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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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A film from the director of Hero

Advantages: Bittersweet comedy
Disadvantages: Not completely PC

Introduction This film was released in 2001, shortly before Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon were released in the UK. It is not remotely anything like any of the aforementioned films; but rather is a comedy/tragedy about li ...

sunmeilan 14.10.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Happy Times (DVD)

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A subdued tale from the master of cinematography

Advantages: Strong and funny characters
Disadvantages: None

Zhang Yimou, one of the most talented directors around at the moment, brings a heart-warming and often amusing tale of a 50-year old man looking for love. Zhao (played by Zhao Benshan) doesn't have much in the way of money so when he meets Big Momma, his ...

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Review of Happy Times (DVD)

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