Huang Lu (left) and Zu Feng in a still from Summer of Changsha, which Zu directed.

Cannes 2019: Summer of Changsha film review – crime drama smoulders but fails to spark

  • Debutant director Zu Feng also plays the lead character, an angst-ridden cop whose investigation into a murder 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 murder mystery turned relationship drama that in the end lacks soul
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Huang Lu (left) and Zu Feng in a still from Summer of Changsha, which Zu directed.
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Wu Ke-xi in a still from Nina Wu (category to be confirmed), directed by Midi Z. Kimi Hsia and Vivian Sung co-star.

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 and suspenseful
  • Written by and starring Wu Ke-xi, it is slick, colour-saturated and highly stylised – and a departure from the director’s gritty films about rural poverty
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Wu Ke-xi in a still from Nina Wu (category to be confirmed), directed by Midi Z. Kimi Hsia and Vivian Sung co-star.
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