The Chinese film business is the world’s second-largest, producing more than $6.6 billion in films in 2016, second only to Hollywood. The mainland’s cinema Together with the cinema of Hong Kong and the cinema of Taiwan, China is one of three distinct historical strands of Chinese-language cinema.
The first Chinese film, Dingjun Mountain, was released in 1905 after cinema was brought to China in 1896. Shanghai was the epicenter of the film industry in the early decades. In 1931, the first sound film, Sing-Song Girl Red Peony, was released using sound-on-disc technology.
The emergence of the Leftist cinematic movement occurred in the 1930s, which is regarded as the first “Golden Period” of Chinese cinema. After the war, Shanghai saw a second golden era, with production resuming. At the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards, Spring in a Small Town (1948) was selected best Chinese-language film.
China has the world’s largest movie and drama production complex and film studios, the Oriental Movie Metropolis and Hengdian World Studios, and the world’s third-largest film industry by a number of feature films produced annually in 2010. Since 2016, the country has had the most screens in the world, and it is predicted to overtake the United States as the largest theatrical market by 2019. Hollywood studios have also turned to China as a significant business base.
Also READ: Which is the biggest film industry in Asia?