The 9th Korean Film Festival

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Korean Film Festival is held in Australia, and a week-long film festival is held in Melbourne from September 6th to 13th. The location is in ACMI Cinemas. Korean films and TV dramas are developing rapidly. They have many excellent works. In this movie festival, on September 6th 7pm, I saw the movie 《A Taxi Driver》. It’s a film that evokes a lot of reflection, from the fact-finding behind the events to the blood and tears of the local people’s pursuit of democracy and the intentions behind and in front of the stage. At the same time, it reflects the proper attitude of civilized society towards historical events. This event tells us that democracy is not a day and a night without talking, but rather a fearless sacrifice. Films that review historical events are of considerable market value in Korea. Indirectly, the incumbent president ordered an investigation into the truth of the incident. This proves that movies are not only entertainment functions but also a great tool to promote human civilization.


Although I don’t know much about Korea’s politics and history, the 1980 Kwangju incident was only based on the movie and online information. I don’t know much about politics. The coups and uprisings from ancient times to the present are somewhat of a fighting, bloodshed, and devastating color. The reason why this movie is concerned is that it is banned in China. What I want to say is that I admire South Korea for its film and television materials and the government’s tolerance. In China, I don’t need to think about sensitive subjects, but in South Korea, I have always been able to make films and television works. At that time, this was related to the national conditions. The national conditions of each country had advantages and disadvantages. In terms of social security and stability, China had more than a few countries. But at the same time, we also lost a lot of channels of communication with the “outside” and network control is becoming more and more strict, but any film or book that reflects political events, are facing banned results. Some people say that China’s Internet cannot really “Internet”, I agree. But in spite of the rigorous control, after all, in the Internet age cannot be completely tightly sealed, so as long as you want to see through all kinds of efforts there is still a way to see.


By modern standards, 《A Taxi Driver》is essentially a set of commercial films, telling stories of vulnerable people being oppressed against powerful people. If you insist that it is a metaphor for political positions, the film’s main axis hopes to highlight the glory of human nature and universal values. However, theatrical drama, the film itself is very well produced, actors acting superb, has enough to make the film a big boom, absolutely worth seeing. However, the film is a set of commercial films with historical stories. Many people think that the film’s various political similes, with a clear purpose, and have a direct role in incitement and sarcasm. The upper level of vested interests of the people really think so, the film also presents a clear statement of resistance to the government.


On the deeper level, the movie is against the government. In fact, it is more violent against the extreme injustice. Of course, every place has its own characteristics and guidelines. To take a step back, a taxi driver, like most good movies, talks about a lot of things, and of course, everyone feels different, just watch it in Open-minded.


Analysis of the award-winning film at the Venice Film Festival

The 75th Venice Film Festival ended, Mexican director Alfonso Caron’s new film Rome became the highest prize of the Venice Film Festival – the Golden Lion Award winner. Van Mar Caidan awarded the best Chinese screenplay Award for the horizon unit “Killed a sheep”. Zhang Yimou received Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award. Compared with previous years, this session of Venice has some characteristics. Despite the title of “Mother of the World Film Festival”, Venice film festivals one of the three largest film festivals in Europe, has been declining in recent years. On the one hand, the Cannes Film Exchange has become more and more important as a market regulator, and on the other hand, the Toronto Film Festival has stolen a lot of attention due to the approximation of time. Finding a breakthrough in the plight has become the “main theme” of the Venice Film Festival.


Venice film festival uses a unique way of attack. Netflix, the streaming giant who was rejected by the Cannes Film Festival, became a guest at the Venice Film Festival.  In addition to Rome, the number of Netflix films finalists for the Venice Film Festival has reached 6. “Ballads of Buster Scruggs” was a film edited by the Cohens from a Netflix miniseries, and won the best screenplay award in the main competition.

The Alfonso Caron prize “Rome”, which won the Golden Lion Award, came from the Netflix platform. The “war” between Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival has been regarded as a fierce confrontation between the traditional film industry and the streaming media. Just half a year ago, in May, a new regulation in Cannes provoked a strong Netflix rebound: “Only films that have been shown on the French courtyard line can compete in the main competition unit, and only films that have been shown on streaming media platforms do not qualify for that.” In addition, William Dafford’s Best Actor Award-winning “The Eternal Gate” allowed Van Gogh to die fighting rather than committing suicide in the film; The First Man on the Moon failed to reproduce Armstrong’s footage of putting the American flag on the moon; only one female director was included in the main competition, and Art Director Alberto called it “electricity.” “Shadow industry is dominated by men” and so on.


Judging from the ownership of the awards, the Venice Film Festival has begun the advance notice of the Hollywood awards season. As the first heavyweight International Film Festival in the second half of the year, Venice shifted from art to commercial art, with fewer private viewing films and more popular films. Judging by the results of the selection, the Venice Film Festival is a frequent entry to Oscar. From the point of view of concern, films with strong Chinese national characteristics and aesthetic interest still have a strong curiosity-hunting appeal to the West. “Shadow” is no longer the Chinese red in Zhang Yimou’s Silver Lion prize work “The Red Lantern hangs high”. Simple black-and-white gray refreshes the eyes of Westerners, while “Knock Down a Sheep” with mysterious color and religious temperament is also very attractive.


The rapid development of Chinese films in the market contrasts sharply with the weakness of the creative field, which is once again reflected in the Venice Film Festival. Only Wan Ma Caidan’s “Killed a sheep” won the Horizon Unit best screenwriter award, while Zhang Yimou accepted the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award. In retrospect, the time has changed. Today’s Venice Film Festival has a strong desire to survive. It is no longer the International Film Festival, which concentrates on artistic creation, but Venice, as a lucky land of Chinese movies, can hardly welcome the glorious moment of the Far East again.





The 3rd Silk Road International Film Festival in Xi’an.



The awarding ceremony of the 3rd Silk Road International Film Festival combines the history and culture of the Silk Road, the characteristics of Xi’an city and the characteristics of the Film Festival. The closing ceremony and award ceremony of the festival is divided into four parts, including the red carpet ceremony, closing ceremony performance, award ceremony and host city handover ceremony. The closing ceremony consists of three chapters of a large-scale theme installation show, which brings together a large number of Silk Road Theme programs, with the theme of cities and movies, greeting guests with songs and dances of the heyday to salute the city where the Silk Road begins. The Festival has a variety of activities, including film awards, professional forums, new film meetings, classic and cutting-edge film exhibitions. Ordinary local movie fans are thrilled by the reappearance of classic blockbusters on the big screen. International filmmakers say the trip is a fresh experience for filming Silk Road movies. Local scholars and writers say the new platform will usher in new opportunities for the development of Western films. In particular, domestic and foreign filmmakers and scholars in this festival full of harvest, and the Silk Road International Film Festival to give the highest blessing for the future.


At this festival, Italian famous producer De Laurentiis led a delegation of Italian cultural exchange to participate in professional seminars. “It’s a fresh experience, and I’ve always had a Chinese story in my heart,” he said.

The Silk Road is no stranger to de Laurentiis, and the ancient capital of Xi’an also makes him feel very friendly. “My hometown in Rome, like Xi’an, is an ancient capital of history and culture. And they are all connected by the silk road. ” Chinese silk was once a luxury of the ancient Romans, and greatly promoted the trade of the silk road. The popularity of silk was attributed to the Persian monopoly on Chinese silk at that time, which also led to the famous “silk war” in Western history, which lasted for 20 years in ancient Rome. The Silk Road Festival is like a key to open de Laurentiis’s Chinese story. He hopes to bring the experience of Italy film and television media to make fresh and energetic cultural works. If possible, the film and television resources of the two countries can be integrated to make a film and television work with the background of “Silk Road”.


Edward Bowman, a famous British scholar, took part in the professional forum of the film. Xi’an is a very inclusive city. Accept all kinds of art, music, and ideas. Cultural diversity is reflected here, and there are many stories in many languages on the Silk Road, which are worth thinking about and making good scripts. The integration of film and Silk Road culture provides a golden opportunity for western films. At this festival, the Venice Film Festival and the Silk Road International Film Festival signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation. The formal cooperation of these two movie festivals has also made the platform of Silk Road and western film higher. Western films were promoted to Silk Road Film, making Silk Road Film Festival a mature base for the development of the Silk Road movies in the world, so that the world movies through the Silk Road to Xi’an entrance, so that Chinese movies through Xi’an broadcast to the world. The future of the Silk Road Film Festival will be a leap forward for western films to be promoted to Silk Road films, and the former western films will reappear brilliance with a wider pattern and a broader vision.


Xi’an is not only the starting point of the Silk Road but also the starting point of Chinese movies to the world. Through the Film Festival, every native of China has the responsibility and obligation to inherit the culture of the Northwest, highlight the spirit of the Northwest people, and praise the civilization of the Silk Road for thousands of years. I hope Shaanxi filmmakers can create more films around the world.

Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival 2017


In October 28, 2017, the Pingyao International Film Festival is about to open. If the “Qiao’s Courtyard, Wang’s Courtyard” and other cultural labels with unique Chinese cultural characteristics are the old memory labels full of inheritance and implication in central Shanxi, then the large-scale indoor situational experience drama “You See Pingyao” as a tourism product of deep cultivation of Shanxi merchant culture, five years of performance has proved that there is not only considerable classics Economic income is an important window to understand Shanxi merchants’ culture. It has become the vane of Shanxi’s transformation from a big energy province to a strong cultural province. It is also a successful example of Jinzhong’s project-driven cultural industry. This is not only the innovation of cultural industry but also the benchmark of tourism development. The arrival of Pingyao International Film Festival is another major cultural event after Pingyao International Photography Exhibition and “See Pingyao Again” and another major move of Jinzhong City after the “2017 Shanxi Travel Development Congress”.

For movie fans, the most important concern is going to the movies. Over the 8 days event, more than 50 outstanding films from 18 countries and regions were screened. It can meet the needs of different tastes of movie fans. Compared with the Shanghai Film Festival and the Beijing Film Festival, the scale of the Pingyao Film Festival is obviously much smaller, the advantage is that the location is centralized, the audience does not need to look around the city cinema, all the viewing is completed in the cinema. The original site of Pingyao Movie Palace is a local diesel engine factory. The renovated environment and decoration have a strong artistic flavor but occupy a much smaller area. Even though it was rebuilt from a factory, the quality of the Pingyao Film Hall in the Palace is still good, comparable to the professional cinema. Among them, the platform – amphitheater is quite distinctive, including the opening film “Fanghua” and many films are shown here, and mainly in the evening.

Pingyao Film Festival mainly shows foreign films, most of the films have English subtitles, and the screen below will be equipped with LED line display, display Chinese subtitles. Including Melvil’s 60 and 70s old movies. Unlike Beijing, Shanghai and other big cities, Pingyao local artistic atmosphere is not so strong; the consumption capacity is relatively weak. Many of the audience attending the Pingyao Film Festival are fans coming from other places. The Pingyao International Film Festival has just been held for the first time, and some confusion is inevitable. For example, Li Chen and Fan Bingbing starred in the “Space Hunt” in Pingyao exhibition, the two stars also participated in the exchange activities after the screening. But because many audiences could not find the movie hall in time, the event was postponed, and the subsequent scenes such as “The Monopoly Killer” had to be temporarily postponed for nearly an hour. At that time, many of the audience who held the movie tickets for “alone killer” expressed their dissatisfaction at the front of the hall. Several fans from Shijiazhuang were even more emotional, saying they had already bought tickets for the return journey, and the delay in the screening had a great impact on them. How to run an International Film Festival in small towns, there are still many other places for Pingyao to explore. I hope the Pingyao Film Festival will get better and better.