Is China's Film Industry Hollywood's Cash Cow or a Bubble on the Brink of Bursting?

Article Is China's Film Industry Hollywood's Cash Cow or a Bubble on the Brink of Bursting?





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With compelling analogies, entertainment writers Miao Dingchun and Han Honggang of Chinese tech media website lay out the workings behind the creation and bursting of China’s film industry bubble from 2015 to 2016. They explain what role the nouveau riche played in inflating the industry, how investors and producers joined hands to make fast money at the expense of movie quality, and where the industry needs to go from here. getAbstract recommends this article to economists and global investors, as well as movie industry workers and enthusiasts.


In 2015, China’s film industry grew more than 30% for the fifth year in a row. Of those five years, 2015 had the highest growth rate of nearly 50%, grossing a total 44 billion yuan ($6.36 billion) in box office revenues. In comparison, 2016 was a disaster. The year closed with 45.7 billion yuan in box office revenues, a growth of 3.9%. China was so desperate for a boost that it brought in more Hollywood films. The effect was minimal: Unlike in the movie The Great Wall, no foreigner could sweep in and save China – not even Matt Damon.

The formation of a bubble became apparent in the latter half of 2015. China’s economy had been slowing down. The stock market ...

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Miao Dingchun and Han Honggang are staff writer for, a leading tech media website in China that provides reports on businesses and startups. Theyfocus on entertainment and culture.

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