The Film Industry in Taiwan: A Political Economy Perspective

Hsia, Yun (2011) The Film Industry in Taiwan: A Political Economy Perspective. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract
The main purpose of this thesis is to critically analyse the film industry in Taiwan
from a political economy perspective and to compare Taiwan’s film industry with
that of Hong Kong. The thesis will examine the development of the film industries
in Taiwan and Hong Kong in the 1990s and analyse the decline of these film
industries. The study takes into account how the governments’ policies have been
framed and examines the interaction between the governments and the industries in
the 1990s.
This thesis will start by expounding the approach of political economy and explain
how it will be applied to the study of Taiwan’s film industry. The approach of
political economy will provide a historical analysis of the film industry and review
the industry’s development in terms of both political influence and economic factors.
This approach will provide a more comprehensive study of these film industries. The
framework assumes that the development of the film industry in Taiwan has been
influenced by government policy and especially government subsidies and that this
policy has directed the industry.
A film in Taiwan is regarded as an art form, perhaps with a diplomatic purpose,
rather than as a commercial cultural product. A film in Hong Kong is mainly made
for the commercial market with the purpose of entertaining audiences. The
distinction between Taiwanese cinema and Hong Kong cinema provides a diverse
view of the Chinese-language film market.
After examining the development of the film industry in Taiwan and Hong Kong
from a political economy perspective a new image for the Chinese- language film
sphere will be discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of the film industry in
two places will be summarised and used to provide some suggestions for the future
development of “New Chinese Cinema” in the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Mia Reeves
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 14:43
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 14:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/47937
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