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Lu Chuan (center) and Ning Hao (left) at the forum. [Photo: sina.com]
A forum called "The Defensive War of Chinese Commercial Films" was held on April 22 in Beijing with sixth generation directors Lu Chuan and Ning Hao in attendance, Mtime.com reports.
After Vice-President of China Xi Jinping's trip to the U.S, China announced that 14 more Hollywood films will make it onto domestic screens, bringing the total to 34.
The announcement caused uproar in the Chinese film industry. Many industry insiders are saying that domestic filmmakers will soon face bigger threats from Hollywood blockbusters.
Lu and Ning shared their views on the issue at the forum as their productions will go head to head with Hollywood blockbusters such as "Titanic 3D" and "The Average."
Both directors agreed that it's understandable for Chinese audiences to prefer Hollywood productions.
"Hollywood makes dreams come true for audiences through cameras. Over the past one hundred years, their movies have been the quintessence of cinema aesthetics," Lu said. "Why do Chinese filmmakers always make movies for themselves rather than for our audiences? We should think about that."
However, as his movie "City of Life and Death" beat "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in 2009, Lu believes that Chinese filmmakers have the ability to compete with Hollywood. "We should learn from them and guard the dignity of the Chinese film industry together," he told the media.
The famous Chinese film critic and host of the forum Zhou Liming concluded the event with a speech. "What we fight against is not common foreign films but the elite films. This is not a fair play. They can film material that will never be approved by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. We are in an inferior position to start with."
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