China is stifling its own movie business

The Grand Theater in Qingdao, China, on April 17, 2018. Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg.

As trade tariffs and tweets by President Donald Trump hammer some of China's biggest companies, the country's movie business is taking a hit -- from its own government.

Tougher government censorship has blocked potential hits and compelled filmmakers to stick with safe formulas that aren't winning audiences, while a tax evasion crackdown has made some investors reluctant to back films, crimping output even further...

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