1st Edition

The Early Transnational Chinese Cinema Industry

By Yongchun Fu Copyright 2019
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Based on extensive original research, including in studio archives, industrial surveys, official records, trade journals, and English and Chinese newspapers, this book explores the role of the American film industry in the development of cinema in China. It examines the Chinese industry’s response to the American industry and the consequences of this response. It also considers the attitudes of Chinese film practitioners towards Hollywood and the contribution of those figures who acted as intermediaries between the two industries. Overall, the book casts much new light on the early development of the film industry in China and demonstrates the huge influence Hollywood had on it.

    Winner of the inaugural 2021 New Zealand Asia Society Book Award, second prize.

    Chapter 1 Introduction, Chapter 2 Technology and the Trans/National in China’s Transition to Sound, Chapter 3 Response in Distribution Systems: From ‘Parrot’ to ‘Butterfly’, Chapter 4 Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: The Mode of Production in Chinese Cinema, Chapter 5 Movie Matchmakers: The Intermediaries between the American and the Chinese Film Industries, Chapter 6 Measuring the Outcome of China’s Response through Statistics, Chapter 7 Conclusion


    Yongchun Fu is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Design, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China.

    "A very important contribution to Chinese film studies, opening up new topics, providing new knowledge and contributing to important debates."

    Chris Berry, Goldsmiths, University of London