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The cinema of Jia Zhang-ke, an in-between





Jia Zhang-ke is a Chinese film director. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the Sixth Generation mouvement of Chinese cinema. From his first short Xiao Shan Going Home (1995) to the last film I Wish I Knew (2010), from his early films trilogy Xiao Wu (1997), Platform (2000), Unknown Pleasures (2002), which are considered underground film, to the film Still Life in front of the blockbuster film Curse of the Golden Flower by Zhang Yi-mou, Jia Zhang-ke remains faithful to his attitude film d'auteur. He never changes. He is a true paradigm of Chinese society. He is as a writer who records the transformation of Chinese society in the 1980s and 1990s until today. He seeks the truth with sincerity, careful, not to simplify the reality, within the respect of man and the complexity of everyday life. What I think I have identified in my work, is the fertility oppositions symmetrical: avant garde and rear garde, old and new, traditional and modernity, cultural elite and mass culture. Because Jia Zhang-ke is always an in-between: Oriental and Occidental, process documentary and fiction process.

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