Variety said of Swordsman in Double Flag Town: There's never been a film quite like China's first western, where ‘The Long Riders' meets ‘Chariots Of Fire'...The ‘Swordsman In Double-Flag Town' is a terrific action/romance western... Of Sun Valley, the publication noted, Aficionados of the American Western should get a kick out of ‘Sun Valley,' a psychological noodle oater that makes the wilds of China's Gansu province look as familiar as Wyoming.
He Ping is best known in the Chinese film world for these films which take place in China's vast and sparsely populated western provinces – regions where for centuries the cultures of China and central Asia have met and mingled. But he also showed his range by garnering worldwide acclaim for the 1994 period domestic drama Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker.
The world's top film festivals have honored He Ping and his films. The Berlin Film Festival awarded him the Young Director's Prize (for Swordsman in Double Flag Town) and a special mention (for Sun Valley). The San Sebastian International Film Festival also awarded him a special mention for Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker. When not directing films himself, He Ping is also an important figure working behind the scenes as a producer and supervisor with some of China's top directors. Born in 1957, He Ping came up in the film industry step-by-step, working for several years as continuity person and assistant director before becoming a director.
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