films seen
13
average score
2.38*
nationality
China - 50 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The man who dragged China's arthouse legacy into the 21st century. While the rest of China was trying to create a new cinematic identity, he built upon the remnants of the 5th Generation. Jia made some decent films, but overall I'm not a big fan.

Solid pieces

I Wish I Knew

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Hai Shang Chuan Qi
Specifics
China [2010] - 125 mins
Genre
Documentary, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
I Wish I Knew poster

24 City

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Er Shi Si Cheng Ji
Specifics
Japan, Hong Kong [2008] - 112 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
24 City poster

Still Life

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Sanxia Haoren
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2006] - 111 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Still Life poster

The World

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Shijie
Specifics
Japan, France [2004] - 143 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The World poster

The inoffensive

A Touch of Sin

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Tian Zhu Ding
Specifics
Japan, France [2013] - 130 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
A Touch of Sin poster

Worthy but flawed

Ash Is Purest White

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Jiang Hu Er Nv
Specifics
Japan, France [2018] - 136 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Ash Is Purest White poster

Jia doing Jia. There isn't much here that sets it apart from his other films. The slight crime influences are quite recent, but apart from that it's just another film on rural China turning urban. America's cultural influences, horrid fashion and the contrast between old and new. I have to say it's all getting more than a little stale.

Mountains May Depart

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Shan He Gu Ren
Specifics
Japan, France [2015] - 126 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Mountains May Depart poster

Artisan Pickpocket

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Xiao Wu
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1997] - 108 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Artisan Pickpocket poster

Dubious filler

Useless

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Wuyong
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2007] - 80 mins
Genre
Documentary
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Useless poster

Dong

by Zhangke Jia
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2006] - 66 mins
Genre
Drama, Documentary
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Dong poster

Big nopes

Venice 70: Future Reloaded

by Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, Catherine Breillat, Júlio Bressane, Rama Burshtein, Antonio Capuano, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Isabel Coixet, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Claire Denis, Lav Diaz, Amit Dutta, Atom Egoyan, Aleksey Fedorchenko, Frédéric Fonteyne, James Franco, Lluís Galter, Haile Gerima, Aleksey German, Amos Gitai, Sang-soo Hong, Benoît Jacquot, Zhangke Jia, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abbas Kiarostami, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Guido Lombardi, Jazmín López, Samuel Maoz, Pietro Marcello, Brillante Mendoza, Celina Murga, Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Nicolás Pereda, Franco Piavoli, Giuseppe Piccioni, Edgar Reitz, João Pedro Rodrigues, Walter Salles, Paul Schrader, Ulrich Seidl, Luca Severi, Sion Sono, Jean-Marie Straub, Tusi Tamasese, Tariq Teguia, Pablo Trapero, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Teresa Villaverde, Bing Wang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrew Wonder, Yonfan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karim Aïnouz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Cvitkovic, Davide Ferrario, Monte Hellman, Marlen Khutsiev, Milcho Manchevski, Franco Maresco, Salvatore Mereu, Ermanno Olmi, Michele Placido, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur, Heeraz Marfatia, Kim Ki-duk, Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
USA [2013] - 120 mins
Genre
Documentary
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Venice 70: Future Reloaded poster

Xiaoshan Going Home

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Xiaoshan Huijia
Specifics
China [1995] - 59 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Xiaoshan Going Home poster

Irritation overload

Platform

by Zhangke Jia
Also known as
Zhantai
Specifics
Japan, Hong Kong [2000] - 154 mins
Genre
Drama, History
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Platform poster