WikiLeaks: China’s future leader prefers Hollywood over Chinese films
China’s vice-president is a big fan of Hollywood’s World War II movie but says many top Chinese films are “not worth very much”, according to a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
It was extracted from a 2007 conversation between then US ambassador to China Clark Randt and Xi Jinping.
Xi, now vice-president and widely expected to succeed President Hu Jintao in 2013, told Randt he “tremendously enjoyed” the 1998 Steven Spielberg war epic “Saving Private Ryan”, the cable said.
He pilloried the kungfu action movie genre, now all the rage in China, and in particular “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” an international hit in 2000 by Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee, saying of such films, “all are the same, talking about bad things in imperial palaces.”