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Chinese elements in Hollywood films

Updated: 06 24 , 2015 09:06
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Chinese elements in Hollywood films

??Chinese kung fu actor Bruce Lee. [File photo]

Hollywood is looking East.

And not just for ticket buyers. It is incorporating more and more Chinese elements into its mega-productions.

Chinese elements, from martial artsand pandas to cheongsams and the Chinese language, are getting more and more prominent placement in Western films. Here, we list just a few of these elements.

The Chinese people

Hollywood has a history of casting Caucasian actors for films where the race of the character is anything but white, including the role of Mr. Yunioshi by American actor Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany'sand Christian Bale's role as an Egyptian prince in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Now, things are changing.

Kung fusuperstar Bruce Lee was perhaps the first Chinese face Hollywood familiarized itself with. Action stars Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat and Jet Leefollowed his footsteps, but for a long period of time, it seemed like all Chinese actors who got roles in Hollywood films were all associated with kung fu.