Hollywood looks east for collaboration
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"I directed all the Rush Hour movies so I was thinking about this 15 years ago. I grew up watching Jackie Chan movies and I've been a huge fan of Zhang Yimou and Wang Kar Wai – a lot of great Asian filmmakers have just inspired me," director Brett Ratner said.
"I think it's happening in a way that it has never happened before. Companies like Legendary or DreamWorks are taking very respectful and careful steps looking into China, not only as a source of culture and stories and myths, but also as an incredibly strong partner in the filmmaking," director Guillermo Del Toro said.
"I think Chinese filmmaking is one of the top of the world and I think that when you understand that with your partner that has such a rich history, the result can be quite fantastic."
"I think it absolutely makes sense because if you look at it - China is such a huge industry and the business of Hollywood is really a business, and China's very smart about all their businesses. So, connecting the two makes absolute sense to me," actress Lucy Liu said.
Another readily apparent trend encompasses how Hollywood and China are merging on different levels in the world of entertainment. There will only be more exciting opportunities for cross-collaboration in the future.