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Zhang Yimou's Daughter to Make Directorial Debut

AsiaToday | Posted 12.06.2016 | World

By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - China is a socialist country, but its society is also divided into four classes by their economic ...

Icons And Identity: An Introduction To China's Engagement With The World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Xi Jinping's foreign policy hinges on realizing "the China dream." But, beyond a nationalistic desire to "stand tall" on the global stage, few Westerners can articulate the underlying dynamics and motivations of Beijing's increasingly assertive behavior.

Movie Directors and Mount Rushmores: Eleven Country's Best Filmmakers

Jon Eig | Posted 07.17.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The Mt. Rushmorification of social discourse is destroying any semblance of nuanced, sophisticated analysis. And I'm right there with it, doing what I can to continue the trend.

Gong Li and Zhang Yimou Reunite in Coming Home

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 05.24.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

The renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou takes a hard look at mental illness featuring his past muse Gong Li in a not-so-glamorous role, in the film Coming Home.

Zhang Yimou: "Don't Think of the Bad Signs, Even If They Are Hanging Somewhere"

Jeanine Celeste Pang | Posted 02.11.2013 | Arts
Jeanine Celeste Pang

Made outside of China's censorship system, these films were lauded as dreamy and raw; his vision focused, almost unwittingly, on the country's tumultuous past and the plight of individual folk, often seen through the eyes of a strong female lead.

Making A Portrait With 750 Socks

Posted 04.19.2012 | Arts

Hong Yi, who often goes by Red, is a Shanghai-based artist who works with materials more often found in a dirty apartment than an art studio. We ar...

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

Rebellious Chinese Director: Sell Out? | EDWARD WONG | Posted 10.16.2011 | Arts

BEIJING -- The documentary film "Petition" by Zhao Liang is considered by many of its viewers to be a fearless work of art. Shot over 12 years, it sho...

On The Imprisonment of Iranian Filmmakers: A Moral Option For Iran and Any Government Presuming to Silence Its Artists

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

I've asked film curator Milos Stehlik, of Chicago's to write a guest essay in the earnest service of furnishing a dually historical and mor...

HuffPost Review: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It seems like a weirdly cross-cultural idea: Chinese master Zhang Yimou does a remake of the Coen brothers' debut film, Blood Simple. If the film lacks the dryly mordant Coen wit, it offers other pleasures -- but also some problems.

Thoughts on Kitsch and Culture after Mao

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

We are left with a picture of a China that is full of contradictions and conflicting trends, of liberalizing desire to become an open society mixed with a strong strain of conservative attachment, of kitsch and real splendor existing side-by-side.

The International Impact of China's Olympic Moment

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The Beijing Games should be seen as a part of an ongoing, ambitious, and so far partially successful re-branding effort on the part of the Chinese Communist Party.

China's Ode to Legerdemain

Howard W. French | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard W. French

Embellishing the face of China, and thereby enhancing the prestige of its rulers, required something better than reality, a painstakingly idealized hyper-real, and if that required trickery or deception, so be it.

Hook, Line, and Sinker: NBC Swallows Opening Ceremonies Propaganda

Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Katherine Goldstein

The conscious decision to create a narrative that rewrites both Chinese history and reality is alarming -- but the fact that the NBC commentators unquestioningly went along with it is downright appalling.

From Beijing: The Opening Extravaganza -- Conceptual and Political Art; No Chinatown Dragons

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Hidary

This is an Olympics which needed an opening ceremony strong enough to match the politically-charged atmosphere surrounding the choice of China.