Life, Death and Unfulfilled Desires: Teng Congcong on Send Me to the Clouds

Teng Congcong’s bittersweet debut feature Send Me to the Clouds is the latest in a welcome wave of films by female Chinese directors which includes Wang Lina’s A First Farewell (2018), Yang Mingming’s Girls Always […]

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on Nov, 22 · in Interviews

The Climbers (China, 2019)

When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, George Mallory famously replied, “Because it’s there.” Although the legendary mountaineer receives more than one awed mention in Daniel Lee’s mountaineering true story The Climbers, the […]

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on Oct, 17 · in Reviews

Ms. Purple (USA, 2019)

Ms. Purple sees actor-director Justin Chon returning to the Los Angeles Koreatown milieu of his well-received 2017 debut feature Gook, but the saturated stylistic texture here marks a departure from the arresting black-and-white aesthetic of […]

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on Sep, 20 · in Reviews

Bodies at Rest (China/Hong Kong, 2019)

One-time blockbuster purveyor Renny Harlin continues the China phase of his roller coaster career with Bodies at Rest, an efficient action-thriller that seems tailored for the director of Die Hard 2 (1990). Taking place in […]

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on Aug, 21 · in Reviews

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