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If you saw the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall” and couldn’t help wondering why Matt Damon has such a prominent role in the Chinese army, you’re not alone. “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu took issue with the upcoming war epic on Twitter, posting a screenshot of a statement that begins, “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that a only white man can save the world. It’s not based in actual fact.”
“Doctor Strange,” “Ghost in the Shell” and other upcoming films have received similar whitewashing criticism, including from Wu herself. “Think only a huge movie star can sell a movie? That that has Never been a total guarantee,” her statement (which can be read in its entirety here) continued. “Why not Try to be better? »
- Michael Nordine
Zhang Yimou is back in a very big way. The director of Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers among many others, is taking on his second biggest project to date (pretty sure nothing will beat the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics): a good old monster movie called The Great Wall. Starring none other than Jason Bourne. Because... who better to protect China from a monster?
Yeah, that's right. Matt Damon is top billing in what is being toted as the most expensive Chinese movie ever made (estimated budget is somewhere between [Continued ...] »
Uh-oh, looks like China’s in trouble. They were able to build the Great Wall, but now that it’s time to defend it, this ancient civilization finds itself overwhelmed by the enormity of—Shit, Are Those Monsters? On man, where’s an anachronistically familiar white face when you need it? Cue Matt Damon, looking like he just got back from the Renaissance Faire. What a relief.
That’s the actual premise of the Raise The Red Lantern and Hero director Zhang Yimou’s new historical epic The Great Wall. Playing like a Chinese analogue to the similarly Game Of Thrones-esque Dracula Untold, the teaser trailer for the film combines high production value and goofy fantasy/horror elements for a sweeping historical epic that would make the hybrid-genre enthusiasts at The Asylum sick with envy. (World War Z’s Max Brooks co-wrote the screenplay, which explains a lot.) Kudos »
- Katie Rife
For many mainstream filmgoers, Farewell My Concubine is perhaps the best-known Chinese language film of the 1990s, helped in no end by its success at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Chen Kaige (Yellow Earth, Temptress Moon), the film traces the troubled friendship between two Peking Opera performers during 50 years of war-ravaged Chinese history. Leslie Cheung (A Better Tomorrow, Days Of Being Wild) and Zhang Fengyi (The Emperor And The Assassin, Red Cliff) play the central duo Dieyi and Xiaolou, while Gong Li (Red Sorghum, Raise The Red Lantern) portrays Jiuxian, the former prostitute who drives them apart. Beginning in 1924, Farewell My Concubine follows a country in turmoil, from the Japanese occupation, through the resistance movement by the Kuomintang and ultimately the...
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There’s no need to look hard for your favorite Asian movies online these days. The rise of streaming services is a boon to movie-lovers worldwide, especially for those who love hard-to-find Asian art-house films.
You’ll find these gems and more at sites such as Archive.org, Mubi.com, and Fandor.com among others, here’s a list of some of our favourite award winning movies you can watch online right now.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
This Zhang Yimou film is one of the director’s many collaboration with the lovely Gong Li. Based on the novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong, it tells the story of a young woman who agreed to be a wealthy man’s fourth wife. Complications ensue as bitter rivalries rise between the man’s four wives. Gong Li’s acting in this movie is superb and the movie captures the atmosphere of 1920s China. »
- Kat Meneses
With a script seemingly written by algorithm, this dour follow-up to Ang Lee’s dazzling original film comes across like a poor episode of Game of Thrones
Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was, at its release in late 2000, one of those rare moments in moviegoing when everyone seemed to agree. From the director of Sense and Sensibility, this international co-production seemed like a film for the so-called prestige audience, in the vein of Ju Dou or Raise the Red Lantern. But at the 15-minute mark it cut loose with dreamlike martial arts action to rouse even the most jaded of kung fu VHS traders. With its nuanced characters, epic mythology, gorgeous cinematography, breathless action, iconic score (I can go on! It’s terrific!) word of mouth was unstoppable. The film advanced to suburban multiplexes, shattering (and still holding) box office records for a foreign language film in the United States. »
- Jordan Hoffman
6 items from 2016
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