Future of Chinese cinema

the Wandering Earth

China is likely to become the world’s largest cinema market in coming years, according to industry insiders.It already has a robust multi-billion-dollar film industry which produces hundreds of movies every year, mainly for a large and increasingly affluent domestic audience.But some of the country’s biggest recent blockbusters have been criticized as overly nationalistic, effectively acting as government propaganda. Its two most successful box-office hits — “Wolf Warrior 2” and “Operation Red Sea” — were considered to have strong pro-Beijing overtones. Guo’s effort, however, breaks the mould.”There is little nationalistic plot in ‘The Wandering Earth’,” Chinese film critic Raymond Zhou told CNN.

Future of Chinese cinema

China is likely to become the world’s largest cinema market in coming years, according to industry insiders.It already has a robust multi-billion-dollar film industry which produces hundreds of movies every year, mainly for a large and increasingly affluent domestic audience.But some of the country’s biggest recent blockbusters have been criticized as overly nationalistic, effectively acting as government propaganda. Its two most successful box-office hits — “Wolf Warrior 2” and “Operation Red Sea” — were considered to have strong pro-Beijing overtones.Guo’s effort, however, breaks the mould.”There is little nationalistic plot in ‘The Wandering Earth’,” Chinese film critic Raymond Zhou told CNN.

But Zhou believes the success of “The Wandering Earth,” which has received positive reviews, could create a “new popular genre” of Chinese filmmaking.Certainly, Chinese audiences can expect more sci-fi. University of Macau film expert Tan See Kam said “The Wandering Earth” had broken a trend for Chinese New Year releases, which were traditionally almost entirely either comedies or action movies.Building of the success of “The Wandering Earth,” more sci-fi projects are in the works. “Shanghai Fortress,” about a major alien invasion, and intergalactic adventure “Pathfinder” are both expected to be released in 2019.”‘The Wandering Earth’ is about to become a legend in the Chinese film industry,” Tan said.



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