Gong Li and Mark Chao in a still from Saturday Fiction (category to be confirmed), directed by Lou Ye. Photo: Ying Films

Venice 2019: Saturday Fiction film review – Gong Li in a Chinese Casablanca, Lou Ye’s evocative spy thriller

  • Black-and-white tale of spies, lovers, desperation and betrayal set in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai feels like a Chinese version of Casablanca
  • Gong Li excels as an actress back from Hong Kong to appear in a play; no one is who they seem in this densely plotted film that keeps you gripped to the end
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Gong Li and Mark Chao in a still from Saturday Fiction (category to be confirmed), directed by Lou Ye. Photo: Ying Films
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A still from No. 7 Cherry Lane, the new animated film from Hong Kong director Yonfan which is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

‘All the evil came out’: filmmaker Yonfan talks Hong Kong protests and his 1967-set film No.7 Cherry Lane

  • ‘Everywhere people are asking me’ about what is happening in Hong Kong, says director, who explains it is a coincidence riots are the backdrop to his film
  • He explains why he chose animation to tell a love story, denies it is influenced by Wong Kar-wai, and says he doesn’t know if he’ll make another film
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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A still from No. 7 Cherry Lane, the new animated film from Hong Kong director Yonfan which is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
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