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Inspired by "Cheburashka"

In Khabarovsk, the shooting of a large Chinese-Russian drama "The Blue Train"

Inspired by "Cheburashka"
Photo: Elena Vertyankina


The first location is a car repair shop on the outskirts of Khabarovsk. Decorators have already discarded it in 70-e: hidden siding and modern cars. A film crew from China is freezing, the director is beating dishes on a tripod. Without hysteria: this is a Chinese film festival on the day of the "motor". The plate was shattered exactly in 11.18 (the figure one is pronounced "yao", it is consonant with the word "must", "be", eight is "ba", consonant with "fa," hieroglyph dawn, wealth). Over the February snow smells aroma. Sacrificial pig head, a frequent companion of the traditional ritual on the first day of filming, decided not to take.



- Now there will be a fight of the friend of the main hero Xiao Wei, he will be beaten by bandits, and he will then go to the hospital. This is 70-e, Soviet timelessness. The genre is a drama about a man who had a temporary leap in his life, he was transferred from the past to his time in the Khrushchov time by the time machine, and realized that everything had changed, his house ceased to exist, his beloved, which he throughout the whole film will be seek, and ultimately find ... oh, this spoiler is already saying, shh, - stopped himself in conversation with East Russia Denis Usenko, director of the production of the film "Blue Train", the linear producer of the company "Russian Film Group".

According to the scenario, the main character and his friends work in the auto repair shop. The machines on the set are also retro, with all the consequences. Double for duplicate samples of the Soviet car industry stalled on the rise and on a flat spot.


- We came to the site early in the morning, our legs-hands did not obey, everything froze, but everything went smoothly! My concentration on my hero, on the shooting process, helps me. My hero - he's so handsome, fashionable, because when you get used to the role, you do not think about the cold anymore, - told the actor Zhang Ning Hao (a friend of the main character in the movie "Blue Train").

The Chinese on the set are mostly non-Khabarovsk, "imported" - 18 actors, selected by casting and narrowly specialized specialists, total 80 people. The four Chinese "hooligans", who now and then get warmed by the stove, came to Khabarovsk PI TOUG exchange.


Mafioznika higher ranked blue-eyed Russian, who in Russian - no gu-gu. We communicate through an interpreter. Great-grandfather Don De Shen crossed the Russian-Chinese border of Blagoveshchensk-Heihe on ice in 1926 year.


- In China, I belong to the Russian Diaspora, and people like me, more than 10 thousand people! But many of ours are no longer similar to Russians, because there is a mixture of blood, marriages with the Chinese, I still have the whole Russian family. I play a bad guy, I'm a negative hero. In general, I am an unprofessional actor, in my native land, in China, I am engaged in agriculture, - shared with East Russia Don De Shen.

Young, but already titled director of the film "Blue Train" Gian Da Lei speaks in Russian, on the contrary, almost free. In 2006, he graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television, for the film "The Summer Is Gone" received the prestigious award in Asia - the Golden Horse Awards. In his piggy bank, the Jury Prize at the Beijing International Film Festival, the Young Director award from the Chinese Film Association, and others. The Blue Train is the Chinese version of our Blue Car from the Cheburashka and the Crocodile Gena cartoon. Under the scenario, the protagonist spent 20 years for an accidental crime, and on a blue train returns to his youth to find the first love.


- With a tablecloth, a tablecloth, the long journey creeps in (sings). I heard the song "Blue Wagon" when I was 6 years old. In China there was another translation, more patriotic, about how we all are going to a brighter future. Later, already an adult, a friend from Russia showed me a cartoon about Cheburashka. This is a very bright feeling, I would like to pass it through the film! I'm probably an idealist. The protagonist Ma Biao is on the train will come back, - says Jan Da Lei, director of the film "The Blue Train".



In the coming month, the "Blue Train" will ride through the Industrial District, the Central and Multi-District markets, KrasnoRechenskaya Street and one of the tram stops in Khabarovsk. There will also appear "timeыand the Chinese in dresses, like a grandmother's trunk. Props for shooting - clothes, old furniture, telephones, phonographs, movie cameras, stoves-burzhujki, - collected more than one month. Air conditioners disguise themselves with special boxes, advertising signs will be closed or temporarily dismantled. Although in some places this is not required: for example, the micro-district The fifth site in 2018 turned out to be "almost authentic to that era". It remains to hang a huge poster with Yuri Gagarin, and at the same time remove the new cars from the streets. The duplicates will be filmed for 3-5 minutes, there will not be a collapse, they promise at the movie theater. 15 March in Khabarovsk specially comes tribute band "Sun Days", at a concert which, under the songs of Viktor Tsoi will be removed one of the scenes of the Sino-Russian drama.

And yet, why Khabarovsk?


"There is a lot of old architecture in Khabarovsk, more historical buildings than in other places that we saw. I liked very much the people who live here, they are very simple, straight, it also suits our film. We have many difficulties. We have been building a team for a year now. When we first arrived in Khabarovsk, we went to different locations, stuck ads that we collect and buy old props, clothes. To make friends with residents, and many of us do not speak Russian well, we bought sweets for children, bread, to feed pigeons along with residents. Props for the movie we also bought in China in the markets. Our director is a collector, he has a lot of old clothes, he studied the issue from the historical point of view in advance. As for the difference from Hollywood cinema, we do not have this industry, but the author's cinema, which has more to do with art, - the producer of the film "Blue Train" Zhang Jian is sure.

The premiere of the feature film "Blue Train" is scheduled for 2019 year. The budget of the picture is 20 million. " Until 1 March, the film team asks Khabarovsk to help with the 70-80-style wardrobe, especially the upper. Please, send photos of clothes to watsapp + 79242298169. Also, local residents of all ages are invited take part in extras.

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