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I agree. The Banquet is Shakespeare done right. Wuxia style! I have to watch this again soon.
I’m gonna disagree with this statement.back when China made good movies
My statement would be good contender for most ignorant statement made on the net but what the heck: The only movies I ever appreciated from China is wuxia/martial-arts related.If anything, I think the quality of mainland China’s output is on an upswing.
yes,My Heart Leaps Up, Old Stone, The Looming Storm, Wrath of Silence and Angels Wear White were all excellent,
Not seen this one, Singaporean films are not at all that common. My favorite film from Asia is the Singaporen film, 15 by Royston Tan.Sandcastle (Singapore, 2010)- Should've been my first Singaporean film but gadforgiveme I CAN'T... I ran for the hills on the 40th minute mark. I just CAN'T. I read the reviews. I CAN'T.
For such a small little nation (and especially for one that is often associated with nothing more exciting than accounting), Singapore actually has quite a vibrant little film industry. If you ever get a chance to see a subtitled version of the anthology film 7 Letters, check out the first segment by Eric Khoo - it's a beautiful love letter to the roots of the Singaporean film industry.Singaporean films are not at all that common.
Freaking brutal15 by Royston Tan
Allow me to agree with you, and disagree, and offer a point of clarification.Here's my thing. Back in the aughts, there was a generation of young talented actresses doing independent films. the bingbings, Zhang Jingchu, Zhou Xun, Gao Yuanyuan, Gong Beibi, you could even say Zhao Wei and Kwai Lunmei. Just look at their filmographies and zero in on the year The Banquet was made. Look at what they were all doing that year, give or take a couple few years on either side. Just what those actresses alone were doing around then is way more films than you could conjure up as cool good films from this past decade.
Where is this decade's generation of young talent making good films? I don't think one exists, certainly not since Xi Jinping took office.
Remember when I was stubbornly defending Chinese cinema against the onslaught of attacks from our dearly departed green frog man? I wouldn't do that today. I still think that when China gets it right, it's some of the best stuff out there. Like the films you named. But those kind of films seem so rare any more. Like one or two at most per year.
Here's my 4/5 stars or better film list from the year of The Banquet alone:
Curse of the Golden Flower
My Name Is Fame
The next year was even better. But for every single year of the first decade of the new century a Top Ten was super easy, enjoyable, and fun to do --easier than a Top Ten of this miserable decade would be :)
I'm delighted by this observation. I was talking about actors, though, more than directors. It's troubling to me, and a sign of the way I see the times, that the group of young actresses that were doing good stuff in the aughts all jumped the shark by deacade's end (or soon there after) and no new group has emerged to replace them. I don't think I could name a single Chinese actress of the 10s who's comparable to the aught's group I mentioned.But as for the question "Where is this decade's generation of young talent making good films?", I'll make the observation that three of the five films at the top of my list were made by first time directors, the other two are sophomore efforts.
|2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon … aka Wo hu cang long|
2000 - The Road Home … aka Wo de fu qin mu qin
2000 - Suzhou River … aka Suzhou he
2000 - Happy Times … aka Xingfu shiguang
2001 - Bus 44 … aka Che si shi si
2001 - Millennium Mambo … aka Qianxi manbo
2001 - What Time Is It There? … aka Ni na bian ji dian
2002 - Hero … aka Ying xiong
2002 - Blue Gate Crossing … aka Lanse da men
2002 - Where Have All the Flowers Gone … aka Na shi hua kai
2002 - Spring Subway … aka Kaiwang chuntian de ditie
2002 - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress … aka Xiao cai feng
2003 - Blind Shaft … aka Mang jing
2003 - I Love You … aka Wo ai ni
2003 - Green Tea … aka Lü cha
2003 - Lost in Time … aka Mong bat liu
2004 - Butterfly … aka Hu die
2004 - Koma … aka Jiu ming
2004 - The Passage … aka Jing Guo
2005 - Blue Cha Cha … aka Shen hai
2005 - Stolen Life … aka Sheng si jie
2005 - Peacock … aka Kong que
2005 - Shanghai Dreams … aka Qing hong
2005 - Waiting Alone … aka Du zi deng dai
2006 - The Banquet … aka Ye yan
2006 - Curse of the Golden Flower
2006 - Diary … aka Mon seung
2006 - Re-cycle … aka Gwai wik
2006 - Summer Palace … aka Yihe yuan
2006 - The Road … aka Fang xiang zhi lu
2007 - Blind Mountain … aka Mang shan
2007 - In Love We Trust … aka Zuo you
2007 - Lost In Beijing … aka Ping guo
2007 - Lust, Caution … aka Se, jie
2007 - The Most Distant Course … aka Zui yao yuan de ju li
2007 - Night Train … aka Ye che
2007 - The Longest Night in Shanghai … aka Yoru no shanghai
2007 - The Sun Also Rises … aka Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi
2008 - Lost Indulgence … aka Mi guo
2008 - Painted Skin … aka Wa pei
2008 - Red Cliff … aka Chi bi
2008 - Red River … aka Hong he
2008 - The Equation of Love and Death … aka Li mi de cai xiang
2009 - Last Train Home … aka Gui tu lie che
2009 - The Message … aka Feng sheng
2009 - Night and Fog … aka Tin shui wai dik ye yu mo
2009 - Red Cliff: Part II … aka Chi bi xia: Jue zhan tian xia
2009 - City of Life and Death … aka Nanjing! Nanjing!
2009 - Memory of Love
2009 - Hear Me
2009 - Bodyguards and Assassins … aka Shi yue wei cheng
|2010 - One Day … aka You yi tian|
2010 - Aftershock … aka Tangshan Dadizheng
2010 - Reign of Assassins … aka Jianyu
2010 - Merry-Go-Round … aka Dong fung po
2010 - Let the Bullets Fly
2011 - Dragon … aka Wu xia
2011 - The Sorcerer and the White Snake
2011 - The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake
2011 - Love is Not Blind … aka Shi Lian 33 Tian
2011 - The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate … aka Long men fei jia
2012 - Painted Skin: The Resurrection … aka Hua Pi 2
2012 - Here, Then … aka Ci chu yu bi chu
2012 - Beijing Blues
2014 - Guilty
2014 - Blind Massage … aka Tui na
2014 - Black Coal, Thin Ice … aka Bai ri yan huo
2016 - The Assassin … aka Nie yin niang
2016 - Old Stone … aka Lao shi
2016 - I Am Not Madame Bovary
2017 - The Looming Storm … aka Bao xue jiang zhi
2018 - An Elephant Sitting Still … aka Da xiang xi di er zuo
I saw this film a few days ago and I have to say, it's one of the few films in recent history I liked enough to watch again. I was looking at the Parasite page on TV Tropes and they say Mrs. Park is a drug addict. She does cry out "Buy me drugs!" during sex and at the beginning of the film was in some stupor and had to be woken up – do you think they misinterpreted or are they right?Parasite (2019)
Snuck off to the cinema today to watch this. I liked it quite a bit. Did not love it; not sure where the "masterpiece" accolades are coming from, but it is certainly well-made, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Quite a bit of humor and almost sit-commy episodes in the first 2/3rds. (My wife would have enjoyed that part). I also enjoyed the last third (my wife would NOT have), although I must say given the set-up in the first parts, it was not all that surprising or shocking what happened. Bong delivered what he set up, and did it well.
Sorry for letting this one get stale, I've been away - but thanks heaps for your lists. If anything, I think that whether or not the number of good Chinese films has decreased, there's so many good ones that I haven't seen that it'll take a long long while before I'm scratching in the dirt trying to turn up something worthwhile to watch. Contentment comes easier to the ignorant!I'm delighted by this observation. I was talking about actors, though, more than directors. It's troubling to me, and a sign of the way I see the times, that the group of young actresses that were doing good stuff in the aughts all jumped the shark by deacade's end (or soon there after) and no new group has emerged to replace them. I don't think I could name a single Chinese actress of the 10s who's comparable to the aught's group I mentioned.
Okay, so mainland films from the aughts aren't as good or plentiful as I remember them (but the actresses were way better) and mainlandy films from the 10s are better and more plentiful than I thought (and hopefully increasing). And/so/but rather than rake out top tens from the aughts (because that would be too much work), here's my whoop-dee-doopers from the decades side by side, and I'm sticking with mainland+ (although I will try to exclude some obvious transgressions and Kar Wai Wong). A Top Ten from each year would include films I enjoyed but might not consider amazo-films.