Feng Xiaogang says CCP Crippling Chin...

Feng Xiaogang says CCP Crippling China Film Industry

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Surrey, Canada

#1 Nov 5, 2013
'China's Spielberg' Feng Xiaogang Says Censors Are Holding Back Industry
7:40 PM PDT 10/30/2013 by Scott Feinberg

The director of numerous blockbusters is visiting L.A. to leave his handprints and footprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday and promote his new film, "Back to 1942," which has been submitted for the foreign-language film Oscar.
Back to 1942 Still - H 2012
"Back to 1942"

Chinese censors are holding back the nation's film industry, director Feng Xiaogang -- who has been described by Newsweek as "China's Spielberg" -- told The Hollywood Reporter during a visit to Los Angeles this week. Feng made international headlines in April by denouncing China's censors during an emotional speech in Beijing as he accepted the Film Directors Guild's director of the year award. Although his remarks were censored when the event aired in China, Feng said that his fellow filmmakers applauded him.'"Within the Guild everyone was like,'Yay! Finally someone can speak up about this in public,'" he said. "As for the people in the Censorship Bureau, they just pretended it never happened."

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Explaining what it is like to work under the censors, Feng continued, "You have to keep a lot of things in mind when you're making a film, and that's hurting the film already in the first place, because you're always thinking,'Okay, can this get through?' And after you send it to them, they give you a lot of little notes about changes that you have to make, and every little bit of sacrifice, in the end, is a great harm to the film itself." He added, "A lot of the suggestions that they give you -- like, I almost want to laugh.[I ask myself]'What does that even mean?' It's ridiculous.'What is wrong with this line? What is wrong with this shot?' But they just make you change it. So that's really frustrating to a lot of directors, and it almost feels like,'Okay, I just don't want to do this anymore because they're always there to stop me.'"

Surrey, Canada

#2 Nov 5, 2013
Feng, 55, has been China's most consistent hit-maker over the past 20 years. He is in L.A. this week to promote his latest film, the epic historical drama Back to 1942, which China has submitted as its best foreign-language film Oscar entry, and to attend a ceremony on Friday at which he will become only the second Chinese person to have his handprints and footprints immortalized at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly Grauman's.
On Tuesday, I spent a fascinating hour in Beverly Hills with Feng, whom I met at the magnificent home of his longtime producer and friend Dennis Wang, co-founder and co-chairman of the giant Chinese production company Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, which, Feng jokes, his films paid for. Over the course of our conversation, Feng puffed on a cigarette and sipped from a thermos to alleviate a cough as we focused on his rise to prominence in China -- which has coincided with China's and the Chinese film industry's respective rises. We also discussed Back to 1942, which centers around the devastating famine that struck Henan, China 71 years ago, claiming the lives of some three million Chinese. It is a project that Feng has spent 17 years trying to bring to the screen, and it features a cast of Chinese actors along with American Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins.
Regardless of how much success Feng achieves and how many accolades he brings to China, he doubts that he will ever be able to make films in his country without interference from the censors: "It doesn't seem possible," he said mournfully. But, in spite of those roadblocks, he feels that, with Back to 1942, he has made a film that he can truly stand behind -- and which he feels the Academy might embrace, too. "I believe that 1942 is the closest that you can get to an Oscar-level film for China because of the censorship," he explained. "This film is really different because the themes of the film -- pain and struggle -- are international, not about China alone."

Surrey, Canada

#3 Nov 5, 2013

Surrey, Canada

#4 Nov 5, 2013
So "China's Spielberg" speaks the obvious truth and walks upright when he is in the free West, but has to crawl to mass-murderers and pretend obvious lies are true and must ignore horrors when he is in the CCP propaganda fantasy world of mainland China!

Weird or what?

NO WONDER the "Chinese Dream" is to IMMIGRATE TO ANMERICA!

Surrey, Canada

#5 Nov 5, 2013
The CCP are so weak and ignorant they can't deal with anyone who has brains or talent.....

Surrey, Canada

#6 Nov 6, 2013
China is BLEEDING talent so the CCP loser regime can "cling to power".

Surrey, Canada

#7 Nov 12, 2013
Must really SUCK to be a filmmaker in CCP China!

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