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Chen Mo and Meiting

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Director  Liu Hao
Music director  Ge Song
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Country  China
6.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Liu Hao
Producers  Liu Hao, Dan Dongbing
Writer  Hao Lui
Language  Mandarin
Chen Mo and Meiting movie poster
Cast  Huanan Du, Lingbo Wang
Release date  Berlin: February 15, 2002
Initial release  November 28, 2002 (Germany)

Chen Mo and Meiting (simplified Chinese: 陈默和美婷; traditional Chinese: 陳默和美婷; pinyin: Chén Mò hé Měiting) is a 2002 Chinese romantic drama film written and directed by Liu Hao. It was Liu's directorial debut and stars Du Huanan and Wang Lingbo as the titular Chen Mo and Meiting.

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The film was produced independently of the Chinese bureaucracy, primarily from funds solicited by Liu Hao himself, as well as some foreign investment from the Germany-based Zero Film.

Chen Mo and Meiting tells the story of a flower vendor and a massage parlor girl, the children of persecuted intellectuals during the Cultural Revolution, as they enter into a shy and tentative romance.

Production

After writing the screenplay for Chen Mo and Meiting, Liu set out to find the money to finance his project. Eventually Liu was forced to search for benefactors from the phone book, eventually raising ¥140,000 from a friend in Shanghai.

Given the small budget, the film production was limited with Liu and the crew living in a small basement to save on housing costs. Post-production was funded primarily from Liu and his producers selling calendars on the street, eventually paying off debts over the course of two years.

Though filmed in 16 mm, the film was blown up to 35 mm during post-production.

Release

Chen Mo and Meiting was screened as part of the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival's international Forum program. The film managed to win two awards at the competition: a NETPAC Prize and a Special Mention in the Premiere First Movie award.

The film was also screened at the 2002 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as part of its "Another View" program for more experimental works.

As an independent and foreign-financed film, however, Chen Mo and Meiting was not given official approval and as a result was not released in China.

References

Chen Mo and Meiting Wikipedia
Chen Mo and Meiting IMDbChen Mo and Meiting themoviedb.org


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