Movie Review – Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin)

Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin) China/Taiwan (2017) Dir. Sylvia Chang As time moves on and social attitudes change, some old traditions become redundant and more often than not, illogical to modern thinking, and with the separation between rural and metropolitan life, there will be a clash of opinions about this. Then again, not every … Continue reading Movie Review – Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin)

Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu Other than in films set in the jungle, where the sound of pulsating tribal beats usually meant impending danger for the interloping white man, drums never felt scary truly until the arrival of Black Sabbath’s debut album in 1970. Nine years … Continue reading Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)

Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) China (2015) Dir. Jia Zhangke Can chasing the almighty dollar bring true satisfaction? Jia Zhangke, renowned chronicler of the shift towards capitalism in China, once again takes this as one of the themes of his latest work, a multi-decade spanning tale of one family’s experience with wealth. Split … Continue reading Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren)

Office (Hua li shang ban zu)

Office (Hua li shang ban zu) China/Hong Kong (2015) Dir. Johnnie To Not to be confused with the classic BBC comedy series or the Korean thriller of the same name, this Office sees the King of Hong Kong crime thriller Johnnie To try his hand at musical comedy drama. It’s based on the stage play … Continue reading Office (Hua li shang ban zu)

Murmur Of The Hearts (Nian nian)

Murmur Of The Hearts (Nian nian) Taiwan/Hong Kong (2015) Dir.  Sylvia Chang As one of Taiwan’s most respected actresses, Sylvia Chang also likes to step behind the camera too. With films like 20 30 40 and Run Papa Run to her credit Chang displays a keen sense of diversity in the themes and stories for … Continue reading Murmur Of The Hearts (Nian nian)

Movie Review – 20-30-40

20-30-40 Taiwan (2004) Dir. Sylvia Chang This portmanteau film takes a look at the lives of there different women whose ages are all ten years apart, exploring both the differences and similarities that features in their romantic endeavours. 20 year-old Xiao Jie (Angelica Lee) arrives from Malaysia with aspirations of being a pop star. She … Continue reading Movie Review – 20-30-40