For the fourth consecutive year Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has teamed up with the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) to restore Chinese cinema classics and promote the development of the film industry. In 2014, efforts were centred towards restoring their first colour film, Wu Tai Jie Mei (Two Stage Sisters), using the latest 4K restoration technology, by both Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Shanghai International Film Festival. At the 17th annual Shanghai International Film Festival, the opening feature film will be the fully restored Wu Tai Jie Mei.
Wu Tai Jie Mei was directed by renowned filmmaker Xie Jin and the cast of stars includes Xie Fang, Cao Yindi and Shangguan Yunzhu.It was first shown to the public in 1965 and caused quite a stir then, hand has since been recognised as one of director Xie Jin’s masterpieces. The film’s melding of traditional opera and cinematic aesthetics, framed against the events of the national stage, offers a rare example of successful innovation and the film’s emotional depth and structural excellence make it a masterpiece of Chinese cinema of the 1950s and 1960s.
Jaeger-LeCoultre partnered with the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Cineteca di Bologna’s film restoration laboratory, acclaimed as “the high temple of film restoration,” to complete a full colour restoration of Master Xie Jin’s iconic production using the latest 4K technology. This was the first to employ 4K restoration among the many classic films being restored at the lab.
Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Shanghai International Film Festival officially began their partnership in 2011. Among the most important projects they have undertaken in the years since the formal announcement of their collaboration is the restoration of a number of Chinese cinema classics. Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first private company to participate in such film restoration work in China and is fully committed in its efforts to save China’s rich cinematographic heritage.