How China Is Taking Control of Hollywood

The Heritage Foundation | 6/4/1989 | Staff
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This week, on the "Heritage Explains" podcast, we discuss the intersection of the free market and Chinese censorship in Hollywood, and what that means for our culture.

TIM DOESCHER: From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Tim Doescher, and this is Heritage Explains.

DOESCHER - Anything - Date - Candy - Popcorn

DOESCHER: Is there anything more American than grabbing a date, grabbing some candy and popcorn, and going to the movies? "Here's looking at you kid," "life is like a box of chocolates," and how about some good old-fashioned Chinese censorship? Wait what?

FOX NEWS REPORTER: It is a question you might never have considered, is China taking over Hollywood? The Chinese are financing some of your favorite films, buying theater chains, it is a growing trend. Major Chinese production companies teaming up with Tinseltown, which is leading to concerns over pro-China propaganda making it's way into major American blockbusters.


NBC TODAY SHOW HOST: Here's an interesting fact. If you go to a movie theater right now, it's a pretty decent chance you're going to be seeing a Hollywood movie with a budget partly from China. That is actually true of two of the top three movies out right now, and it's just one sign of a global power shift in entertainment that's already changing the movies you see.

STEPHEN COLBERT: The Chinese government only allows a small number of foreign movies into China each year, and after America, China is the number two biggest movie-going country in the world. So, it's only natural for American movie makers to try to please the cultural gate-keepers of the Chinese government. They've been doing it for years. In the disaster movie, "2012," humanity is saved because the Chinese government had the foresight to build life-saving arcs. In "Gravity," Sandra Bullock survives by getting herself to the Chinese Space Station. That movie did so well in China, she...
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