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Review: Godspeed (2023)

Godspeed 人生路不熟 China, 2023, colour, 2.35:1, 99 mins. Director: Yi Xiaoxing 易小星. Rating: 5/10. A comedy road movie centred on a dysfunctional family is strongly cast, starts promisingly…

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Review: The Killing Performance (2024)

The Killing Performance 戏杀 China, 2024, colour/b&w, 2.35:1, 129 mins. Director: Niu Zhaoyang 牛朝阳. Rating: 6/10. Traditional period whodunit, with suspects seated round a table, looks good but…

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Godspeed (人生路不熟, Yi Xiaoxing, 2023)

An earnest young man does everything he can to try and impress his traditionalist father-in-law-to-be but just can’t seem to catch break in Yi Xiaoxing’s charming road trip…

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Under the Light (坚如磐石, Zhang Yimou, 2023)

A policeman discovers unwelcome truths while investigating links between his adopted father and a shady businessman in Zhang Yimou’s neon-lit thriller.

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Review: The Ex-Files 4: Marriage Plan (2023)

The Ex-Files 4: Marriage Plan 前任4    英年早婚 China, 2023, colour, 2.35:1, 128 mins. Director: Tian Yusheng 田羽生. Rating: 7/10. A direct sequel (in real time) to the…

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The Ex-Files 4: Marriage Plan (前任4:英年早婚, Tian Yusheng, 2023)

In the fourth instalment of the popular franchise the guys find themselves considering the merits of settling down.

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Review: Ode to the Spring (2022)

Ode to the Spring 你是我的春天 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 121 mins. Directors: Zhou Nan 周楠 (I), Zhang Chi 张弛 (II), Tian Yusheng 田羽生 (III), Dong Yue 董越 (IV),…

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Ode to the Spring (没有一个春天不会来临, Zhou Nan, Zhang Chi, Dong Yue, Tian Yusheng, Rao Xiaozhi, 2022)

With an all star cast and five top directors, Ode to the Spring celebrates the efforts of frontline workers in Wuhan during the pandemic.

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Review: Shallow (2021)

Shallow 出拳吧妈妈 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 95 mins. Director: Tang Xiaobai 唐晓白. Rating: 6/10. Despite a few shortcomings in the script, under-rated Mainland actress Tan Zhuo throws herself…

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Review: Little Canned Men (2021)

Little Canned Men 皮皮鲁与鲁西西之罐头小人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 93 mins. Director: Yu Fei 于飞. Rating: 6/10. Fantasy about some micro-people befriending primary-school kids is stronger technically than dramatically.…

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