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Chinese stars, directors to visit for cross-strait film fest

Staff writer, with CNA

Several Chinese directors, actors and actresses are expected to visit later this month for a cross-strait film festival whose Taiwan’s events will be held in Taipei and Greater Kaohsiung.

Among the stars who will attend is Wang Jingchun (王景春), who won the best actor award 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 (警察日記), the Taiwan-based Cross-Strait Films Exchange Committee said.

Chen Sicheng (陳思成), an actor and director of the blockbuster romantic drama Beijing Love Story (北京愛情故事), and his wife, Tong Liya (佟麗婭), one of the lead actresses in the movie, will also take part in the post-screening discussions, the committee said.

Other participants include Liu Yase, who acted in the romantic comedy Up in the Wind (等風來); Lu Gengxu (盧庚戌), director of Forever Young (怒放之青春再見); Pan Yueming (潘粵明), an actor in Forever Young and Peng Lei (彭磊), director of Dancing in the Room (房間裡的舞蹈), which tells the story of young people leaving their hometowns to work in cities.

The Sixth Cross-Strait Film Festival, which is scheduled to open on May 31 in Taipei, is to screen the aforementioned films, plus the blockbuster romantic comedy Ex-Files (前任攻略), and the documentary Where Are We Going, Dad? (爸爸去哪兒), which was based on a popular parent-child TV reality show in China.

Most of the films were released this year and have not yet been shown in Taiwan.

The organizers said the festival will give Taiwanese film fans an opportunity to see Chinese films that are not likely to be shown in local movie theaters.

Only 10 Chinese films are permitted to be shown in local cinemas a year and they are selected by the Ministry of Culture through a random draw.

However, film festivals can screen other Chinese films.

The Taiwanese segment of the 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 to June 6.

The Chinese segment of the festival will be held in Xiamen, Taizhou and Xinghua from June 13 to June 19. The Taiwanese films to be screened have yet to be decided, organizers said.

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