Category Archives: filmmaker

The Rich Life of Tora-san and His Family

I saw a touching documentary at a market screening in Tokyo Content Showcase: TORA-SAN OF GOTO 五島のトラさん. Director Masaru Oura kept a visual archive of the Tora family over a period of 22 years, documenting the family’s daily life, separation, reunification, marriage,

The Rich Life of Tora-san and His Family

I saw a touching documentary at a market screening in Tokyo Content Showcase: TORA-SAN OF GOTO 五島のトラさん. Director Masaru Oura kept a visual archive of the Tora family over a period of 22 years, documenting the family’s daily life, separation, reunification, marriage,

Jason Zhao Goes to USC

I had a talk with Jason about his off-and-on relationship with USC, right after he decided to suspend his 3-year MFA program for the second time to work once again in the film industry. Jason’s short film Illusion made in the

Jason Zhao Goes to USC

I had a talk with Jason about his off-and-on relationship with USC, right after he decided to suspend his 3-year MFA program for the second time to work once again in the film industry. Jason’s short film Illusion made in the

Yang Cheng, the connection

I first met Yang Cheng at the 5th China Independent Film Festival in Nanjing, where we both were volunteers. It was the age of MSN, Olympics and global financial crisis. Over the years, Yang wrote film reviews, organized screenings, took

Yang Cheng, the connection

I first met Yang Cheng at the 5th China Independent Film Festival in Nanjing, where we both were volunteers. It was the age of MSN, Olympics and global financial crisis. Over the years, Yang wrote film reviews, organized screenings, took

Da Peng

Web series director Dong Chengpeng wanted to make a feature film, but he only got a budget of 3.9 million USD that he tried hard to secure. He made the film anyway – a blinding troop of stars made a

Da Peng

Web series director Dong Chengpeng wanted to make a feature film, but he only got a budget of 3.9 million USD that he tried hard to secure. He made the film anyway – a blinding troop of stars made a

Dawn of the Ming Empire

Writer Guo Jingming has been reshaping the Chinese youth’s reading habit since 2002, while director Guo Jingming shocked the China film market in 2013. In 2014, Guo ranked 27th on the Forbes China Celebrity list, earning 25 million RMB. But

Dawn of the Ming Empire

Writer Guo Jingming has been reshaping the Chinese youth’s reading habit since 2002, while director Guo Jingming shocked the China film market in 2013. In 2014, Guo ranked 27th on the Forbes China Celebrity list, earning 25 million RMB. But

New Kids on the Block

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a professional producer in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a great director. In current China, there is no lack of fortune, but it takes time to locate professional

New Kids on the Block

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a professional producer in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a great director. In current China, there is no lack of fortune, but it takes time to locate professional

Han Han On the Road

On July 21, 2014, Han Han spoke to a group of curious journalists who have just watched his debut film The Continent at a press conference, talking about his childhood dreams. His voice was a bit trembling. “When I was

Han Han On the Road

On July 21, 2014, Han Han spoke to a group of curious journalists who have just watched his debut film The Continent at a press conference, talking about his childhood dreams. His voice was a bit trembling. “When I was