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MIFF 2019: Present.Perfect. (2019)

Director: Shengze Zhu

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53SePKpKyNE

I was interested in this documentary as I have been a fan of Twitch streamers since the infamous stream back in 2012 that produced the ChkWhaleRoy incident and have since followed Beaglerush playing XCOM to the point where he caught the attention of the game developers and cheesed XCOM 2 so hard in front of the project head that they had to make changes to it. There is also a community that develops around these streams and I have been gifted a subscription two times by users who were handing them out by the dozens.

This documentary is different in that it follows some of the random “anchors” as they are called who are among the 422 million streamers who stream their everyday lives each day in China. There is talk of new government laws coming into effect in 2017 but it was only about 1000 or so accounts that closed.

The streamers shown are not gamers but rather just talk about their lives, do farm work, drive a building crane “I’m fucking bored!” or are sewing underwear in a factory.

This was always going to be on a hiding to nothing after coming off a Werner Herzog documentary just before it. There is no context at all apart from the title card and no narrative. There is more story watching Penny Underbust on stream playing Beat Saber.

I wanted to leave during it as a lot of people were doing but was blocked in by other people. Nothing to see here, move along.

A Century of Chinese Cinema – Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts – Trailers

Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=swordsmengangstersghosts

A Chinese Odyssey (Part I: Pandora’s Box)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBCWhxEKWm4

A Chinese Odyssey (Part II: Cinderella)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnNKNApIOAo

A Touch of Zen

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv_ed5VmoD8

Drunken Master
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk4vHeRiTac

Drunken Master 2

Election
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SSFVXd7Rzw

Election 2

Fist of Fury
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_OzfUiRRgY

Hero

Infernal Affairs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIiCTLYt_8s

Long Arm of the Law
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoSWFjon6gI

Once Upon a Time in China
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CmdeG4De7Y

Once Upon a Time in China II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2aFq4mu_J0

One-Armed Swordsman

Police Story

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

The Banquet

The Story of a Discharged Prisoner – can’t find it, this’ll do

Anyone know Italian?

Wong Fei-hung: The Whip That Smacks the Candle

A Century of Chinese Cinema – A New Cinema – Trailers

A New Cinema program
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=newchina

An Unfinished Comedy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJHfVy8sViU

China Behind

Execution in Autumn

In the Face of Demolition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPqr1nxEBVI

Li Shuangshuang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9swL8cbNTM0

New Year’s Sacrifice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3gXI4Zw6HU

Parents’ Hearts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0LdcznA7Ow

Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4UlXAwsoyA

Red Detachment of Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njkbTc6Zwbw

Shangrao Concentration Camp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yery754nv7g

Spring in a Small Town
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykUpe7Sbvnk

The Arch

The East is Red

The Love Eterne

The Winter

This Whole Life of Mine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLaHBzebO9o

Two Stage Sisters

A Century of Chinese Cinema – BFI Southbank (2014)

I heard about this online thanks to Pimp Sheui bar on Twitter and as I enjoyed last year’s Action, HK Style at QAGOMA and even travelled interstate to see one weekend of the programming I thought I should let more people know about it so they get the same opportunity.

The program goes for five months rather than the three that QAGOMA had, it does seem to have less movies on per day, but they are on every day. If you are working in London and had the time to spend I would definitely recommend attending at least a few sessions.

A Century of Chinese Cinema (introduction)
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=china

The Golden Age

A program covering the “golden age” of Chinese Cinema before the Cultural Revolution. These films are hard to see normally.

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=goldenage

The Spring River Flows East Part I
The Spring River Flows East Part II
Song at Midnight
Labourer’s Love
Romance of the Western Chamber
Red Heroine
Spring in a Small Town

A New China
Post Cultural Revolution films and older classics.

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=newchina

An Unfinished Comedy
China Behind
Execution in Autumn
In the Face of Demolition
Li Shuangshuang
New Year’s Sacrifice
Parents’ Hearts
Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame
Red Detachment of Women
Shangrao Concentration Camp
Spring in a Small Town
The Arch
The East is Red
The Love Eterne
The Winter
This Whole Life of Mine
Two Stage Sisters

Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts
A more action-oriented program for Hong Kong kung fu film fans.

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=swordsmengangstersghosts

A Chinese Odyssey (Part I: Pandora’s Box)
A Chinese Odyssey (Part II: Cinderella)
A Touch of Zen
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Drunken Master
Drunken Master 2 (aka The Legend of Drunken Master)
Election
Election 2
Fist of Fury
Hero
Infernal Affairs
Long Arm of the Law
Once Upon a Time in China
Once Upon a Time in China 2
One-Armed Swordsman
Police Story
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
The Banquet
The Story of a Discharged Prisoner
Wong Fei-hung: The Whip That Smacks the Candle