The great director Chen Kexin should already have a deep understanding of the difficulties of sports movies.
"Win the Championship" (formerly known as the Chinese Women's Volleyball Team) has been released for 10 days, with a total box office of 481 million, and its reputation has also been polarized. Before "Winning the Championship", both "Chinese Partners" and "Dear" directed by Chen Kexin were based on real events and gained a lot of glory with the unique Chen's sensational techniques.
Chen's sensational Dafa seemed to be less effective when it entered the sports field, which made me sweat for his "Li Na". I don't doubt the level of director Chen Kexin. I can only say that sports movies are not a bonanza of movies. The unspeakable concealment in the shooting process may be "exhausted". In the future, will any director have the courage to dabble in sports movies?
From a personal point of view, I think "Winning the Championship" can be regarded as a commercial film with a high level of production. It is still exciting to relive the history of the Chinese women's volleyball team's victory in Rio.
However, for volleyball fans, this movie relives the golden years. Its core plot is three games (the 1981 Women's Volleyball World Cup China-Japan decisive battle, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games China-US battle, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games China-Pakistan duel). The three classic battles in the history of the Chinese women's volleyball team were all ups and downs, and the game was full of story tension. Presenting these three games in a realistic way, the movie itself is closer to a documentary rather than a feature film. Volleyball fans will be willing to spend money to relive the bloody years, but such plot design is not friendly to non-volleyball fans.
It is true that the spirit of the women's volleyball team has long since become the mark of the times and has influenced people from generation to generation. But at the moment, the sport of volleyball cannot be highly popularized in the whole society, and the number of volleyball fans in the young group cannot reach an astonishing magnitude. The young group is the main force contributing to the box office, and the plot design of "Win the Championship" is too high for them.
The sports film "I am Marbury" encountered the same problem. This movie, which was released a few years ago, was born out of the experience of Beijing Shougang winning the CBA championship for the first time. More dramatic conflicts have been added due to the need of the plot. However, the core of the story-Marbury's team winning the championship is highly consistent with history. Basketball fans cherish all the details, but non-basketball fans may be confused.
Compared with "Win the Championship", "I Am Marbury" has a narrower audience, limited to Beijing Shougang fans, and it is inevitable that the box office will be on the street. "Win the Championship" has a higher mass base, but it can only allow volleyball fans across the country to make up a movie ticket for their feelings.
This is the puzzle of realism in sports genres. The competition itself is often full of tension and blood, but being too realistic will make sports fans feel boring, and non-sports fans will not be cold at all. Overhead is impossible, and it is impossible for a lifetime to be overhead. The fresh facts are there. Fabrication will make sports fans completely unacceptable, and sports fans are the real main force of sports movies. Choosing realism is destined to become the inevitable destination of sports movies, but it also becomes a "dead knot."
It is undeniable that the Chinese women's volleyball team is an excellent subject. From the five consecutive championships in the 1980s, to the ZTE in the Athens Olympics, and then returning to the top of the Olympics in Athens after experiencing a trough, the development of the Chinese women's volleyball team closely follows the pulse of the times, and can reflect the changes of the entire era in her.
There are good stories everywhere on the ups and downs of the Chinese women's volleyball team. The blood and tears during the five consecutive championships, the Sino-American battle at the Beijing Olympics, and the counterattack at the Rio Olympics. Of course, these are also full of stories. Don’t forget the "handicap incident" in 2002. The reversal of the Athens Olympics and defeating Russia to win the championship, the tension of the story is even greater.
Chen Kexin must make a trade-off. Obviously, the Chinese women's volleyball team's "handling the ball" is a restricted area he cannot touch. The taboo he faced was far greater than he thought.
For well-known reasons, only the name of an old women's volleyball team member of Lang Ping appeared in the movie "Win the Championship". The names of Yuan Weimin, Chen Zhonghe and all the other old women's volleyball players were not revealed. The Chinese women's volleyball team won the championship at the Athens Olympics only with a glimpse. Way to present. This cannot but be said to be a major shortcoming of the whole movie.
But we cannot criticize director Chen Kexin with this. After all, the movie "Win the Championship" is a propositional composition, which needs to take into account all aspects of interest. The spirit of the women's volleyball team has been integrated into the blood of the times. It is a golden sign. It does not tolerate any joking or exaggeration, and even part of the content is not allowed to be presented in a realistic way.
Chen Kexin is not only dancing in shackles, but also running naked in a Zhu Ba Jie pearl undershirt. One detail can be seen: the post-dubbing of the "accompaniment" lines in the entire movie is all processed as a "accompaniment coach", resulting in lip-synching and excessive camera switching. If it is a director with obsessive-compulsive disorder, I am afraid it will be driven crazy by this.
Almost all good sports stories are placed in the context of the Olympics, and the Olympics are closely linked to the image of the country, which is destined to have too many insurmountable "thunder pools" in sports movies. Almost all good sports stories involve the collision between the individual and the collective. In the torrent of the times, the fate of the individual goes through the ups and downs like a roller coaster, and it will impact our hearts time and time again.
However, I'm sorry, this is an eternal taboo.
Hu Na’s "treason incident", Jiao Zhimin hated the Seoul Olympics due to the "handing the ball incident", Xiaoshan Zhili's piercing "calling west", Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli's "handing the ball incident" at the London Olympics, which one can become sports The theme of the film adaptation?
National heroes must not be desecrated. There are countless mysteries behind Liu Xiang's two Olympic retirements, and I am afraid there will never be a way to be revealed. If you film "Liu Xiang's Biography," these must be detours, leaving the directors only the glory and dreams of Liu Xiang when he was 21 years old. If Wang Meng's experience is made into a movie, the fight in Lijiang and the fight in Qingdao are two hurdles that must be taken on Wang Meng's growth. These two focal events are related to the collective honor of the gold medalist, as well as the personal images of the Olympic champions and world champions. It is impossible to expose the scars to show the Chinese people.
For most of her career, Li Na was considered a hero against the anti-antibody system. Zhang Yang's personality is her biggest label, and the struggle with the group runs through her sports career. But these are related to the authority and dignity of the system, I believe it will not leave Chen Kexin with any creative space. Chen Kexin's "Li Na" can only focus on the relationship between father and daughter, husband and wife, and the love and hatred between Li Na and rivals such as Serena and Clijsters.
If a sports film involves individual athletes' struggles and struggles within the system, they can basically only face the fate of being deleted. Sports genre films not only need to be censored by the radio and television system, but also face the censorship of the sports system, and the room for play is extremely tight.
Facing a pair of invisible big hands, the great director Chen Kexin was helpless, let alone other young directors. In "Wrestle!" After the explosion of "Dad", the General Administration of Sports issued relevant documents to support sports movies, and a large number of sports movies were put on the agenda. However, if the creative environment cannot be loosened by the directors, all directors can only shoot the same theme movies. Will the market and audience pay the bill? The 481 million box office of "Win the Championship" seems to give the answer.
To sum up, sports movies are not a good type of movie. There are risks in entering the market, and investment needs to be cautious.