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I had Professor Chi for Chinese 135 (Chinese Film), which was taught in Chinese. I heard his teaching style is a little different for his classes taught in English (less lenient, I'm guessing), so this review might be a little biased.
Overall, the class was very interesting, even for someone who is not into Chinese films. Professor Chi is very knowledgeable of Chinese film and Chinese history. His Chinese is pretty good, considering that he learned it as a second language. He might come across as a little intimidating and formal at first (I love his suits lol), but he turned out to be pretty nice, and actually wants to get to know his students.
The class was not hard, but you must go to all the film viewings and show up for lecture (he grades on participation). The quizzes and take-home final come from lecture material, so you would have to study. The entire class is conducted in Chinese, but don't be afraid to take it, because he is looking for students who are there to learn, not to just to pass with an easy A.
Professor Chi is charming and nice but can sometimes be a little intimidating. He doesn't allow people to take pictures of the slides so be prepared to take good notes.
He speaks three languages excellently: English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. So if you speak any these you should be able to communicate to him easily. Although I've never been to his office hours, I can tell that he welcomes and encourages you to go.
A lot of long readings to read, can be a little boring, but also interesting if you're really devoted to the subject. There's one movie to watch each week and all of them are excellent and really well-chosen,
A soft-voiced professor (better sit near the front) who is obviously passionate about Sino Cinema and has a lot to say about it. My only complaint is he can come off as a bit pompous at times, traditional and intimidating, but he means well and is far more approachable when you talk to him outside/after class. This feels like less of a film-history course, and more like a film-theory course. You will cover a lot of abstract concepts and be pushed to think critically about cinema. He makes great picks for the films that get studied in class. The only thing worth warning you about is this: You will have to do much readings