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Monthly Archives: September 2012

There are two versions of prison movies,one is prison break movies like Shawshank Redemption,Le Trou and A Man Escaped,the other is fantasy movies like The Green Mile.The Hong Kong film Prison on Fire doesn’t belong to neither of them,it’s the third kind,the realistic prison movie without any smart attempts of prison break or fantastic special effects of any kind. The plot… Read more »

24 September 2012 | Chinese Films, Features

There are no directors other than American Independent cinema auteur Jim Jamusch who both loves making episodic films and knows how to make them work,his 1991 Night on Earth is one of the best examples. The film consists of five short stories which happen in five taxicabs in five different cities – Los Angeles,New York,Paris,Rome and Helsinki.With the duration of less… Read more »

23 September 2012 | Criterion Gems, Features

In March 2011,Central Motion Picture Corporation released four Taiwan masterpieces in BD+DVD packages,including The Terrorizers(Edward Yang),Vive L’Amour(Tsai Ming-liang),Tropical Fish(Chen Yu-hsun) and The Personals(Chen Kuo-fu),plus the previous 2010 released BD of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Dust in the Wind,these five BDs are the best digitally restored films ever by a Chinese restoration and contribution company. The BD+DVD package of the CMPC released The… Read more »

21 September 2012 | Chinese Films, Features

Today is Chinese actress Maggie Cheung‘s 48th birthday,famously known for the role she played in Wong’s phenomenal In the Mood for Love,this Oriental beauty hasn’t lost her charm a bit,and as time goes by,her real charm of maturity only begins to reveal. Born in Hong Kong, Maggie Cheung traces her family roots to Shanghai. Her family emigrated from Hong Kong… Read more »

20 September 2012 | Chinese Actors/Actresses, Features

“Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.” – Jean-Luc Godard This quote sounds a bit exaggerated,but no one could deny the fact that Abbas Kiarostami has diverted cinema off its course a little bit.As one of the most important directors alive,the Cannes winner keeps making films that extend not only the possibilities of cinema but also our understandings of it.Below… Read more »

18 September 2012 | Cinema Masters, Features

From today I’m gonna introduce a new series on Taste of Cinema called Criterion Gems,which consists a series of reviews of the Criterion Collection titles that need to be discovered by more film fans.Let’s start this marathon with one of their new titles,British Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s thrilling debut – Shallow Grave. First let’s have a look at the success… Read more »

17 September 2012 | Criterion Gems, Features

Until today I’ve written four posts in this series,unlike the previous classic and arthouse type,today I’m gonna introduce a very entertaining flick from top-notch Hong Kong crime genre filmmaker Johnnie To and his Milky Way Image. Running Out of Time is the most accessible Chinese-language film I can think of,and if you are a crime genre lover,I believe you are gonna… Read more »

16 September 2012 | Chinese Films

Anyone who has been a regular reader of my blog knows that I haven’t posted consistently for a long while,until I “suddenly” came back and wrote again half a month ago.I owe my readers a late apology that I didn’t write a post for notification about my vacation,I also felt guilty for being too careless about the host status of… Read more »

14 September 2012 | Others

“The bombs we plant in each other are ticking away” -Edward Yang   In my last 3 posts of this classic Chinese cinema series,I’ve covered cinema from Mainland and Hong Kong,today I’m introducing an early masterpiece from a towering figure in Taiwan cinema history,Edward Yang,who is also my favorite Chinese-language film director. Yang only shot seven feature films and a… Read more »

12 September 2012 | Chinese Films, Features

“When somebody who makes movies for a living — either as an actor, writer, producer or director — lives to be a certain age, you have to admire them. It is an act of courage to make a film — a courage for which you are not prepared in the rest of life. It is very hard and very destructive…. Read more »

10 September 2012 | Features, Film Lists

Every time when we defend for a film we liked,we always say that it is not a film for everyone,so it’s also unavoidable for Criterion Collection movies.It’s almost impossible for me to pick out my top 10 titles in Criterion Collection,but it’s just so easy to choose the ones I disliked,I counted,it’s less than 10,10 out of 300 plus spines,the portion… Read more »

08 September 2012 | CC Lists, Features

Vertigo beats Citizen Kane to the top in Sight & Sound “The Greatest Films Poll” is no doubt one of the biggest news among cinephiles in the last couple of months,but a fact many people don’t know is that Yasujiro Ozu‘s Tokyo Story has silently climbed to the top in the Director’s Poll,and it seems the greatness and importance of this… Read more »

06 September 2012 | Features, People Lists

I treat cinema as serious art,that’s why I watch movies like I’m learning it in some art school,but I did not start it like this way,I learned all the methods by myself in the last decade.If you treat movies as pure entertainment,this post is not for you,but if you really want to watch movies in new eyes and make the… Read more »

04 September 2012 | Other Lists