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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 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

    With his latest film in this year’s BFI London Film Festival and the man himself appearing on stage and in conversation, now’s a good time to get up to speed with the work of modern Chinese master Jia Zhangke.

    Monday, October 5, 2015


  • 10 great Chinese-language films of the 21st century

    What are some of the best films from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan this century?

    Thursday, October 1, 2015


  • Where to begin with Hou Hsiao-hsien

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

    Monday, August 17, 2015


  • 10 great films set in Hong Kong

    One of the most densely populated areas on earth, Hong Kong is synonymous with the speed and flow of the modern city. Its teeming streets and gleaming surfaces have inspired filmmakers from Wong Kar-wai to Jackie Chan. Here are 10 of the best Hong Kong movies.

    Thursday, August 7, 2014


  • 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


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