Un­ease over ‘old’ film nom­i­na­tions

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE FILM - By XU­FAN

Which movie will win an award at China’s most in­flu­en­tial film fes­ti­val in Septem­ber? It could be a film you saw­back in 2014.

It is thanks to a se­lec­tion process that con­sid­ers films from the past two years for the awards.

TheChi­naGolden Rooster& Hun­dred Flow­ers Fes­ti­val, which was ini­ti­ated in 1962, de­cided in­2005that it­sGolden Rooster and Hun­dred Flow­ers awards would be given ev­ery al­ter­nate year. But this se­lec­tion process is now caus­ing dis­con­tent in the in­dus­try. And prom­i­nent voices are up in arms.

Among them is Yin Li, the deputy chair­man of the China Film As­so­ci­a­tion, who says: “Most of the world’s top movie awards are de­liv­ered an­nu­ally. China’s se­lec­tion ev­ery two years is un­sci­en­tific.”

He also says that due to the huge an­nual film out­put, the two-year in­ter­val hin­ders the se­lec­tion of the lat­est en­tries.

He adds that Chi­nese au­di­ences’ tastes are chang­ing rapidly in the dig­i­tal world, view­ers­may be con­fused to see the nom­i­na­tion of films that were re­leased a long time ago.”

Mean­while, the list of the nom­i­nees for The Hun­dred Flower Awards was re­leased on Tues­day.

Three smash hits — Mon­sterHunt; Dear­est, a child kid­nap­ping-themed movie, and the tomb raider best-seller adap­ta­tion Mo­jin: The Lost Leg­end — topped the list with six nom­i­na­tions each.

Ac­tion starWu Jing’s di­rec­to­rial de­butWolfWar­riors and the art-house crime thriller The Dead End each earned four nom­i­na­tions, while the dark-horse com­edy Good­bye Mr. Loser grabbed three.

Ex­cept for Dear­est, the other five — among the high­est­grossers last year — will com­pete for the top award — best pic­ture — at the fes­ti­val to be held from Sept 21 to 24 in Tang­shan, in­He­bei prov­ince.

ZhangHong, vice-chair­man of the fes­ti­val, says the films were se­lected in a na­tion­wide poll with more than 26.85 mil­lion votes cast.

Point­ing to shfit­ing fo­cus from fi­nan­cial re­turns to qual­ity movies, he says: “The fact that China’s box-of­fice tally was 30 bil­lion yuan ($4.51 mil­lion) in the first eight months, a slight de­cline com­pared with last year, it shows the do­mes­tic film in­dus­try has switched fo­cus­ing purely on the box of­fice to qual­ity pro­duc­tions.

“This also makes us believe that China’s movie mar­ket will be more healthy and pros­per­ous in the fu­ture,” he says.

Most of the nom­i­nees are from smash hits re­leased last year, but some are from 2014.

China pro­duced 618 fea­tures in 2014, and the num­ber climbed to 686 in 2015.

JIANG DONG / CHINA DAILY

Yao Chen is nom­i­nated as best sup­port­ing ac­tress.

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