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    Reader comments on Blind Shaft

    Subject: An Ugly Little Lump of Coal of a Film
    Date: Jan 3, 2009
    Sender: Yongsoo ParkPrevious

    On a different note, I've just seen BLIND SHAFT (2003) by Yang Li. I’d caught bits of this film earlier in NY, when it aired on a local public Having just seen this film, I was startled that such a bleak and dark film about contemporary life made its way past the Chinese censors. In fact, I learned from a little research that the filmmaker is based in Germany and circumvented Chinese censors by making the film outside the established filmmaking procedures and conrols by registering it as a foreign production originating in Germany and Hong Kong.

    It is, in fact, one of the best films to come out of China that I’ve ever seen. (*It's at least 20,000 times better than the tired epic history films with 20,000 extras that have now become a staple of Chinese cinema and which function as de facto propaganda for China's superpower greatness -- Yes, the same critique can be applied to vast spectacles from the U.S., only the U.S. government doesn't play such an overtly direct role in film production. But of course, those films suck just as much.)

    Yang Li's ugly little lump of coal of a film is intense for its entire 85 minutes while delivering many little truths about the price of modern life.

    My only quibble is that were I the producer, I would have strongly urged Yang Li to cut the first two minutes from the film so that the film would then start from a completely different place and deliver even more of a jolt than it already does. Once you see the film, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

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  • » An Ugly Little Lump of Coal of a Film «   from Yongsoo Park, Jan 3, 2009