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Film, "The Grandmaster": Wong Kar Wai Takes Us to a Time Before Bruce Lee

"The Grandmaster": Wong Kar Wai Takes Us to a Time Before Bruce Lee

In spite of what the marketing campaign suggests, Bruce Lee is not a character in Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster. For that matter, The Grandmaster isn't the only Hong Kong film in recent years to tell the story of real-life Wing…
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Film, Better <i>Mood</i>

Better Mood

Cinéastes swooned over Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love, a slow-as-molasses melodrama about two tediously formal people whose spouses are having an affair with each other. Thrown together by circumstances, they find themselves…
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Film, Don't Look Away

Don't Look Away

Running through this year's Asian offerings is a compelling thematic thread: responses to alienation that make one almost want to look away. It's not necessarily some new trend in Asian cinema, but this selection violates taboos and demands unflinching gazes…
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Men in Love

When Quentin Tarantino started up his boutique releasing company, Rolling Thunder, last year, his first release was, unsurprisingly, a Hong Kong production. Tarantino has, after all, been one of the most vocal boosters of Hong Kong cinema in the United…
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