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Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark told students at Beijing's Tsinghua University on Friday that his new movie, "The Taking of Tiger Mountain," has haunted him for 40 years.

As director Jiang Wen's much anticipated "Gone with the Bullets" met with heavy criticism and underperformance at box offices, audiences and theater managers have started to look for another savior of the movie season. The 3D film "The Taking of Tiger Mountain," which had a series of advanced screenings before its official Christmas Eve release, including one at Tsinghua, won thunderous applause from fans and critics for its vivid 3D visual effects and action-packed, well-crafted plotlines.

"I don't worry about whether the young generation will accept and like the movie," Tsui Hark said. "Making this movie is a wish that has haunted me for 40 years. I just ask myself to make a good film and share it with all of you."

The movie, produced by Bona Film Group, is based on the bestselling novel "Tracks in the Snowy Forest" by Qu Bo. It's a 1940s war story in which a communist spy named Yang Zirong uses his wit to infiltrate and defeat a heavily-armed group of bandits.


Tsui revealed that he was doing community service in New York's Chinatown 40 years ago when the opera movie "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy" was screened.

"Then I thought, 'If I ever have a chance in the future to do anything related to filmmaking, I will turn this story into a new movie,'" he said. This memory inspired him to specially shoot and put a New York scene into the beginning of "The Taking of Tiger Mountain."

Bona Film Group bought the rights to the novel in 2009, and they actually prepared for the movie for three years before the camera started rolling. Tsui even visited Qu's widow, Liu Bo, to learn more about her husband's military experience and the stories of the real people on which Qu based his characters, including himself and his wife.

Tsui and his whole crew, more than 1,100-strong at its largest, experienced great hardship during the making of the movie. They even went to north China to film real snow scenes, staying there for two and half months in freezing temperatures of negative 30 degrees Celsius.


"One day, big snow hit, the electrical power line broke, the hotel we stayed in lost heating, water -- our cell phones even lost signals. We were just trapped there," Huang Jianxin, the movie's producer, added.

But Tsui and Huang were not just trying to make a good film and revive a red classic. They aimed for more: making a typical genre movie specifically for the Chinese market. They said they discussed the present and future of Chinese movies, and their conclusion is that the movies which are currently hottest in China are those that can provoke social discussion, debate and interest.

"It is a hidden worry for the Chinese movie industry in the future," Huang said, indicating that the Chinese market is very different from the United States, though Chinese box office revenues may surpass US numbers in eight or ten years.

"There are no genre movies, which are films made purely in a particular movie genre. So we made 'The Taking of Tiger Mountain' to serve as a perfect typical example."



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