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1 The Business

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This chapter focuses on the economic and industrial development of Mingxing by looking through the eyes of Zhang Shichuan, Mingxing's general manager throughout its history. He is in the best position to act as such a guide. The chapter presents a brief sketch of the Chinese film world in 1922, the arena within which Mingxing was founded. This sketch reveals the cosmopolitan character of cinema and the connections of the film world to the literary and theatrical fields. Ten years had passed since Zhang Shichuan dabbled in this trade by assisting two Americans to produce films in Shanghai. At that time he barely had any knowledge about the foreign novelty. The chapter let us 'map' Zhang Shichuan's business in a literal sense, that is, re-look at Mingxing's history on a world map. This mapping starts with the realm of production. Undoubtedly money issues were most vital to the company's development.

Keywords: business; Chinese film world; Mingxing's history; production; Zhang Shichuan



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