Friday, 5 July 2013

Spring in a Small Town Review

Post-war China is recovering, Communism is gaining traction and Chinese films made a lot of political statements at the time. Spring in a Small Town is the exception as it doesn’t focus on politics although it does show China’s need to recover. This lack of political side saw this film sidelined after the Communist revolution in 1949 but now – especially after the 2002 remake by Tian Zhuangzhuang – it’s getting recognition as one of the greatest Chinese films ever – something I couldn’t possibly comment on. Instead of picking a left or right side, it focuses on a story of people, one which it tells exceptionally well.

My Spring in a Small Town review is up on Next Projection. There's also a whole host of others as a part of "TIFF's A Century of Chinese Cinema".