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Spring in a Small Town - a beguiling, slow burning drama

Advantages: A beautifully acted and beguiling film
Disadvantages: Black and white and with subtitles (if that's an issue)

And so another film that seems to have a classic tag associated to it, always a bad thing going into a film. Instant disappointment, just add viewing The BFI recently had a retrospective of Chinese cinema. I didn’t go and see a single film, not sure ...

GenerallyInterested 05.06.2015 · Read full review
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Not a great film to watch

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Last Christmas when I shopped in my local Sainsbury’s, I came across a big offer of their film’s DVD. After a quick glance I decided I would pick some including Confucius. About the film: The film of Confucius is a biographical drama about the Ch ...

happysh2009 20.04.2012 · Read full review
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The future's ours, the future's Shanghai

Advantages: Fascinating insight into Communist China
Disadvantages: Won't appeal to many

I take every opportunity I can to watch films from 'mainland' China. I lived there for years and love the chance to have a walk down memory lane and hear the language, so as soon as I saw this film advertised as showing in a cinema near me, I knew I had t ...

sunmeilan 20.09.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Shanghai Dreams (DVD)

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Beautifully understated

Advantages: Characterisation, cinematography, subtlety
Disadvantages: sudden end

This Sino-French film breaks no particular new ground, is not strong on action or drama, and is unlikely to move you either to great joy, or to tears. Despite this, there is something innately satisfying about watching it, which defies casual analysis. ...

j30bell 13.08.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress (Subtitled) (DVD)

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The face that burned a thousand ships

Advantages: Beautifully made, a classic story
Disadvantages: Some will find it hard to follow

At the end of the Han Dynasty in China in 208AD, Prime Mister Cao Cao persuades the Emperor to declare war on Liu Bei's army in the Kingdom of Xu in the west, at least partially because Cao Cao has always had his eye on the beauty Xiao Qiao. Liu Bei's bri ...

sunmeilan 17.09.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Red Cliff (DVD)

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