Director Feng Xiaogang has been blowing up the Chinese box office for over two decades ever since his first smash hit, the social comedy The Dream Factory (1997) virtually reinvented the Chinese New Year film genre. Since then Feng has criss-crossed genres – urban satires, historical epics, romances, action thrillers and the war film – with populist alacrity.
Frequently compared to Steven Spielberg not only for his longevity atop the Chinese film industry but also for the artier turn his films have taken of late, Feng works readily with American stars – Donald Sutherland (Big Shot’s Funeral, 2001), Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins (Back to 1942, 2012) – alongside his regular collaborators, including Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing (I Am Not Madame Bovary, 2016) and her male counterparts Ge You (Cell Phone, 2003) and Zhang Hanyu (Assembly, 2007).
China Onscreen is thrilled to host Feng in person for the US Premiere of his latest film Youth (2017) as part of a Tribute honoring his artistry as China’s leading popular filmmaker.
A Tribute to Feng Xiaogang is part of China Onscreen’s ongoing Dunhuang Projected series.
Film notes by Cheng-Sim Lim and Paul Malcolm
Special thanks to: Barbara Robinson; Janet Yang; Amelia Yi Zuo; Paul Malcolm; Paul Kurek; Christina Chou; Edward Lau; Celia Hao, Lyra Chang – Huayi Brothers Pictures Ltd.; Robert Lundberg – China Lion Film Distribution, Inc.; Doris Pfardrescher, Shelby Stiner – Well Go USA Entertainment.
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