by Michelle FlorCruz.
Like many others in the country, China’s mainland cinema industry operates under government supervision. Restrictions and policies are made and enforced by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and by the government’s Publicity Department. But just like the country itself, it is gradually becoming more international, and China has been gaining traction over the past two decades as a serious contender in filmmaking.
Director Ang Lee (born in Taiwan and therefore considered culturally Chinese although the island is politically separate from the mainland, which considers it a runaway province) is arguably China’s only director to reach Hollywood fame, with two big-name, Oscar-winning movies — first “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2000 and later “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005 — among other critically lauded productions.
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