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China Investigating Top Filmmaker For Violating One-Child Policy

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 05.09.2013 | World

BEIJING -- Authorities are investigating whether one of China's top film directors fathered seven children in violation of the country's strict family...

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?

nytimes.com | 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...

Christian Bale In Chinese Sex Worker Film

AP | MIN LEE | Posted 08.23.2011 | Entertainment

HONG KONG — He's tackled rural drama, kung fu choreography and period epic over a 23-year career that has made him Chinese cinema's top names. B...

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 Facets.org 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.