China official gets taste of Hollywood at film fete

Wang Xue Xian, the consul general and ambassador of the People’s Republicof China, got his first taste of a Hollywood mixer Monday night–at a dinner honoring the Chinese Film Delegation at his own home.

Instead of diplomats and politicians, the ambassador was milling with exex from Warner Bros.

–the only major studio to turn out–and other Los Angeles-based independents. Representatives from about 15 companies, including Samuel Goldwyn, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the American Film Marketing Assn. , Crown Pictures Intl., 21st Century Film Corp. and the Summit Export Group, attended.

It was a chance for him to tout the PRC’s 16 studios, which produce about 130 features annually, particularly the eight being shown during the China Film Series in Alhambra.

“The film industry is very important to China, since it will be an industry of growth in the future,” he said. “This is the third China film series and I will probably become more involved.” He has only lived in L.A. for a year and five months “but I have a feeling that this may become a routine exercise.”

Among PRC guests at the dinner included some of that country’s top talent: Actor Tiecheng Wang, who won that country’s top film honors — the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flower Awards this year; Director Zhou Xiaowen of the Xian Film Studio, who won a special Golden Rooster Award in 1987 and has five films under his belt; and stage, TV and film actor Li Fazheng. Representatives from the China Film Export & Import Corp., a liaison between the U.S. film industry and the PRC, included: V.P. Chen Shaolin, also head of the China Film Delegation; and regional manager of North America Affairs Qiu Cui Ding.

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