AP Interview: Jia Zhangke plans virtual reality romance

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese director Jia Zhangke says he will make a virtual reality film with a romantic story next year as he and viewers get used to the new medium.

The director, better known for films that depict China’s social changes and acts of violence, told The Associated Press that the short film would be a gentle romance as “it takes time for people to feel comfortable” in virtual reality.

He said Saturday: “The speed and direction of movements may make people feel physically uncomfortable, so we’re starting with a romantic story.”

VR entertainment consists largely of video games, but directors are slowing venturing into the new medium.

Jia says VR gives the audience more power as they choose what to watch.