Growing Pains for China’s Booming Film Industry
The cover of this month’s Sanlian Life Week reads: “3,527 screens worth 5.1 billion RMB, China Cinema Recovers Lost Ground.” With growing flexibility on content and a growing base of moviegoers, annual revenue for domestic films has been increasing 25% for the past five years. However, Danwei.org’s translation of interviews from directors and industry professionals reveals disagreement on the quality and future of cinema in China.
Among the interviewees is Jiang Wei, general manager of EDKO Film Distribution, who straightforwardly states, “the vast majority of movies should not be filmed.” As opposed to the disciplined, producer-centered Hollywood where responsibilities are carefully planned, Wei points to the concentration of power as a problem for Chinese cinema’s development. Wei explains: