Why Chinese Filmgoers Don’t Buy Hollywood’s Values Anymore

 /  Opinion  / 
"Until about 10 years ago, in the absence of a well-articulated set of national and cultural values, Hollywood stories and the ethics they promoted were aspirational to many Chinese. But now, we’re tired of them. They strike us as conventional at best, irrelevant at worst." Read More

How Onscreen ‘Losers’ Mirror the Lives of Young Professionals in China

 /  Opinion  / 
Depicting characters who fail in their attempts to attain higher social status, film and TV evoke harsh realities of life in today’s China. Read More

The 10 Best Chinese Language Movies of 2017 (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

 /  Guide  / 
2017 has been a very interesting year for the Chinese-speaking world. The collaborations between China and Hong Kong have resulted in a number of blockbusters, Chinese filmmakers continue to produce unique films, Hong Kong is trying to reinstate its former status, while Taiwan keeps producing masterpieces of all genres. Read More

China Falls in Love With Bollywood All Over Again

 /  Opinion  / 
Asian rivals India and China have started a new romance on the silver screen. After the run-away success of the sports biopic “Dangal,” or “Let’s Wrestle Dad!,” last year, Chinese audiences and film distributors have embraced Bollywood’s two-hour, song-and-dance filled offerings with a renewed relish. Read More

Why ‘Operation Red Sea’ Isn’t Like Other Chinese War Movies

 /  Opinion  / 
The film turns away from grand, black-and-white depictions of conflict to capture its cruelty and complexity. Read More

The Success Of Atypical Romance Films And China’s Changing Moviegoer Demographics

 /  Opinion  / 
The emergence of small-town youngsters and the success behind film The Ex-File 3 paint a picture where there is substantial demand for Chinese romantic comedies, provided the stories are solid, down-to-earth, and emotionally engaging. Read More

Can ‘Black Panther’ Change Chinese Attitudes Toward Race?

 /  Opinion  / 
The acclaimed superhero movie may challenge the nation’s misconceptions about Africa. Read More

Johnnie To, Hong Kong Cinema and the Mainland

 /  China Film Insiders  / 
Straddling their home turf and the highly profitable Mainland market, Johnnie To and Milkyway Image may be emblematic of challenges faced by Hong Kong cinema more widely – and of ways to tackle them. Read More

Can China’s R&D Boom Bolster the Quality of Visual Entertainment?

 /  Opinion  / 
The narrative around China’s visual entertainment industries tends to focus on quantity. The quality of Chinese content is rarely talked about with the same enthusiasm, not least in terms of graphics, effects, and animation. Read More