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Beijing Culture’s Song Ge Urges Mainstream Directors to Toe Government Line

The publicity-shy chief of Beijing Culture, which has backed such Chinese mega-hits as “Wolf Warrior II” and “The Wandering Earth,” openly urged film directors Monday to stick to material pleasing to the Chinese state, for the sake of their investors.

“If you’re shooting an art house or smaller budget films, it’s no problem — say what you want to say and shoot what you want to shoot,” Beijing Culture chairman Song Ge said at his company’s first-ever press conference, held at the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival. “But once you’re shooting with investors’ money, given the societal circumstances we have today, you should shoot films that reflect mainstream values.”

He defined those values as “things that the state allows you to shoot – things that the average people are used to seeing, that stabilize society.” Echoing the Communist Party line, he declared that “this is the place of commercial films.

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