The Chinese Cinema Index

This is the top-level index for my writings on Chinese-language film. As a general organizing principle, I’m adapting the categories Andrew Sarris used in his book The American Cinema. Click the name of the director (or studio, movement, film series, or era) to find a subindex of reviews, essays or podcasts on that subject, if there’s more than one. This is currently under construction. Links will go live as I revise and edit existing pieces and write new ones.

Introduction

The Pantheon

Chang Cheh
Hou Hsiao-hsien
King Hu
Ann Hui
Jia Zhangke
Lau Kar-leung
Johnnie To
Tsai Ming-liang
Tsui Hark
Wong Kar-wai
John Woo
Edward Yang

The Far Side of Paradise

Peter Chan
Sylvia Chang
Soi Cheang
Mabel Cheung and Alex Law
Stephen Chow
Fei Mu
Michael Hui
Sammo Hung
Jiang Wen
Stanley Kwan
Ringo Lam
Ang Lee
Li Han-hsiang
Liu Jiayin
Pang Ho-cheung
Patrick Tam

Expressive Esoterica

Ching Siu-tung
Jeffrey Lau
Luo Li
Heiward Mak
Wai Ka-fai
Herman Yau
Ying Liang
Ronny Yu
Chor Yuen
Corey Yuen
Yuen Woo-ping

Fringe Benefits

João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
JP Sniadecki and the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab

Fellow Travelers

Bong Joonho
Gō Takamine
Hong Sangsoo
Yûya Ishii
Kim Jeewoon
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Takashi Miike
Nattawut Poonpiriya
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Wisit Sasanatieng
Shingo Matsumura
Shiota Akihiko

Sion Sono
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Nobuhiro Yamashita

Less Than Meets the Eye

Lo Wei
Longman Leung & Sunny Luk
Lou Ye
Alan Mak & Felix Chong
Zhang Yimou

Lightly Likable

Benny Chan
Gordon Chan
Teddy Chan
Feng Xiaogang
Stephen Fung
Ho Meng-hua
Clifton Ko
Derek Kwok
Andrew Lau
Lau Kar-wing
Poon Man-kit
Wong Jing
Wu Ma

Strained Seriousness

Dante Lam
Daniel Lee
Xu Haofeng
Taylor Wong
Wilson Yip

Oddities, One-Shots and Newcomers

Hsu Tsung-hung
Raymond Lee
Lo Lieh
Johnny Mak
Peter Mak
Shu Kei
Wu Nien-jen
Yee Chung-man
Zhao Wei

21st Century Cinema

Bi Gan
Chai Chunya
Chan Chi-fat
Chan Tze-woon
Chen Sicheng
Chen Yu-hsun
Cheng Er
Cheuk Wan-chi
Roy Chow
Diao Yinan
Ding Sheng
Han Han
Han Yan
Guan Hu
Derek Hui
Raman Hui
Flora Lau
Liu Yulin
Johnny Ma
Nero & Stephen Ng
Pan Anzi
Song Fang
Chapman To
Derek Tsang
Wong Ching-po
Wong Chun
Wu Ershan
Matt Wu
Xin Yukun
Xue Xiaolu
Yang Chao
Yang Qing
Yang Shupeng
Raymond Yip
Philip Yung
Zhang Jiajia
Zhao Liang
10 + 10

Ten Years

Subjects for Further Research

Anthony Chan
Fruit Chan
Chen Kaige
Po-Chih Leong
Patrick Lung Kong
Tong Kai
Wang Bing
Wong Tin-lam
Xie Jin
Evan Yang
Derek Yee

The Hong Kong New Wave

Tony Au
Alex Cheung
Allen Fong
Eddie Fong
Kirk Wong
Yim Ho
Dennis Yu

Shanghai Cinema

Bu Wancang
Cai Chusheng
Dan Duyu
Fang Peilin
Hou Yao
Sun Yu
Wu Yonggang
Zheng Shichaun

Taiwanese Cinema

Chen Kun-ho
Chen Mei-juin
Chung Mong-hong
Lee Hsing

Make Way for the Clowns!

Jackie Chan
Grace Chang
Kwan Tak-hing
Bruce Lee
Gong Li
Jet Li
Ruan Lingyu
Angela Mao
Sandra Ng
Josephine Siao
Jimmy Wang Yu
Wu Jing
Donnie Yen
Michelle Yeoh
Yuen Biao
Zhang Ziyi
In the Line of Duty

Cinema City

Aces Go Places
Karl Maka

Milkyway Image

Jevons Au, Frank Hui & Vicky Wong
Patrick Leung

Miscellany

History in the Shaw Brothers
30 Essential Wuxia Films
Chinese Cinema Today
The 50 Best Chinese Language Films of the 21st Century
The Best Chinese-Language Films of 2016
150 of the Best Chinese Language Films of All-Time