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Chinese Cinema’s Absent Allure

by Guest Blogger for Elizabeth C. Economy
Feng-Xiaogang-award Director Feng Xiaogang poses backstage after winning the best director award for his movie “I Am Not Madame Bovary” at the fifty-third Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 26, 2016. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Hollywood and the Chinese film industry. Read part one here.

When I ask my American friends what they know about Chinese cinema, most respond with blank stares. Less than half can name a single Chinese actor besides action giants Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen, who are for the most part Hong Kong-based actors and have long been part and parcel of Hollywood. Even fewer can name a Chinese director, though a handful know Zhang Yimou, whose cinematic vision, signature style, and long career have made him understandably the face of mainland Chinese cinema. Read more »

Hollywood and China’s Unequal Affair

by Guest Blogger for Elizabeth C. Economy
Great-Wall-opening Director Zhang Yimou (second from left) poses with cast members (left to right) Pedro Pascal, Tian Jing, and Matt Damon at the premiere of The Great Wall in Los Angeles, California, February 15, 2017. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the first post in his three-part series on the relationship between Hollywood and the Chinese film industry.

With China on track to overtake the United States as the world’s largest film market this year, Hollywood studios need no further incentive to tap into the vast potential of the Chinese market. Importantly, for the first time in five years, Hollywood studios will also soon be given the chance to renegotiate the terms of agreement on film releases in China. Read more »