The cast of the upcoming China-US co-production film by Legendary Pictures, The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou (centre) and starring Matt Damon. The film could be China’s first international blockbuster. Photo: AP
The cast of the upcoming China-US co-production film by Legendary Pictures, The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou (centre) and starring Matt Damon. The film could be China’s first international blockbuster. Photo: AP

China buys soft power with hard cash in Hollywood

Companies are snapping up US film studios, which all want a piece of the mainland’s booming box office. But there is no such thing as a free lunch, warn observers

The cast of the upcoming China-US co-production film by Legendary Pictures, The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou (centre) and starring Matt Damon. The film could be China’s first international blockbuster. Photo: AP
The cast of the upcoming China-US co-production film by Legendary Pictures, The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou (centre) and starring Matt Damon. The film could be China’s first international blockbuster. Photo: AP
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