Xu Fan

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

De­spite typ­ing dom­i­nat­ing the dig­i­tal era, writ­ing with ink brushes re­mains a hobby for the en­thu­si­asts of Chi­nese tra­di­tional cul­ture.

In the doc­u­men­tary, view­ers can see many such in­stances: A cal­lig­ra­pher in­sists on us­ing cen­turies-old ink slabs for the best strokes; a re­searcher scat­ters golden pow­der on flower-soaked rice pa­per to pro­duce a spe­cial type of pa­per meant for writ­ing let­ters, which is said to have been in­vented by a Tang Dy­nasty (AD 618-907) fe­male poet.

In the chap­ter that in­tro­duces the in­ter­na­tional spread of the “four trea­sures”, Chi­nese may feel proud to see pa­per, one of the coun­try’s great­est in­ven­tions, travel from its neigh­bor­ing coun­tries to Europe.

To seek the best vis­ual ef­fects, Wu says they used a high-res­o­lu­tion pho­tog­ra­phy tech­nique which pro­vides clearer im­ages.

“It’s wor­thy. We hope the se­ries will arouse pub­lic in­ter­est in tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture,” says Yu of An­hui Broad­cast­ing Corp.

The doc­u­men­tary also lifted CCTV Channel 9’s au­di­ence rat­ing to 5.3 per­cent com­pared to the week be­fore its de­but, says Yu.

The pro­duc­ers are con­sid­er­ing its over­seas dis­tri­bu­tion, too.

The Four Trea­sures of Chi­nese Study also gar­nered at­ten­tion at this year’s MIPTV, a con­tent mar­ket event held an­nu­ally.

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