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Chinese directors, actors to attend cross-strait film festival in Taiwan

Chinese directors, actors to attend cross-strait film festival in Taiwan

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) Several Chinese directors, actors and actresses are expected to visit Taiwan later this month for a cross-Taiwan Strait film festival that will be held in Taipei and Kaohsiung, the organizers said Sunday. Among the stars who will attend is Wang Jingchun, the best actor winner at last year's Tokyo International Film Festival for his role as a police chief in the crime thriller "To Live and Die in Ordos," according to the Taiwan-based Cross-Strait Films Exchange Committee. Chen Sicheng, actor and director of the blockbuster romantic drama "Beijing Love Story," and his wife Tong Liya, one of the main actresses in the movie, will also take part in the post-screening discussions, organizer said. Other participants include Liu Yase, who acted in the romance-comedy "Up in the Wind;" Lu Gengxu, director of "Forever Young," a film about youth; Pan Yueming, actor from "Forever Young," and Peng Lei, director of "Dancing in the Room," which tells the story of China's young people leaving their hometowns to work in cities. The 6th Cross-Strait Film Festival, scheduled to open May 31 in Taipei, will screen all of the aforementioned films, plus the blockbuster romantic comedy "Ex-Files," and "Where Are We Going, Dad?" a best-selling documentary based on a popular parent-child TV reality show in China. Most of the films were released this year and have not been shown in Taiwan. The organizers said Sunday the festival gives Taiwanese audiences an opportunity to see Chinese films that are not likely to be shown in local cinemas. Only 10 Chinese films are permitted to be shown in Taiwan cinemas each year and they are selected by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture by means of a random draw. At film festivals, however, the screening of Chinese films, excluding the selected 10, is allowed. The Taiwan segment of the Cross-Strait Film Festival will be held at Huashan 1914 Creative Park's Spot Huashan cinema from May 31 to June 4, and at the Kaohsiung Film Archive from June 3-6. In the other segment of the festival, Taiwanese films -- titles of which have yet to be decided -- will be screened in the Chinese cities of Xiamen, Taizhou and Xinghua from June 13-19, the organizers said. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-09 05:43 GMT+08:00