Nine famous directors team up in an upcoming Chinese film
My People, My Country's sequel, Me and My Hometown will be released on Chinese National Day (Oct.1).
China's cinemas shut in late January to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On July 20, after a half-year-long impact by the epidemic, cinemas in mainland China finally has resumed work.
On the day that the entire film industry has been eagerly awaiting, the movie Me and My Hometown has finally revealed its schedule poster yesterday (July 20) and officially announced that the film would be released on the Chinese National Day. The film, whose Chinese title roughly translates to Me and My Hometown, is a sequel of last Chinese National Day's film My People, My Country.
Zhang Yimou, the celebrated director of Shadow and Red Sorghum, will also be the executive producer in this new film. Meanwhile, as soon as the announcement was made, many mainland Chinese people have expressed their excitement, considering that Me and My Hometown will provide new momentum for the mainland film market. Last year (2019), My People, My Country received the box office gross of $446 million, above Dying to Survive.
As a sequel to My People, My Country, Me and My Hometown is a continuation of the collective creativity, with Zhang Yimou as the director, Ning Hao as the chief director, Zhang Yibai as the chief planner. The film composed of five stories respectively, directed by Ning Hao, Xu Zheng, Chen Sicheng, Yan Fei & Peng Daimo, and Deng Chao & Yu Bai Mei.
Chinese filmmakers are overcoming the epidemic together.
In 2020, the film industry was hit hard by the epidemic on an unprecedented scale, with cinemas shutting down, crews stopping work, and the industry experiencing 179 days of stagnation and waiting, making the film crew of Me and My Hometown a considerable challenge.
The crew faced strict control over the number of personnel and closed management, sometimes even the cameramen could not enter the scene and had to shoot remotely off-site.
The scene involving the hospital could not be achieved, so the crew had to find a studio and set up a temporary scene overnight. Besides, during the summer, the crew had to wear masks and endure the heat for long hours in order to prevent epidemics. Even so, the nine directors and crew resisted the pressure and resolutely prevented and controlled the epidemic while filming scientifically and expressing the attitude, determination and commitment of Chinese filmmakers with practical actions.
These nine famous Chinese directors are using positive attitudes to tell the world about the Chinese stories.
The film Me and My Hometown is directed by the "Dream Team" of Chinese film, which consists of Zhang Yimou, Ning Hao, Zhang Yibai, Xu Zheng, Chen Sicheng, Yan Fei, Peng Damao, Deng Chao and Yu Bai Mei, nine directors who are considered as the backbone of the Chinese film industry.
These directors have accumulated a total of nearly 40 billion RMB (5.23 billion in US dollars) in box office sales and have won more than 140 awards in total. They also have a strong audience base in Mainland China and even around the world, and their works are well known.
In the latest posters, the nine directors appear in hand-painted images, showing their humorous attitude and unusual imagination. They ride in an airship with a shape of a shoe, heading off into the landscape, some holding script, some shooting, some holding up lights.
Some comments said that it shows Chinese filmmakers' determinations of working together to create a story and their attitude of mission and responsibility as Chinese filmmakers.
The film poster also offers a panoramic view of China, surrounded by beautiful clouds and water, with the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Potala Palace, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and other Chinese historical sites concealed among them. It suggests audiences that the film was shot in five places throughout China, including the east, west, north, south and central.