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Films in Mandarin
Topic by: ahogue
Posted: July 2, 2006 - 12:13 AM PDT
Last Reply: July 5, 2006 - 6:45 PM PDT

author topic: Films in Mandarin
ahogue
post #1  on July 2, 2006 - 12:13 AM PDT  
Hello,

I'm interested in diving into the world of Mandarin-language films. Can anyone offer recommendations for particularly good ones?

I am already on to the work of Jia Zhang Ke but do not know where to look next.

Thanks,
Alan
Eoliano
post #2  on July 2, 2006 - 11:01 AM PDT  
Alan, Good to hear from you. It's certainly been a while.

In case you haven't seen it yet and even if you have, a new Criterion of Edward Yang's Yi Yi hits the streets next month, plus, there are quite a few films by Tsai Ming-Liang and Hou Hsiao-hsien that are available for rent. Among the well-known directors, some films by Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige are in Mandarin. Hope this helps.
Cinenaut
post #3  on July 2, 2006 - 12:36 PM PDT  
How are the Jia Zhang-ke films?

I loved Yi Yi.
IronS
post #4  on July 2, 2006 - 1:55 PM PDT  
Dude! You're back! :)

> On July 2, 2006 - 11:01 AM PDT Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> plus, there are quite a few films by Hou Hsiao-hsien that are available for rent.
> ---------------------------------

Just so you know, The Puppetmaster, an excellent film, isn't in Mandarin but in Taiwanese with some Japanese.

Gosh, the last movie on DVD I saw in Mandarin was the Korean film Il Mare...
ahogue
post #5  on July 3, 2006 - 11:30 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2006 - 11:01 AM PDT Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Alan, Good to hear from you. It's certainly been a while.

> ---------------------------------

Geez, I know. That's how it goes when you go back to school, I guess. Good to see you, Iron S and some other regulars are still around!

Funny you should mention Hsiao-hsien, as I'm about to sit down to Millenium Mambo. Looks like a good film.

Also, I should mention that in addition to Mandarin films I'm also particularly interested in Chinese or Taiwanese films that are set in the present or the recent past...say the past 20 years or so. If any films jump to mind that fit that criterion as well, I'm all ears.


>Dude! You're back! :)

Nice to see you again!

And thanks, everyone, for the information.


>How are the Jia Zhang-ke films?

I've seen Unknown Pleasures and think it's wonderful. Soon I will see Platform, which I've also heard good things about.

I was a little surprised by Unknown Pleasures, which has a sense of pacing, rhythm and time generally which I associate much more with the great european existentialists (and Tarkovsky, who wasn't so much an existentialist I think) than with the Chinese films I'd seen. So I wasn't surprised to find out that Zhang Ke was of the first generation of Chinese filmmakers allowed access to the european canon while in film school. Unknown Pleasures is intelligent, deadpan and quite affecting in its way. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who can deal with long, languid takes. (I know that style drives some people up the wall.)
hamano
post #6  on July 5, 2006 - 6:36 PM PDT  
Of course a lot of non-Mandarin films are available with dubbed Mandarin language tracks, like Crouching Tiger and a bunch of Wong Kar Wai films. Depending on how fussy you are, you might not know the difference switching between the original Cantonese and the dubbed Mandarin tracks.
hamano
post #7  on July 5, 2006 - 6:45 PM PDT  
Other than that there are 29 pages of titles listed as having Mandarin language tracks including Raped by an Angel 1, 2 and 3.

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