I look at American movies, the big muscles, and try to apply that to Chinese film-making.
These days I'm mostly familiar with two parts of L.A.: one is movie culture, and the other is Asian culture. The Westside is work, and the Eastside is Chinese - which means my friends.
I don't have incredible knowledge about films or of filmmaking history I'm not that kind of person.
Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.
I think a lot of people do big movies not because they are talented artists but because they can function in the circumstances.
My father was the center of the family, and everyone tried to please him.
3D is quite a lot more advanced in animated movies for live-action movies we're just taking baby steps, we're just in the beginning.
Sensitivity and money are like parallel lines. They don't meet.
Over the years Woodstock got glorified and romanticised and became the event that symbolised Utopia. It's the last page of our collective memory of the age of innocence. Then things turned ugly and would never be the same again.
I'm just a pretty regular dad.
If there's something that can be formulated, regulated, give you security, then nobody would lose money. Every movie would be successful. And that's certainly not the case.
In the past I've made movies that were pretty universally liked. You can't really hate them. You can discard them, but you can't really hate them.
The source of all the material comes from nothingness, illusion is working more on things you can prove. That's the principle, the essence of life, it is actually an illusion, not immaterial. That's worth pursuing. So illusion is not nothing. In a way, that is the truth.
When I sent those scripts, that was the lowest point of my life. We'd just had our second son, and when I went to collect them from hospital, I went to the bank to try and get some money to buy some diapers, the screen showed I've got $26 left.
I think the American West really attracts me because it's romantic. The desert, the empty space, the drama.
The fear factor actually brings the genuineness.
After making several tragic movies in a row, I was looking to do a comedy, and one without cynicism.
Economically, it's more expensive to make movies. I hope digital movies change that.
Sexuality is a big issue, but there are others - how much you commit to a relationship, to social obligation, to honesty and being honest with yourself.
You can get rich or famous by doing the same thing.
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