Christopher Nolan’s immersive storytelling storms mainland cinemas

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/6 18:08:39

Christopher Nolan Photo: Li Hao/GT


 
With his latest war film Dunkirk, director Christopher Nolan yet again has his name buzzing across China.

As of Sunday, only its third day of public screening in the Chinese mainland, the film had already raked in over 197 million yuan ($30.1 million).

On Douban, a major Chinese film rating platform, Dunkirk is currently rated 8.6 out of 10, sitting comfortably in the top 10 percent of both war and history films.

For many Chinese fans, the director was the main draw.

"I went to see the film because of Nolan," said Huang Ziyun, a moviegoer, whose opinion was echoed by many others. "His films have always delivered, so I had faith and high expectations for this one."

The film did not disappoint. Telling the story of the evacuation of British and French soldiers who were surrounded by the German army during a fierce battle in World War II, Dunkirk puts the audience through an immersive experience that many have found unique.

"There were many scenes that imposed an oppressive feeling on me, such as the scene where a number of young soldiers hid in a cabin which became the target for a shooting drill for German soldiers," said Shen Cong, a viewer in Beijing.

"It dragged the audience to the battleground right from the get-go," said a user named QueerasfolkChina on Douban. "The three storylines overlapped one another, making us struggle and panic inside out."

"I love the way Nolan has resorted to minimalism in telling the stories," he added. "Without much blood and violence, it easily presented the tension and brutality of war."

"Just take it as a anti-war story, and you'll be as touched as I was," said moviegoer Mao Zhuxin.



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