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Old 07-13-2015, 09:31 AM   #856
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I guess those little yellow Minions are actually made of gold.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:02 AM   #857
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I need some great movie recommendations from mainland China.

Fire away cinephiles!

So far I have Farewell My Concubine, Raise the Red Lantern, The Pickpocket and City of Life and Death on my checklist.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:59 AM   #859
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:02 PM   #860
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I need some great movie recommendations from mainland China.

Fire away cinephiles!

So far I have Farewell My Concubine, Raise the Red Lantern, The Pickpocket and City of Life and Death on my checklist.
You have Zhang Yimou covered with Red Lantern, but I would also check out his equally gorgeous Ju-Dou, which is one of the few modern films made with the classic 3-strip Technicolor process.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:38 PM   #861
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Woefully ignorant of Chinese cinema over here... Where's Lance? Isn't that his wheelhouse?
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Lance is really into Asian cinema in general, but there's actually a dearth of prominent mainland Chinese directors compared to other, smaller countries. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and then Hong Kong (considered separately from China) all have had more to offer.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:32 PM   #863
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Lance is really into Asian cinema in general, but there's actually a dearth of prominent mainland Chinese directors compared to other, smaller countries. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and then Hong Kong (considered separately from China) all have had more to offer.
Pretty much this. just about every film by Jia Zhang Ke is essential. Otherwise it can be hit it miss and you've already got some of the other big directors from the mainland. Both the original 1948 and 2002 remake of Spring in a Small Town are amazing though.
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Forgot about Jia. And I really need to see another of his films besides Still Life.
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Old 07-15-2015, 04:28 AM   #866
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Lance is really into Asian cinema in general, but there's actually a dearth of prominent mainland Chinese directors compared to other, smaller countries. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and then Hong Kong (considered separately from China) all have had more to offer.
I actually don't think this is true. There are tons of Chinese filmmakers out there, but the problem is that the movies in mainland China are prone to strict censorship, so the artistic freedom isn't as high as in the other countries you mention. It seems to be opening up more in the last 10 to 15 years.

I forgot about Still Life - that's also on the list.
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Hey Laz, didnt u say you saw and love Brazil?

(sorry if wrong)

I got to see HALF of it on tv ages ago, and keen to see the rest, I fell sleep as it was on so late, but it looks wacko bonkers art!
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Lance is really into Asian cinema in general, but there's actually a dearth of prominent mainland Chinese directors compared to other, smaller countries. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and then Hong Kong (considered separately from China) all have had more to offer.
That was the thing, all I could think of was Hong Kong. I see it's not just me, though.


So, we watched Fitzcarraldo last night. I liked it a lot more than Aguirre, which I really liked, but I was so let down by the ending. I get that no matter what you do after the boat, it's not going to be as good, but I don't understand what I might have possibly missed that left me so confused as to why the whole rubber thing failed. Like, did they show any of that and I missed it, or was it just not important to the point of the film and it was just another in a string of failures?
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:14 PM   #869
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Just watched To's Drug War.

No-nonsense crime action film, but with enough subtext to keep you thinking about it afterwards. Great setpieces. It was also my first To, but I'll go and grab some more soon.
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and The Mission, Exiled, PTU, Sparrow, Vengeance, THROW DOWN

but also don't dismiss his Rom-come which are in many ways better than his action movies. Don't Go Breaking My Heart 1 & 2 and Blind Detective are my favorites. also Needing You and My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
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