Spectacular Cantonese Opera Film Amazed Expo 2020 Dubai
The trailer of the film White Snake attracted people from all over the world in the souvenir shop in the China Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. It indelibly impressed the viewers with the exquisite Chinese-style visuals, the harmonious Cantonese opera singing, and the story about constant love.
White Snake was produced by Pearl River Film Group Co., Ltd., Guangdong Cantonese Opera Institute and Foshan Culture Development Investment Management Co., Ltd..
Released in theater on 20th May 2021, White Snake was the first 4K, Dolby Atmos Cantonese opera film. It has earned 22 million yuan at the box office by January 5th, 2022, claiming the title of the highest-grossing Chinese opera film.The film has received positive reviews since its release. It was rated 8.2 out of 10 on the review site Douban, becoming one of the most critically acclaimed films this year and attracting a large number of young audiences.
White Snake garnered many accolades domestically and abroad, including a nomination for Best Chinese Opera Film at the 32nd China Golden Rooster Awards. It was screened in the VPB unit at the 76th Venice International Film Festival as well, winning the favor of numerous oversea audiences.
White Snake, adapted from The Legend of White Snake, one of China’s Four Great Folktales, presents the tragic romantic relationship between an immortal spirit and a human being with distinguished acting, melodious music, and striking special effects. It expands on the classic theme of love: its genuineness, beauty, and eternity. The film is considered to be a success in integrating the abstract expression in the opera with cinematic techniques.
Director Zhang Xianfeng says, ”Based on the traditional opera film, we explore more on the techniques of filming and expression. While most opera films in the past were shot on-location, the fantasy qualities of this story make its film adaptation suitable for using special effects. Therefore, we use the styles of traditional Chinese painting to visualize the conceptual elements of traditional opera performance. What we want to present is a kind of Eastern aesthetics where the imagery has the capacity to convey the abstraction.”
White Snake introduces the unique charm of Cantonese opera, an intangible cultural heritage, to worldwide audience at Expo 2020 Dubai. It is another milestone of Chinese culture shining on the global stage.