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The Century-Old Nightclub 百年夜店
Proposal : Yao Liang
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It is the first Chinese documentary that records the culture of century-old nightclubs in China. It presents us panoramically with the growth of century-old nightclubs from Shanghai’s Broadway and CIROS Dance Hall that arose during 1920s and 1930s to discos that sprung up in the 1980s. Popular elements at that time now have developed into various bar cultures, from Hongkong’s Lan Kwai Fong and Shanghai’s night bars to Beijing’s Sanlitun and Workers' Stadium. The documentary describes the early development of pop culture and sees the new crop of popular resident singers, from those in 1980s to modern ones that Chinese now crazy for. They are unique in China owing to the rapid growth of bars. The film details how these people in 1980s become the pop singers and the impact they had on the later development of pop music in China. In addition, the film would interview many leading founders and elites in film industry and tells us about the grand history of the integration of Chinese and western culture, which would bring great fun and visual delight to our audiences.

Yao Liang
Producer, Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre 
Producer and Director, Shanghai Skullfilm Co., Ltd  
Film dubbing, Sichuan Conservatory of Music Film  
Film Production major, Australia Sydney Film School  
Yao has dubbed for hundreds of film characters in his early years and now, he still dubs for Doctor Watson in Holmes, the classic animation. He turned to the preliminary production of films in 2008 with preference to documentary and has participated producing dozens of advertisements and documentaries as the producer, director and also photographer. He has been a camera operator, photographer and executive director for dozens of 16mm and 35mm films, digital short films, television commercials and promotional films. His documentaries includes On Mortise and Tenon(《榫卯说》), Dreaming of Youth, Memory to be Recalled(《不该忘却的回忆》), Monkey King is Coming(《大圣来也》), Dream of Dawn(《黎明的梦想》), Station and Fracture etc.