Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jia Zhangke and THE WORLD

The new issue of Week in Review is up at In Review Online, and I have two pieces involved in a look at Jia Zhangke's work. The first is an essay on Jia and the amazing films he has made, and the second is a review of The World.

Check 'em out!


villainx said...

Kath, Just wanted to drop a line to say that your write up for The World and the Jia Zhangke overview were completely awesome. Thank you for spotlighting Lim Giong and Zhao Tao.

I didn't even know there was a Lim Giong despite digging the soundtracks. And I am amazed by Zhao.

And you have a terrific site here.

Kathie Smith said...

Thanks villainx. I totally appreciate it. I'm currently in a little bit of a lull as far as the blog goes; goes busy writing for some other things. I'll get back into it soon! Please stay posted!

As far as Lim Giong, check out "Insects Awaken." It's pretty mesmerizing! I love the Millennium Mambo soundtrack (almost as much as I love the film!)

villainx said...

I'm downloading Insects Awaken as I type. Haha, you make it sound like the Millennium Mambo soundtrack is easily attainable. (Though in NYC, I'm going to try to find it)

Have you ever heard of Subway Cinema ( I'm unaffiliated, except as a sometimes audience member, but sounds like it'd be up one of your alley (if you were in NY).

Also, the tune from 24 City sounds a little like the A Pure Person ish, it's a different song?

Kathie Smith said...

Shoot me an e-mail with your address (kathds100 at yahoo dot com) and I'll send you a gift.

Yeah, I have heard of Subway Cinema and have always envied the film programs they have; we used to have a similar organization here, but funding dried up and Asian film got a little more expensive to program.

Your right, the song in 24 City does sound a lot like "Pure Person" but it is a little different. 24 City is great, isn't it. I would like to review it, but feel like I need to see it again...