In 2000, ethnic Chinese director Ang Lee produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which won the Oscar. It is the first time that Chinese director won the Oscar. In this film, Ang Lee revealed an amazing Chinese wuxia world to the world. But it was an international co-production, its production companies are the US companies.“Co-productions were initially perceived to enhance collaboration between countries with small production industries which would be able to pool resources and compete in an international market ”(Taylor, 1995, p. 414). The box office of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was $213.5 million.
So, after the success of this film, there were many co-productions films be created, like The Karate Kid (2010), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan(2011) and The Great Wall(2016). These film all talked about Chinese culture, especially Chinese Kung fu, and the main actors were always Chinese people. These films broaden the market of Chinese films and spreed the Chinese culture to the world.
“Globalization does make it easier for us to understand each other across cultural divides, but it also creates tensions between groups that were formerly isolated from each other, and it creates a need to demarcate uniqueness and sometimes historical rootlessness” (Eriksen, 2007, p.13). In 2008, Dream Works produced the series of Kung Fu Panda which is American computer-animated action comedy martial arts films. The plot is about a panda study Kung fu and beats the boss with its team members. This film used many Chinese elements, like cloth, buildings and food. However, the core of the narrative is also a Hollywood hero story, these Chinese factors only the surface. But in these film, there are many Chinese film makers who can make this film had more Chinese style. And,through this film, the other countries’ audiences also can watch many Chinese culture. The series of Kung Fu Panda combined Chinese culture and American culture very well.
Written by Muchen Ren
Taylor, P.W. (1995). Co-productionsóContent and Change: International Television in the Americas. Canadian Journal of Communication, 20 (2).p. 414.
Eriksen, T. (2007). Globalization. New York: Berg.p.13