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Conflict Movies Lift China’s Box Office As Studios Find More Yuan In Every Bang

With Wolf Warrior 2 crossing the 5 billion yuan (US$749 million) mark at the mainland Chinese box office on Sunday, analysts see the trend of patriotic military and action films continuing, not only boosting sluggish Chinese movie ticket sales in the second half but also lifting the fortunes of companies that invested in the smash hit.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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The Chinese Version Of What Modi Got In China

Courtesy: Global Times

Pakistan’s Soft Power

Pakistani television soaps and actors are getting remarkable traction in the Indian market, forcing entertainment producers there to make their content India specific.

Read Here – The Dawn

The Classic Cultural Skirmish

The United States’ new rivals and enemies all lack the element that made the Soviet-American struggle so consequential during the Cold War.

Read Here – Tabletmag

Tamil Nadu Politics And Its Tryst With Filmdom

CALIFORNIA is familiar with the notion of the actor-turned-politician: think Arnold Schwarzenegger or Ronald Reagan. But even Hollywood’s home state would be a little embarrassed to turn the business of governing entirely over to resting luvvies. That, however, is what has happened in Tamil Nadu, a successful state in southern India with a population almost twice the size of California’s. How did this happen?

Read Here – The Economist

Not Everybody Looks At China Through Western Eyes…And Rightly So

China is a failure when it comes to soft power – or so we’re told.

A giant in the hard-power leagues of money and military strength, China is often portrayed as a minnow swimming against the global tide of ideas and perceptions. Unloved and misunderstood, the country can only get things done through the use of carrots and sticks, not by capitalizing on the warm sentiments of others. Foreigners, in the end, pay heed to China only because they have to, not because they want to, writes Trefor Moss.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Films Reflect China’s Old Hate For Japan

For Chinese audiences, the extras mown down in a screen war that never ends are a powerful reminder of Japan’s brutal 14-year occupation, the climax of more than a century of humiliation at the hands of foreign powers. Japanese foreign-policy scholars say more than 200 anti-Japanese films were made last year. This well-nursed grudge is now a combustible ingredient in the dangerous territorial dispute over a group of rocky islands in the East China Sea, the most serious row between the two Asian powers since Japan’s 1945 defeat.

Read Here – Reuters

China And Its Soft Power Game

Chairman Mao Zedong said that power comes out of the barrel of a gun, and he knew a thing or two about power, both hard and soft. If you have enough guns, you have respect. Money is the same: if you have enough cash, you can buy guns, and respect. Israel and Saudi Arabia are examples of the limits of such respect. Both countries are rich and in some ways very powerful, but people in other countries with no cultural connections don’t look at Israel, or Saudi Arabia and think: “Gee, I want to live like that and watch their movies!”

Read Here – The Atlantic

Politics By Visual Means

Hollywood has always been an eager accomplice of Washington‘s political elites. But over the past few years, it has foreshadowed the decline of neoconservative ideology.

Read Here – The European

Cinematic Reflection Of US Policy In Middle East

America’s Middle East policy has been enthusiastically endorsed. Not at the UN or Arab League, however, but by the powerbrokers of Hollywood. At the Golden Globes, there were gongs for a heroically bearded CIA spook saving hostages and American face in Iran (Argo); a heroically struggling agent tracking down Bin Laden (Zero Dark Thirty) and heroically flawed CIA operatives protecting America from mindless, perpetual terror (Homeland).

Read Here – Gulf News

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