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Film Review Essay

Still Life (Sanxia haoren)

Directed by Jia Zhangke Distributed by New Yorker Films DVD, 108 minutes, color, 2006 Reviewed by Xurong Kong and Sue Gronewold In contrast to the so-called “Fifth Generation” filmmakers who used only 35mm cameras, Jia Zhangke, perhaps the most prominent of the “Sixth Generation,” prefers to use digital equipment, which seems less professional but also more convenient. This equipment is ideal to carry on Jia’s cinematic mission: to focus on the gritty life of the lower classe...