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.
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.
An Unfinished Comedy
Execution in Autumn
In the Face of Demolition
New Year’s Sacrifice
Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame
Red Detachment of Women
Shangrao Concentration Camp
Spring in a Small Town
The East is Red
The Love Eterne
This Whole Life of Mine
Two Stage Sisters
Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts
A more action-oriented program for Hong Kong kung fu film fans.
A Chinese Odyssey (Part I: Pandora’s Box)
A Chinese Odyssey (Part II: Cinderella)
A Touch of Zen
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Drunken Master 2 (aka The Legend of Drunken Master)
Fist of Fury
Long Arm of the Law
Once Upon a Time in China
Once Upon a Time in China 2
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
The Story of a Discharged Prisoner
Wong Fei-hung: The Whip That Smacks the Candle