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145 Ratings

Oxhide II

Niupi er

Directed by Liu Jiayin
China, 2009


The director shows herself and her parents only with fixed camera positions, with which she revolves around the kitchen table. The rigorously minimalist story emerges in real time: the time it takes to prepare and eat Chinese dumplings together.

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Oxhide II Directed by Liu Jiayin

Critics reviews

The subject matter of the Oxhide movies is profoundly and urgently quotidian–– the petty material concerns that animate much of their drama constitute a major part of life a great many people.
November 09, 2018
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The moving of the table happens right in front of the camera, and this moving changes the mise-en-scène right in front of our eyes. This change doesn’t come through a cut, which is usually the case. On the contrary, Liu allows us to witness this change, and I found it marvellous. Simply by moving the table around, the entire perspective changes for us.
November 12, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Oxhide II

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Oxhide II

    Utterly talentless Chinese woman cashes in on the current fashionable anything-can-be-art mindset of those devoid of standards and taste by fobbing off her home movies as minimalist masterpiece. Because we're all supposed to decry the pleasures of cinema - photography, editing, event and the like - while masochistically embracing "anti-cinema." Pas pour moi! Doubt I'll ever see Oxhide III: The Family Does the Dishes.

  • joey Noodles's rating of the film Oxhide II

    When I first heard of this film I thought it sounded like a real patience test, understandably so, 133 minutes made up of only 9 static takes may sound that way but this is quite the opposite. It's monumental cinema, rarely have I ever felt the presence of human beings and their little quirks and personalities so strongly in a film. Tradition, preparation and humanity, it's one of the finest I've seen in a while. 5/5

  • apexa's rating of the film Oxhide II

    Not just one of the most subversive pieces of art to cinema ever but also a damn good cinematic cooking show.

  • InsertOzuReferencehere's rating of the film Oxhide II

    Not only is it one of the greatest films ever made, but a perfect example of the sequel being superior to the original

  • Feng Ling's rating of the film Oxhide II

    Ever since I learned about the strange Western(?) practice about time capsules, I've wondered what kind of things should ppl put in them... You don't want carefully constructed items not representative of the culture, nor any mass produced junk... But now! this home video is a perfect candidate! As one of your average Chinese growing up in the 90s, I'm pretty sure j'ai déjà vu. Time to finally learn how to dumpling.

  • naokoken's rating of the film Oxhide II

    7 fixed camera angles and a continuous single take of a father, mother and daughter preparing dumplings for dinner. No soundtrack, just them talking. "How should I chop the chives? Each bit should be the same length as the width of the leaf. How you can you use chives as a reference for chopping chives? You've got a point." Very unassuming. Quietly beautiful.

  • David R Williams's rating of the film Oxhide II

    The cinema of real life. You either have the ability to appreciate it or you do not. Films of this type force the audience to not just look but to see. For those who do, there are many small pleasures to be found.

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