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The Obscure (Xiaoshuo)

Dir. Lu Yue. China 2006. 84 min.Potentiallya powerful soporific for any audience not fluent in Mandarin, Lu Yue's combination of documentary and improvised live action is almost self-defeating in its insistence to stick, for the first hour, to a purely theoretical seminar. As it is, Lu's picture could interest scholars of Chinese poetry, or patient Westerners that do not mind extensive subtitles and are willing to bide their time until the academic analyses are ...

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