Category Archives: Film

Lost in Wrestling Has Good Actors, Wrong Story

New films with good actors and awful stories seems to be the trend in Chinese cinema, and the new Hong Kong film Lost in Wrestling is no exception. Although the June 5 release is the only Chinese film to feature wrestling in recent memory,...


Unforgettable Blast Tells the Bleak Story of New Grads

Graduation season is here, and thousands of new degree holders are scrambling to find work and housing in the capital. Released just in time to capitalize on that anxiety, Unforgettable Blast hit theaters on May 22. While most review sites bear a wall of...


Helios Another Sign that HK Film is Dying

With an ensemble cast from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Korea, Helios was the only crime-themed action movie released during the May Day holiday. Buoyed by its handsome cast, the film took in 300 million yuan at the box office. The story begins...


Some Stories are Better Left to Memory

China has no shortage of novels waiting for a turn at film – especially youth-themed ones. The Left Ear by Rao Xueman was a high school favorite of young adults born in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But some stories are such products...


‘Let’s Get Married’ Continues Media War on Single Women

It’s disappointing that even in 2015 society expects Chinese women to be “redeemed” in marriage and saved by their husbands. But that tired view is exactly what we see in the latest TV drama Let’s Get Married and its same-titled film counterpart. Screened on...


Dragon Blade Plays Fast and Loose with History

Action star Jackie Chan managed to find enough time around bailing out his troublesome son to release a new film at the tail end of the Spring Festival boom. But Dragon Blade has been mired in controversy since its premiere last month. The story...



Wolves the Best Actors in Wolf Totem

February 19 marked the release of two very different films: the smart pilot drama Triumph in the Sky and the tired environmental allegory that is Wolf Totem. Based on the 2004 novel by Jiang Rong, Wolf Totem is a fanciful semi-autobiographic work that draws...


TVB’s Pilot Drama a Film Triumph

One of the first TVB dramas to really take off on the mainland was Triumph in the Skies, a 40-episode drama that explored the lives of pilots working for the fictional Solar Airways. The show spawned a sequel in 2013 and a film adaptation...


‘Running Man’ Tumbles Headfirst into Big Screen Failure

On January 30, Running Man became the latest in a series of Chinese TV shows being adapted for the big screen. Like its predecessors, it lost something the transition. But for anyone whose mind was powered by logic instead of red stacks of 100-yuan...