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Review: “Everyday Hero” Honors the Life Works of Guo Jian Nan

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Everyday Hero (南哥, lit. Brother Nan) is a Chinese biopic based on the true life and story of Guo Jian Nan, and his works in...

Review: “The Enigma of Arrival” is a Darker Take on the Coming of Age Story

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With a premiere at 2018's Busan International Film Festival, Chinese indie film "The Enigma of Arrival" offers a darker take on coming-of-age.

What the Success of “Dying to Survive” Means for Chinese Movies and Beyond

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Could this blockbuster pioneer a novel and entertaining way to highlight Chinese government policy victories?

Trailer: Chinese WWII Drama “Unbreakable Spirit” Premieres Aug 2018, Starring Bruce Willis

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Formerly known as "The Bombing", "Unbreakable Spirit" dramatizes Chinese resistance to Japanese bombings during WWII.

Review: Chinese Blockbuster “Us and Them” Will Make You Miss Your Ex

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Zhou Dongyu’s latest movie challenges whether traditional notions of success will make us truly happy (spoiler: they won’t)

“Chasing the Dragon” is a Critique of British Corruption in Colonial Hong Kong

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In this Hong Kong triad movie, it's Chinese v. British—not gangster v. police.

“People’s Republic of Desire”: Director Hao Wu Introduces Us to Chinese Internet Celebrity Culture

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America has YouTube celebrities—but who are the "internet famous" in China?

What Does It Mean for Asian-Americans When China’s Most Popular TV Program Is Racist?

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What does perceived Asian racism mean for the Asian-American identity?

Review: “Operation Red Sea” Offers a Chinese Take on Military Heroics

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Operation Red Sea is an action-packed modern war movie: the first to show China's intervention in the Middle East.