Acclaimed Filmmaker Jia Zhangke To Make His Martial Arts Debut This Spring
Director Jia Zhangke's resumé is one that's not without its fair share of intrigue and controversy. Regarded highly as a "Sixth Generation" undergroud filmmaker, he's been well awarded in festivals throughout the world for up to 15 years as one with an artful approach to cinema that touches grimly close to the turmoil and inflammatory issues embedded in China's own history and evolution over the years.
Such an approach hasn't hugely sat well with China's own governing bodies, especially with Zhangke’s 2013 drama, A Touch Of Sin, which was partly state-backed and subsequently denied a release that year apart from its screenings elsewhere. Still, as far as accomplishments go, Zhangke now finds himself embarking as a prospective director of his first martial arts action movie, announced this weekend by Hong Kong's own Media Asia Films at the European Film Market in Berlin.