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‘When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun’ – an ambitious, holistic and exhausting documentary

17 August 2013 5:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun

Directed by Dirk Simon

With it’s rather incendiary title leaving no doubt to its makers political persuasions When The Dragon Swallowed the Sun is an ambitious, holistic and exhausting documentary on the Chinese occupation of Tibet, a controversial incursion of alleged sovereign territory which has painfully endured for the past fifty years. Weaving in reminiscences from witnesses and resistance fighters of the original 1959 invasion, a swiftly disseminated potted history of the region and statements from various members of the hydra headed Liberation movement the documentary paints a vivid picture of the past century of Tibetan history, with the traditional method of archival footage and interview clusters illustrating a slow but inexorable suppression of indigenous Tibetan culture, the disintegration of religious independence and the unequivocal crushing of all claims of separate nationhood and self-determination.

It’s an emotive subject with passions high on both »

- John

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Kick-Ass 2, 2 Guns, Planes: this week's new films

16 August 2013 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kick-Ass 2 | 2 Guns | Planes | The Big City | Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Again | Bachelorette | Call Girl | Aftershock | Kuma | When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun

Kick-Ass 2 (15)

(Jeff Wadlow, 2013, Us/UK) Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Moretz, Jim Carrey, 103 mins

The amateur Avengers return, though the sequel finds them weighed down by their superhero lifestyles, or is it audience expectations? The ingredients that made the first movie such a pleasure are all here – absurd alter-egos, ultraviolence, high-school angst, swearing – just minus the element of surprise. As a result, this incident-packed story struggles to recapture that balance between comic-book zaniness and real-world teen comedy.

2 Guns (15)

(Baltasar Kormákur, 2013, Us) Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton. 109 mins

Two double-crossed undercover agents must unravel a convoluted conspiracy (and learn to get along, of course) in what could almost be a Lethal Weapon reboot. Washington and Wahlberg spark off each other nicely, which is all that's needed. »

- Steve Rose

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When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun Review

15 August 2013 1:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Dirk Simon.

Running Time: 112 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: After a 50-year effort by the 14th Dalai Lama to bring democracy to the community in exile by installing a parliament and elections, Tibetans in exile struggle with the concept of making political decisions on their own and often still prefer to simply follow their Dalai Lama — with tragic consequences.

During the Beijing Olympics in 2008, many people were enlightened about the political struggle between Tibet and China. Tibet’s want for independence is well-known, but it has now been over 50 years since the Communist Chinese regime led a trail of blood through Tibet and reclaimed the land as their own. When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun looks at this struggle and is director Dirk Simon’s second look at Tibet following the 2010 short, My Country Is Tibet, and a continuation of the political genre explored in his 2004 debut, Between The Lines, which »

- Sam Carey

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