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In the West, when it comes to Chinese films or movies we typically think about martial art cinema (Wuxia) and movies such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon by Ang Lee with their fantastical fighting scenes. Also, Shanghai-born Wong Kar-Wei and his films are very well known.
Shanghai has always been the gateway for any kind of Western influence. Accordingly, in China motion pictures were firstly introduced in Shanghai by the end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th century respectively. To further build on this tradition and to re-energise the city’s contemporary film programming the Shanghai Film Museum recently opened its doors. “According to the museum spokeswoman, the new museum is part of the Chinese government’a efforts to encourage more museums as well as the film industry; “ further details in Lisa Movius´article for The Art Newpaper.

Further bits:
The Art Newspaper, Shanghai Film Museum.
Shanghai Film Museum.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Official Trailer (YouTube).
Chinese Cinema (wiki).
The Chinese Mirror. A Journal of Chinese Film History.

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