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Epilogue: Toward a Glocal Viewing Public

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This chapter provides a preliminary look at the places where Mingxing films arrived and the ways in which Shanghai filmmaking disseminated the new forms of visuality, melodramatic storytelling, and isms. The film market expanded quickly in China starting in the mid-1920s. The early Mingxing films were distributed chiefly to five regions: Shanghai and surrounding cities and towns in the lower Yangtze Delta; Beijing, Tianjin and several treaty port cities in the north; Hankou and its vicinity in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River; northeast China/ Manchuria; and Southeast Asia. The overview of the development of Chinese film markets demonstrates that cinema was not only available in metropolitan centers and treaty ports, but was steadily making inroads into the interior in the decade from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. The chapter provides a glimpse of the ways in which Shanghai filmmaking displayed its magic.

Keywords: China; melodramatic storytelling; Mingxing films; Shanghai filmmaking

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