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The Success of the Chinese Film Industry in the 21st century and its Impact on Mainstream Cinema

Marcin Krasnowolski
language: Polish
subtitles: Polish, English, Dutch, Finnish, Italian


In the past decade, Chinese film industry has experienced an incredible boom – thousands of films are being produced, tens of thousands of screens are being built. Cinema has quickly turned into a political issue, and the Chinese Communist Party is censoring it to use films for its propaganda purposes.

Hollywood, which is always on the lookout for new sources of profit, has also taken an interest in China. But the access to the market comes at a price – the Dream Factory needed to modify its productions and, as a result, it introduced self-censorship. What are the possible consequences of this phenomenon?

Marcin Krasnowolski

Freelance journalist, film scholar, and Five Flavours Asian Film Festiwal programmer. Author of many articles about Asian cinema. His interests include films from Korea, Hong Kong, and China, and the flow of inspirations between Asian and non-Asian cinemas. He also works in international TV production.


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Further reading

Feeding The Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, and American Business (2020), Chris Fenton. Post Hill Press

Hollywood Made in China (2017), Aynne Kokas. University of California Press

Made in Hollywood, Censored by Beijing. The U.S. Film Industry dnd Chinese Government Influence, James Tager

Pożyczona łódź. Jak Chiny rozegrały fabrykę snów, Marcin Krasnowolski. Ekrany 04/2020

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