Creativity weak link in China’s film industry
Actor-director Jiang Wen’s latest movie, Let the Bullets Fly, has made over $100 million at the box office, beating out Inception and 2012 and making it the third highest grossing movie in China ever.
A major Hollywood studio has bought the right to remake Bullets. Is the film’s performance a testament to the emerging creativity of China’s movie industry?
In an increasingly competitive market, how can Chinese movies survive? Global Times (GT) reporter Chen Chenchen talked to Jia Leilei (Jia), director and researcher of the Cultural Development Strategy Research Center, Chinese National Academy of Arts, on these issues.
“In 2010, 526 Chinese movies were made, but only a few performed well. China needs to continue to practice some protective policies toward local films, or the domestic film industry will face a severe crisis.”