Zhangke Jia

  • Zhangke Jia – Wuyong AKA Useless (2007)

    2001-2010ChinaDocumentaryZhangke Jia

    Observations of three varied corners of China’s garment industry: workers in a large-scale production line factory; a designer who rallies against the mass-machine-production of clothes and has created the eponymous hand-made collection called ‘Useless’ (Wuyong) for Paris Fashion Week; and finally the simple life of increasingly out-of-work tailors in small town Fengdang.Read More »

  • Zhangke Jia – Dong (2006)

    2001-2010ChinaDocumentaryZhangke Jia

    PLOT: Jia Zhangke travels with painter Liu Xiaodong from China to Thailand as they as they meet everyday workers in the throes of social turmoil. Liu Xiaodong is well-known for his monumental canvases, particularly those inspired by China’s Three Gorges Dam project. Jia Zhangke visits Liu on the banks of Fengjie, a city about to be swallowed up by the Yangtze River. The area is in the process of being “de-constructed” by armies of shirtless male workers who form the subject of Liu’s paintings. Liu and Jia next travel to Bangkok, where Liu paints Thai sex workers languishing in brothels. The two sets of paintings are united in their subjects’ shared sense of malaise in the face of the dehumanizing labor afforded them.Read More »

  • Zhangke Jia – Sanxia haoren AKA Still Life (2006)

    Zhangke Jia2001-2010ArthouseChinaDrama

    A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.Read More »

  • Jia, Zhangke – Yi zhi you dao hai shui bian lan AKA Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020)

    Zhangke Jia2011-2020ChinaDocumentary

    Filmmaker Jia Zhangke chronicles his local literature festival in Shanxi, China which includes a multi-generational roster of the country’s most esteemed writers.Read More »

  • Zhangke Jia – Shijie AKA The World (2004)

    2001-2010ArthouseChinaDramaZhangke Jia

    Shijie (2004)

     Jia Zhang Ke’s The World continues along the same path as Platform and Unknown Pleasures, but it’s livelier. This gorgeous, profoundly melancholy distillation of contemporary China’s precarious global position is his most accessible film to date. From the stunning opening tracking shot, in which Tao (Zhao Tao) glides through the backstage of the eponymous amusement park, loudly asking for a Band-Aid, Jia cannily conflates the magical and the prosaic. The World may end with a whimper, but it certainly starts with a bang. That opening immediately establishes a strong sense of community, but by the end of the film, we learn that among the working class in contemporary Beijing, the bonds of friendship and romance are ephemeral by necessity. Read More »

  • Zhangke Jia – Hai shang chuan qi AKA I Wish I Knew (2010)

    2001-2010ChinaDocumentaryZhangke Jia

    Like his last film, 2008’s 24 City, Jia Zhangke’s Un Certain Regard title I Wish I Knew is a documentary/fiction hybrid about modern-day China. Where 24 City took a personal focus on the citizens of a Chinese town affected by the construction of a high-rise condominium, I Wish I Knew takes a broader view, examining the history of Shanghai as viewed from the present. It combines interviews with citizens, actors, and filmmakers with architectural shots of present-day Shanghai and footage of actress Zhao Tao wandering the city. The film is never less than gorgeous, and there’s often an intuitive and pleasing internal rhythm to how he cuts within and between shots.Read More »

  • Zhangke Jia – Lai Fang AKA Visit (2020)

    2011-2020AsianChinaShort FilmZhangke Jia

    The idea is to create a film at home, using the environment, the people or the animals in that space. The only outdoor areas that may be used are outdoor living spaces, such as the terrace, the garden, the balcony and the stairwell.Read More »

  • Zhangke Jia – Jiang hu er nv AKA Ash Is Purest White (2018) (HD)

    2011-2020ChinaDramaRomanceZhangke Jia

    Set in China’s underworld, this tale of love and betrayal follows Qiao, a dancer who fires a few warning shots during a fight and then, after lying to protect her gangster lover Bin from a long prison sentence, ends up in jail herself. When she’s released five years later into a changed world, she goes in search of Bin, who has been mysteriously silent during her imprisonment…Read More »

  • Jia Zhangke – Ying sheng AKA The Hedonists (2016)

    2011-2020ChinaDramaShort FilmZhangke Jia

    In China, three unemployed Shanxi laborers are looking for work. Their last hope is to be employed as performers in a surreal amusement park.

    Tony Rayns wrote:
    A showstopper, a funny/sad tale of three unemployed miners – their faces will be familiar to fans of Jia’s films – trying for ridiculous new jobs as bodyguards and theme-park actors.Read More »

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