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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.

Review: “The Climbers” Is a Birthday Present for the People’s Republic of China’s 70th Birthday

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Based on real-world Chinese ascents of Everest in the 1960s and 70s, "The Climbers" does little more than elevate Wu Jing's "action man" credentials and...

Review: “Send Me To The Clouds” Is a Feminist Exploration of Expectations Versus Reality

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We chat with director Teng Congcong about contemporary expectations for women and generation gaps.

Review: Chinese Movie Remake of “Midnight Diner” Falls Flat

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Lack of depth plagues China's redux of the eponymous Japanese series "Midnight Diner."

Review: Was China’s “Shanghai Fortress” Really That Bad?

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After Chinese netizens lambasted " Shanghai Fortress," Netflix has given the world a chance to comment this latest Chinese foray into scifi.

Review: “Fagara” Is a Touching Family Story…and Subtle Political Allegory

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Heiward Mak eschews direct mentions of cross-strait relations to focus on what family means.

Review: “Ne Zha” Mixes Family-Friendly Fun With the Invisible Hand of the Party

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Whimsical, family-friendly, and also a lesson for Chinese Communist Party cadres?

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