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  • Never Say Die

    Never Say Die

    ★★★½

    After arriving from Hongkong, this film was my first here in Chengdu. The guy who sold the tickets was very helpful, although he spoke no English. And I wanted to see a Chinese film with English subtitles, not sure, if the films here in mainland even are subbed at all. So, in the end, he sold me a ticket for SHY IRON FIST, which may be a more accurate translation of the Chinese title, the international one is NEVER SAY…

  • The Miracles of the Namiya General Store

    The Miracles of the Namiya General Store

    ★★★½

    Ryuichi Hiroki's newest film is as entertaining as it is sad. I cried quite a lot.

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  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, gritty and realistic account of a petty criminal left behind by his old pals that can adapt to new aggregational develeopments of contemporary chinese society. A bit too long, maybe, and losing its track in the last half hour, but that's just minor criticism in an overall superb film. Cinematography by genius Yu Lik-wai.

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★½

    Yes, this is maybe as good as it gets. Its biggest achievements surely are that this is not an empty popculture ballet without significant meaning orbiting around itself in a delirious hedonist fashion but bears, on the one hand, a lot of reference to actual ongoing developments (speak: anxieties) of society (The Zero Church as a religious cult, cf. A Guru is born (Takeshi Kitano), or 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)) and youth culture (panties-hentais versus punky chicks adoring pure love (cf.…