Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Te Wei

Te Wei (1915 - 2010]) was a Chinese manhua artist and animator. He is probably best known for the 1956 short animated film TheConceited General.
From about 1960 he worked in an ink-wash animation style that was influenced by the painter Qi Baishi. Not permitted to carry on his animation during the Cultural Revolution and placed in solitary confinement for a year, Te Wei regained a position of artistic influence in the late 1970s and the 1980s with a series of animated films in painterly style.
The 1980s would be an intense period for Te Wei, who found himself in charge of some 500 workers at the studio. Still benefitting from state funding, the studio produced some of its most acclaimed and experimental work. Having stepped down as studio president in 1984, Te Wei directed the feature film Monkey King Conquers the Demon (1984), based on Journey to the West, and the acclaimed Feeling from Mountain and Water (1988), that would turn out to be his last film.
In 1989, the communist party honored Te Wei by naming him one of the four outstanding filmmakers in China's history.

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