Re­turn of re­al­ism

South Re­views Au­gust 1

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What is in­ter­est­ing about China’s re­al­is­tic films in the sec­ond decade of the 21 cen­tury is that pas­sion­ate col­lec­tivism and triv­ial per­sonal daily life co­ex­ist as the two main themes and are ac­cepted by the ma­jor­ity of cinema

au­di­ence, as proven by box of­fice and word of mouth. These films, swing­ing be­tween main­stream and mar­ginal top­ics, re­flect not only part of China’s fun­da­men­tal truths, but also in­ner con­flicts of the Chi­nese peo­ple in the face of new sit­u­a­tions tak­ing place in the so­ci­ety. They are in­spired by the rise of China as a strong coun­try by main­stream films, rep­re­sented by box of­fice cham­pi­ons Wolf War­rior II and Red Sea Op­er­a­tion, and they are also healed by those fo­cus­ing on the lives of or­di­nary peo­ple that are of­ten for­got­ten as the wheel of his­tory rolls on.

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