Chinese films explore ways to compete with Hollywood (Xinhua)

30 August 2011 21 h 17 min 19 comments

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — For Hollywood, the Chinese film market presented a splendid box-office report this summer.

In English.news.cn   2011-08-30 10:37:00, by Yang Liang, Yang Aihua

And among the top five box-office hits of all time in China, three are from Hollywood: “Avatar” with 182 million U.S. dollars, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” with 145.5 million dollars and “Kung Fu Panda 2″ with 91.5 million dollars.

However, “Legend of a Rabbit,” a 3D animated movie produced completely by a Chinese team and aimed at competing with the best of the West, grossed only 16.2 million yuan (2.5 million dollars) in the Chinese market last month after its release on July 11. The 18.8-million-dollar 3D production, which took more than 500 animators three years, on Sunday shared the Best Animation Award of Huabiao, China’s highest government honor in the film industry, along with three other animations.

The different performances of China’s “Rabbit” and the United States’ “Panda” in the world’s fastest growing movie market, whose box office gross increased by 64 percent last year to 1.5 billion dollars, also mirrored the wide gap between the box-office receipts of the two countries’ films in each other’s market.

In the last few years, China has become a key destination for big Hollywood films. “Avatar,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Inception” and “2012″ all grossed more ticket numbers in China than they did anywhere else outside the United States. However, Chinese films, even the blockbusters at home such as the earthquake drama “Aftershock,” could not make a success on the U.S. market.

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CO-PRODUCTION A WAY OUT

China has been endeavoring to let its films go global in ways including participation in various film markets and renowned international film festivals. But among the efforts, experts say creative partnerships between Chinese and foreign companies are one of the most important and effective ways.

Co-production can help not only to grow China’s own industry but also to export Chinese movies. Introducing Chinese movies to the world is part of China’s cultural strategy that helps to build up its soft power. “To increase our share in the international film market, we must spend much more efforts on film promotion and marketing,” Yang Buting, board chairman of China Film Promotion International, told Xinhua.

“Hollywood’s successful global distribution system will benefit Chinese films through co-production. To cooperate with foreign companies, it will be their job to distribute the film in their countries. This is much more effective than selling the film by ourselves,” said Yang.

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SOURCE: Xinhuanet (30/08/2011)

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