Progress, Problems, Prospects
This concluding chapter explores developments in Chinese cinema in the twenty-first century, focusing on representative directors and important works in an industry dominated by transnational coproductions of blockbuster films. It presents two tables of the latest market statistics: annual feature production and exhibition and annual domestic film box office for the years 2000–2007. It also considers the spaces of production and exhibition and their cultural logic of translocality so as to provide a context for evaluating new trends in the commercial and independent sectors, such as blockbuster coproductions and the two-way traffic between underground and aboveground production of art films. It highlights the spectacular growth of the Chinese film industry since 2004, even as independent filmmaking has gradually attracted scholarly attention in recent years. The chapter concludes by discussing problems and prospects in the field of transnational Chinese cinema, along with Wang Meng's call for Chinese cultural workers to dance happily with capital in the age of globalization.
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