Miner-turned director shoots first movie "Little Angels"

14:38, July 04, 2011      

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Han Sanming (2nd L) arranges locations by phone for shooting his first movie "Little Angels" in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 19, 2011. He speaks simple words, wears simple clothes, and always smiles a simple smile. His name is Han Sanming. 40-year-old Han should have ended up his whole life as a normal coal miner, a job which he had lived on since he was 18, were not he invited in 2005 by his director cousin Jia Zhangke to cast in Jia's award winning movie "Still Life". His self-portrait performance not only helped his cousin winning the Golden Lion in Venice in 2006, but also won for himself the Best Actor trophy in the 14th Chilean International Film Festival. Films made Han Sanming's eyes wide open. He saw a brand new future in front of him rather than sniffing coal dust under ground in the rest of his life. An interesting thing was that he spoke out his own real phone number as a gangster friend asked for his number in the film "Still Life". Lots of directors and producers found him by this number and offered him roles in their movies. Han has put all his energies in acting since the second half of 2008. He mainly acted roles of grass-roots people like fisherman, village doctor, and peasant. Just like in his hometown and coal mines, his industriousness and empressement earned for him the same reputation among film makers. On Jan. 11, 2011, Han Sanming took a job to shoot a non-profit kid movie called "Little Angels" in south China's Guangdong Province. This movie tells a story that happened among five pupils, referring to moral issues like family love, friendship and environment protection. Han devoted himself to the movie, taking charge of all errands from contacting investors to arranging shooting venue to carrying equipments. "It seems that shooting a movie exhausted me more than digging a coal mine did," said Han Sanming, "but I feel happy to be exhausted for the sake of a dream and self-fulfillment rather than surviving." Han has a bigger plan. His goal is founding his own film company in next two years, taking a deep root into the film industry. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

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