February 21, 2006

Several years in the making (and three cinematographers later), Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046 (2004) is a sequel of sorts to his sumptuous period piece of unrequited love, In the Mood for Love (2000). Or rather, it should be viewed as a continuation of that world,... 

Purple Butterfly

December 6, 2005

Purple Butterfly (2003) is Lou Ye’s follow-up to his dreamy Suzhou River (2000), a Wong Kar-Wai-esque tragic love affair. This movie is also a tale of doomed romance set in 1930s Shanghai. In some respects, this is Ye’s In the Mood for Love (2000)... 

House of Flying Daggers

October 5, 2005

Fresh from the success of Hero (2002), Zhang Yimou and his current muse, Ziyi Zhang, reunited for another breathtaking martial arts epic, complete with some of the most impressive action sequences since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Like these... 


June 18, 2005

Known more for his period dramas, Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and The Story of Qiu Ju (1992), director Zhang Yimou decided to fulfill a life-long ambition of making a swordsmen epic with Hero (2002). Despite garnering huge box office returns all over...