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Chinese Film Industry & Current Chinese Cinema Talk

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Multipurpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 3:30 PM to Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Chinese Film Industry: Current Status, Prospects, and Challenges

Wang Haizhou

Beijing Film Academy

    China is undergoing an economic restructuring that has left many industries with a capital shortage. The film industry is not among them. In fact, capital has flooded the film industry, leading to explosive development. In 2015, China produced 686 films;  nearly every town could boast of a digital screen, nearly 40,000 across the country.  With a total 2015 box office profit of 44 billion rmb, the industry’s goal is to become the largest film market in the world, topping that of North America. In the midst of this boom, however, the Chinese film industry must confront challenges in maintaining film quality, market mechanisms that sustain long-term development, and creative talent.

 

    Location: Multipurpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall

    Time: 3:30-4:30pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    Language: Talk in Chinese; PPT in Chinese and English

 

Current Chinese Cinema: New Genres, New Directors, and New Developments

Wang Haizhou

Beijing Film Academy

    Zhang Yimou’s 2003 film Hero revived interest among Chinese filmgoers in domestically produced films.  In the last decade or so, with a stronger sense of the function of genre cinema, Chinese directors have produced medium-and-low-cost romantic, comedy, and action movies, which were rewarded with positive box office results. With the help of digital technology, they also began to produce disaster, fantasy, and suspense films.  At the same time, new sub-genre films have bloomed to include “highway comedy”, “campus youth”, “youth memory”, “teenage girl”, etc. These new sub-genres have brought about a reorganization of the film market and shifts in the field of directors, challenging the domination of the Fifth generation of directors, represented by Zhang Yimou. A new generation of Chinese directors has evolved.

 

    Location: Multipurpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall

    Time: 3:30-4:30pm Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Language: Talk in Chinese; PPT in Chinese and English

 

Dr. WANG Haizhou

    Dr. Wang Haizhou is Professor of Film Studies and Dean of Libraries at Beijing Film Academy. He is both a scholar and an artist. Dr. Wang is a prolific screenwriter, represented by his highly acclaimed TV dramas “Hero with no regrets”, “The legend of the Peach Blossom”, and “Undercover” as well as by his films “Zombies Reborn” and “Luoyang’s water banquet”.  In August he completed “Summer Dream”, his directorial debut. Dr. Wang also serves on the Film Creation Committee of the CCTV Film Channel and Beijing Film Censorship Committee.