China's Encounter with Global Hollywood
Cultural Policy and the Film Industry, 1994-2013
In China's Encounter with Global Hollywood, Wendy Su examines the intertwining relationships among the Chinese state, global Hollywood, and the Chinese film industry while analyzing the causes and consequences of the rapid growth of the nation's domestic film production. She demonstrates how the Chinese state has consolidated power by negotiating foreign interest in the lucrative Chinese market while advancing its cultural industries. Su also reveals how mainland Chinese and Hong Kong filmmakers have navigated the often-incompatible requirements of marketization and state censorship.
This timely analysis demonstrates how China has cannily used global capital to modernize its own film industry and now stands poised to step clear of Hollywood's shadow. The country's debates—on- and offscreen—over cultural change, market-based economic reforms, and artistic freedom illuminate China's ongoing efforts to build a modern national identity.
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"This book is a vivid thick description on China's tug of war with global Hollywood. Wendy Su walks us through the complex interplay between market and politics in the film industry in today's postsocialist China."—Anthony Y. H. Fung, author of Global Capital, Local Culture: Transnational Media Corporations in China
"There is much talk of a 'win-win' partnership today between China and Hollywood. While the investment capital and mass audiences that Hollywood moguls are hungry for can be found in China, Chinese film makers seek the tacit knowledge and 'soft skills' associated with successful Hollywood blockbusters. Wendy Su's forensic account of the recent history of China-Hollywood relations in the film industry captures why such a relationship has not been smooth, with considerable questions about politics, ideology, economic power and cinematic integrity arising in such relations."—Terry Flew, author of New Media
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