Direc­tor Jiang Ping stresses hu­mil­ity

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTINE HUANG in Van­cou­ver

Chi­nese direc­tor Jiang Ping said that grat­i­tude and kind­ness are the most im­por­tant qual­i­ties of peo­ple in any en­deavor.

“Only peo­ple who pos­sess sin­cere grat­i­tude are qual­i­fied to talk about the cul­ti­va­tion of art, and be­come a suc­cess­ful artist or in­di­vid­ual,” he said.

Jiang spoke at a sem­i­nar called Art and Life, pre­sented by the RS In­ter­na­tional Cul­tural Com­pany and Global Chi­nese Press at the Radisson Ho­tel Van­cou­ver Air­port in Rich­mond on Mon­day.

Jiang also talked about the devel­op­ment and life of film­mak­ers and ac­tors in China.

“Per­son­ally, I think there’s never a lack of out­stand­ing ac­tors in China’s film in­dus­try, but what the in­dus­try needs is good ac­tors who are ded­i­cated and not flam­boy­ant,” said Jiang.

“Don’t covet van­ity, and [keep your] feet on the ground,” he said. “I’ve al­ways wanted to share the sto­ries of the ac­tors that I’ve closely worked with, with many young peo­ple,” said Jiang. “Fa­mous ac­tresses like Vicki Zhao and Li Bing­bing all had their dif­fi­cult times.”

The three-hour sem­i­nar was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­ceived by the 100 in at­ten­dance, many of whom ar­rived early for Jiang’s speech and stayed af­ter­ward to take pho­tos with the direc­tor.

Jiang grad­u­ated from the di­rect­ing depart­ment of the Shang­hai Theater Academy. He is well known for his films Look­ing for Jackie (2009), Kang Ding Qing Ge (2010) and Heart of China (1999).

Jiang served as the

of­fice direc­tor and legal rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in 1993, and was the art direc­tor of the Shang­hai mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion of cul­ture, ra­dio, film and TV in 1999.

He be­came the direc­tor and vice-pres­i­dent of the Shang­hai film group in 2011, and the deputy direc­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of press, pub­li­ca­tion, ra­dio, film and tele­vi­sion of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic in China in 2003.

Jiang now serves as the sec­re­tary and man­ag­ing deputy head for the CPC com­mit­tee of China broad­cast­ing art troupe, and the vice-pres­i­dent of the China tele­vi­sion direc­tor com­mit­tee.

Co-or­ga­niz­ers were the Canadian In­ter­na­tional Cul­ture and Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­change Cen­ter, World Chi­nese Weekly, La­hoo Van­cou­ver and Dealuse.com.

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