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Golden Era of Chinese Films

2012-09-10 16:03:33        Chinese Films

Golden era of Chinese films

Tsui Hark and Nansun Shi [Photo: Mtime.com]

The Chinese film market's "Golden Era," which lasted about 10 years and left a deep impression on mainland audiences as well as abroad began in the 1970s with the Hong Kong New Wave movement.

1. 1976-1979 Hong Kong New Wave

Yim Ho's "Carefree" (1978) was a major achievement for the Hong Kong New Wave movement. The film depicted a struggling actor's life. At the same year, the Hong Kong Cultural Center was established by Clifford Choi and Law Ka in order to promote Chinese films and cultivate filmmakers.

The mainland resumed the gaokao (college entry test) which made it possible for the fifth generation directors to begin learning the art of film making. [Photo: Mtime.com]

In 1978, two years after the Cultural Revolution ended, the mainland resumed the gaokao (college entry test) which made it possible for the fifth generation directors to begin learning the art of film making.

In 1979, Ann Hui's "The Secret," Hsui Hark's "Butterfly Murders," Yung Wai-chuen's "The System" and Alex Cheung's "Dian Zhi Bing Bing" abandoned traditional filmmaking methods and made a great impact on audiences, critics and the industry.

2. 1980-1982 Traditions abandoned

"Father and Son" was considered a Chinses classic film. [Photo: Mtime.com]

"Namad" [Photo: Mtime.com]

This period was prime time for Hong Kong New Wave movement and gave birth to many excellent films of different genres such as Patrick Tam's "Namad" and Clifford Choi's "Teenage Dreamers."

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