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Originally posted by sockmonkey at 2006-4-3 07:35
I thought "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" was received well here, as was "Hero." The Chinese and American publics seem to disagree on what makes a good Chinese movie, though... the Chinese seem to dislike all the movies that are widely released in the US.
The Chinese like essentially what you like, and they buy virtually every new Western release in the nearest pirate DVD shop. Action and science fiction are especially popular.
There are many Chinese movies that have been received well in the West, especially lately, when China bought up whatever remained of analog equipment as Hollywood went digital. The combination of this and the Fifth Generation of directors in China, plus a surge in good actors, have made China the master of modern color film. Hero is just one of the examples of this. I have made lists in other threads.
"Croughing tiger..." is from Taiwan, though, with a mixed cast from Beijing and Hongkong.
The difference is that the Chinese love soap operas on TV and fart and fly movies that Westerners don't understand. Chinese soap operas usually have a classic setting with an emperor, concubines, thieves, traitors, and so on, and they are inaccessible to anyone who hasn't the right educational background.
For the same reason, the Chinese might not understand heavy Western pieces like Schindler's List, because they don't have the necessary background to absorb the plot.