Lu is part of the new Chinese New Wave of directors, and he gets better with each film. I hope he can keep it up for a while before he gets too big for his britches.
City of Life and Death – This is about The Rape of Nanking, which most people probably don’t know about. There certainly hasn’t been a Hollywood movie about it where some brave white man (Robert Pattinson maybe) saves the innocent Chinese people from the ruthless Japanese army. No, this is about reality and it’s not very happy.
Shot in beautiful black & white (real black & white film, not desaturated color like the Americans have been doing for awhile now), and sublimely acted. Check it out, and if you want to know more read the late Iris Chang’s book.