmakers much-needed boost

Hong Kong filmmaker Ruby Yang applauds the new regulations announced by the Academy and talks about her efforts to interest more Hongkongers in the genre, which is on the rise thanks to platforms like Netflix and HBO