Both films are part of a growing “mainland noir” film movement that is expanding the boundaries of a Chinese film industry strictly controlled by government censorship over topics such as violence, corruption and sex. It was also a global box office ground-breaker for low-budget Chinese films, collecting around US$17 million after successful domestic and limited international runs. Most of the films from China that go international are genre films, actioners and those with big budgets. International festival heavyweight Marco Muller was among the first to introduce Chinese cinema to the world through his work with the Venice and Rotterdam festivals. Since 2017 the Italian has hooked up with leading Chinese director Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯) to put together the annual Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival.
Source: Taipei Times May 14, 2019 15:56 UTC