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Title DV China / directed by Zhang Da Zheng
Published Honolulu, HI : Asia Pacific Films, 2003


Description 1 online resource (93 min.)
Summary Chicago-educated Shanghai director Zheng Dasheng documents the struggle of Zhou Yuanquiang, a cultural worker in Jingdezhen, China's porcelain capital. When Zhou noticed the popularity of TV serials with the peasants in his province in the eighties, he bought a Sony Hi8 video camera and involved untrained local actors and technical assistants in creating dramas drawn from China's revolutionary history. When Zheng comes to document his efforts, his troupe is beginning work on a new type of drama: a kung-fu adventure story with three brightly-clad female heroines. He laboriously creates slow-motion and special effects with his beloved old camera, calling in the actors to dub in clattering spears for the fight scenes and meticulously setting up a scene in which the three heroines leap up onto a wall. Perhaps most moving is an interview with Zhou's wife, who speaks of their past on the farm as she paints Jingdezhen porcelain which supports the family as Zhou pursues his artistic dream. The new respect of Chinese film historians not just for the technical proficiency of the sixth generation directors but also for inspired amateurs who count on fewer resources than underground auteurs is conveyed with Brechtian irony (humorous subject headings, operatic background music) as well as sympathy and admiration
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Aug. 6, 2013)
This edition in Mandarin with English subtitles
Subject Zhou, Yuanqiang
Television -- Production and direction -- China -- Jingdezhen
Manners and customs.
Television -- Production and direction.
Jingdezhen (China) -- Social life and customs
China -- Jingdezhen.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Feature films.
Form Streaming video
Author Zhang, Da Zheng, television director, director.