TIL that ‘Kung-Fu Panda’ (2008) was so successful in China that it caused a national debate on why Westerners made a better film about Chinese culture than the Chinese themselves.
“It’s very ordinary stuff for us, the story of ‘Kung Fu Panda.’ It appears in every classic story,” says Huang Rui Lian, a sports marketing manager who joined the throngs of Chinese who saw the film over the weekend. Huang says she enjoyed the film but was trying to explain why Chinese directors might not see the subject matter as unusual enough to merit such feature-length treatment nor such a box-office reception.
“Chinese are giving up the traditional culture left to us by our ancestors, that’s why no one cares about what we have,” says Wang Huamin, 26, a money manager. “Directors don’t cherish the culture, and audiences want to watch Western things, so people don’t think there’s a big market for films about Chinese culture. Our education system only focuses on students’ ideology instead of encouraging them to be creative. If we only watch ourselves from our position, we can’t get the whole picture.”
Wang says he did not regret that Americans had come up with “Kung Fu Panda” first. “Why shouldn’t we allow foreigners to make these kinds of movies? Sooner or later, Chinese people will realize that the best things we have are the things we already have.”
Source: Washington Post, Redit