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Jia Zhangke China, 2000

Jake Cole's rating of the film Platform

It doesn't blend doc and fiction like later films, but Platform is Jia's most ontological focus on being, history and culture. He embodies something of all the great modern poets (Kiarostami, Hou, Edward Yang, Tsai, even a bit of Wong Kar-Wai, if only on an emotional and not aesthetic level). No one has better captured China's sociopolitical hypocrisy, and no one has better depicted the aching humanity beneath it.