A still from Wang Lina’s Uygur-language film, A First Farewell.
Clarence Tsui
Opinion

Opinion

The Projector by Clarence Tsui

Young Chinese directors evade censors to give voice to ethnic minorities in child-focused films

  • In movies that examine the lives of children from different ethnic minorities and social classes, China’s up-and-coming filmmakers may have found a way to tackle topics that would otherwise be no-go zones

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A still from Wang Lina’s Uygur-language film, A First Farewell.
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A still from Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut Red Sorghum (1988).

How China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers defied censorship and criticism to break new ground

  • New ways of storytelling and rich political allegories were the innovations that this new breed of maverick directors introduced
  • Bold in abstraction and symbolism, their films relied on images rather than dialogue for expression
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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A still from Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut Red Sorghum (1988).
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