Tag: China

REVIEW: An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

In a cold Chinese city the lives of several people collide in an unexpected fashion. A high school student accidentally causes his bully to suffer a crippling injury; that bully's older brother - a local gangster - comes looking for revenge. The same brother has an affair with his best friend's wife, leading that friend ...

REVIEW: The Meg (2018)

A commercially funded science expedition sets out to the bottom of the Marianas Trench to prove whether or not a deeper section of the ocean exists. It does - and furthermore it is populated by a previously undiscovered ecosystem, included the presumed-extinct prehistoric giant shark known as megalodon. The expedition is attacked and escapes; however, ...

REVIEW: Our Shining Days (2017)

In an exclusive music academy, the classical and Chinese folk students are fiercely separated, with the folk music department on the verge of being closed down. Chen Jing (Xu Lu) plays the yangqin, a Chinese fore-runner to the piano, and has a crush on the school's top piano player Wang Wen (Luo Mingjie). When he ...

REVIEW: I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

In a small Chinese town, Li Xuelian (Fan Bingbing) and her husband file for divorce. When he spontaneously remarries, Li attempts to take him to court: their own divorce was supposed to be a scam to side-step Chinese real estate laws and enable them to purchase a second apartment. When the local court dismisses Li's ...

REVIEW: Beautiful Accident (2017)

Li Yuran (Gwei Lun-mei) is a no-nonsense and unsympathetic defence lawyer. When she is killed in a late night car accident, she finds herself in the afterlife - a nightmarish bureaucracy - where her case manager (Wang Jingchun) explains that due to a clerical error she has been incorrectly killed. As it will take seven ...

REVIEW: Free and Easy (2016)

A door-to-door salesman walks into a small Chinese town, offering magical soap for anyone willing to sniff it. A local monk wanders down looking for donations, only he is not what he appears to be. Two police officers try to solve a crime without any clues. A forest ranger has a meltdown after someone cuts ...

REVIEW: Stonehead (2017)

Stonehead (Zhu Hongbo) is a third-grader living with his grandmother in rural China. His parents, like most in the village, have left for the city to earn money, leaving Stonehead behind. A model student, he wins a merit certificate and a free football, however the following day his teacher insists the football is a gift ...