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Hong Kong – The Chinese government has unveiled plans to make at least one film for each of its 55 ethnic minority groups.
The scheme was unveiled Sunday by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, which said that more than 20 of the country’s ethnic groups had never been properly represented on screen.
The official Xinhua news service said that the first four films would represent the Mongol, Manchu, Dong and Qiang groups.
China has long produced propaganda films through its state-controlled studios, though the films’ popularity has waned in recent years.
Two that bucked the downtrend were 2009 historical epic “The Founding of a Republic” and 2011 “The Great Revival” (aka “The Founding of a Party,” pictured), both of which were co-directed by Huang Jianxin and Han Sanping and produced by China Film Group. Both employed a glitzy array of stars that helped the films achieve genuine mass market appeal.
China is these days »
- Patrick Frater
With a rapidly expanding cinema audience, the biggest new films are being adapted for what is now the second largest box office in the world
There's a lesson to be learned from new teen comedy 21 & Over, though the abstract of that lesson will largely depend on where you see it. Catch it on one of the 300-odd UK screens it opened across yesterday, and witness a jocular salute to the redemptive power of youth, rebellion and getting fucked-up. Hold out for the film's debut in China later this month and you're in for an altogether more moralistic experience.
Along with a growing band of Hollywood innovators, the producers of 21 & Over have worked closely with the Chinese government to produce an alternate cut for their audiences, one in which the film's hero is refashioned as a Chinese exchange student who ultimately shakes off the rank delinquency of American college life and returns home a reformed character. »
- Charlie Lyne
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