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

Scott Ross in Beijing: “China is Making Big Mistakes”

 /  Interview  / 
Chris Colman joined Digital Domain co-founder and visual effects pioneer Scott Ross to discuss China’s Hollywood ‘mistakes’, its quest to make global movies and the realities of VR. Read More

How Cinematic Heroes Reflect a New, Assertive China

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Both consciously and unconsciously, popular art, film, and literature have started to express this return to great-nation status and depict China as an ultramodern entity. Read More

China’s Cultural Reverse Course: From Independence to Patronage in Unofficial Media Production

 /  Opinion  / 
It has become obvious to many that China is undergoing a reverse course away from cultural openness and toward ideological closure. Read More

Why Chinese Animations Struggle to Capture the Country’s Essence

 /  Opinion  / 
The need to showcase notions of Chineseness deprives domestic animators of the simple pleasure of telling good stories through their films. Read More

Beijing Film Insiders Balk as China’s Film Market Moves Towards Becoming World’s Largest

 /  Opinion  / 
Though China's box office is indeed booming, some Beijing film insiders harbor doubts about China becoming the biggest movie market on the planet. Read More