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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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Artistic and Critical Cinema under a Triple Threat

Artistic and Critical Cinema under a Triple Threat

Marketization, Hollywoodization, and State Censorship

(p.105) 4 Artistic and Critical Cinema under a Triple Threat
China's Encounter with Global Hollywood

Wendy Su

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter analyzes the intertwined relationships among the state, Hollywood capital, Chinese film producers. Citing sixth-generation filmmakers such as Jia Zhangke, Zhang Yuan, Wang Xiaoshuai, Wang Quan’an, and Gu Changwei, as well as younger filmmakers such as Lu Chuan, Guanhu, Yang Shupeng, and Ning Hao, the author discusses film professionals’ strategies to resist state repression, their subtle relationships with global capital, and their unfailing efforts to pursue their art while struggling for market survival. After reviewing China’s censorship system and various film directors’ strategies to survive, the author argues that their movies reflect a fractured national identity and moral collapse, a strong sense of dislocation and disorientation, and a “no way out” perspective. Trapped by the state censorship system, box office pressure, and the unswerving power of global Hollywood, Chinese film modernity has yet to arrive.

Keywords:   state censorship, critical cinema, marketization, global Hollywood, sixth-generation directors, film modernity

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