How China is influencing Hollywood

The Ancient One, introduced by Marvel Comics in the 1960s, was portrayed as an elderly Tibetan man. But in the 2016 movie, Doctor Strange, the character was played by white actress Tilda Swinton (above).
The Ancient One, introduced by Marvel Comics in the 1960s, was portrayed as an elderly Tibetan man. But in the 2016 movie, Doctor Strange, the character was played by white actress Tilda Swinton (above).PHOTO: WALT DISNEY PICTURES

HONG KONG • When was the last time you watched a movie with a Chinese villain?

If you cannot remember, that may not be too surprising. Take, for example, the 2012 remake of the Cold War drama Red Dawn. It depicted Chinese enemies invading an American town. At least it did until the script was leaked and angered the Chinese state media.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'How China is influencing Hollywood'. Print Edition | Subscribe