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Movie Museums Celebrate Jackie Chan and Shanghai Cinema


History of Shanghai film

The other museum opening next year is the 15,000-square-meter Shanghai Film Museum on the original site of the Shanghai Film Group Corp in Xujiahui area.

Shanghai was the center of China's film industry and flourished during the golden period of Chinese cinema in the 1920s and 1930s.

The museum will screen films and film clips and exhibit old props, costumes, memorabilia and equipment. Important events in the history of Shanghai cinema, actors, actresses, directors and other figures will be covered in exhibits, including video clips.

Productions by the Lumiere Brothers arrived in Shanghai only a few months after film's world premiere in Paris on December 28, 1895. Major Hollywood film studios such as MGM, Columbia and Paramount, launched distribution agencies in Shanghai to promote movies. Many outstanding Chinese film directors emerged in the early period of cinema.

The museum will explain the production of "Yan Ruisheng" (1921), China's first full-length feature based on a famous Shanghai murder case. Exhibits will cover the first Chinese martial arts film "Burning the Temple of Red Lotus" (1928) and China's first sound film "Sing-song Girl Red Peony," both made by a Shanghai film company.

In 1941, the 80-minute "The Princess of the Iron Fan," China's first animated feature film, was made in Shanghai by the Wan Laiming and Wan Guchan brothers. In 1962, the Shanghai Tianma Film Studio produced China's first color film on a wide-screen "The Adventure of a Magician."

Local film celebrities and their families have donated hundreds of items for exhibition, including books, scripts and letters of famous playwright and screenwriter Xia Yan (1900-1995).

The museum contains a 4D-theater and several film studios in which visitors can be an actor, director or camera man.

Jackie Chan Film Gallery

Address: 525 Daduhe Rd

Shanghai Film Museum

Address: 595 Caoxi Rd N.

Other film venues

Shanghai Film Archive

It contains footage and digital copies of classic Chinese and foreign films. It regularly hosts theme exhibitions and foreign film showcases.

Address: 160 Xinhua Rd

Tel: 6280-6088

Shanghai Chedun Film Park

The park provided sets and backdrops for "Lust, Caution" (2007), "Perhaps Love" (2005) and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008). It contains varied styles of architectures and entertainment venues.

Address: 4915 Beisong Rd, Songjiang District

Tel: 5760-1627

Old Film Cafe

This is the place for people nostalgic for old movies. The cafe owner, a movie buff, is said to have copies of more than 1,000 old films. In addition to continuous screenings all day long, there are old film photos, posters and vintage furniture.

Address: 123 Duolun Rd

Tel: 5696-4763

Source: Shanghai Daily

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