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New Line Cinema, Jackie Chan, and the Anatomy of an Action Star


New Line Cinema, Jackie Chan, and the Anatomy of an Action Star

Balzer, Jesse (2014) New Line Cinema, Jackie Chan, and the Anatomy of an Action Star. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Jackie Chan’s Hollywood career began in earnest with the theatrical wide release of Rumble in the Bronx in early 1996 by independent studio New Line Cinema. New Line released two more Chan films – Jackie Chan’s First Strike (1997) and Mr. Nice Guy (1998) – after they were acquired by the media conglomerate Time Warner. These three films, originally produced and distributed by the Golden Harvest studio in Hong Kong, were distributed and marketed by New Line for release in North America. New Line reedited, rescored, and dubbed these films in order to take advantage of the significant marketing synergies of their conglomerate parents at Time Warner. Specifically, this case study analyzes the distribution and marketing strategies of New Line Cinema for the domestic theatrical releases of these three Jackie Chan films. More broadly, this analysis argues that the Hollywood studio oligopoly, backed by fully integrated media conglomerates, has largely controlled the theatrical release of foreign films in North America by not only authorizing, but often by authoring them as well. Finally, this analysis addresses a crucial, though under studied, subject in Film, Media, and Cultural Studies: that being the process, and products, of media importation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Balzer, Jesse
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Film Studies
Date:14 April 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Wasson, Haidee
Keywords:Hong Kong, Hollywood, Jackie Chan, New Line Cinema, Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour, Media Industries Studies, China
ID Code:978457
Deposited By: JESSE BALZER
Deposited On:30 Jun 2014 15:12
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46
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