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Zhang Yimou's "Under The Hawthorn Tree" premieres

09-14-2010 09:03 BJT

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China's most famous director Zhang Yimou premiered his latest movie "Under the Hawthorn Tree" on Sunday in Beijing.

The picture steers away from Zhang's trademark experimentation with bright colors, instead focusing on classic, simple story-telling.

Zhang's trademark preoccupation with dazzling colors and choreography was put aside to tell this story. And to do so, he chose two relatively unknown actors, Zhou Dongyu and Dou Xiao for this tale of the simplicity of love in a complex time.

The film follows Jingqiu, a young woman whose family has been under close scrutiny since her father was labeled a rightist, and Laosan, a young man with a promising future from a well-to-do family.

They fall in love when Jingqiu is undergoing re-education in the countryside.

Zhang Yimou said, "Opportunities always exist. If you ask the most famous actor in Hollywood he would wish for a great opportunity and a good role to perform. There is still a long way for these two actors to go."

Zhang said that he decided to direct the film after being moved by the original story.

China's most famous director Zhang Yimou premiered his latest movie "Under the
Hawthorn Tree" on Sunday in Beijing.

Zhang said, "In fact, when a director looks at any script or story, they look for a way to make it different. I don't want to repeat. So when I was making this story, I thought that it was best to use simple language. And I wanted to guide the audience through the actors' performance in a quiet mood, slowly. It's different from what I did before with the emphasis on the colors and cinematography."

The idea of love in the 1970's has attracted many of China's post 80's generation to the movie. Many say that they want to experience the pure love of the previous generation, which is seemly hard to survive in today's society, in a time when arguably, most love depends on material and practical things.

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