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  • Never Say Die

    Never Say Die


    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


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

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  • Pickpocket



    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


    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.…