China Invests In Filmmaking, For Image And Profit : NPR

I just read an interesting article, China Invests In Filmmaking, For Image And Profit : NPR about the Chinese government investing big dollars into the film industry so that it can promote a film that shares both Chinese culture and large box office dollars like “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” did.

Unfortunately, the truly great movies out of China are not your kung fu epics that the American audience eats up. If it doesn’t contain high-flying, crazy fight scenes or bad guys vs good guys through a crazy antics, it wont catch the American eye.

The average American doesnt look for good stories and dramas to come out of China. They are afraid that the story is something that will be lost in translation or that you need to read a history book to follow the plot.

Both of which are not true.

Some of the best movies i have ever seen are from China. Yes, if you understand a little more of the history of the country and culture it gives you that something extra that others may notice the subtle tones. But I dont catch the stuff some get in big blockbusters in the US either.

My hope is that more movies come out of china and grace our silver screens (well i guess it is more lcd screens now) and share the beauty that is Chinese culture.

If you would like to see more about Chinese culture and quality movies out of China here are my 10 favorite.(not in any order because they all are amazing) They are available on netflix and if you want many are chopped into 10 minute sections on Youtube as well.

 

1) Raise the Red Lantern

 

2) Farewell my Concubine

 

3) To live

 

 

4) World without Thieves

 

5) Balzac and the little seamstress

 

6) Lust Caution (warning much nudity and sex scenes) (Wang leehom *sigh*)

 

7) Shower

 

8) Curse of the Golden Flower (Jay Chou *sigh*)

 

9) The Message

 

10) eat drink man women (from and about Taiwan but family is family in china and it is very good way to see life from that perspective.)

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