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Wu Tianming dies at 74; Chinese director shook up state-run studio
Wu Tianming dies at 74; Chinese director shook up state-run studio

BEIJING — In the mid-1980s, Wu Tianming's star was on the rise. With China opening up to the world after the Cultural Revolution and Mao Tse-tung's death, he had found success as director of movies including "Life" and "The Old Well" and as the head of the Xi'an Film Studio. Under his guidance, daring and innovative filmmakers like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige were bursting onto the international scene with pictures like "Red Sorghum" and "King of Children." Wu was making a name for himself for his willingness to shake up an ossified state-run studio — and was raising eyebrows for calling out Communist Party bureaucrats who...

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