Looking forward to Upcoming Chinese films in 2014

Ge You and Jiang Wen as showmasters in the movie, Gone With the Bullets.

Ge You and Jiang Wen as show masters in the upcoming movie, Gone With the Bullets.

The year is almost a quarter over (I know!), but 2014 is a really exciting year for Chinese film and it would be a waste not to take a look at all the great stuff that’s going to be released soon. This year, as some have noted, will be the year of big director comebacks, from Red Cliff’s John Woo to Zhang Yimou and many others. (Thanks to Mookie for everything about this post, I’m just here to spread the word.)

(Also, you’ll soon realize that Huang Xiao Ming does not rest… I believe he has at least 4 films this year alone, excluding dramas!!)

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What exactly is Takeshi Kaneshiro?

Yes, he is good-looking and he is an incredibly charismatic actor, but that’s not what I’m talking about. A commenter brought up an interesting tidbit, which is that Takeshi Kaneshiro (or in Chinese, Jingcheng Wu) is no longer nominated for the Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year at the Golden Horse awards (In this instance, filmmaker means in general, not director if confused) because he does not hold a Taiwanese passport, but rather a Japanese one. As a Japanese citizen, despite growing up in Taiwan and making mostly Chinese-language films, he is not simply not eligible. Talking about ethnicities and nationalities and trying to somehow make sense of the two is tricky enough when you’re of Chinese heritage, but if you’ve got other Asian blood in the mix, then it’s downright frustratingly confusing.

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