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. But can it compete with Buzz and Woody?
Films that have been blockbusters in China have failed to find much of a market in the U.S. Zhang Yimou’s $100-million “The Heroes of Nanking,” with Christian Bale and large portion of English dialogue, tries to change that.
Without Beijing even uttering a critical word, MGM is changing the villains in its ‘Red Dawn’ remake from Chinese to North Korean. It’s all about maintaining access to the Asian superpower’s lucrative box office.