Friday, October 2, 2009

THR: Rising in the East
These days the answer to nearly every question about the Asian film industry is China...
"Our 2008 work 'Lady Cop & Papa Crook' was an effort to adapt ourselves more to the Chinese movie market and win favor with Chinese audiences," Mak says. "However, we have returned to the Hong Kong style in 'Overheard,' and I think it is the way for us to go -- to adapt ourselves to new markets while keeping our style."

'We should be looking closely at China because it is our future," Shelly Kraicer argues. "Shanghai is our future. It's vitally important we know what is going on."
One of the more mainstream offerings is Hong Kong director Ann Hui's Night and Fog. Based on a true story of horrific domestic violence, the film raises many provocative questions - about ethnicity, gender politics and the social responsibility and effectiveness of the state.

Independently filmed documentaries are using a grey area in a censorship-prone Chinese environment to find their way into the hearts and minds of people globally and those of a limited domestic audience as well. 

Chinese communist films get rare attention at NYFF
Chinese cinema flourished with the rise of communism, a timely relationship that resulted in tensions between artistic and moralistic tendencies.

Behind ' District 9,' '3D Garfield's Pet Force'

SCMP video

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