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The Fanciful Norwegian
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Re: Jia Zhangke

#26 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:09 pm

senseabove wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:12 pm
Since this popped up, might as well mention for the West Coasters that Jia will be introducing/Q+Aing a few screenings the weekend of Feb. 8th in the parallel retrospectives at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and SFMOMA that run for the first three weeks of February:
https://bampfa.org/program/rhythms-life-jia-zhangke
https://www.sfmoma.org/event/series/mod ... a-zhangke/
Whoa... the program for the SFMOMA series lists Janus as the licensor for Xiao Wu, Platform, Unknown Pleasures, and The World. Looks like Still Life has a new U.S. distributor too (Big World Pictures, probably best known for releasing the digital resto of Rebels of the Neon God). Also, Kino Lorber is listed as the source for I Wish I Knew, which has so far gone unreleased in the U.S.

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#27 Post by jguitar » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:25 pm

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:09 pm
Whoa... the program for the SFMOMA series lists Janus as the licensor for Xiao Wu, Platform, Unknown Pleasures, and The World. Looks like Still Life has a new U.S. distributor too (Big World Pictures, probably best known for releasing the digital resto of Rebels of the Neon God). Also, Kino Lorber is listed as the source for I Wish I Knew, which has so far gone unreleased in the U.S.
Also whoa: Street Angel is screening from a DCP.

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#28 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:59 am

I Wish I Knew seems to be the full uncut version which has never been released on home video. The Hong Kong Blu-ray is shortened by eight minutes to appease the Chinese censors. UCLA Film and Television did a pretty extensive series on Jia Zhangke a few months ago, but it's nice to see a full retrospective like this. Also, if Criterion owns Platform, will they release the alternate cut Metrograph played not too long ago?

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#29 Post by JonoQ » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:08 pm

I Wish I Knew is also listed as screening from a DCP provided by Kino Lorber. Does that suggest that a US theatrical or home video release might be coming?

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#30 Post by kuzine » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:28 pm

Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (Walter Salles) currently streaming for free at Le Cinema Club (for one week)

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#31 Post by Stefan Andersson » Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:36 am

Jia Zhangke on making Xiao Wu; FB post on the occasion of the film´s Berlinale showing:
https://www.facebook.com/BerlinaleForum ... 2227013427

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#32 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:26 am

I’ve seen every Jia film released so far except I Wish I Knew as I’ve been patiently waiting to see the full version. I know that Kino finally has released it on Blu-ray, but can anyone confirm it’s indeed the 119 minute Hong Kong cut? If this is the case, I find it tremendously disappointing that the original Cannes version remains unreleased. What specific political information was cut by the Chinese censors?

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#33 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:50 am

Jia said he recut the film after Cannes to make it flow faster, not on account of censorship. The rumor at the time was that the interview with Han Han had to be cut because of some unrelated remarks he had recently made, but Han Han is still in the short version doing his usual Han Han thing.

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#34 Post by Aunt Peg » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:38 am

The Elegant Dandy Fop wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:26 am
I’ve seen every Jia film released so far except I Wish I Knew as I’ve been patiently waiting to see the full version. I know that Kino finally has released it on Blu-ray, but can anyone confirm it’s indeed the 119 minute Hong Kong cut? If this is the case, I find it tremendously disappointing that the original Cannes version remains unreleased. What specific political information was cut by the Chinese censors?
Kino Lorber's site states 119 minutes if that helps.

I'm pretty sure I have the Hong Kong Blu Ray so I'll have to fish it out. If not I'll order the Kino Lorber edition.

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#35 Post by Aunt Peg » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:48 am

I 'fished out' my Asian copy of I Wish I Knew and it states a running time of 116 minutes. I think the disc is from HK but it could be from China itself.

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Re: Jia Zhangke

#36 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:04 pm

If it's a Blu-ray then it's from the mainland, the HK release was DVD-only. I don't know if it was ever reissued in different packaging, but my copy is in a hardbound book with a flimsy spindle that doesn't keep the disc in place (and also the pages were all stuck together, not that there's anything on them of much interest). Curious if this edition is actually a different cut from whatever Kino put out or if it's down to different logos, rounding, 24fps vs. 25, or some combination of those things.

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