Jonathan Landreth

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About Jonathan Landreth

Jonathan Landreth was the Founding Editor of China Film Insider in July 2015 and helped build CFI in its first year. In July 2016, he returned his focus to ChinaFile, the online magazine of the Center on U.S. China Relations at Asia Society. Landreth previously reported from Beijing from 2004 to 2012. His work appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, The China Economic Quarterly, Wallpaper, Reuters, Agence France Presse, and The Hollywood Reporter, often with a focus on the media and entertainment industries' affect on the world’s perceptions of China. Landreth was born in New York City in the Year of the Dog. He went to high school in Los Angeles, U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate, and got his master's degree at the Columbia Journalism School. He is the proud father of a Monkeychild born in Singapore and raised in Beijing and Brooklyn.
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Film Review: ‘Some Like It Hot’ More like Lukewarm Water

A typical, and not unentertaining contemporary Chinese comedy of upwardly-mobile, city-dwelling, professional-class Chinese boy-men, dumbstruck by hot young women who are not their wives, with an unsubtle moral tacked on the end.
By |January 18th, 2017|Featured Stories, Reviews|
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Talent is Hard to Nail Down: Part 6 of the First CFI Guide

In China, it’s very difficult for films to have start dates and for producers to have confidence that those start dates will be kept.
By |October 1st, 2016|Featured Stories, News|
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The Import Rules Are Strict: Part 3 of the First CFI Guide

In the run-up to China’s joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, negotiators hit a wall over the number of international motion pictures China would allow inside its borders each year.
By |September 9th, 2016|Featured Stories, Law|
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CFI Q&A: Li Bingbing’s English Tutor, ‘Mysterious Foreign Boyfriend’

When you hear Li Bingbing speak English, its polish on the road to Hollywood crossover at one time got a little boost from China Film Insider China correspondent Fergus Ryan.
By |September 9th, 2016|Featured Stories, People|
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CFI Q&A: Rian Dundon, English Tutor to China’s Leading Lady Fan Bingbing

China Film Insider spoke with Rian Dundon, who served as English tutor and private photographer for China's most recognizable film star, Fan Bingbing.
By |September 1st, 2016|Featured Stories, News, People|
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Exposing Sexual Abuse in China: Q&A with ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ Director Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang hoped that a woman called Ye Haiyan, who had offered free sex on the Internet to draw attention to the plight of poor women selling their bodies to support their children, would lead her to the prostitutes she wanted to interview.
By |July 4th, 2016|Featured Stories, People|
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CFI Q&A With Author Peter Hessler on ‘River Town’ the Movie

Not Since 'Iron and Silk' in 1991 has there been a major motion picture about an American teaching in China.
By |March 22nd, 2016|Featured Stories, People|
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CFI Q&A With Joan Xu, Young Screenwriter in Beijing

Xu, a recent "Global Shaper" at Davos, talks about the stories that drive her, making money, and dealing with being a relative newcomer in China's restricted movie business.
By |March 2nd, 2016|Featured Stories, People|
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CFI Q&A With Christopher Bremble of Base FX—Part Two

Bremble discusses his company's deal with China Media Capital, whether Hollywood executives can really "get" China, and much more in the second part of this interview.
By |February 16th, 2016|Featured Stories, People|
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CFI Q&A With Christopher Bremble of Base FX—Part One

As the Chinese appetite for big-budget movies grows, special effects services company Base FX, founded in Beijing in 2006 by American Christopher Bremble, finds itself situated right between those films’ traditional suppliers, the Hollywood studios, and the moviegoers they’re trying to reach harder than ever before.

Bremble talked with CFI Editor Jonathan Landreth about learning to […]

By |February 8th, 2016|Featured Stories, People|