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Chinese Cinema

The mobile-first film festival bringing the Chinese box office to US homes

By Weiting Liu

Lou Ye’s The Shadow Play and a Midi Z retrospective are among the highlights of CineCina iFest.

Discover the religious allegory of this epic King Hu wuxia

By Anton Bitel

The Chinese master’s 1979 Raining in the Mountain is now available on home video for the first time in the UK.

So Long, My Son

By Josh Slater-Williams

Wang Xiaoshuai’s domestic drama charts a generation of political and social upheaval in his native China.

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Is de-ageing technology the way forward for the time-spanning epic?

By Lillian Crawford

Two films at the San Sebastian Film Festival showcase a more old school way of depicting the bittersweet passage of time.

Ash is Purest White

By Trevor Johnston

Jia Zhangke combines gangster pic and social critique to thrilling effect with help from his regular partner in crime Zhao Tao.

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Big Fish & Begonia

By Michael Leader

This stunning animated fantasy from Chinese pair Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun rivals Studio Ghibli.


Have a Nice Day

By David Jenkins

Fans of Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch will delight in Liu Jian’s animated crime noir.

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Mountains May Depart

By David Jenkins

Jia Zhangke’s ambitious, multi-stranded romantic epic features a stunning central turn from Zhao Tao.

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How the cinema of Wong Kar-wai reflects a Hong Kong in transition

By David Pountain

The director’s work has long echoed the underlying anxiety felt in his homeland.

Why everyone should embrace Chinese cinema’s rise

By Juliette Cottu

“Chollywood’’ is set to become the next major rival to North America’s film industry.

I Am Not Madame Bovary

By Claire Langlais

China’s bureaucracy is exposed to great comedic effect in this sharp satire from director Feng Xiaogang.



By David Jenkins

The poetry and horror of globalisation and manual labour are beautifully evoked in this haunting doc-fiction hybrid.

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The Great Wall gets a wondrous first trailer

By Little White Lies

Matt Damon defends mankind against mysterious forces in the most expensive Chinese movie of all time.

Hooligan Sparrow – first look review

By Chris Barsanti

The opening night film of this year’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival shows China on a collision course with chaos.

Watch the stunning first trailer for The Assassin

By Little White Lies

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s martial arts period piece promises to be one of the best films of 2016.

A Touch of Sin

By D'Arcy Doran

Violence as a way of life in Jia Zhangke’s searing state-of-the-nation address.

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