This concluding chapter attempts to make some general remarks on the overall study, at the same time acknowledging that the sheer diversity of material explored in this volume will make such comments seem reductive. It remarks on the richness of characterization evident in the films discussed, explaining that the complex character psychologies embedded in the source texts, as well as a stylistic commitment to dialogue scenes in Chinese adaptation, are likely factors contributing to this trend. The chapter also looks to the future of Chinese adaptation, with an optimistic view of successes in cinematic fiction, the proliferation of multimodal adaptations, and the enduring appeal of even the most adaptable and adapted tale in the history of Chinese culture, the protean classic Journey to the West. The chapter concludes by turning toward the larger context of global artistic production.
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