Tencent Pictures Line-Up Mixes Hollywood Content and China Propaganda

Variety | 6/18/2019 | Rebecca Davis
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A slate of Chinese propaganda films rubs shoulders with high-profile Hollywood movies on Tencent Pictures upcoming line-up.

The firm confirmed its investment in U.S. projects including: TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film about beloved TV host Mr. Rogers, starring Tom Hanks; “Monster Hunter,” Paul W.S. Anderson’s next film adaptation of a video game; “Wish Dragon,” being co-produced by Sony Pictures Animation and China’s Base Animation; Paramount Pictures’ Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring “Terminator: Dark Fate,” and Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” with Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly.

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All the major private-sector Chinese films studios are this year involved in patriotic pictures that not long ago would have been the preserve of China’s state-owned propaganda machine.

But Tencent appears to be playing it especially politically safe this year with a domestic slate of film and TV choices designed to appeal to Chinese authorities. At an event on Monday night, held on the sidelines of the Shanghai International Film Festival, choices were presented in descending order of political correctness.

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Its line-up kicks off with involvement in “Me and My Motherland,” a film tribute to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the...
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