Recent Popular Cinema of Mainland China
Though its cinematic output represents the third largest of any country, the film industry of Mainland China is still largely known in the West for its period costume epics and art films. Less well-known are the films of China's popular cinema, the genre entries, not entirely unlike their Hollywood counterparts, that feature attractive stars, high production values and stories of good versus evil in which everyday heroes always get the girl. It is also a cinema of diverse pleasures, from subtle characterization to stylized action, and significant themes, as filmmakers address the tensions of contemporary Chinese society.
About the Movie: Director Feng Xiaoning's action-packed eco-thriller pits the leaders of a coastal Chinese community against one another as a typhoon, brought on by global warming, draws ever closer. Mayor Xu (Wu Gang) calls for a citywide evacuation while other officials would rather avoid the cost. Lives hang in the balance as Mayor Xu turns to his childhood science teacher for advice in this delirious disaster epic.
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