Feng pays tribute to love, sans thrills

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 May, 2010, 12:00am

Mainland director Feng Xiaogang has given audiences fair warning: anyone looking for entertainment should not waste money on his new movie, Aftershock.

'It's not entertaining at all. You'd better save your money. If you want to see an entertaining production, wait for my next movie,' he says.

Due for release in July, Aftershock is the first mainland production made for Imax and adapted from Zhang Ling's novel of the same name. It portrays the life of a seven-year-old girl rescued by her mother in the earthquake that flattened the northern city of Tangshan in 1976.

Even so, Feng (right), who directed blockbusters such as Cell Phone, A World Without Thieves and Assembly, is confident Aftershock will rake in 500 million yuan (HK$560 million) at the box office. 'Maybe it will sell better than entertaining movies. You never know,' he says.

Feng, 52, hopes the film will help people understand the plight of the victims in the 7.8-magnitude quake that took more than 240,000 lives. 'We want to show that ... after the disaster, the one thing that remains is family affection and love,' he says.