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How Should China Improve Weak Links in Movie Industrialization?

China does not yet have a solid enough movie industry that can compete with Hollywood in terms of global influence

By Xu Mouquan Updated May.16

The Chinese movie industry has undergone a period of rapid development, and some believe that it can be described as having entered a stage of movie industrialization – project-based, standardized and a procedure-oriented process of filmmaking. They cited the big success of patriotic war-themed films Wolf Warriors II and Red Sea Operation, as well as the completion of construction on a major film production studio – Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis – that cost  50 billion yuan to build and takes up 166 hectares, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. 

But others counter that compared with the US, the world's leading movie maker, China is still taking its first steps. They further note that China does not have a solid foundation in movie industrialization and has a long road ahead before gaining a say and influence comparable to Hollywood movies, wrote Xiao Chuan in a commentary for the newspaper.

Xiao proposed that government should match the investment from private players with improved infrastructure to encourage movie production. It is important to develop a more standardized and complete movie-making process. Local governments can offer subsidies, such as tax incentives, to bring down production costs. 

Another weak link is a lack of professional filmmakers, especially top-tier talent with a rich Chinese cultural background and a global vision, according to Xiao. The Eighth Beijing International Film Festival proposed that there should be better mechanisms to nurture new directors. Others suggested that major film studios could act as a magnet for domestic and international film talent that can build a talent pool linked to the movie-making industrial chain.