Double Bill: Tuya’s Marriage + Mystery

Welcome to today’s edition of Double Bill,if you are new to this series,check out what this series is all about here. The connection between today’s two Chinese films is “two fathers”,interesting topic,uh? Tuya’s Marriage (2006) Tuya’s Marriage is one of the best films that tells the story of the Chinese Minority and won the Golden Bear […]

Double Bill: Goodbye,Dragon Inn + The Hole

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From today I’m gonna run a new series called “double bill”,in this series I will try to find and emphasize the connections between two films,the connection could be virtually anything,directors,styles,themes,mise-en-scenes,you name it. Today I’m gonna recommend two films directed by Taiwan auteur Tsai Ming-liang,whose most famous work Vive L’Amour won him a Golden Lion award […]

Classic Gems: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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Renowned Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sixth feature film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia won the Grand Prize of the Jury for Best Film in Cannes Festival 2011,I watched it as my first Ceylan entry last night in Blu,felt a little bit surprised that the film is so dialogue-loaded.I have heard his cinema is hugely influenced […]

Classic Chinese Cinema: Suzhou River (2000) dir. Lou Ye

On 19th this month,Chinese mainland director Lou Ye‘s new film Mystery is gonna be shown in Chinese theaters,which means his 10 year film ban in Chinese mainland is officially over.In today’s Classic Chinese Cinema series,I’m gonna introduce the first real masterpiece of a director I have tremendous respect for,Suzhou River is regarded by me as one […]

Horror Gems: Don’t Look Now (1973) dir. Nicholas Roeg

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When we talk about classic horror cinema,the one that is most talked about is Kubrick’s The Shining,one of the typical and high-achieved visual psychic thriller.Nicholas Roeg’s 1973 horror masterpiece Don’t Look Now falls right into this category,it was once ranked as the No.1 in the BFI top 100 British films,now the ranking dropped but the quality […]

A Brighter Summer Day in Criterion Collection

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Yeah,this is confirmed,Edward Yang’s melancholic four-hour epic A Brighter Summer Day is confirmed to be released by Criterion in both format of DVD and Blu-Ray,it would probably be the biggest and greatest news in home entertainment in 2012.   So what’s so great about it? First,the status of A Brighter Summer Day in Chinese Cinema history is […]

Criterion Gems: The Lady Vanishes (1938) dir. Alfred Hitchcock

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When we talk about suspense stories on a train,the 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express directed by famous director Sydney Lumet came to many people’s mind first.As the master of suspense,Alfred Hitchcock loves choosing trains as the location where the story unfolds,be it the interesting opening sequence in Strangers on a Train,or the erotic […]

20 Classic Horror Movies in Criterion Collection

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I’m not a horror movie fan,but when I counted the horror movies in Criterion Collection,I surprisingly found that I owned and watched two thirds of them.From the earliest movie in the whole collection(Haxan) to one of the latest released film in the set(Antichrist),Criterion collects more than 30 horror gems from different decade and culture.If you […]

Classic Chinese Cinema: Prison on Fire (1987)

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 […]

Classic Chinese Cinema: The Personals (1998)

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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 […]