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Keyword : Chinese Cinema

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Kyle Barrowman tackles the thorny theoretical debate of authorship employing Hong Kong mega-action star Bruce Lee in an effort to bring the study of film, at least where Lee is concerned, back to the text. In Part 1 Barrowman lays out the theoretical battleground and in Part 2 he demonstrates the potentialities of a return to the text by doing a close formal analysis of Lee's The Way of the Dragon.

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Kyle Barrowman tackles the thorny theoretical debate of authorship employing Hong Kong mega-action star Bruce Lee in an effort to bring the study of film, at least where Lee is concerned, back to the text. In Part 1 Barrowman lays out the theoretical battleground and in Part 2 he demonstrates the potentialities of a return to the text by doing a close formal analysis of Lee's The Way of the Dragon.

3.

A review of the controversial film on the Nanjing Massacres, Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death), by Lu Chuan (China), 2009.

4.

An interview with the Chinese director of Oxhide and Oxhide 2, Liu Jiayin.

5.

An interview with Wang Quan’an, director of the Chinese film Weaving Girl.

6.

A review of the fascinating Chinese reworking of Gaston Leroux' famous story The Phantom of the Opera.

7.

An interview with Chinese director Zhuang Yuxin on the release of his first feature film, Teeth of Love.

8.

An analysis of the how the changing ideological structure of contemporary China impacts on the aesthetic and stylistic ramifications of Jia Zhangke's two films, Platform and Unknown Pleasures.

9.

Author Guan-Soon wrestles through the virutes and ambiguities of Zhang Yimou’s Hero, a film which, according to Guan-Soon, negotiates between a Hollywood style blockbuster and a culturally savvy Chinese martial arts epic.

10.

An in-depth interview with one of the driving forces behind the promotion and critical appreciation of Asian cinema, Tony Rayns.

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A report on the 2006 installment of the Vancouver International Film Festival, sorting out what author Archibald feels is the ossification of a common arthouse aesthetic.

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Rist celebrates the Honk Kong Film Festival as it celebrates its 30th Year Anniversary.

13.

A report on the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, concentrating on the feature fiction films.

14.

A review essay of Dai Sijie's France-China production of Sijie's own novel, set during China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Author Garrett analyzes (among other elements) how, during one of the darkest periods in China's cultural history, great art (much of it destroyed as part of the 're-education' program) survived through the perseverance of the human spirit.

15.

An in-depth book review essay of Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy, the fascinating first hand account about some of the more prominent members of China's Fifth Generation filmmakers, written by a professor from the Beijing Academy, Ni Zhen.

16.

A review of the final Merchant-Ivory film, The White Countess, “a high-brow romance drama without romantic love.”

17.

An exploration of the art of fight choreography as defined by wuxia pan master King Hu.

18.

A report on the 29th International Hong Kong Film festival.

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Writer Rist concentrates on the Asian offerings at the 27th edition of the WFF.

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In September 2002, at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was very pleased to meet Cheng-Sim Lim, the Head of Programming at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, who told me she was curating a series of films celebrating the history of Chinese Martial Arts on film!


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