Savage (Xue bao)

Savage (Xue bao) China (2018) Dir. Cui Siwei Patience is a virtue but some people run out of it pretty quickly, situation dictating of course. But, if all good things come to those who wait then theoretically so should the bad things, which makes the concept of patience a rather flawed one, doesn’t it? In … Continue reading Savage (Xue bao)

The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) China (2019) Dir. Diao Yinan Disclaimer - No geese were harmed in the making of this film. In fact, I don’t think any actually appear in it which is just as well, as there are a lot of nasty people betraying each other and … Continue reading The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü)

Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü) China (2018) Dir. Jia Zhangke When Tammy Wynette famously sang Stand By Your Man it may have been intended as a rallying cry for women to show their support for their men faults and all, but the song doesn’t lay out the downside to having this devotion … Continue reading Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü)

The Final Master (Shi Fu)

The Final Master (Shi Fu) China (2015) Dir. Xu Haofeng Classic martial arts films involve a simple storyline around which a vengeful hero kicks lots of butt, with only a passing insight to the philosophy of combat. Xu Haofeng - like Bruce Lee - is a martial artist, scholar, film critic, and author, keen to … Continue reading The Final Master (Shi Fu)

Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai ri yan huo)

Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai ri yan huo) China (2014) Dir. Diao Yinan The murder mystery is a genre which often lends itself to cinematic splendour, a veritable concoction of light, shadow and glossy imagery with an impossibly glamorous cast to boot. Leave it to mainland Chinese director Diao Yinan to subvert this with his … Continue reading Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai ri yan huo)