Asia's New Cinematic Values

There couldn't have been a more promising year for the Hong Kong Film Festival. Cinema is in full bloom throughout Asia. Post-Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Chinese films are probably the world's hottest—and Hong Kong is Chinese cinema's incandescent crucible. The good news is that the festival was a smorgasbord of experimental work from China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and the Philippines, much of it shot in video format, with an ultra-tight focus on youth and their contradictory (and sometimes tragic) need to belong in society and simultaneously forge individual identities. The unhappy news is that an overwhelming number of the...

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