Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Contemporary American-Chinese film co-production
by Yin, Lu, M.A., Southern Methodist University, 2010, 135; 1483510
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines American-Chinese film co-production in the new millennium. It is the aim of this work to show that such a product of globalization in film industry is actually brought by the internationalization in many industries around the world in the new world economy, and is one of the trends of future developments of global movie industry. Both the relationship between the US film industry and the Chinese film industry and co-productions between the two are continuously affected by the relationship between the governments and economic activity generally, the specific relationship between the governments and their national film industries, and the negotiations of business practices, aesthetic norms, and conceptions of national identity which all must be negotiated for a coproduction to be successful.

The thesis paints a general landscape of the international film industry, especially between the Chinese movie market and Hollywood. This landscape forms the backdrop for understanding both China and America’s willingness to collaborate. Hollywood’s business model is one of efficiency and access to markets. The Chinese film industry, on the other hand, has only recently emerged from a long period of state ownership and control. Since 1979, economic reforms have increased private ownership in the Chinese film industry have made possible a massive modernization and professionalization of the industry. In the contemporary period, co-productions between Hollywood and China show a complex and reciprocal series of negotiations of division of labor, finance, government regulation, and popular taste. Two co-productions, Big Shot’s Funeral (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2007) illustrate how these negotiations take place. The thesis reaches the conclusion that American Chinese film co-production will become more and more popular as it represents a bright future of both American and Chinese film industries.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Heffernan, Kevin
Commitee: Griffin, Sean, Kompare, Derek
School: Southern Methodist University
Department: Cinema-TV
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Economics, Mass communications, Film studies
Keywords: American-Chinese film co-production, Chinese film, Economics, Globalization, Hollywood
Publication Number: 1483510
ISBN: 9781124374338
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