Feng Xiaogang

Filmmaking in a Climate of Caution

In the New York Times, Richard Bernstein looks at the new IMAX blockbuster by Feng Xiaogang, Aftershock, about the 1976 Tangshan earthquake: Called “Aftershock” in English, the movie depicts with impressive, extremely realistic...

Blockbuster From China

From the Wall Street Journal, a look at famed Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s newest film, “Aftershock”: An ambitious, emotionally charged, occasionally melodramatic tale, “Aftershock” spans two of...

Video: Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock

A new movie by Feng Xiaogang, Aftershock, tells the story of the devastating 1976 earthquake in Tangshan, and is the first IMAX movie to be produced outside of the U.S. Watch a trailer on YouTube: People’s Daily reports on...

From Reflection on Reform to Reflection on Revolution – Liang Jing

Overseas political commentator Liang Jing wrote following essay on the recent released Chinese commercial film “Assembly,” thanks to Dr. David Kelly for the translation: Feng Xiaogang’s new film Assembly (click to watch online, with English subtitles) was a great success around the New Year. I haven’t seen it, but from interviews with Feng Xiaogang and […]

Chinese War Film “Assembly”

A new Chinese commercial film, directed by popular director Feng Xiaogang, just came out in Beijing. From Xinhua: The film is based on a true story: a company of soldiers were ordered to fight until they heard the call to assembly. But the call never came and everybody died, except one. Years later, the lone […]

The People’s Filmmaker – Liu Wei

Liu Wei writes a portfolio article for China Daily of Feng Xiaogang, a well-known Chinese comedy film director: Feng’s smash comedies on ordinary urbanites’ lives topped the domestic box office from 1997 to 99. His films also raked in most money from mainland theaters in 2001 and 2003. In 2006, his first attempt at a […]

A Leap Forward, or a Great Sellout? – David Barboza

From The New York Times: Homegrown blockbusters were supposed to be China’s answer to Hollywood. And, to some extent, the extravagant budgets and eye-popping special effects of “Curse of the Golden Flower,” “The Promise” and “The Banquet” did their job. For the past two years Chinese films have shattered box-office records here, while outperforming Hollywood […]

Two Chinese Movies to Vie For Oscar – Zhang Rui

From China.org: The competition among four Chinese movies to vie for next year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is over. The Banquet has been selected for entry into the category as a Hong Kong film, while Curse of the Golden Flower will likely represent the Chinese mainland, china.org.cn learned today. Leading up to this decision, […]

‘Why is there so much E-GAO among young people?’- Shanghaiist

From Shanghaiist: This is the question that Bing Feng Tea House asks about the wave of e gao (ÊÅ∂ÊêûÔºâsatires that use existing materials (mostly audiovisual ” photographs, movie clips, commercials, TV shows) and strings together with voice-overs. The idea isn’t new ” we’re reminded of Woody Allen’s What’s Up, Tigerlily? (OK, that’s kind of different, […]

Filmmaker flips to tragedy – Xu Wei

From Shanghai Daily: Famed comedy filmmaker Feng Xiaogang doesn’t want to be typecast as a director of light fare. So he has made “The Banquet,” a tragedy blockbuster of martial arts, murder, revenge and romance. Reviews, however, are mixed…. The action-packed film, with a budget of 150 million yuan (US$18.75 million), depicts the royal power […]

Bigger banquet – Xu Wei

From Shanghai Daily: Famed for his comedy films, Feng Xiaogang‘s latest movie “The Banquet” is a big budget affair, a Chinese Hamlet, and the popular director has high hopes it will take him to the very top, writes Xu Wei. Fans are eagerly anticipating the release of veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s epic new drama, […]

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