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Transcending the Limits: King Hu’s “New Wuxia Century” and After

Transcending the Limits: King Hu’s “New Wuxia Century” and After

For Hu, only film could fully realize the promise of Chinese stage traditions. As he told Tony Rayns, “I’m very interested in the Peking opera, and particularly its movement and action effects, although I think it’s difficult to express them adequately on stage … the physical limitations are too great.”

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Growing Up: A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY and the New Taiwan Cinema

Growing Up: A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY and the New Taiwan Cinema

With the loss of appeal for commercial and propaganda films in Taiwan in the late 1970s and early 1980s, several young filmmakers saw the opportunity to create films that reflected more realistically the unique identity and complex political history of Taiwan…

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Weerasthakul: Mekong Hotel

Weerasthakul: Mekong Hotel

The features of Apichatpong Weerasethakul represent only a small fraction of his filmography. Through his production company Kick the Machine, Apichatpong has made dozens of short films, most of them commissions from museums and art galleries. This work helps the...

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Weerasthakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Weerasthakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Set in Thailand’s rural northeast, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES finds Apitchatpong still chasing the moving targets of memory and desire, but here the shifts between realities are more frequent and more subtle. In interviews the director has described...

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