When Xi Jinping headed to the United States earlier this year in what everyone assumed was a pre-coronation victory lap, one of the more surprising outcomes of his visit ended up being a stopover in Los Angeles, where China agreed to increase the number of Hollywood films released in mainland theaters each year and significantly hike the percentage of box office revenue allocated to overseas producers.

With these pledges finally beginning to take effect, Jeremy Goldkorn hosts a special look at the state of the Chinese film industry this week in an episode of Sinica that features two veterans of the Chinese media scene: Will Moss from Imagethief and Jonathan Landreth, a Beijing-based freelance media and entertainment reporter who has written for major American publications ranging from the New York Times to the Hollywood Reporter. In a long and wide-ranging discussion, all three talk about China's on-again-off-again relationship with Hollywood, discuss China's new concessions and what they mean for the cinema industry, and ask how the rise of the Internet and digital distribution is affecting box office sales and the prospects of Chinese entertainment companies both at home and in foreign markets like the United States.

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 said on
September 15, 2012
Will Moss, I love you, but you have to be more careful with cutting people off! 谢谢你!
 said on
September 17, 2012
Duly noted. I get excited.
 said on
September 19, 2012
I really look forward to each episode of the Sinica podcast, but I must say as Hong Kong and China film fan, this is one of my favorite episodes to date. Very informative.

The points on watching film as a middle class form of conspicuous consumption now in China was particularly intriguing. I think that aside from the studio deal with Dreamworks, the news that the U.S. company plans to open its first theme park in China rather than the U.S. is rather telling of their thoughts about the future spending power of the middle class of both societies. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/business/global/08iht-park08.html
 said on
September 21, 2012
Recommendations

Will:

-Last Train Home by Fan Lixin

http://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/last-train-home-2009/id416319369

-Wikipedia: Motion Picture Production Code (US)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Production_Code

Jonathan:

-The Satiated Village, follow-up to the documentary The Starving Village, both by by Zou Xueping as part of The Folk Memory Project

Jeremy:

-Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fasti-Changing Land

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Characters-Profiles-Fast-Changing-ebook/dp/B008WY0V1O

 said on
November 2, 2013
Great podcast! Very informative about the film industry in China. Can't wait to watch the recommendations.

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