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人或加讪,心无疵兮。
My conscience
stays untainted
in spite of rumors
and slanders from
the outside.

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"Contextual knowledge is not a prerequisite for appreciating cinema, but it definitely can, whenever available, contribute to a deeper and wider understanding of both the film at hand and its place within multiple larger structures — social, historical, political, etc…. Case in point: I’ve enthusiastically followed the films of Jia Zhangke for almost a dozen years now but a fascinating piece in a recent issue of New Left Review — ‘Poetics of Vanishing: The Films of Jia Zhangke’ by Zhang Xudong — deepens my view of his films by situating them in certain revealing particularities of background."

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Chinese films I want to see

  • ·         Center Stage
  • ·         The Skywalk is Gone
  • ·         Hotel Black Cat
  • ·         Blue Cha Cha
  • ·         Eros
  • ·         The Passage
  • ·         A Borrowed Life
  • ·         The Hole
  • ·         Rebels of the Neon God

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Chow Mo-wan: In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn’t want to share… you know what they did?
Ah Ping: Have no idea.
Chow Mo-wan: They went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever.