Top-Earning Chinese Director Cites Martin Scorsese as His Only Influence
The maker of China’s biggest-ever homegrown box office hit said that Martin Scorsese is the only director who ever influenced his work behind the camera.
Jiang Wen, the once-blacklisted actor-director of the Eastern Western Let the Bullets Fly, cited the American directing icon’s influence in a rare interview published Wednesday in the state-run China Daily.
After watching a string of Scorsese movies in his youth, Jiang asked to meet the American director on a 1980 trip to the United States arranged by the U.S. Embassy, film critic Raymond Zhou wrote in the English-language newspaper.
“Scorsese has acted like a mentor, sending [Jiang] detailed materials from his production,” wrote Zhou, who will publish a longer Chinese version of the interview in the March issue of Harvest, a Shanghai literary magazine.