Chi­nese cap­i­tal­ism

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Zhang Yi­mou’s ‘Curse of the Golden Flower’ is a huge hit in China; its four-day take of $12.3 mil­lion in four days was the high­est ever for a do­mes­tic movie. But now other dis­trib­u­tors are com­plain­ing, claim­ing that ‘all other films were blocked from be­ing shown in 200 dig­i­tal cine­mas in Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Guangzhou,’ and that cine­mas have made prom­ises to show only ‘Curse,’ lead­ing other com­pa­nies to worry about their films’ up­com­ing re­lease dates.

“Non­sense, says [the movie’s] dis­trib­u­tor. ‘If the dig­i­tal cine­mas choose to screen only “Golden Flower,” it is the choice of the mar­ket,’ says the pro­mo­tion di­rec­tor of the com­pany be­hind ‘Curse.’ See, peo­ple? It’s just the ways of the free mar­ket. Get with it. What are you, com­mu­nists?”

Bilge Ebiri, writ­ing on “Who Lost China? Well, Ap­par­ently No­body,” Dec. 21 at www.nerve.com

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