• Ghost of an Idea: When Marnie Was There Review

    April 25, 2022 by

    For the next installment in my Studio Ghibli retrospective, I look at When Marnie Was There. During his time at Studio Ghibli, Hiromasa Yonebayashi carved out an interesting niche for himself. He directed two movies, both based on children’s books by British female authors: The Secret World of Arrietty, an adaptation of Mary Norton’s The… Read more

  • No Honor among Thieves: Shanghai Triad Review

    April 1, 2022 by

    Next in my Zhang Yimou retrospective, I look at Shanghai Triad. Shanghai Triad (1995) marked something of a return to familiar territory for Zhang Yimou. After the near-docudrama of The Story of Qiu Ju and the sweeping family saga of To Live, Zhang once again made a downbeat period drama centered around a woman trapped… Read more

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