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China's Encounter with Global Hollywood"Cultural Policy and the Film Industry, 1994-2013"$
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Wendy Su

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167060

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167060.001.0001

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The Film Industry as Negotiation of Space

The Film Industry as Negotiation of Space

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(p.75) 3 The Film Industry as Negotiation of Space
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China's Encounter with Global Hollywood
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Wendy Su

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167060.003.0004

This chapter traces the evolution of mainland China’s film industry, including production, distribution, and exhibition. The author argues that the formation of China’s film industry was a government-sponsored, top-down process combining both market forces and heavy governmental intervention. The Chinese government purposefully employed the strategies of theater chains, state-owned studios, and private investment in an attempt to revitalize the domestic film industry under the rubric of the party-state. As a result, a strong market-oriented film industry has been formed, and box office revenue has become the sole measure of a film’s success. Transnational and transregional coproductions have become major contributors to domestic film revenue and the backbone of the domestic film industry.

Keywords:   film industry, distribution, exhibition, theater chains, state-owned studios, private ownership, box office, coproduction

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