On Light and Shadow: A Conversation with Crosscurrent Director Yang Chao

For his second feature, director Yang Chao presents a trek that is at once ordinary and extraordinary: a largely solitary journey on a river in a boat. The river in question is the Yangtze River […]

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on Oct, 10 · in Interviews

The Shadow Play (China, 2018)

Emerging from two-years of censorship limbo, Lou Ye’s noir melodrama The Shadow Play is every inch a film by the Sixth Generation maverick despite jarring indications of post-production strife. Although pitched as a fairly commercial […]

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on Apr, 10 · in Reviews

Crosscurrent (China, 2016)

Yang Chao’s second feature-length work Crosscurrent presents a largely missed — albeit strikingly shot — opportunity. Yes, the film is richly textured in terms of visuals, established in the atmospheric opening long shot. During the magical blue […]

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on Oct, 23 · in Reviews

Mystery (China, 2012) [NYAFF 2013]

It’s a cliché to state that China’s social landscape is constantly changing, but based on the milieu of Mystery, a few years away from home for the Sixth Generation filmmaker Lou Ye seems to have […]

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on Jul, 02 · in Reviews

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