Hi, everybody! I’m now seventeen films into my viewing of all of Jiang Wen
’s remarkable works. I have five more lined up before I decide what to do about those that don’t have subtitles. The themes of history, memory, and agency in many of these movies speak to me in a powerful way. The films he directed are genuine, meaningful works of art, and so are many in which he starred. So be warned (ha!): there will (soon!) be a post breaking down, commenting on, and ranking/recommending his films.
I’m also doing some reading on his works, too. And speaking about texts on Jiang Wen, if you’re interested in him and and his perspective, you definitely should check out everything posted under the “#Books on Baze” tag here
. Must reads!
On a somewhat related note, I’ve also managed since first watching Rogue One
to see ten or so Donnie Yen
films, and I’m sure there are more of those to come, as well – so, yes, that’s probably another forthcoming post. (Two words: Ip Man
On a more loosely-related note, if you have the chance to see the brilliant Genghis Khan exhibit at Charlotte’s Discovery Place
, do so! It’s wonderful and it’s leaving very soon. I had the good fortune of catching it just after finishing John Keay’s China: A History
, so that was excellent timing.
Currently I’m reading Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion that Opened the West
by William Hogeland, which I’ll be reviewing for Reason
It’s finals time in university land, so if I’m quiet, just know that I’m grading. And grading. And then grading some more!