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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.

AG Cinema Trends Feb 2016 – post

By |February 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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What the Wanda-Legendary Deal Might Mean for Hollywood

The acquisition could teach China's richest man how to make movies that will help his core business stay afloat.
By |January 13th, 2016|Featured Stories, Opinion|
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When Push Comes to Shove—Movies, China, and the World: A Q&A with Richard Peña

Richard Peña, the director emeritus of the New York Film Festival, talks to us about the changes of China's national cinema and what Hollywood and China can offer to one another.
By |January 12th, 2016|Featured Stories, People|
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19 Chinese Films Richard Peña Recommends

Richard Peña, director emeritus of the New York Film Festival, shared his top picks from decades of watching Chinese cinema.
By |January 12th, 2016|Featured Stories, News|
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In ‘Mr. Six,’ China’s Changing and Staying the Same

Playing an aging gangster railing against the “little punks” who kidnapped his son in Beijing, Feng Xiaogang gives a solid performance as the title character of Mr. Six
By |December 28th, 2015|Featured Stories, Reviews|
  • From right, Emcee Jeff Locker fulfills a dream to pour Zhang Yimou, Director and Lifetime Achievement Award winner a cup of coffee during the 2015 Asia Society U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala held at the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Chinese Filmmakers Zhang Yimou and Zhang Zhao Honored in Hollywood

Over 20 years ago, Zhang Zhao was a bicycle delivery man working his way through film school at New York University. One day, the Shanghai native bought a ticket to Farewell My Concubine, his countryman Chen Kaige’s 1993 epic movie about Beijing Opera players caught up in mid-century political turmoil.

“ made me cry for […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Featured Stories, News|
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Zhang Yimou: ‘Even Though Our Market Is Growing Fast, We’re Still Not Satisfied’

Zhang Yimou's next film, "The Great Wall," due out in November 2016, is an unlikely departure for him and for China—a mega-budget English-language picture co-produced by Le Vision Pictures and China Film Group in China with Legendary and Universal in Hollywood, and starring Matt Damon, a big Chinese monster, and the most Chinese of landmarks.
By |November 4th, 2015|Featured Stories, People|
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Chinese Hits Miss Out on the Global Box Office

If he’d had the time after meeting American captains of industry in Seattle and Barack Obama at the White House, Chinese President Xi Jinping might have ducked out at the close of his United Nations appearance and into a New York movie theater to check on how China’s other soft power ambassadors—its movies, not its […]

By |October 26th, 2015|Featured Stories, News|