Rui Zhang

in The Cinema of Feng Xiaogang

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9789622098855
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207523 | DOI:

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This conclusion provides a summary of the cultural and historical significance of Feng Xiaogang's cinema. The dual trends of resistance and cooperation co-existing in Feng's cinema became the distinctive feature of Chinese cinema in the new era. Inspired by the success of Feng's New Year films, more than eight New Year films exhibiting the same style were produced by different directors. Aside from mobilizing other directors, the phenomenon of New Year films also extended into other forms of art such as Chinese theatre and TV drama. While Feng became a powerful force in the transformation of Chinese cinema, he also reflected the trajectory of Chinese cinema through the rise and fall of his filmmaking career. His career reflected the experiences of private film production in China since the 1980s—a period marked by China's film authorities' indecision on how to view the function of cinema, the demand for maximizing profit from production companies, and the challenges of a commercialized film industry.

Keywords: historical significance; cultural significance; Feng Xiaogang; Chinese cinema; New Year; film production; cinema; profit; film industry

Chapter.  1987 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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