Wu Jing Becomes a Sharp Blade Through 10 Years of Honing
The Organizing Committee of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) has officially announced that Wu Jing, Chinese director, actor and Vice Chairman of China Film Association, will serve as a Jury Member of the “Tiantan Award”. It is the debut of his being a jury member at the BJIFF.
Poster for Wu Jing as a Jury Member of “Tiantan Award”
Born in Beijing, Wu Jing brings the “sophisticated” manner of Beijing natives onto screen. He also presents the “sophistication” of contemporary Chinese films and filmmakers to the audience at home and abroad.
The Battle at Lake Changjin
As of the publishing date, out of top 10 box office of China, he worked as director or leading actor of four films, namely The Battle at Lake Changjin, Wolf Warrior 2, Wandering Earth and Water Gate Bridge. Being in the film industry for 28 years, Wu Jing has become a popular filmmaker well received by the vast majority of audience, and engraved relevance to Chinese culture and fresh global vision in his filmmaking practice and reflection.
Wu Jing has made multiple appearances at the BJIFF: ambassador at the 10th BJIFF, member of the cast & crew of The Battle at Lake Changjin, opening film of the 11th BJIFF, on the red carpet, and this time as a jury member.
His classic roles include Ma Renxing, a soldier of the Jizhong Calvary Regiment that gives out cakes to villagers, artilleryman Guan Lei, who shares corn with his comrades, company commander Wu Qianli, who teaches his little brother to bite frozen potato, mountaineer Fang Wuzhou, who eats highland barley with his teammates, Leng Feng in Wolf Warrior, who makes barbecue for a young African boy, and astronaut Liu Peiqiang, who drinks vodka with his Russian peers and AI robot, etc.
Wu Jing portrays all kinds of Chinese heroes, and brings them alive with simple, frank, warm-hearted, optimistic and humorous characteristics. His martial art skills, actions and smile present the beauty of masculinity, patriotism and confidence in mankind’s future.
Wu Jing himself is a loyal and straightforward fan of Chinese films. In order to help make director Frant Gwo’s Wandering Earth widely seen, he gives full play to his “decent manners”, a Beijing dialect meaning generosity, loyalty to friends, and sophistication.
Wu Jing even made an offer that director Frant Gwo cannot refuse: “I’m helping you today, and hope you will help those in relentless pursuit of the art of film in future”. That’s a lot of stress. (P.S.: To show his sincerity, Liu Peiqiang drank first and then lit Jupiter on fire. Then the residents in Beijing found out that he was appointed as the ambassador of Beijing’s fire safety!) Such stress and motivation towards films bring together filmmakers in China and around the world.
Wu Jing is a martial artist growing up by Shichahai in Beijing. He started practicing martial art at the age of six, and won championships at the age of sixteen. Even after he works in the film industry, he keeps the habits and self-discipline of Beijing martial artists. All the fights, wounds, injuries and scars were recorded via big data by netizens. Undoubtedly, he is the jury member with the most stitches (more than 100) at this edition of the BJIFF. In the three-minute long shot underwater fight at the beginning of the Wolf Warrior 2, he was dragged down rapidly into the depth of the Red Sea by lead blocks; at the extremely cold shooting location at minus 40 degree Celsius of The Battle at Lake Changjin, he felt the same as the Bingdiao (meaning “ice sculpture”) company.
Wu Jing’s film experience and understanding comes from the martial artists’ philosophy of laboring one’s bones and starving one’s body, as well as the virtue of suffering and resilience shared by all contemporary Chinese filmmakers. In this way, Chinese films can acquire new capabilities and contribute to the worldwide filmmaking community.
Wu Jing Participates in Public Welfare Activity
A great knight fights for his country and people. Chinese films are all about people. As a martial artist and filmmaker, Wu Jing is also actively engaged in public welfare activities. He was found busy in the Wenchuan earthquake, Ya’an earthquake and Wuhan epidemic, etc.. He was named the “National Young and Middle-Aged Literary and Art Worker” in 2022. His life experience contributes to art creation. He realized, “When making films, we should pay close attention to experience of life, emotions, social relations and conventions. In doing so, we can draw on more real experience for filmmaking”.
Wu Jing is frank and sincere. When it comes to performing martial action by himself, he blurted out, “Chinese films are all about being authentic. We make good films with sincere attitude and responsibilities. That’s what Chinese filmmakers insist on.” But sometimes, he suddenly became a proficient Beijing comedian. When he was asked by journalist about why he started directing, he said, “There are two reasons. First, no director comes to film me. Second, they are poor, and can’t afford me.” Such a mixture of mischievousness like A Fei (in Legend of Dagger Lee), humor like Wanzhu, and righteousness like Leng Feng (in Wolf Warrior) makes him a unique Beijing native master.
When it comes to his passion about films, his sincerity and humility are particularly moving, “I’m just a piece of match that lights up hundreds of millions of matches together. We are all united.”
In the summer of 2022, Shichahai is embellished with willows, red lotus flowers and green lotus leaves. The martial artist is revisiting. Let’s look forward to Wu Jing presenting a new unknown side to the audience as a jury member for the first time.