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  • Summary: Unmade in China follows Los Angeles filmmaker Gil Kofman who finds himself in Xiamen, China trying to direct a thriller, in Chinese, using a translator. He soon discovers that the old adage of making a film three times – in the writing, shooting, and editing – is in fact the opposite inUnmade in China follows Los Angeles filmmaker Gil Kofman who finds himself in Xiamen, China trying to direct a thriller, in Chinese, using a translator. He soon discovers that the old adage of making a film three times – in the writing, shooting, and editing – is in fact the opposite in China, where his film is “unmade” three times - in the writing, shooting, and editing - with each subsequent stage of the process even more excruciating and devastating than the one that came before it. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Apr 18, 2013
    75
    Unmade in China is nominally about filmmaking, but what Kofman and Barklow do well is to use their unusual position within the Chinese state machine to make a thinly veiled movie about politics.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 18, 2013
    70
    It's a cautionary tale of sorts, but the story is so strange it is often not clear exactly what it's cautioning us against.
  3. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Apr 18, 2013
    67
    As Unmade In China gets more personal and less professional, it stops being a primer on filmmaking in a foreign environment with unfamiliar challenges, and becomes an onsite mouthpiece for a pouting, passive-aggressive filmmaker who desperately needs an outlet.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Apr 29, 2013
    63
    Not even its problematically touristic gaze is enough to derail the fascination of this absurd tale's many nightmarish twists and turns.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 30, 2013
    50
    All of this could be very funny, but while the film does deliver some strong comic turns, far too much time is spent watching an inactive Kofman whining about his lot.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 2, 2013
    38
    Gil Kofman has an interesting and funny story to tell in his documentary Unmade in China. Too bad he spends more time talking about himself than detailing his misadventures in Xiamen, China, population 3.67 million.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 2, 2013
    30
    Slack storytelling (including snippets from a post-film Q. and A. session) and patchy filmmaking seal the unappealing deal.