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In conclusion it can be said that personal and political factors have shaped the films of Chinese film-maker Zhang Yimou and caused him to come under the close surveillance of the Chinese censors Zhangs familys opposition to the ruling Communist Party prevented him from being able to join the Youth League which was the stepping stone to the Communist Party During the Cultural Revolution he had to work as a labourer in a spinning mill The enforced rustication undergone by those who like Zhang were teenagers when the Cultural Revolution was launched in 1966 brought him face to face with facets of modern China It made him distinguish between the peoples partys ideology and the reality of the hard and unromantic peasant life In order to improve his situation Zhang decided to start a career in film making Being rejected at first for a place at film school he learnt to find a way around that difficult situation by appealing successfully to the highest relevant authority At film school he and his colleagues didnt want to learn the established rules of socialist cinema They were the first class after the Cultural Revolution in a more liberal political climate and they wanted to invent and discover their own film grammar This group of film graduates is widely known as the Fifth Generation sometimes used synonymously with New Wave - those who have made a clear break with Socialist - Realist cinema Although Zhang proves his rebellious character in his first three films he must also learn to make artistic compromises He adds the political theme of resisting foreign invasion after the script of his first film Red Sorghum hadnt satisfied Chinese censors In his next film Ju Dou Zhang moves the time of the story to the pre-communist 1920s In Liu Hengs original novella the story was set in the 1940s Ju Dou only became a censorship problem when China tried to withdraw
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