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New Hit Web Movie Marks Chinese Cinema’s Online Explosion

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

By Isabella Tianzi Cai


Wang Xiaoshuai (WANG Taili) and Xiao Dabao (XIAO Yang) in The Bright Eleven:Old Boys

One of the hottest web films in China right now is the 43-minute feature Old Boys, directed by 31-year-old TV commercial director XIAO Yang. It is part of an omnibus film, The Bright Eleven, sponsored by Shanghai General Motor’s Chevrolet Cruze and jointly presented by China Film Group and Youku, the largest video hosting service in China. In theory, online video platforms in China such as Youku allow millions of amateur videos, student films and other works to be seen. Since The Bright Eleven is made by a team of professional filmmakers and has its own marketing team, it has great advantages over the independently produced content found on Youku, especially in terms of reaching an audience.

As the statistics on Youku reveal, Old Boys has been watched over 31 million times since October 28, 2010. A news report dated December 17, 2010 by China Youthology also claims, “Among the films [that consist The Bright Eleven], ‘Old Boys was the most popular, with far more viewers than Zhang Yimou’s latest movie released around the same time.”

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“We Will Always Be Loyal to Cinema:” Jia Zhangke Assesses the Sixth Generation

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

by Isabella Tianzi Cai

Wang Xiaoshuai introduces Jia Zhangke as Lou Ye looks on at the BC MOMA in Beijing (photo: Dan Edwards)

On July 25, Chinese film auteur Jia Zhangke spoke at Beijing’s BC MOMA about his feelings concerning China’s Sixth Generation filmmakers. The occasion was the Beijing premiere of Sixth Generation director Wang Xiaoshuai‘s new feature Chongqing Blues. An unsubtitled video of Jia’s address can be found on Youku.com.

An abridged version of his remarks, titled “I Don’t Believe That You Can Predict Our Ending (Wo bu xiang xin ni neng cai dao wo men jie ju)” had been published a week earlier in the Chinese newspaper The Southern Weekly. We have translated some excerpts of the article below.

Jia started by saying that he had not heard of the name “Sixth Generation” until 1992. However, he was aware of the works by directors such as Zhang Yuan, Wang Xiaoshuai, and Wu Wenguang. Eventually these directors were deemed the pioneers of China’s first independent film movement.
A 21-year old at that time, Jia was filled with intense feelings when he read a news article about Wang Xiaoshuai. In the article, Wang was said to have climbed onto a freight train bound for Baoding in Hebei Province to buy cheap black-and-white film stock. Jia was touched by Wang’s resourceful and audacious undertaking and deemed Wang one of China’s free-spirited dreamers who contributed a great deal to keeping the Chinese culture of the 1990s alive.
Jia explained the significance of the works by the Sixth Generation filmmakers as such:
“During the reform era, many people were marginalized because they lacked power and money. Which of our films told the stories of these people? Which, amongst them, induced society to acknowledge their existence – helping the weak gain recognition? The Sixth Generation filmmakers’ films did. To me, their films are the gems of the Chinese culture of the 1990s.”