‘Fire on the Plain’ Review: Rising Talent Burns Up the Screen in Gutsy, Gorgeous Chinese Noir

While Western cinema all too often equates film noir with retro pastiche and period fare, Chinese filmmakers continue to sustain the genre in bracingly contemporary, socially relevant ways — often sneaking a wealth of political and economic commentary past censors and straight into their sleek underworld narratives. Zhang Ji’s remarkable debut feature, “Fire on the […]

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