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Shanghai Film Festival Scrapped in Response to China’s COVID Flare-Ups

It’s official: The 25th Shanghai International Film Festival is canceled. Organizers confirmed Monday what industry figures had long anticipated — that China’s largest and most respected cinema event would not go forward this year due to ongoing Omicron outbreaks in the country and Beijing’s strict “COVID zero” policy. The Shanghai festival is typically held mid-June, […]

Shanghai Film Festival: Chinese Black Comedy ‘Manchurian Tiger’ Takes Top Prize

The 24th Shanghai International Film Festival came to a glitzy conclusion Saturday night, as Chinese film Manchurian Tiger took home the top Golden Goblet award for best feature at a star-studded closing ceremony in the Chinese commercial capital. Directed by self-taught Chinese filmmaker Geng Jun, Manchurian Tiger is a black comedy drama set in the […]

‘The Father Who Moves Mountains’: Film Review | Shanghai 2021

An ex-intelligence officer (Adrian Titieni) combs the wilderness for his son in Daniel Sandu’s second feature produced by Cristian Mungiu.

Shanghai: Asian Auteurs Apichatpong, Jia Zhangke Talk Collaboration, Pandemic Experiences

During a Shanghai International Film Festival master class this week, celebrated Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul was full of praise for acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, who produced his most recent feature Memoria, which stars Tilda Swinton and is set to premiere in competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Apichatpong participated in the master class […]

‘Botox’: Film Review | Shanghai 2021

Two sisters discover they can run the family’s magic mushroom farm without their snotty brother in Kaveh Mazaheri’s wry, award-winning Iranian-Canadian feature.

Shanghai: Donnie Yen Describes Shooting Fight Scenes with Mike Tyson as a Near-Death Experience

Speaking at a Shanghai International Film Festival masterclass this week, Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen recounted how one of Mike Tyson’s hooks almost knocked him out with the force of “a head-on truck” during the shooting of Ip Man 3 (2015). The actor has taken on triple duties at this year’s SIFF. In addition to sharing […]

Stephen Chow Inks Deal to Produce Online Movies for Tencent

Beleaguered Hong Kong comedy auteur Stephen Chow has inked an online film deal with China’s Tencent Video, following his recent commitment to produce an animated Monkey King feature for Netflix. Chow’s announcement was made during the annual Tencent Video conference, on the eve of the Shanghai International Film Festival, just days after updates of his […]

Shanghai Film Festival Set to Open July 25 Without Foreign Guests

The Shanghai International Film Festival, China's longest-running major cinema event, will take place in-person beginning July 25.

Physical Shanghai Film Festival Could Happen In July, Talks Ongoing

Respected media sources in China have begun reporting that the Shanghai festival will be held July 18-27, but sources close to the organizers say discussions to win permission from the government to hold film screenings are ongoing.

‘The Fourth Wall’ (‘Di Si Mian Qiang’): Film Review

Avant-garde theater meets sci-fi in Zhang Chong and Zhang Bo’s 'The Fourth Wall,' a tale about a Chinese couple who discover they have doubles in a parallel universe.

‘Trijya — Radius’: Film Review | Shanghai 2019

A young Indian poet embarks on a journey of self-discovery in Akshay Indikar’s first feature, 'Trijya — Radius.'

‘Inhale-Exhale’: Film Review | Shanghai 2019

Director Dito Tsintsadze returns to his native Georgia with the story of a woman who struggles to fit into society after a prison sentence in 'Inhale-Exhale.'