Filmmaker Feng Xiaogang, who was not long ago embracing his cynics for creating buzz around his box-office record-breaking comedy Personal Tailor, is now lashing out against critics who gave the film negative reviews, calling them shallow ‘cultural Nazis’.
Personal Tailor made around 152 million yuan within its first two opening days two weeks ago, making it the fastest a 2D movie has reached 100 million yuan in China.
The movie’s success was surprising, considering the number of scathing reviews from online critics who claimed that it was Feng’s worst film to date.
Feng, however, positively stated that the cynics were only helping to ‘generate curiosity’ among his Chinese audience. “Criticism and compliments have both helped make the film a hot-rod topic,” he had said.
Apparently not. The director has now taken to his Weibo account to set naysayers straight.
“Are you the only ones who represent right? Have you a clear understanding of your own nature? Every day you pretend that you have democratic thinking and protect free speech. Please take the cultural Nazi masks off your faces,” he wrote in one of six posts that were sent out early Sunday morning.
Feng’s comedy included bits of satire reflecting on corruption among the country’s government officials. He said that this type of satire in Chinese films was “new territories” and his his efforts to incorporate the scenes were “baby steps”.
“I give the film a score of 5 (out of 10) in terms of integrity. In terms of its entertainment value, I’d give it a 6. In terms of how it criticizes reality, I’d give it a 9. But the film critics who pretend to understand films, I can only give you a score of 3,” Feng wrote in another Weibo post.
“From Back to 1942 to Personal Tailor, your mockery and revelry only reflect your shallowness. I look down on you. Please don’t be so audacious in misleading the audience. Shameful.
“I am not scared of offending you,” he said. “You don’t even understand the script and you will get lost after two turns. Do I have to translate into pure simple words for you to understand it? How can you still say you are film critics. Don’t make fools of yourselves.”