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The film and TV industry in China has been growing vigorously and strongly with a steady pace.
Now with a production output of more than 400 films and over 12-thousand TV episodes every year, the industry of both big and small screens in China is aiming for a higher level.
"The Founding of the Communist Party", which is currently shooting, is to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party in China. The cast and crew are pretty much the same as the production team for "The Founding of a Republic", a blockbuster that swept across cinemas throughout the country last year.
"Aftershock", director Feng Xiaogang's tearjerker based on the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, has so far gained a robust box office return of over 600 million yuan, or nearly 90 million US dollars.
Loads of quality shows of both films and TV productions are being made to meet the growing demands of the market. From "The Assembly", and "My 1997", to "The First Secretary"... all focus on mainstream social issues with a realistic delineation that strikes a chord with the general public.
With the acceleration of the cultural reforms that are being carried out in the state-owned art troupes and theaters, a month-long celebratory showcase in the capital brings together 32 repertory stage performances by 9 state-owned art troupes and theaters.
China's Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance are collaborating to launch a national-level project in support of the country's original and outstanding works. And a number of invited artists and critics are on hand to ensure the benign development of stage art.
Lu Tianming, Writer, said, "We should never abandon the aesthetic value and the social ethic of our productions for the sake of money. No matter how we change, the core concept of speaking for the people and staying with the people will never change."
Apart from the stage art, authorities of all levels across the country are putting more efforts in the perfection of the public welfare undertakings and social services. By the end of 2009 a total of 1444 museums and memorial halls are open to the general public, free of charge.