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The Art Gallery of NSW has just announced a series of ten (free!) screenings here in Sydney focusing on the careers of four of Chinese cinema’s leading actresses, from the 1930s to today: Ruan Lingyu, Anna May Wong, Maggie Cheung and Zhao Tao. Films screen every week from 20 June to 26 August.
From their blurb on the website:
In 1930s China, the term mingxing (bright star, 明星) captured the allure of a new public figure: the screen diva. … (read more)
So, I’m one of the teeming millions that picked up the new iPad last week, and its amazing screen propelled me into looking for books to read on it. If you’re in the same situation, I hugely recommend picking up the PDF version of David Bordwell’s excellent book Planet Hong Kong — if you haven’t seen the original version, it’s a wonderful overview of HK cinema by film theorist, professor, prodigious blogger and HK cinema fan David Bordwell.
The original … (read more)
OK, so the English-language title is a bit of a mouthful. Perhaps it’s inevitable, when we’re on the second remake; director Tsui Hark’s already taken a tilt at this story once, with 1992’s star-studded New Dragon Gate Inn. The original, King Hu’s Dragon Inn (1967) is a classic from a director whose influence on wuxia film is immense — we’re still seeing echoes from his films from the ’60s today.
Anyway, it’s a new Tsui Hark wuxia/swordplay film, and … (read more)
Our loyal readers would know that we love blogging about the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and we did so in 2002, 04, 05, 06 and 08. I am not aware of any of us being there this year, and so I have had to satisfy my cravings for the HKIFF through reading some of the great articles posted on other blogs. You will find below the links to the most awesome articles I have read … (read more)
Today, I am going to continue with part 2 of my article, picking up where we left off yesterday:
Lover’s Concerto (2002): This romantic melodrama is a tearjerker. Its main cast, including Cha Tae-hyun, Son Ye-jin and the late Lee Eun-ju (Taegukgi), all gave likeable performances. While the story is not particularly original, the film is an example of an ordinary story told well. Viewers who like crying should have some tissues ready.
Since I first discovered the wonderful world of Korean cinema in 1999, I have seen an impressive number of great Korean films. So as I started working on a top 10 list to contribute to this year’s Korean Blogathon, I actually found it incredibly difficult to narrow the number down to ten. Because of this, I have decided to do something a bit different instead – a list of my favourite Korean movies from A to Z.
I hope … (read more)
(20/3/11 Update: Please note that the 23rd of March screening of ‘Millennium Actress’ has been cancelled. The Japan Foundation will advise at a later date if Japanese Cinema will go ahead in April. If you have any enquiries please contact them on 02 8239 0055 or email [email protected].)
Welcome, everyone, to the third incarnation of Heroic Cinema!
Version two served us well for several years, but the world has moved on: everyone is blogging and tweeting these days, their microformatted meanderings spat out into the ether like so many rounds of ammunition. Our rather sedate "gather up reviews, then publish every now and then" approach was getting antiquated, and many of the features we used to have — World Movies TV times, screening data, etc. — aren’t necessary … (read more)