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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
| January 20, 2012
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
| April 09, 2010
Coolidge compliments Quays
If you don't know the films of the Quay Brothers, you don't know animation.
| May 01, 2009
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
| May 28, 2008
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
| May 28, 2008
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’
| May 01, 2008
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
| April 16, 2008
Have you concluded that Zhang Yimou is a softy and a sellout?
Jia Zhangke runs deep
| February 26, 2008
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.
| January 04, 2007
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
| December 20, 2006
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
| September 13, 2006
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
| May 10, 2006
Hollywood came to Boston last week.
The actress gets toasted (and roasted) and the Coolidge
| April 14, 2006
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