Cinema of China

Xinyi Li (xxl5093)

After Government of the Republic of China retreated to Taiwan, Chinese film started to split apart. Many industry delegates stayed in Shanghai or immigrated to Hong Kong, Taiwan, or other regions in the world. During the Cultural Revolution, film industry entered the downturn of stagnation. Until the Reform and Opening up, the industry started to awaken. The consumption-directed mentality drives big stars, grand spectacles, and high cost, such as Hero and The Banquet.

China is the fastest-growing movie market in the word and then become the world’s second-largest film market after North America in 2012. At the same time, China is now the third largest film producer in the world, after India and the United States. China produces three main kinds of movies: commercial films, propaganda films, and art films.

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The Battle of Dingjunshan, which was a recording of Beijing Opera, was the first film in China.

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Around 1949 to 1976, it is the Red Period of Chinese film industry because most of Chinese films at that are acclaiming the educational meaning of the socialism New China. During the Cultural Revolution, the themes of the film are limited, and only Model Operas are left, such as The White Haired Girl, The Harbor, and The Red Detachment of Women.

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From 1980 to 1995, Chinese film industry started to awaken with the new demeanor of opening. The prototypical films are To Live, Farewell My Concubine, and Red Sorghum. Most of The films at that time are talking about the war.

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Then, the formally commercial films came into Chinese society. After Big Shot’s Funeral of Feng Xiaogang, Chinese film workers were seeking the method to make commercial films that embrace the market in China.

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After 2000 to 2006, most famous directors started to shoot unusual blockbusters, such as Hero, Hose of Flying Daggers, and The Banquet. These kinds of films usually have big stars, grand spectacles, and high cost. However, many film makers need to break the situation because it will limit the films, which are closer to the real life.

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Nowadays, films, combining with both business and life, or history, are common in Chinese market, such as Aftershock, If You Are the One, and Sacrifice. These films are recomposed by history or true story, but with commercial composition.

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