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Connected through Remakes: Intercultural Dialogue between Hollywood and Chinese Cinema Industries

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Connected is a China-Hong Kong co-produced action-crime thriller released in September 2008. Remade from the 2004 American film Cellular, it is regarded as the first official Chinese remake of a Hollywood film. Specially focusing on the new case of Chinese remaking Hollywood film, this paper sets out to study the phenomenon of film remakes between Hollywood and the Chinese-language cinemas, and explores what has triggered the trend of remakes of East Asia in Hollywood. By tracing back the respective trajectories of remakes between Hollywood and Chinese cinemas, I will explore their different initiatives, modes, and outcomes of cross-cultural remaking, and examine the different attitudes of appreciating foreign culture and ways of appropriating the strength of foreign competitors embodied in the cross culture remake phenomenon.
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Keywords: Chinese language films; Connected; Hong Kong; cinematic remake; cross-cultural remaking

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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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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