From the blockbuster
Gravity to Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai, Chinese elements are becoming more
common in foreign movies.For many foreign filmmakers, Chinese elements
are frequently used to help movies appeal to Chinese audiences and bring
in box office earnings. In 2014, Chinese movie lovers spent more than
30 billion yuan at the cinema.
what else can China contribute to the global movie industry? Filmmakers
and critics to the 5th Beijing International Film Festival have many
Minkoff, director of The Lion King, said Chinese culture was
fascinating to foreign audiences. He offered the movie Kung Fu Panda as
an example in which the Chinese culture, especially martial arts,
attracted audiences from across the globe.
a long history, China has tons of stories about its thinkers,
philosophers, poets and painters, which provide a treasure trove for
filmmakers. Chinese film critic and writer for China Daily Raymond Zhou
agreed. “Chinese mythology, folklore and legends could be readily
accepted by foreigners if told in a proper way," he said.
animated film Mulan is derived from Chinese ancient poetry. French
movie, the Prince and the 108 Demons, or les 108 Rois-Demons, is an
adaption of the classic Chinese novel Outlaws of the Marsh.
the film festival, Tom DeSanto, American film producer and
screenwriter, announced that he was planning to make a trilogy based on
Chinese classic novel the Legend of Deification. It was a legendary
story about the decline of Shang Dynasty and the rise of Zhou.
increasing number of Chinese actors and actresses appeared in foreign
movies. Andre Morgan believes China is home to many talented young
During her 50 years
in Hollywood, Lisa Lu, who starred the Last Emperor and the Joy Luck
Club, witnessed the changes of Chinese actors and actresses.Lu believed
that those with opera or martial arts background find it easier to be
accepted by foreign filmmakers and audiences.
the best-known Chinese Kung-fu star was Bruce Lee. Jackie Chan also
impressed foreigners with their action performances. Chinese faces even
appeared in the Resident Evil, Transformers and X-Men series.
China is also
investing heavily in the film industry overseas. Last June, Chinese
conglomerate Fosun International became shareholder of US media company
Studio 8. In 2012, Dalian Wanda Group bought US AMC Entertainment for
$2.6 billion. It has become world’s largest cinema chain operator. By
the end of 2014, China has signed contracts with the governments of
eleven countries, including France, Great Britain, Italy to make films
people are becoming more and more passionate in filmmaking," said
Katzenberg. Development of film industry has reached a gold period, he