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China's filmmakers will never please Beijing enough

Studios face irreconcilable demands for patriotism and international success

| China

China now leads the world in total movie screen count. The country's biggest-ever science fiction blockbuster, "The Wandering Earth," has grossed more at the box office so far this year than any movie on the planet save "Captain Marvel." And though it looks like it will take a bit longer than expected, China still looks likely to surpass the U.S. soon as the largest national market by annual movie ticket sales.

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