Actor Jackie Chan has says holloywood should motivate the Asian movie scene

Actor Jackie Chan has said that allowing more Hollywood movies into the Chinese market would motivate Chinese moviemakers to produce better films.
By Ian Marsh | Mar 08, 2017
Actor Jackie Chan has said that allowing more Hollywood movies into the Chinese market would motivate Chinese moviemakers to produce better films.

The Chinese government sets a quota on the number of foreign flicks allowed to be aired in the country. The measures are an effort to block a cinematic wave that could swamp local filmmakers and lessen the ruling Communist Party's stranglehold on culture.

However, Chan believes that competition is just what the country's film industry needs:

"It is this pressure that makes our filmmakers work harder and shoot better films, " Chan said on Tuesday at a news conference in Beijing.

The action star is a member of the official advisory body to the national legislature, which is meeting this week in Beijing.

Negotiators from China and the United States are expected to agree this year on the number of foreign films that will be allowed in China.

An expanded quota would mean more competition for Chinese movies, which last year accounted for 58% of the total box office.

In 2012, then US Vice President Joe Biden, and then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping agreed on a five-year deal allow 34 foreign films to be aired in Chinese cinemas each year on a revenue-sharing basis.

Reports in China's state media have hinted that should a new deal be struck, the quota will be increased by ten flicks or more.

In addition to the agreed quota, several Hollywood movies were allowed in last year, in a bid to boost a slowdown in box office receipts.

In addition to expanding the quota, Hollywood top men hope to increase their share of ticket sales in China from the current 25%.

They pocket 40% of ticket earnings from other markets.

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