Drama

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    Pigs and Battleships

    Shohei Imamura plays his story of love and crime amid the shadow of occupation with verve, gallows humour and tears…

    4 stars
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    Crows and Sparrows

    An allegorical melodrama that saw two Chinas at a historic junction of modern Chinese history…

    4.5 stars
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    Red Sorghum

    Zhang Yimou has never bettered his astonishing debut…

    5 stars
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    The Silent Sea

    The latest blockbuster Korean series shoots for the stars but gets weighed down by sci-fi clichés…

    3.5 stars
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    The Wheel of Life

    King Hu headlines but doesn’t dominate a roundly adventurous, exquisite reincarnation saga…

    4 stars
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    Ripples of Life

    Wei Shujun’s sophomore feature is a sharp look into the filmmaking process and the pursuit of realism…

    4 stars
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    The Story of Southern Islet

    Chong Keat Aun’s otherworldly debut…

    3.5 stars
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    Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache

    A slight if likeable work from filmmaker and lama Khyentse Norbu…

    3 stars
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    Chinatown Kid

    A buffet of kung fu, crime, comedy, culture clash and carnality that may not be the healthiest but sure is filling…

    4 stars
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    To Live

    The quintessential Chinese film…

    4.5 stars
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    In Front of Your Face

    The master of the mundane continues his current interest in female protagonists…

    4 stars
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    The Battle at Lake Changjin

    Three directors combine for three hours of patriotic warfare in the latest Chinese military propaganda blockbuster…

    2 stars
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    Drive My Car

    Could Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Murakami adaption be his best yet?

    5 stars
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    Shanghai Triad

    A less-talked-about addition to Zhang Yimou’s oeuvre, with visual elegance and playful approach to genre conventions…

    4 stars
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    Limecrime

    Making sense of their own name is but one of many challenges from school to the streets for two aspiring rappers…

    3.5 stars
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    Raise the Red Lantern

    Zhang Yimou’s gilded cage that holds wonders and unimaginable horrors is unleashed on Gong Li…

    5 stars
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    Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters

    Too many monsters to count in this timeless rarity…

    3 stars