Ju Dou

Ju Dou China (1990) Dirs. Zhang Yimou & Yang Fengliang We reap what we sow. If you kick a dog long enough it will bite you back. You deserve to be bitten. Once the tables are turned, the dog must learn it to stop biting. Humility and a change in attitude is required by both … Continue reading Ju Dou

To Live (Huo zhe)

To Live (Huo zhe) China/Hong Kong (1994) Dir. Zhang Yimou Political regimes will always hurt someone. That is a fact. The poor will always be at the bottom of the heap under a plutocracy, the unskilled and undereducated suppressed by a meritocracy, and Communism tends to screw everyone except for those at the very top. … Continue reading To Live (Huo zhe)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing) Hong Kong /China (2016) Dir. Pou-Soi Cheang If we have learned anything from the modern movie business model it is that no matter how bad a film is, if it scores big at the box office a sequel is inevitable. This applies … Continue reading The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

Coming Home (Gui lai)

Coming Home (Gui lai) China (2014) Dir. Zhang Yimou After the lavish Flowers of War, legendary Chinese director Zhang Yimou returns to the humble domestic drama with which he made his name, once again collaborating with his erstwhile muse and former partner Gong Li for the first time since 2006’s historical epic Curse Of The … Continue reading Coming Home (Gui lai)


2046 Hong Kong (2004) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai While In The Mood For Love was a huge distance from its informal predecessor 1990’s Days Of Being Wild, the third film in this unofficial trilogy, 2046, is more of a direct follow up – but not quite. It’s 1966 and Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung), back from Singapore, … Continue reading 2046

What Women Want (Wǒ Zhī Nǚ Rén Xīn)

What Women Want (Wǒ Zhī Nǚ Rén Xīn) China (2011) Dir. Daming Chen Chauvinistic advertising executive Sun Zi Gang (Andy Lau) meets his match when the CEO Dong (Chengru Li) hires a new senior executive Li Yi-Long (Gong Li) to help increase success in the female market. The first thing she Li does is to … Continue reading What Women Want (Wǒ Zhī Nǚ Rén Xīn)