Shortly after completion of his then most recent pictures, "Dong" and "Still Life", Jia Zhangke goes to his hometown of Fenyang for a day, visits some places where his early films were filmed and reflects on them and the subsequent ones. Some of his collaborators appears on talking heads interviews. Loved the irony of Jia talking of cellphones and computers as prison and then answering a phone call.
Those hoping for a complex examination of the films of Jia Zhang Ke will have to look elsewhere. What we have is a basic puff piece that follows Jia around his hometown reminiscing mostly about his first features 'Xiao Yu' and 'Platform' giving short shift to the subsequent films including the just completed, at the time, 'Still Life'. A cure for insomnia for some.
JIA parle de ses origines, des son pays & de sa petite ville natale, microcosme à l'image selon lui de la Chine toute entière. Le docu est intéressant (2,5/5). Le cinéaste est passionnant (4,5/5). 3,5/5. ==== JIA talks about his origins, his country & his small hometown, microcosm according to him, of whole China. The documentary is interesting (2.5 / 5). The filmmaker is exciting (4.5 / 5). 3.5 / 5.
well , I only watched his touch of sin and I found it very succesful. This guy is really talented ,and he is trying to make films with starting out on social issues.he does not make films like european copycat directors who excluding social problems.I enjoyed to listen him ,but we are watching him and his water bottle until end of doc. related images could be added for displaying interesting moments that he told .