Mulan (2020)

NIKI CARO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA/Canada/Hong Kong, 2020. Walt Disney Pictures, Jason T. Reed Productions, Good Fear Content, China Film Group Corporation. Screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin, suggested by the narrative poem The Ballad of Mulan by Anonymous. Cinematography by Mandy Walker. Produced by Chris Bender, Tendo…

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Eros (2004)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, STEVEN SODERBERGH, WONG KAR WAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/Italy/Hong Kong/France/Luxembourg/United Kingdom, 2004.  Block 2 Pictures, Roissy Films, Solaris, Cité Films, Fandango, Delux Productions, Jet Tone Films.  Screenplay by Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, segment The Dangerous Thread of Things based on the novel by Michelangelo Antonioni).  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Marco…

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Coming Home (2014)

YIMOU ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Gui Lai China, 2014.  Le Vision Pictures, LeVision Pictures.  Screenplay by Jingzhi Zou, based on the novel by Geling Yan.  Cinematography by Xiaoding Zhao.  Produced by Karen Fu, William Kong, Zhao Zhang.  Music by Qigang Chen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Sentimentality should always be done this well.  A professor sent into exile during the Cultural…

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Zhou Yu’s Train (2002)

ZHOU SUN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Zhou yu De Huo Che China/Hong Kong, 2002.  China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Group, Glory Top Properties, Media Asia Films, Senjiu Film.  Screenplay by Zhou Sun, Mei Zhang, based on the novel by Cun Bei.  Cinematography by Yu Wang.  Produced by Jianxin Huang, William Kong, Zhou Sun.  Music by Shigeru Umebayashi.  Production Design by…

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2046 (2004)

WONG KAR WAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  China/France/Germany/Hong Kong, 2004.  Jet Tone Films, Shanghai Film Group, Orly Films, Paradis Films, Classic, Precious Yield, Arte France Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Wong Kar Wai.  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Pung-leung Kwan.  Produced by Kar-Wai Wong.  Music by Shigeru Umebayashi.  Production Design by William Chang.  Costume Design by William Chang.  Film Editing by William Chang.  Cannes…

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Chinese Box (1997)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/Japan/USA, 1997.  Canal+, NDF International, Pony Canyon, WW Productions Inc..  Story by Jean-Claude Carriere, Paul Theroux, Wayne Wang, Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Larry Gross.  Cinematography by Vilko Filac.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Jean-Louis Piel, Wayne Wang.  Music by Graeme Revell.  Production Design by Chris Wong.  Costume Design by Shirley Chan.  Film Editing by Christopher Tellefsen.   Touching romantic triangle…

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Miami Vice (2006)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5.  Germany/USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Motion Picture ETA Produktionsgesellschaft, Forward Pass, Foqus Arte Digital, Metropolis Films.  Screenplay by Michael Mann, based on the TV series created by Anthony Yerkovich.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by Pieter Jan Brugge, Michael Mann.  Music by John Murphy.  Production Design by Victor Kempster.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan,…

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Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)

ROB MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, DreamWorks, Spyglass Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Red Wagon Entertainment.  Screenplay by Robin Swicord, based on the book by Arthur Golden.  Cinematography by Dion Beebe.  Produced by Lucy Fisher, Steven Spielberg, Douglas Wick.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Pietro…

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The Emperor And The Assassin (1998)

KAIGE CHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang France/Japan/China, 1998.   Shin Corporation, Canal+, New Wave Company, Beijing Film Studio, Nippon Film Development and Finance, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Pricel.   Screenplay by Kaige Chen, Peigong Wang.   Cinematography by Fei Zhao.   Produced by Kaige Chen, Satoru Iseki, Shirley Kao.   Music by Jiping…

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Farewell, My Concubine (1993)

KAIGE CHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Ba Wang Bie Ji China/Hong Kong, 1993.   Beijing Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Maverick Picture Company, Tomson Films.   Screenplay by Pik Wah Lee, Wei Lu, based on the novel by Pik Wah Lee.   Cinematography by Changwei Gu.   Produced by Feng Hsu.   Music by Jiping Zhao.   Production…

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Curse Of The Golden Flower (2006)

YIMOU ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 Original title:  Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia Hong Kong/China, 2006.  Beijing New Picture Film Co., Edko Films, Elite Group Enterprises, Film Partner International, Standard Chartered Bank.  Screenplay by Yimou Zhang, based on the play Lei Yu by Yu Cao.  Cinematography by Xiaoding Zhao.  Produced by William Kong, Weiping Zhang, Yimou Zhang.  Music by…

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To Live (1994)

YIMOU ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Huozhe China/Hong Kong, 1994.  ERA International, Shanghai Film Studios.  Screenplay by Wei Lu, Hua Yu, based on the novel by Hua Yu.  Cinematography by Yue Lu.  Produced by Fu-Sheng Chiu, Funhong Kow, Christophe Tseng.  Music by Jiping Zhao.  Production Design by Juiping Cao.  Film Editing by Yuan Du.   Epic Chinese drama follows the exploits…

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