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Hollywood Made in China by Aynne Kokas (review)

Hollywood Made in China by Aynne Kokas (review) 70 China Review International: Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016 Aynne Kokas. Hollywood Made in China. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017. xxii, 245 pp. Hardcover $85.00, ISBN 978-0-520- 29401-1. Paperback $29.95, ISBN 978-0-520-29402-8. Electronic $29.95, ISBN 978-0-520-96729-8. China’sinfluence in Hollywood arose so rapidly and massively that it is sometimes hard to grasp the exact circumstances of its impact. In 2015 for example, the Matt Damon blockbuster The Martian was the object of derision for its perceived pandering to China, as suggested by the heroic role that country plays in the film’s plot as well as a general proliferation of Chinese characters and settings that had become increasingly ubiquitous in American movies since the early 2000s. Ironically, though, while audiences who had seen movies like Looper, Transformers 4, Skyfall, and The Dark Knight Rises were correct in suspecting that this recent Hollywood trend for Chinese imagery has economic and political motivation, in the case of The Martian such a suspicion was wrong. The film version of The Martian merely reproduces a plot development in the original novel on which the film is based. Thus while the Chinese plot cameo in the movie may indeed have been attractive to studios and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Hollywood Made in China by Aynne Kokas (review)

China Review International , Volume 23 (1) – Mar 6, 2018

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Abstract

70 China Review International: Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016 Aynne Kokas. Hollywood Made in China. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017. xxii, 245 pp. Hardcover $85.00, ISBN 978-0-520- 29401-1. Paperback $29.95, ISBN 978-0-520-29402-8. Electronic $29.95, ISBN 978-0-520-96729-8. China’sinfluence in Hollywood arose so rapidly and massively that it is sometimes hard to grasp the exact circumstances of its impact. In 2015 for example, the Matt Damon blockbuster The Martian was the object of derision for its perceived pandering to China, as suggested by the heroic role that country plays in the film’s plot as well as a general proliferation of Chinese characters and settings that had become increasingly ubiquitous in American movies since the early 2000s. Ironically, though, while audiences who had seen movies like Looper, Transformers 4, Skyfall, and The Dark Knight Rises were correct in suspecting that this recent Hollywood trend for Chinese imagery has economic and political motivation, in the case of The Martian such a suspicion was wrong. The film version of The Martian merely reproduces a plot development in the original novel on which the film is based. Thus while the Chinese plot cameo in the movie may indeed have been attractive to studios and

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 6, 2018

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