courtesy of takungpao.com
Veteran film producer Shi Nansun already arrived in Cannes to serve on the 64th Cannes International Film Festival jury along with French director Olivier Assayas (Maggie Cheung Man Yuk's former husband), Hong Kong director Johnnie To Kei Fung and others. Yesterday Shi Nansun talked in an interview about Chinese film absence from this year's competition. She said that when Chinese films rose they were very fresh to international film industry. Now the competition has returned to normal, it is good since now is not the age of when that wave rose. As for the lack of artistic achievement as Chinese directors raced to make commercial films, she thought that it was expected since the enormous Chinese market was too tempting; however she said that Chinese film still had a very long way to go in order to break into the international market. She said that the 80s everyone only knew Bruce Lee. After he passed Jackie Chan started. Among the current Chinese film overseas market, Shi Nansun said that action film was the easiest to receive recognition. Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Lee Nin Kit)'s draw still far exceeds Donnie Yen Chi Tan's now. She said, "The U.S. has buyers of Yen Chi Tan movies, but they buy his video market. Ultimately he in recent years started to rise in the Mainland, he still needs some time."
In the international market, she said that Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi are actresses with more box office draw. Shi Nansun said, "Everyone recognizes Zhang Ziyi, but she still hasn't reached that level of draw."