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Dragon [Wu Xia] Review


Excellent

Combining a period drama, police procedural and raucous wu-xia action, this superbly made Chinese thriller grabs our attention from the outrageous opening scene and never lets up. Not only are the fight sequences exceptionally inventive, but the acting is first-rate, stirring up emotional resonance as well as lots of mysterious intrigue.

It's set in a sleepy village in Yunan province in 1917, where the mild-mannered Jin-xi (Yen) lives with his family. But when two ruthless killers attack his stationery shop, something about the way Jin-xi "accidentally" defeats them looks suspicious to big-city detective Xu (Kaneshiro). As he pieces together the events, he begins to suspect that Jin-xi is simply too skilled at battle. Could he even be the nation's most-wanted criminal: the missing commander of the notorious Demon gang? If this is true, Xu knows that Jin-xi will do almost anything to protect his family and maintain his tranquil new life.

Director Chan cleverly peels apart the opening assault as the Sam Spade-like Xu investigates it, using slow-motion and freeze-frames to reveal secrets in ways that are both fascinating and thrilling. This also cleverly lets us know right off the bat that there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye. And all of the actors fill their scenes with churning subtext, which not only adds spark to the interpersonal drama but also makes the action sequences that much more exciting.

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1911 Trailer


In 1911, China is under the rule of the 250 year old Qing Dynasty. However, the country has been divided due to a state of unrest and unease. Many people are starving under the rule of a seven year old emperor.

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Trailer


In 19th century China, Snow Flower and Lily are two girls matched by laotong - a lifelong relationship that is said to be more intimate than a relationship between husband and wife, or parent and child - but both are kept isolated by their respective families. In order to talk to each other, the girls invent a secret language - called "nu shu" - and write it between the folds of a fan, which they share with each other.

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Shower Review


Extraordinary
China's a funny place today. Old men in Mao suits perform morning stretches in the shadow of dot-com billboards. Cell-phone toting kids cruise on beat-up bikes. And the crowd at McDonald's is notably more enthusiastic than the one protesting at the American embassy around the corner.

But what's the price of progress? In Shower, Zhang Yang looks at the widening chasm between old-school China and its Gen-Y offspring, while playing a warm eastern riff on the return home of the prodigal son.

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Dragon [Wu Xia] Movie Review

Dragon [Wu Xia] Movie Review

Combining a period drama, police procedural and raucous wu-xia action, this superbly made Chinese thriller...

1911 Trailer

1911 Trailer

In 1911, China is under the rule of the 250 year old Qing Dynasty. However,...

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Trailer

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Trailer

In 19th century China, Snow Flower and Lily are two girls matched by laotong -...

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