- Ang Lee, in a recent trip to Vancouver BC, talks with the mayor and Vancouverites about a proposed bill that would deny tax money to filmmakers whose content does not reflect Canadian values. On a recent trip to LA, Lee was asked about how new “President” Ma Yingjiu (馬英九）of that province which has been, is, and always will be part of China, will affect the movie bidness there, to which he replied that this is just a start and that there’s a long road ahead for the Taiwanese movie industry. To really flourish, Taiwan cannot rely on their market alone, but have to consider the mainland Chinese market.
- The Forbidden Kingdom, that first and but unfortunately not last collaboration between Jet Li and Jackie Chan, has opened in North America. Some people thought it sucked.
- SARFT states that China’s film policy will continue to improve and move forwards. (Sorry, we were feeling link starved).
- A blog post brings up a point that we had heard about months ago regarding Jia Zhangke’s movie The Story of 24 City 《24城记》, which is that the Chinese name of the film is identical to the name of a housing development (24 City), whose developer is also one of the film’s investors.
- Speaking of Jia Zhangke, he’s also been in the news recently because of the upcoming 61st Cannes Film Festival. There are four Chinese films that might make it into the main competition; aside from Jia’s film, there are films from Wang Quanan (王全安),director of Tuya’s Wedding, Ying Liang (应亮), and Liu Fendou. The official selection was delayed and will be announced on April 23.
- While trawling through email alerts we found mention of a movie called An American in China that won some award at the 2008 San Luis Obispo film festival. Here’s a blurb from that report:
Twenty-two year old David is floundering – stuck in that lazy period between college and “what am I going to do with the rest of my life?” Even David’s best friend, Sha (Anthony Montgomery) and his younger sister Kendra (Alice Greczyn) are concerned about his aimless attitude. (Alice Greczyn will be co-starring with James Marsden (X-MEN, THE NOTEBOOK, 27 DRESSES), in the upcoming film SEX DRIVE directed by Sean Anders.) David’s parents (Michael Gross and Priscilla Barnes) pressure him to find a direction. They want him to go to China to source factories for the family’s business, and David eventually does give into his father’s urging to “go east young man.”
Has anyone heard of this film before? Anyone seen it and want to review it?
Cross-posted at China Film Journal