BACK TO 1942 or: FLOWERS OF WAR 2

I recently read a film review, which I’ll discuss more below, and wanted to jot down some thoughts that I’ll probably return to and expand later.  A lot of this connects back to issues I've discussed before. Do you know about Feng Xiaogang? He’s widely referred to as the PRC’s “Box Office King,” with almost … Continue reading BACK TO 1942 or: FLOWERS OF WAR 2

Keanu Reeves and the Future of Martial Arts Cinema

I am a fan of Keanu Reeves. The Bill and Ted movies and cartoons were a childhood favorite. Speed blew my mind, and I’ll never forget that movie’s score. I walked out of The Devil’s Advocate (I was way too young and should have never been allowed in that theater in the first place!). And … Continue reading Keanu Reeves and the Future of Martial Arts Cinema

On Historicizing Chinese Cinema

I recently read Lucy Montgomery’s China’s Creative Industries: Copyright, Social Network Markets and the Business of Culture in a Digital Age (2010). The book traces China’s shift from state-controlled cultural production and consumption to the rise of what she dubs “entrepreneurial consumers” in the country. What I really liked about this book was its treatment … Continue reading On Historicizing Chinese Cinema

The Curious Case of INSEPARABLE: Some Notes…

Though the time between my last post and this one was way longer than I originally intended, I’m back, and will discuss what I said I’d discuss: the curious case of Dayyan Eng’s Inseparable 《形影不离》. In keeping with a tradition I set in my previous and less official blog, I will be providing an abridged … Continue reading The Curious Case of INSEPARABLE: Some Notes…

On the Subject of Popular Chinese Cinema

Chinese cinemas and their industries have gotten a lot of attention in the last ten years, both academically and in the news. It’s an attention it fully deserves and which will only increase in the coming years. The growing presence of Hollywood players in China, both behind-the-scenes and in front of cameras will make sure … Continue reading On the Subject of Popular Chinese Cinema