Renowned Chinese director Feng Xiaogang has ignited controversy online after blaming Chinese film-goers for all the crap movies coming out of Chinese studios these days. Speaking at forum at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday, Feng noted how people love to mock “crap” movies, but fail to examine their source.
“Isn’t it because you have such a garbage audience that you then get so many garbage movies?” asked Feng rhetorically, before advising people how to stop this trend.
“If you don’t go and support them, then they won’t be produced,” Feng argues. “But right now garbage movies often do very well at the box office.”
Feng’s comments have gone viral on Weibo and struck a nerve with many movie lovers who have wondered if it is not in fact “crap” directors that are to blame for “crap” films. Others have applauded Feng for telling the “hard truth.”
Watch video of Feng’s comments below as he follows his train of thought all the way to criticizing young male actors for being too feminine nowadays.
Feng is one of the few Chinese directors who has managed to consistently find both critic and commercial success throughout his career with films like Cell Phone, If You Are the One, and, most recently I Am Not Madame Bovary. He’s also known for being rather outspoken. For instance, here’s what he had to say about the Chinese film industry during a 2010 appearance at the Shanghai International Film Festival:
“Chinese movies are similar to Chinese football! Like football, Chinese movies don’t lack funding, but the difference in skill from others is a huge one.”
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