It was an extremely sad day in the June of 2007 that news came through about the death of Taiwanese New Wave director Edward Yang. It had been 7 years since the masterpiece that was his swansong, ‘A One and a Two…’ (above), was released in UK cinemas, and the animated epic he was working on until his death has joined the ranks of potentially great ‘lost’ movies. He had been making films since the early ’80s, but prints of his early work have been scarce and DVD copies never saw the light of day. The forthcoming BFI retrospective is a cinema highlight of the year. Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns gives an introduction to Yang’s work on September 23, and you’ll have the chance to sample the rare delights of the director’s oeuvre up to October 8
For info, see bfi.org.uk.