“I am not so much in love with myself as people think.”

“It doesn’t really matter whether your film is about Mao, migrant workers, Japanese ‘devils,’ or the Red Guards and teenagers during the Cultural Revolution. As a filmmaker or scriptwriter, you are only ‘borrowing’ their voices to express things that are hidden inside you…. I personally think it’s impossible for a director to avoid expressing his/her inner self….

“As for the so-called ‘narcissism,’ I don’t quite understand this word. I think this notion could easily lead to misunderstanding. Based on my humble opinion, I know human beings can’t even sustain themselves without some kind of narcissism. Oftentimes I feel I can’t go out every morning without some sort of self-encouragement. Or, every evening I would customarily examine myself as to whether I’ve done something inappropriate. This kind of self-reflection often bothers me. No one is forcing me to behave that way. My friends often remind me that I should treat myself better. Sometimes I am even filled with self-remorse. I am not so much in love with myself as people think. But I don’t know if this is contradictory to the notion of ‘narcissism.’ To me, narcissism probably doesn’t necessarily mean that you are in love with yourself. On the other hand, I completely disagree with the notion that narcissism and autobiography are the two sides of the same coin. To me, every work of art carries some autobiographic traces, my In the Heat of the Sun included. But the characters featured in this film do not necessarily deserve your compassion and love. I don’t think Ma Xiaojun is a role model.”  

- Jiang Wen

interviewed in Lights! Camera! Kai Shi! In Depth Interviews with China’s New Generation of Movie Directors by Shaoyi Sun & Li Xun

(I’m really enjoying and gaining a lot of insight from this book.)

Curious about how bar height changes from lift to lift? This image shows Lu Xiaojun’s (-77kg, China) opening 165kg and his world record 176kg snatches at the 2013 WWC. The colored lines have been set at the top of the bumper plates on the top and at the exact same height on the bottom. – @HookGrip

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Heavy snatch day at China’s National Training Base at Beijing Sports University. Here is former Jr World Champion Xiong Pei snatching 90kg weighing 58kg and only 18 years old. If you would like to learn more about Chinese snatch technique, check out our December seminars with Lu Xiaojun and Liao Hui: http://www.chineseweightlifting.com/ma-strength-clinic-with-lyu-xiaojun-liao-hui/