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The 'artificialness' in Chinese movies

(People's Daily Online)

08:08, January 23, 2013

Poster of "Back to 1942"

Key Words: film; movie; Back to 1942; Chinese movies; artificialness
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'Artificialness' is a big problem of Chinese movies. Movies should have "given situations", the artificial and exaggerated contents of good movies will not be independent of such situations, and what's more, they correspond with real-life common sense moderately.

Back to 1942 is a dynamic "refugees map" undoubtedly, but the repeated laughers from audience in cinemas indicate that many people are lack of compassion.

Chen Bulei is much younger than Chiang Kai-shek in the movie; he wears a three-piece suit, looking like a foreigner in some way. He always follows around Chiang, and assists Chiang to handle official affairs like a personal secretary. Chiang is distant and Chen is respectful and careful, which is like in the officialdom.

In fact, Chen Bulei was a scholar who had worked as a reporter and editor. He was only three years younger than Chiang. Chen was a typical traditional Chinese intellectual that is gentle, simple and taciturn. He was thin and only 1.6 meters tall with untidy hair. He wore a very old black gown, holding a 555-brand cigarette in his right hand all year round, and walking with finely steps and a stiff left arm. Chiang had more respect for him than most officials of Kuomintang.

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