A scene from the 2018 film Snake. Directed by Lin Zhenzhao, it was the first Chinese online movie to make more than 50 million yuan in profit.

Is the future of the Chinese film industry online? With cinemas shut, films released for screening earn big profits fast, and the potential market is vast

  • Production budgets are tiny compared with big-screen releases, and films can earn 150 per cent profit in a few months. New production houses are opening
  • Blockbuster films, including one starring Donnie Yen, are premiering online, with streaming platforms snapping up the rights to them
Topic |   Chinese language cinema
A scene from the 2018 film Snake. Directed by Lin Zhenzhao, it was the first Chinese online movie to make more than 50 million yuan in profit.
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