Tag Archives: China

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 their 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

A Touch of Sin

For the longest of times, the idea of Chinese filmmaking among the global populous didn’t really stretch past the borders of Hong Kong and its matchless action cinema.  It’s only been in recent years that mainland Chinese cinema has found its way into the global

21st Raindance Film Festival: Our Pick of the Bunch

To expand what we cover on the website, we are going to start incorporating something new to make thegeekshow.co.uk a more vibrant and varied place to visit. From now on we’ll be making the best use of our copious resources to cover the more interesting

War of the Arrows

Director Han-min Kim’s film The War of the Arrows is something of a rarity in the international reputation of Korean cinema as its focus lies on the second Manchurian invasion of Korea, the Joseon Kingdom in particular. In layman’s terms, the War of the Arrows is about the second