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Interview Clement Cheng on Gallants
Working in China 1/1 - Page 10
Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Date : 1/6/2011
Type(s) : Interview
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Special Thanks to the Terracotta Far East Film Festival organizers and to Claire Marty.

Clement Cheng was interviewed by Thomas Podvin for HKCinemagic.com. Transcript edited by Sylvia Rorem.

All Gallants stills and screenshots are © Focus Film Limited 2010.

Masterclass: All the Hong Kong production companies eye the China market and would like to find a way to get back to the golden age of HK cinema, like in the 1980's. What do you think would be the right way to get the industry back on track?
Clement Cheng: Everybody is trying to find the answer to that. “What should we do?” I don't know. There are only two genres now: period kung fu movies and contemporary romantic comedies. Anything else is too sensitive to make. But then I thought to make something different if I could. The next project I am trying to do is a family movie in China. They don't make those.

They watch Disney and Pixar movies, and don't make it themselves. There should be a market because people take their kids to watch movies. We have to have our culture for kids. When I was five or six, all my classmates were fond of Disney characters. When I grew up I thought that was crazy. I'd never been to Disneyland. This is poisoning our children. Why should the whole planet look at the same thing? Our own culture is controlled by the Hollywood culture. We have our own culture. I got so pissed off when I go to Toys R Us and see Chinese kids nagging to get American toys. Why can't we have Chinese toys? We don't have anything in HK.

That [movie] could be something I really want to do. It's something different.

Director Clement Cheng in London in May 2011
(Photo by HKCinemagic.com)


To get even more detailed information on the film and Clement Cheng, check Frederic Ambroisine's excellent interview with Cheng at Alive Not Dead.
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