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5 Reasons You Should Know Feng Xiaogang
Why the Chinese director should be on your radar...

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2. HE UNITES EAST AND WEST

He Unites East And West

The faces in Feng’s company of actors may not be very recognisable to Western audiences but don’t mistake that for lack of pulling power. For one of his most successful films – Back To 1942 – Feng piqued the interest of Oscar winning actors Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins. ‘Western actors spend more time in character study and script study”, he enthuses “so they’re more prepared for the role. They pretty much just come alone with a simple backpack, report to the crew and start working. A lot of Chinese actors and actresses are late to work and bring an entourage of six or eight people to serve them! Western actors are far more professional.” Having also worked with Donald Sutherland, and coming within a hair of bagging Marlon Brando for the lead role in ‘The Funeral of the Famous Star’, Feng is no stranger to Western actors. No prizes for guessing who’s on his most wanted list - “Jennifer Lawrence, Benedict Cumberbatch, and also the other British actor - Tom Hiddleston.”

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