Online hit reveals the changing face of Chinese cinema
It’s a small film with a soft center and for the past six months it has held China in its grasp.
What’s more, director Xiao Yang’s 43-minute feature Old Boys is showing a generation of Chinese just what might be possible as their film industry continues to expand at an astonishing rate.
Since being released on the online video sharing website Youku on October 28 last year, Xiao’s film has now been watched more than 26 million times.
The film – a warm-hearted tale of two aging men who are able to chase their boyhood dreams thanks to a nationally televised TV talent show – has apparently hit a nerve with China’s “post-’80s” generation and has also tapped in to the nation’s massive online movie-watching market.