Chinese cinema turns to low-budget films as blockbusters fail to draw box-office gold

The release of Four Springs in cinemas across China earlier this month was a huge win for small players in the Chinese film industry. Made on a tight budget, the debut feature-lengthfilm from director Lu Qingyi, 45, is a 105-minute documentary about his family life in an obscure village in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou. Before turning to filmmaking in 2015, Lu had a raft of other jobs including working in a mine, playing soccer, and being a bar singer, painter, webpage designer and…

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