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Review: “Lost In Russia” Blends Mother-Son and Sino-Russian Relations

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Xu Zheng’s latest movie in China’s famous “Lost In” series mixes mother-son bonding with superficial glances at Russian life.

Review: “The Wild Goose Lake” Is A Stunningly Beautiful Noir That Lacks Depth

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Diao Yinan's sophomore feature "Wild Goose Lake" is beautiful and punctuated with surreal violence, but hampered by thin characterization.

The 10 Best Hong Kong Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Hong Kong movies of 2019, across genres like action, crime, drama, comedy, and more.

The 10 Best Chinese Movies of 2019

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Discover the top Chinese movies of 2019, ranging from comedies to animations, and action movies to deep dramas.

Review: “Ip Man 4” Captures the Spirit of China’s National Rejuvenation Through Kung Fu

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In Donnie Yen’s final kung fu film, action takes a backseat to China-US tensions and identity politics.

Review: “So Long, My Son” Offers Meditative Look At Two Chinese Families Over Three Decades

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Through two families linked by friendship and tragedy, director Wang Xiaoshuai’s “So Long, My Son” offers a humanistic look at China in the wake of...

Review: “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” Paints a Panorama of Chinese Culture

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Slow-paced and undramatic, Gu Xiaogang's "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" shows us the many stories of a small town.

Review: Chinese Animation “White Snake” Bites but Doesn’t Catch On

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Despite decent production quality, China’s “White Snake” falls victim to sloppy storytelling and surprising salaciousness.

Review: “Better Days” Overcomes Censors to Explore Teen Bullying in China

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Banned by Chinese censors for a year, "Better Days" gets its big reveal with dark undertones about high school bullying.

Review: How Did “The Shadow Play” Make It Past Chinese Censors?

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Forced evictions, citizen protests, and government corruption do not a happy Communist Party make.

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