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The Chinese film boom luring Hollywood stars

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Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody are taking roles in this year’s state-produced blockbuster Unbreakable Spirit, about the Japanese bombing of Chongqing during the Second World War. Marvel ensemble player Frank Grillo was, like Douglas, on villain duties in last year’s Wolf Warrior 2, the highest-grossing Chinese film ever. Detective Chinatown 2, No 3 on the all-time China chart, also featured Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt.

In fact, this is the second wave of US stars who’ve looked to Beijing. During the first round – which included Christian Bale in 2011’s Flowers of War, Nicolas Cage in 2014’s Outcast, Brody and John Cusack in 2015’s Dragon Blade, and most prominently Matt Damon in 2016’s The Great Wall – a Western name was on board to ensure an international audience beyond China. But these films, often “co-productions” between US and Chinese outfits, were almost all financial flops that pleased neither camp.
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Do you enjoy seeing Hollywood actors making a crossover in Chinese languaged films? How do you feel about this move? Do you think the Hollywood actors are selling out?
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We're in the age of everything global. It's about time movies go global as well. China has a rich history, which can bring a different flavor to Hollywood films. It will entice movie goers to watch movies with a variety of cultures.
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Anything is possible in Hollywood. It's all about the right price. Actors need jobs and if it will pay them well, they'll definitely go for it.
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I like both western and eastern action movies. I'd be curious to see them incorporate both styles in one movie.
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It is good to do a crossover. I'd really like to see a diversified movie. We should give a chance to all actors and not just judge them by their accent.
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Hollywood movies are all over asian countries. We watch them all the time. I think it is about time Chinese and other asian countries do a joint movie.
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I watched Matt Damon's The Great Wall and it was okay. Reading subtitles do get annoying so that's why it was just okay for me.
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The rapid increase in Chinese production budgets have improved and they can now afford Hollywood stars. They're getting competitive which is a good thing. People just need to see foreign actors more in Asian-themed movies.
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