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

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3. HE SPANS GENRES

He Spans Genres

Whatever your favoured genre, Feng’s got a blockbuster to cover it. Whether it’s a black comedy (If You Are The One), action (a World Without Thieves) or wuxia (The Banquet), Feng’s been there and made that. Superheroes are about the only thing he hasn’t yet dabbled in. When Empire asked him whether those were waters he’d like to test he didn’t rule it out, but admitted it’s not something he’s driven to: ‘The superhero franchise films are very audience friendly as you don’t really have to use your brain. Right now I’m focusing on films that touch my heart and trigger some thinking. The most important part of a director’s job is storytelling and that doesn’t play a huge part in superhero productions. If I have to sit behind the monitor and watch a bunch of good actors and actresses running in front of a huge green screen, to me that’s misery.’ Feng’s work has already attracted the attention of filmmakers beyond China’s borders, with his post quake drama Aftershock the first film outside of the US to be shot in IMAX. Producers have faith in his blockbuster credentials and with US studios vying for partnership with China over the production of a Terracotta Army superhero movie, Feng could yet be the man for the job.

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