This one is easy

From romcoms to Marvel blockbusters, east Asian actors are enjoying unprecedented success. What’s taken the film industry so long?

It’s a business. They’ve been waiting for East Asians to have enough money to make it worthwhile having actors for the audience – paying audience – to identify with.

If China were still poor then it would be back to Fu Manchu.

20 thoughts on “This one is easy”

  1. So we aren’t supposed to remember the Japanese film industry that was turning out films of at least equivalent quality, if not quantity, as Hollywood from the 1920s onward? Or the Chinese industry that was thriving until the gathering wars of the 1930s put paid to it? I suppose this piece must have been written by people who cannot remember a world without the Blairs, Clintons and Obamas

  2. Dunno about that , Hollywood has been shifting product around the world for decades looking American . Its like Coke Maccy D and Soul music ..people like American stuff.
    If you remember, Four Weddings and a Funeral, British people would not touch it until it went to American and was successful there , losing the taint of Britishness en route
    I don`t know about East Asia but cultures often set their dreams away from what they know , for America itself it was the West for the medieval French world it was the Britain of Arthur , for us it has long been America
    I think the arrival of East Asian actors is about what America looks like , not how much money East Asians have

  3. Chow Yun Fat’s first Hollywood film in 1999, Victor Hong’s first role back in 1951. Then there’s Li Gong, Michelle Yeoh, Ming-Na Wen, Lucy Lui, John Lone, Burt Kwouk and James Hong.

    The graun would have us believe there have been no Chinese or Japanese actors appearing in film before the advent of Marvel Studios?

  4. Chinese audiences don’t like woke US crap like this latest Terminator turd. They have experience of the scum of the Left.

  5. Four weddings and a funeral?
    Yes I remember that, went to see it at the cinema a week after it came out. Packed out room watching it at UCI.

  6. @BIG – at one stage Jackie Chan was the biggest movie star in the world – more people watched his films than any other actors films – his was HUGE in Asia and prolific – at least 114 films to date.

  7. Tim forgets to mention that the Chinese Government will only allow a certain number of foreign films to be shown in chinese cinemas – it used to be about 20 a year, though if memory serves this has been increased. Therefore make films either as a coproduction with a chinese company or include chinese actors/actresses or scenes set in china (sometimes not really relevant to the story) to gain access to this market.

  8. The Chinese Fascist Party leadership has woken up to the power of its market to censor western media at arm’s length.

    Watch this space, and be careful what you wish for

  9. There’s a British/Japanese thriller on the telly at the moment. It’s had mixed reviews but I rather like it. Anyway, it’s a change from watching only rugby and football.

    I did try a documentary last month about the area I grew up in. It was based on solving a so-called mystery, the solution to which I’d known since boyhood. God, telly is fake.

  10. BiG, I note with interest that much of the Netflix output seems to have a lot of Chinese production companies involved as do some of the films I’ve seen at the cinema recently.

  11. @Ken

    Although I can’t agree with the inclusion of Robert De Niro in a list of ‘top comedy actors’.

    I wouldn’t put him in a list of ‘comedy actors’.

  12. Woman of the Dunes, 1964
    The Ballad of Narayama, 1983
    Tampopo, 1985
    A Taxing Woman, 1987

    I grew up watching these. Are these people wilfully blind?

  13. dearime: Giri/Haji. Having just returned from a holiday in Japan (no, not the rugby) I’m finding it very interesting, and from my limited experience I think there is quite a lot of authenticity. One that struck me was one of the characters used the word ‘okini’ instead of ‘arigato’ for ‘thanks’. Now we discovered that this is a Kyoto dialect and the character’s father came from Kyoto. I suspect it also has some of the flavour of Yakuza movies in Japan, one of which is the self-amputation of the little finger joint for a transgression.

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