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Zhou Yu's Train E-mail
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Written by Leyla Lopos
I watched a Gong Li movie the other day, the title of the movie is Zhou Yu's Train (Zhou Yu de huo che -- in Chinese). Gong Li (English info) was and still is probably one of the most famous Chinese actresses, she used to team up with Zhang Yimou a lot, they've made some quite well known movies together, and both of them have achieved some international fame.

Rumor says they had an affair, breaking up is the reason they don't work together anymore. (Anyway, I believe the rumor.) Going back to Zhou Yu's train: I liked it, I thought I wouldn't: The plot is nothing special -- a love story between a woman and two men, sounds cliche, and I hate most love stories. This movie turns out to be pretty good though, I think it's a smart movie: set in modern times, the way they arrange the scenes is creative, the locations they choose are stunning, and the acting is good. I won't call it a great movie, it's nice enough.

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke E-mail
Reviews - Movies & Cinema
Written by Avery Booker
Last week, the Jing Daily team had the opportunity to interview Jia Zhangke (Platform, Still Life, 24 City), one of China's top contemporary filmmakers, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York during its retrospective of Jia's work.

(The event continues through March 20. 2010) Conducted in Mandarin, our 30-minute interview covered a range of important topics in the world of Chinese cinema, and shed light on Jia Zhangke's opinions about everything from the current state of the official Chinese film system to the importance of nurturing young talent to the key developments in today's China that inspire him as a filmmaker. In Part One of our two-part interview, Jia discusses the key developments in film production in China, his personal experiences as a young director in Beijing in the mid-'90s and support of young directors there today, and the difference between being an “underground” director and one who operates within China’s state film system.

“GaoXing” (高兴) E-mail
Reviews - Movies & Cinema
Written by Alice Manfeng Zhao
Adapted from a novel of the same name “GaoXing” (means happy) which is a recent work of Jiapingwa (贾平凹),a famous local writer eojoying national repution as well, the movie “GaoXing” lately stages in cinemas of Xi’an. It tells a story taking place in Xi’an. Two ordinary peasants named Gaoxing and Wufu come to Xi’an to look for fortune. Gaoxing, the leading role, always keeps optimistic to life though his living condition is poor.

By changing his original name into Gaoxing(means happy), he always holds it that one should keep happy as long as he is alive and should always look to the bright side.While Wufu is a little bit pessimistic so Gaoxing often encourages him that life will be fine soon as long as they work hard. After came to Xi’an, with the help of a native fellow, they soon get a job to recycling waste. Since it is a low-payed job, life is still hard for them. However, they never lose heart and work hard. They seek fun from the hard life. GaoXing has a special hobby-making planes . He collects different materials to make planes, some just as toys while some he hopes one day can really fly high into the sky.

西安事变 Xianshibian E-mail
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Written by ND
The Chinese movie “Xi’an Shibian”, produced by the Xi’an Film Studio (西安电影制片厂) and launched in 1981, was the last movie directed by the then 64 years old third generation Chinese movie director Chen Ying 成荫. It is an officially sponsored movie with the ambition to “historically accurately describe” the events of the Xi’an Incident in 1936.

The Xi’an incident happened in December of the year 1936. Jiang Jieshi (= Chiang Kai-shek), leader of the Nationalist government in Nanjing and generalissimo, considering the given situation of the Chinese Communists being based at Yan’an in Northwest China and the Japanese being established in Manchuria and pressing on in Northern China, had given instructions to the Northeast Army (东北军) commander Zhang Xueliang (张学良) to ignore the Japanese invasion for the moment and first fight the Communists.


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