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Review: The Door (2017)

The Door 完美有多美 China, 2017, colour/b&w, 2.35:1, 98 mins. Director: Liang Dong 梁栋. Rating: 7/10. Lightly comic, semi-fantasy about an average man faced with an alternate universe in…

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Review: Ultimate Code (2021)

Ultimate Code 终极代码 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 89 mins. Chief director: Wu Zhiting 吴治廷. Director: Li Ke 李柯. Associate directors: Zhang Lizhi 张立志, Xiong Chunsheng 熊春生 [Xiong Jie…

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Review: Leaping over the Dragon Gate (2020)

Leaping over the Dragon Gate 龙门相 China, 2020, colour, 2.35:1, 113 mins. Director: Xiao Yifan 肖一凡. Rating: 6/10. Blackly humorous crime story, set in snowy northeast China, is…

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Review: Farewell My Lad (2020)

Farewell My Lad 再见,少年 China, 2020, colour, 2.35:1, 109 mins. Director: Yin Ruoxin 殷若昕. Rating: 5/10. Fairly conventional story of a high-school girl drawn to a bad-boy classmate…

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Review: The Last Judgement (2021)

The Last Judgement 悬崖 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 87 mins. Director: Han Zhi 韩志. Rating: 6/10. Labyrinthine crime caper has decent performances and a clever script but just…

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Review: Hi Brother (2021)

Hi Brother 二哥来了怎么办 China, 2021, colour, 1.85/2.35:1, 104 mins. Director: Zheng Fenfen 郑芬芬. Rating: 6/10. Comedy-drama about feuding siblings is similar to the same director’s Go Brother – and…

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Review: A Fangirl’s Romance (2021)

A Fangirl’s Romance 迷妹罗曼   史 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 88 mins. Director: Qin Peng 秦鹏. Rating: 3/10. Ridiculous confection, set in 2017 and 1990 Shenzhen, fails to gel,…

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Review: Chinese Doctors (2021)

Chinese Doctors 中国医生 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 127 mins. Director: Liu Weiqiang 刘伟强 [Andrew Lau]. Rating: 6/10. Wuhan-set Covid drama has a propulsive, convincing first half but slacker,…

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Review: The Oldtown Girls (2020)

The Oldtown Girls 兔子暴力 China, 2020, colour, 16:9, 105 mins. Director: Shen Yu 申瑜. Rating: 6/10. Affectingly played daughter-mother drama is weakened by its flashback structure and contrived…

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Review: The Perfect Victim (2021)

The Perfect Victim 完美受害人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 101 mins. Director: Yang Longjie 杨泷杰. Rating: 5/10. Interesting police procedural is a mix of familiar and fresh elements, but…

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Review: Between Us (2021)

Between Us 我没谈完的那场恋爱 China, 2021, colour, 16:9/2.35:1, 95 mins. Director: Zhao Yu 赵宇. Rating: 6/10. Yoyo-ing between the present day and the Cultural Revolution, this light drama is…

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Review: Lie Detector (2021)

Lie Detector 测谎人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 91 mins. Director: Yang Yuanhan 杨沅翰. Late-stage director: Qian Guowei 钱国伟. Rating: 5/10. Wry, well-cast comedy about two opposites disappointingly fails…

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Review: The Pioneer (2021)

The Pioneer 革命者 China, 2021, colour/b&w, 16:9/2.35:1, 120 mins. Director: Xu Zhanxiong 徐展雄. Rating: 5/10. Biopic of CCP co-founder Li Dazhao is way above the genre’s routine level…

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Review: Never Stop (2021)

Never Stop 超越 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 96 mins. Director: Han Bowen 韩博文. Rating: 6/10. Mainland actor Zheng Kai is impressive as a onetime sports star, though the…

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Review: The Day We Lit up the Sky (2021)

The Day We Lit up the Sky 燃野少年的天空 China, 2021, colour/b&w, 2.35:1, 106 mins. Directors: Zhang Yibai 张一白, Han Yan 韩琰. Rating: 6/10. High-school musical gets by on…

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