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Philippine Movies in 2001: The Film Industry Is Dead! Long Live Philippine Cinema!

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The Philippine movie industry has been reported dying for several decades now. It was reported dead in the 1960s with the advent of fly-by-night companies and the proliferation of sex movies called bomba in 1970. It died again, according to reports, in the 1990s with the reincarnation of bomba into bold movies and the rising competition of humongous Hollywood high-concept movies.
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Keywords: 2001; Philippines; cinema; commercial system; dying; industry

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: De La Salle University

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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