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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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Who can you turn to?

Advantages: An extravagant, entertaining spectacle.
Disadvantages: Some poor use of language in subtitles.

...I read. I am rather partial to stories of Judge Dee by Robert van Gulik, so when I caught a glimpse of a trailer on the TV for a film about a Detective Dee I had to find out more. It was for a Chinese film that as yet h ...

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Review of Detective Dee - Mystery Of The Phantom Flame (DVD)

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"The game's afoot, and the foot knows Kung Fu"

Advantages: Good fun
Disadvantages: Bit silly

Star – Andy Lau Genre – World Cinema Run Time – 119 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – Amazon – £ DVD (£ Blue Ray) Awards – 6 Wins & 12 nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So ‘Detective Dee: The Mystery of the Pha ...

thedevilinme 12.03.2014 · Read full review
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One man will challenege an empire.

Advantages: beautifully shot, performed, presented. A sublime and unique experience
Disadvantages: the way the story is told may confuse

Those who are big fans of world filmmaking instead of that of just Hollywood; with its predictable rom-coms, heavy handed dramas and ‘scary’ teen flicks, and of course let’s not forget our very own, British film industry to which the majority of projects ...

DarkMark 22.10.2004 · Read full review
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Hero

Advantages: Visual feast, excellent cast, unique narrative style.
Disadvantages: Fights go on too long, lack of depth.

...any way that I can review Hero without comparing it to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Probably not, so we'll get it out of the way early. I wasn't a fan of that film at all, and was frankly amazed at the success it enjoyed. It deserves recogn ...

eddie7sf 03.09.2004 · Read full review
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