Headlines from China: Korean War Is Next Theme of Chinese Film Industry

Korean War Is Next Theme of Chinese Film Industry

It is no doubt that the Korean war will be the next major theme for the Chinese film industry. Distributors of four Korean War films made a joint announcement on last Friday that marks the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPV) army entering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help in the war to resist U.S. aggression. Among them, the most outstanding film is “Sacrifice,” otherwise known as “Jin Gang Chuan,” co-directed by three critically acclaimed Chinese directors, Guan Hu, Frant Gwo and Lu Yang. The other three films, presenting the war from various angles, are the animated feature “Salute to the Heroes,” documentary film “Up Close: the War in the 1950s” and war epic “Company of Heroes.” Read more yiqipaidianying

Jia Zhangke Announces Departure From Pingyao International Film Festival

Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke, who has been the major driving force behind the young and edgy Pingyao Film Festival, announced on Sunday that he will leave the festival that he founded with former Venice head Marco Muller four years ago, starting from next year. In addition, the festival will be handed over to the local Pingyao city government. The unexpected news saddened many film buffs in China who worried that the festival will lose its appeal after its founder’s departure. Although speculations were widely aired on the internet, Jia Zhangke said in his statement that he had long wanted to “groom a new team to take over the festival, so that this festival can get rid of ‘Jia Zhangke’s shadow’”. Read more Entertainment Unicorn