Martin Scorsese endorses Wu Tianming as 'giant of cinema'

By Zhang Rui
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A posthumous film from renowned Chinese filmmaker Wu Tianming is headed for a May release in China and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese sent his heartfelt tribute to the master.

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese. [Photo /]

"Wu Tianming was a true giant of cinema," said Scorsese in a promotional video. Wu was a Chinese film director and producer who was considered one of the leading "Fourth Generation" directors.

Wu finished his last film entitled "Song of the Phoenix" before his death but never had a chance to see it released. He died on March 4, 2014 from a heart attack, at the age of 74, just one month after he finished the editing for "Song of the Phoenix," which tells stories about the friendship between two suona horn (a Chinese woodwind musical instrument) artists from two separate generations.

According to Wu Yanyan, daughter of Wu Tianming, the lack of promotion funds led to the shelving of this film project after her father died. During the past two years, "Song of the Phoenix" eventually secured financial support from various "selfless" filmmakers and will hit Chinese theaters soon, she said recently in a meet-and-greet event after an advanced screening.

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