Satirical film 'Gone with the Bullets' is looking to make it two years in a row of success for Chinese movies at the Berlin film festival. Francis Maguire reports.
A Chinese film took the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival last year and the makers of 'Gone With The Bullets' will be hoping to do the same this year. It tells the story of a con artist setting up an international beauty pageant that attracts thousands of courtesans from all over the world. But after a night of debauchery the conman wakes up next to a dead concubine and ends up becoming a fugitive. The film itself is a tribute to 1920s Shanghai and the birth of Chinese cinema. SOUNDBITE Actress, Hung Huang, saying (English): "Probably the most prominent thing about this film is the fact that it is a parody of modern day China, it is a satire, it makes fun of the nouveau riche in China. I think so much so that after the film was released one of the real nouveau riche in China actually protested the film on internet. And it was really funny, it was like life imitating art, you know." 'Gone With the Bullets' has big set pieces and extravagant music theatre scenes - which would be a challenge for most film makers to get to grips with. But that wasn't a problem for this film's director. SOUNDBITE Director of "Gone With the Bullets", Jiang Wen, saying (Mandarin): "I wouldn't say it is the most challenging film I have ever done. In fact it is probably the fastest film I have shot. It was a hundred days to the end of shooting. What I can say is that there is a lot more in it than a normal feature film can actually cover, in particular Shanghai, Shanghai in the 1920s and the birth of the first feature film in China. It wouldn't have been possible to do it in a simpler manner." 'Gone With the Bullets' will find out if it's picked up the prestigious Golden Bear on February 14th.