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By Yingjin Zhang

This creation to chinese language nationwide cinema covers 3 'Chinas': mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. historic and comparative views deliver out the parallel advancements in those 3 Chinas, whereas severe research explores thematic and stylistic adjustments over the years. in addition to exploring inventive achievements and ideological debates, Yingjin Zhang examines how - regardless of the pressures put on the from country regulate and inflexible censorship - chinese language nationwide cinema continues to be incapable of projecting a unmarried unified photo, yet relatively portrays many various Chinas.

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The second yet more direct factor was the ideological affinity between the civilized play and butterfly fiction, both operating under conservatism and preferring compromised solutions to social problems instead of fundamental social changes propagated by May Fourth radicalism. In fact, in the late 1910s the civilized play borrowed extensively from butterfly fiction (B. Tian 27 N AT I O N A L T R A D I T I O N S , 1 8 9 6 – 1 9 2 9 and Jiao 1993: 67). Since Zheng Zhengqiu and many other early filmmakers came from a background of the civilized play, their cooperation with butterfly writers in producing family dramas since the mid-1920s was a natural one.

Minxin’s seventeen features released in 31 N AT I O N A L T R A D I T I O N S , 1 8 9 6 – 1 9 2 9 Shanghai included some of the best films in the late 1920s, including Romance of the West Chamber (Xixiang ji, dir. Hou Yao, 1927; 10 reels). A less influential industry player, Great Wall was established in Shanghai in 1924 by a group of overseas Chinese. As early as May 1921, several Chinese Americans were determined to learn film basics out of their irritation at humiliating portrayals of the Chinese in American films.

Wang 1998: 64; Z. Zhang 1990: 303–4. Note: After 1937, the unstable wartime situation and skyrocketing postwar inflation made it impossible to calculate exact equivalents between Chinese yuan and US dollars. eventually made his programs at the Green Lotus Pavilion profitable (Leyda 1972: 2–3). Also in 1903 Lin Zhusan, who had studied in Germany, brought home a projector and reels of film and showed them at the Tianle Teahouse in Beijing (S. Cheng et al. 1927: chap. 2). Just as foreign businessmen had to rely on traditional entertainment venues to attract Chinese audiences to the newly imported Western shadowplays, the Chinese on their part insisted on claiming certain credit for the invention of cinema by tracing comparable shadowplays in their national traditions.

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