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Taiwan Panorama / Editors' Choices / Article:Chen Kuo-fu--Back With a "Message"
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Chen Kuo-fu--Back With a "Message"
Teng Sue-feng/photos courtesyof Huayi Brothers Media/tr. by David Smith
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Photo explanation: Chen Kuo-fu, described as the guiding force behind the scenes at Huayi Brothers Media, has parlayed his acute cinematic judgment into a string of films that have scored big with both critics and moviegoers.  (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Chen Kuo-fu, described as the guiding force behind the scenes at Huayi Brothers Media, has parlayed his acute cinematic judgment into a string of films that have scored big with both critics and moviegoers. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)

Seven years ago, director Chen Kuo- fu sent of a jolt of life into Taiwan's flagging film industry with Double Vision, a thriller flick that topped all local films at the box office in 2002 by grossing NT$80 million. Seven years later he has again scored big at the box office, raking in RMB200 million in mainland China with The Message, the first Chinese-language spy film of the 21st century.

He is one of just a few directors from Taiwan who has operated successfully in both Hollywood and China, and has taken part in international cinematic collaborations. Having been through the baptism of the film renaissance that Taiwan experienced in the 1980s, Chen in the role of film producer has now brought Chinese-language cinema into a new realm.

Chen works out of Huayi Brothers Media, near Shunyi, an out-of-the-way burg about 40 minutes by car from Beijing Capital Airport. The company is headquartered in a two-story grey building with guards and a lawn. This is where he produced Assembly in 2007 and If You Are the One in 2008, each of which broke the box-office record in China for a domestic film. The man who has made it all happen is Taiwanese film director Chen Kuo-fu .

Chen at age 51 has now lived in Beijing for the past four years. The Message is the first film he has directed in seven years, for his career has led him in the meantime toward greater creative control as a film producer.

 
 
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