Dong
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Filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke records an artist at work as well as the changing landscape of China in this documentary. Painter Liu Xiao-dong, who is well known for his large canvases and his leading role in China's "Cynical Realist" movement, travels to the city of Fengjie to work on a project, using people who will lose their homes to the massive Three Gorges Dam as models. Nearly a million will be displaced once the dam is completed, and in Fengjie Xiao-dong paints former factory workers lounging and playing cards in swimming trunks before their city disappears. In Bangkok, the… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dong, at just 66 minutes, is filmmaking that feels expansive and compact at once. And it makes just a half-day of moviegoing feel incomparably rich."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Too slight to make an impact."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Shows the similar mindsets of artists who would travel to less familiar spaces in search of their next muse."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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