Made in China, sold in the United States, and vice versa transnational Chinese cinema between media capitals
Author: Wang, Yiman
Source: Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Volume 3, Number 2, 1 June 2009 , pp. 163-176(14)
Abstract:This article considers the reconfiguration of Chinese cinema in the international media capitals. By analysing the US marketing of Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express and Zhang Yimou's Hero, both mediated by Quentin Tarantino, I emphasize Tarantino's role in facilitating a border-crossing feeding loop of production, exhibition and reception. This is crystallized in the success of DreamWork's Kung Fu Panda. The three films demonstrate a switch from made in China, sold in the United States to the reverse direction. The completion of the feeding loop requires that we re-recognize Chinese cinema as cinema made with Chinese elements that are dissociated from a geographical location or national identity, and are consequently extracted, appropriated and produced by international media capitals.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of California, Santa Cruz.
Publication date: June 1, 2009
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