Chinese movies cover similar ground
Chinese movie fans have grown accustomed to seeing films of similar style that present different versions of the same story—and that will be intensified in 2011.
According to the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, several Chinese films with the same subjects have gained their permits.
That means audiences can “look forward” to three versions of Guan Yu [a well-known general living in the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220 AD)], four versions of Monkey King (the protagonist in the classical Chinese epic novel Journey to the West) and three versions of Mu Guiying [a famous female general in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) ]. The repetition may end up boring audiences.
In addition, HBstars plans to make the movie Taiji, to be produced by Kuo-fu Chen and Jet Li; however, Stephen Chow has also been planning his own version for two years, but it has been delayed while producers search for an improved script.