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Springtime in a Small Town

Leading Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang is best known for his sublime historical epic Blue Kite (1993), whose depictions of the horrors of life under Mao got him banned from filmmaking for three years. His greatly anticipated return is a remake of the most revered Chinese film of all time: Fei Mu’s 1948 Spring in a […]

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My Life as McDull

This animated feature based on characters from a popular Hong Kong comic book nimbly sidesteps cuteness and pratfalls and immerses the viewer in a sharp-eyed re-creation of the city’s tattered environment and dream spaces. The main character is a none-too-bright piglet whose world is populated by animal children and human adults, and the filmmakers—director Toe […]

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Chen Mo and Meiting

Chen Mo, a young man fresh from the countryside who’s scrambling to make a living selling flowers on the streets of Beijing, meets Meiting, a masseuse-hairdresser who, having repulsed the aggressive advances of her boss, has no place to live. She moves into his tiny apartment, and they forge a unique relationship, which grows increasingly […]

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One Fine Spring Day

Korean director Hur Jin-ho’s lachrymal romantic dramas are all about restraint. They etch with the sparest of means the space around the precisely poised stillness that’s at the intersection of romance and mourning. This film, like his previous melodrama, Christmas in August (1998), traces a love affair that begins and ends with seeming inevitability. It […]