Tag Archives: China

Youth (2017)

Back to 1942 is one of the bleakest movies of recent years, Feng Xiaogang directed a horrifying presentation on the human cost of war. The 2012 movie showed an invading army turning their weapons on civilians, people selling their children just so said offspring can

The Geek Show - S15E13 - Flamethrower Cooking With Elon Musk

S15E13 – Flamethrower Cooking With Elon Musk

It’s time to join Rob and Andy for more news-based shenanigans from the realms of science and technology, and we’re kicking things of this week with some recycling … … on the Moon After that it’s all systems go with potential holodeck technology, stupidity causing

A Touch of Sin

For the longest of times, the idea of Chinese film didn’t really stretch past the borders of Hong Kong and its legendary action cinema. It’s only been in recent years that mainland China has found its way onto the global market, and for a country

Wolf Warrior II

How American cinema has changed since the 1980s, I’ll use the action film as the conduit to make this point. Back then we had ridiculously over the top, jingoistic, star vehicles centred around a handful of names. Now, those films are shot and financed exclusively

Brotherhood of Blades

It’s not the language barrier, nor the theatrics and flamboyance, no, the biggest cross for martial arts cinema to bear is context. As a Westerner, many of the nuances of Eastern history allude me, unfortunately, its those very nuances that the historical martial arts film

Pick of the Geek: Empress Orchid

This story is the tale of Orchid, the last Empress of China. She is born into a low-ranked noble family, and when her father dies, her family is plunged into poverty. To escape a marriage made for money, Orchid “auditions” to be one of the

Farewell my Concubine

In the West, Chinese or Peking Opera is known more for graduates Yuen Biao, Jackie Chan, Corey Yuen and Sammo Hung than any cultural footprint despite dating back to the 18th century. This makes the BFI release of Chen Kaige’s epic Farewell my Concubine one

Back to 1942

The British Film Institute has had many seasons dedicated to many national cinemas, directors, epochs or movements, with the supreme stature they have brought many old science fiction programmes, documentaries or, as is currently the case, Chinese films to the fore. Today they have released