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Review: The Flowers of War

In 1937 the invading Imperial Japanese Army killed and raped thousands of people in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The atrocity has recently inspired two Chinese films, including Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and this unimpressive outing from Zhang
Unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: The Warlords

Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro, stars of Zhang Yimou’s superlative House of Flying Daggers , reunite, joined by Jet Li (from Zhang’s Hero ), in Peter Chan’s handsomely mounted historical epic.
Band of blood brothers
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 09, 2010
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Coolidge compliments Quays

If you don't know the films of the Quay Brothers, you don't know animation.
Puppet Masters
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2009
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Tuya's Marriage

Although it begins and ends with a tragically ambiguous image, Wang Quan’an’s film might be the closest thing that Mongolian cinema will ever get to a romantic comedy.
An unforgettable heroine
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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Shaw business

The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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Vocation or vacation?

This past Wednesday, the fifth Coolidge Award, honoring a “film artist whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging filmmaking,” was bestowed on Jeremy Thomas.
Honoring independent cinema’s ‘tour guide’
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 01, 2008


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The Forbidden Kingdom

Hong Kong action stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li don’t stray too far from type in this big-screen fairy tale: Chan plays a drunken kung fu master and Li’s a stoic monk with lethal reflexes.
Big screen fairy tale
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008
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Still waters

Have you concluded that Zhang Yimou is a softy and a sellout?
Jia Zhangke runs deep
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 26, 2008
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First Night 2007

Boston's not-so-silent night will be hot enough to melt ice sculptures. And that's just the weather forecast.
From Voltron and John Doe to fireworks and U.V. Pro, an insider's guide to getting the most out of your button on New Year's Eve.
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 04, 2007
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Flower power

Many of Zhang Yimou’s films come down to a battle between character and décor. Watch the trailer for Curse of the Golden Flower (QuickTime)
Zhang’s gaudy, gory Curse
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2006
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Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles

Zhang Yimou has abandoned his trademark reds in favor of blue Watch the trailer for Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles   (QuickTime)
A journey of atonement
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 13, 2006


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Water

The final chapter in Deepa Mehta’s “elemental trilogy” has much to do with the cleansing substance of the title, the grand river Ganges and purity of spirit, yet at its core it’s a feminist anthem.
Feminist at its core
By TOM MEEK  |  May 10, 2006
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Streep daze

Hollywood came to Boston last week.
The actress gets toasted (and roasted) and the Coolidge
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 14, 2006