The mythol­ogy and his­tory of China is so vast. And it would be a gift for writ­ers.”

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China is so vast. And it would be a gift for writ­ers,” chimes in screen­writer Philippa Boyens, adding that she would love to work on a script based on Chi­nese leg­ends.

“But I don’t know if I can do as well as Chi­nese na­tive storytellers,” adds the low-pro­file writer.

Last year, China’s box-of­fice rev­enue surged 36 per­cent, to­tal­ing 29.6 bil­lion yuan ($ 4.8 bil­lion), while Hol­ly­wood saw the low­est attendance in the past 20 years.

More Hol­ly­wood A-list stars are flock­ing to China to make pro­mo­tional tours, and some even choose Beijing or Shang­hai as their only pro­mo­tional stop in Asia — un­think­able a decade ago.

In­sid­ers say most of them keep low pro­files and only a few of them re­quire high-bud­get re­cep­tions.

After Robert Downey Jr showed off his Chi­nese kung fu skills, in the his­toric Im­pe­rial An­ces­tral Tem­ple, dur­ing his Beijing tour to pro­mote Iron Man 3 in 2013, the su­per­hero film be­came the high­est gross­ing Hol­ly­wood movie of that year in China.

Next came dozens of top Hol­ly­wood stars, such as John Depp to pro­mote Tran­scen­dence, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son to pro­mote Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier, and An­drew Garfield for The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man 2.

While Hol­ly­wood steps up its pres­ence in the world’s sec­ond­largest movie mar­ket, China is also work­ing on widen­ing its in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions.

The an­nual quota of for­eign movies that can be in­tro­duced into the coun­try is still limited to 34, which pushes Chi­nese moviemak­ers to find more “Hol­ly­wood el­e­ments” to at­tract ticket buy­ers.

An up­com­ing 3-D fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crys­tal, was re­cently a pro­mo­tional high­light of the Wellington-based Weta Work­shop. The 200-mil­lion yuan pro­duc­tion, jointly pro­duced by China, Aus­tralia and theUnited States, uses Peter Jack­son’s spe­cial-ef­fects stu­dio to work on char­ac­ters and set­ting de­signs.

HongKong film­maker Peter Pau, the thriller’s pro­ducer, re­veals that the movie uses in­tel­li­gent sen­sors at­tached to the body to track the wearer’s mo­tion, a first for Chi­nese pro­duc­tions. Con­tact the writer at xu­fan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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