9. Propaganda and Censorship in Chinese Cinema

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Matthew D. Johnson

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch9

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Johnson, M. D. (2012) Propaganda and Censorship in Chinese Cinema, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Grinnell College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • industry and institution, State Council control of films, SARFT and the CFPI;
  • Chinese cinema, propaganda and censorship use;
  • government control of cinema, rethinking relationship, film and politics;
  • the cinema on state formation, international image and popular mentalities;
  • “soft power,” the PRC, its new mission shaping global influence;
  • consciousness, in China, using mass media for political purposes;
  • documentary filmmaking, a practice of the Nanjing Decade;
  • state filmmaking, as party filmmaking through KMT, as of Chen Lifu's;
  • cinema, becoming educational, mobilization on the basis of citizenship;
  • vérité films, capturing CCP pageantry for posterity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Anti-Imperialism, Internationalization, and Mass Mobilization: The Rise of the Propaganda State

  • From Cold-War Culture Industries to Commercial “Soft Power”

  • Soft Power: Cultural Security and Global Economy