U.S. film producers, including Relativity Media and Legendary Pictures, are striking deals with Chinese firms so they can get around government restrictions and gain better access to the country's lucrative market.
Having rapidly increased its political and economic might globally, China is eager to boost its so-called soft power — its cultural appeal and influence — overseas by making animated films.
Producers Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan hope 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,' adapted from Lisa See's book, appeals to audiences in the U.S. and China.
Filmmakers in China have found success in their homeland, but the U.S. has been a different story. Zhang Yimou's $100-million "The Heroes of Nanking," with Christian Bale, hopes to appeal to Western audiences.
'Beginning of the Great Revival,' an epic about the Chinese Communist Party, stars China's most famous actors. Theaters have made room for the film and companies are pushing their staffs to see it.
Reel China: To protect future business dealings with China and its lucrative film market, MGM is taking the unusual step of altering the villains in its remake of 'Red Dawn' from Chinese to North Korean.
China Lion aims to draw a wide audience for 'The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman.' The Chinese American moviegoer has been an elusive market. Many don't go to theaters, consuming their movies through specialty TV channels, the Internet or on pirated DVDs.
Jonathan Kos-Read, a native of Torrance, uses a telegenic face and deft Mandarin skills to secure his place in Chinese cinema.