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Mubi Hall of Fame: Jia Zhangke

Kuxa Kanema

over 1 year ago

Number 53 Jia Zhangke received 9 votes

THE RULES
A poll was conducted where Mubi users decided upon their favourite directors to put forward for The Mubi Hall of Fame. 58 filmmakers made the final cut. The rules for voting are as follows. Please choose the film(s) you would like to see inducted. A minimum of one film and a maximum of five films can be chosen. Please place your favourite choice first and so on until reaching number 5. For example

Ridley Scott
1. Blade Runner
2. Alien
3. Thelma and Louise
4. Gladiator
5. Black Hawk Down

The top film will get 5 pts down to 5th film which will receive 1 pt. Please don’t be inhibited to vote. You don’t have to have had to watch an entire director’s filmography to vote. If you have seen a film by this director that you feel should enter The Hall of fame please vote. Do not vote for films you think are mediocre or for films you dislike. Any film, be it a short, experimental film can be nominated. The film must appear in the director’s IMDb filmography. If it is an anthology film then the segment of the film directed by the filmmaker must be chosen rather than the entire film.

The voting will stay open for one week starting 4pm GMT Wednesday and ending Tuesday 4pm GMT. The winner will be announced and inducted into the Hall of Fame list which you can find HERE.

This is as much about discussing the director’s work as it is about voting. So the more comments we get the more productive this project is going to be.

El hombre huevo

over 1 year ago

Unknown Pleasures
Still Life
Platform
Wu Yong
Xiao Wu

Eloi MV

over 1 year ago

1. Platform
2. Still Life

I have to say I haven’t seen The World Yet. Unknown Pleasure and I wish I knew were great too. But Platform really stands out of the lot; what an amazing film! Still Life is very moving too.

Gondo

over 1 year ago

1. The World
2. Still Life
3. Platform
4. Unknown Pleasures
5. 24 City

John Lehtone​n

over 1 year ago

1. Platform
2. Unknown Pleasures
3. Still Life
4. The World
5. 24 City

..........

over 1 year ago

1. Still Life
2. Platform

Miguel Ferreir​a

over 1 year ago

1. Platform
2. Pickpocket

Scampi

over 1 year ago

1. Still Life
2. 24 City

conny keyber

over 1 year ago

1. 24 City (some of those gorgeous shots of factory as ruined cathedral made me go all wang bing ♥)
2. Unknown Pleasures
3. Still Life
4. Platform
5. Pickpocket/Xiao Wu

pretty random order as i like them all. thanks kuxa for making some of those shorts/docs i haven’t seen available! i wish i could see i wish i knew…

apursan​sar

over 1 year ago

1. Platform
2. Xiao Wu
3. Unknown Pleasures
4. Still Life
5. 24 City

ralch

over 1 year ago

1. Unknown Pleasures
2. Pickpocket
3. Still Life

Oxymoron

over 1 year ago

1. Still Life
2. The World

In these two films of his that I have seen, Jia is great at showing how relationships can dissolve or ignite depending on whim or fate. He uses his locations in a creative way, allowing his stories to evolve naturally within the dynamics of place. This is especially evident in these two films. Impressed with both, but Still Life has a subtle story re relationships that are disintengrating against the backdrop of a city disappearing. Great film! However, I need to see more of his earlier filmography to properly judge his overall work.

Gustavo​.

over 1 year ago

1. Platform
2. Xiao Wu
3. Still Life
4. Unknown Pleasures
5. 24 City

Warren

over 1 year ago

Sorry, no vote from me this round. I’ve not seen any of his filmography, although there are several I’ve been meaning to view (especially The World & Pickpocket).
I won’t have any spare time to catch up this week.

Kai White

over 1 year ago

1. Platform
2. Still Life

Aaron G.

over 1 year ago

1. Platform
2. Unknown Pleasures
3. The World

Jorge Didaco

over 1 year ago

Xiao Wu
Zhantai
Wuyong
Ren xiao yao
Sanxia haoren

James·

over 1 year ago

PLATFORM (2000)

David Grillo

over 1 year ago

Still Life
Platform
Unknown Pleasures
24 City
Cry Me A River

J. Nyhuis

over 1 year ago

1. Still Life
2. Platform
3. Unknown Pleasures
4. I Wish I Knew
5. The World

Filip Akerman

over 1 year ago

01 Platform
02 Still Life
03 Pickpocket
04 Unknown Pleasures
05 24 City

Aaron G.

over 1 year ago

Since it says above that the thread is just as much about discussing the directors work as ranking the films, did anyone notice that the new Chinese Premier is apparently a fan. He seemed to like Still Life: "Xi recalled that a low cost, very good Chinese movie by the director Jia Zhangke had recently won a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. "

I think Platform is one of the great films. I just wish the DVD wasn’t so crappy. It would be great if it got the Criterion treatment.

ys

over 1 year ago

1) Platform
2) Still Life
3) 24 City
4) Unknown Pleasures
5) Dong

Angel

over 1 year ago

1.Still Life (better than the rest by far)

Brother​deacon

over 1 year ago

Jia Zhangke:

1. Still Life
2. Xiao Wu / Pickpocket
3. Unknown Pleasures
4. The World

I need to see more, especially Platform and 24 City, but it will have to be later.

El hombre huevo

over 1 year ago

“’Xi recalled that a low cost, very good Chinese movie by the director Jia Zhangke had recently won a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. ’”

Interesting that the Premier sanctions Jia’s low budget, government approved film. I wonder if he’d have a similar opinion of his first three films, none of which were made with that approval…

Actually, in terms of budget, it brings up a couple other questions. Jia released Still Life on the same day as Zhang Yimou’s huge budget Curse of the Golden Flower. If we all agree that Jia’s low budget films are successful, appealing to audiences and, most importantly, good, why not give him a piece of the bloated budget of much less interesting filmmakers? [Though, Jia’s act had a political implication in itself, he’s always maintained that Zhang is an empty filmmaker, only able to make a pretty picture, which also explains why Jia is such a huge fan of Chen Kaige’s Yellow Earth.]

Or, another question, why is it whenever a Chinese filmmaker seeks to reach a wider audience the system only allows for a seeming betrayal of that filmmaker’s earlier thematic purpose? [Even Jia might be succumbing to this systemic schema]

Last, again, there are many great low budget films made in China right now. Huang’s Disorder, Yang’s Betelnut, Wang’s Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, Liu’s Oxhide I & II, et al, but all of them are made in direct opposition to the working order of the Chinese government’s ideology towards film (compare something like Zhang’s The Road Home to Ning’s Meishi Street). Many of these films have seen success in festivals around the world. Does anyone think the Premier would praise them for that fact alone?

MovieGu​ide1

over 1 year ago

1. Pickpocket
2. Still Life

Aaron G.

over 1 year ago

@Falderal

Those are very interesting observations. The Chinese authorities have to know that people still watch the films on pirated DVDs so it has to be a question of sending a message by what they fund.

Kuxa Kanema

over 1 year ago

Not too many votes for Jia Zhangke coming in. It seems although he may have his staunch supporters he seems relatively unknown by many users. Availability seems a huge issue in the U.S.

Jia is an interesting director and his style has really altered over the years. I prefer his more cinematic early works and documentaries than films like Still Life or 24 City which use video and blend fiction and documentary together. In the coming years I think will be interesting to see which direction Zhangke ventures. I just hope he avoids making a big martial arts film with Jet Li and Zhang Ziyi. It seems unlikely at this time, but look at Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Tian Zhuangzhuang and even Hou Hsiao Hsien…… It is never too late to sell out.

1. Pickpocket
2. In Public
3. Platform
4. The World
5. Wu Yong

tomas.roges

over 1 year ago

“I just hope he avoids making a big martial arts film with Jet Li and Zhang Ziyi.”

god I hope not.