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Why Star Wars Failed In China

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George Lucas’ space opera is a cornerstone of the modern film industry and a cultural phenomenon around the globe. The 10 films in the “Star Wars” franchise have grossed more than $4.5 billion domestically since 1977. Outside the U.S., it’s garnered more than $4.6 billion. But there is one place that “Star Wars” hasn’t had the same success — China.
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Why Star Wars Failed In China



  1. CNBC

    April 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Why do you think Star Wars flopped in China?


  2. Oshae Murray

    December 25, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Let me guess, a movie where they are fighting against a oppressive government….


  3. Only U

    December 25, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I watched first Star War in China back in the 1970s. There were no opened seat so I had to stand through the whole film. I think I was in elementary that time


  4. Rosequartz3940

    December 25, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    This feels like a rip off of great big story


  5. nobody

    December 26, 2019 at 5:07 am



  6. Chin Foh Hee

    December 26, 2019 at 6:39 am

    As a Chinese, I am more interested in the origin story of the Jedi and Sith than the Star"WARS"


  7. Zen = Yen 🔴

    December 26, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Don't give a flying F*#&
    Its their loss.
    Or may be not.
    Who cares.
    So fed up of channels creating irrelevant content out of dust. I clicked to tell you that I am leaving.


  8. Airdrifting

    December 27, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Because it's garbage, and that is the end of it. In a country like US with 200 year of history and no actual culture, you pick up every piece of scrap and think it's treasure. Somehow you think everywhere else in the world should think the same way as you do, that's just plain arrogance.


  9. Ultralagger R.E.V

    December 27, 2019 at 8:36 am

    China’s army is literally the clone storm troopers


  10. RicharXD

    December 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

    DISNEY: May the Force be with you.
    CHINA : Hold my Tea.


  11. David

    December 27, 2019 at 11:39 am

    So what you are saying is Star Wars movies aren't very good, and only succeeds based on nostalgia. Since China didn't show the original films they have no nostalgia, the audience just aren't very interested.


  12. Edge

    December 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    To be fair, Star Wars is failing in the US as well. It was a damaged brand which relies only on nostalgia to garner an audience.


  13. DemistTheLies

    December 27, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    There are way better stories in Chinese culture than Star Wars. It is just a Kung Fu film in space with very little logic.


  14. DemistTheLies

    December 27, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Why should Star Wars be successful in China? Or anywhere?


  15. DemistTheLies

    December 27, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    The limited quota on American films into China is mainly to protect the Chinese domestic film productions.


  16. deidara san

    December 27, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Not only in China, but Africa,Russia and Canada as well


  17. Dianto Xentar

    December 28, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Because thet never see the original star war. And new star war are crap


  18. Herc Zeus

    December 28, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Next Video: Why Rise Of Skywalker failed in China.


  19. The Alchemist

    December 28, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Next video is going to be why star wars rise of skywalker so bad and failed world wide so hard .


  20. Anubisavi

    December 28, 2019 at 6:27 am

    FUNNY…Disney and Lucas Films should be thankful it is making any money abroad. Culture is different. IP man for example is a massive success in China…how come it is not in the US??? The American industry is showing the same signs as the British empire did once……imperialism …and that is two words that sadly bodes well with Star Wars but may be not China and let's not forget the other word that China might hate "Rebellion"  …so may be that is the big reason too


  21. Franz IV

    December 28, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Star Wars is aimed at low culture people and low culture people do not consume that much foreign products.
    So it is stuck to its viewers beeing low culture western people.


  22. Hun Shi Mo Wang

    December 28, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Although the early films were not shown in China. The novels were published in the 1980s. Guess what, after forcing myself (10 years old) to ready one chapter, I dropped it because all the "heros" acts are bizarre to me. My next encounter was in the 1990s with the movies, it was even shorter (half hour), I could not bare the sight of wired costumes, the mid-eve European types of clothing is very non-sophisticated IMO, the laser sword is stupid and absurd, because by this time I was old end educated enough that it is impossible for a beam of light to hold on another beam. Also, the setup of "princess" and "empire" in a super modern society is more than bizarre. Maybe CNBC and its likes should realize that the failure of all these western phenomenon are the failure (to attract Chinese) in itself and CNBC should stop hiding behind the convenient slogan of "piracy, Communist blocking". Face the reality, Chinese admire the achievement of Apollo program, BUT not necessarily all your Hollywood crap.


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