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John Berra

John Berra is a lecturer in Film and Language Studies at Renmin University of China. He is the co-editor of World Film Locations: Beijing (2012) and World Film Locations: Shanghai (2014). He has also contributed to Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema (2014).

Articles by John Berra

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  • 10 great modern South Korean films

    With the release of Lee Chang-dong’s enigmatic thriller Burning, we celebrate the modern renaissance in South Korean cinema that’s put directors like Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho on the world stage.

    Thursday, January 24, 2019


  • 10 great South Korean action films

    With ruthless assassin drama The Villainness arriving on BFI Player, we recommend 10 more action movies from South Korea that are sure to get the pulse racing.

    Thursday, September 14, 2017


  • 10 great modern south-east Asian films

    A rough guide to contemporary cinema from Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and other parts of south-east Asia.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017


  • 10 great films set in Shanghai

    The most populous city proper on Earth, and the birthplace of film in China, Shanghai has inspired countless Chinese and foreign productions. As golden-age epic The Spring River Flows East is released on DVD, we chart some of its most glittering appearances.

    Thursday, February 23, 2017


  • Where to begin with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Your next obsession: the lucid-dream cinema of Thai master Apichatong ‘Joe’ Weerasethakul

    Monday, June 13, 2016


  • Where to begin with Jia Zhangke

    Your next obsession: modern Chinese master Jia Zhangke.

    Monday, October 5, 2015


  • Where to begin with Hou Hsiao-hsien

    Your next obsession: the films of Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien.

    Monday, August 17, 2015


  • 10 essential modern directors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

    Your guide to the greatest filmmakers to emerge in Chinese cinema since the 1980s, from Wong Kar-wai to Hou Hsiao-hsien.

    Monday, July 21, 2014


  • 10 great films set in Beijing

    The second most populous city in the world, China’s capital is 3,000 years old and currently home to over 20 million people. Here are 10 ways that the movies have got to grips with the people and history of Beijing.

    Thursday, June 19, 2014


  • Five iconic Chinese actresses

    From the Shanghai golden age to the modern era, Chinese cinema is notable for its succession of great actresses and strong female roles. Here are five of its most brilliant stars.

    Monday, June 2, 2014


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