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208: Philippe Joly – Breaking into the Chinese Movie Industry as a French Actor (Ashley Talks ASH4)

208: Philippe Joly – Breaking into the Chinese Movie Industry as a French Actor (Ashley Talks ASH4)

Update: 2018-03-21
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Podcast highlights:



  • 24:33 French actor in China, Philippe Joly, shares his experiences of working with famous actors Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Lau Ching Wan

  • 44:24 What does the phenomenal growth online streaming platforms in China mean for actors and entertainment brands? Are Chinese consumers still willing to pay for subscription fees, licensed DVDs and movie tickets?

  • 51:37 Advice for budding foreign actors wanting to break into the booming Chinese movie industry from a pro


Podcast notes:



  • 00:05 ASH4 - Ashley Talks with French actor Philippe Joly, hosted by Ashley Galina Dudarenok

  • 00:25 Philippe's story - how did Philippe get his acting start in China?

  • 02:40 What skills enabled Philippe to break in to the Chinese movie business in a remarkably short time?

  • 05:05 Being a foreign actor in China is a unique selling point in the local movie industry

  • 07:24 Lang Seng (Philippe's Chinese stage name) and how it was born

  • 10:18 Philippe's big projects for 2017 - playing a bodyguard on the Hong Kong TV Show OCTB, the movie Sounds of Neon Night, and his favourite project The Ultimate Coal

  • 16:40 Why are most Asian actors not known outside of Asia? Will this change in future?

  • 18:04 Exporting Chinese movies - the difficulties involved and the trend of exporting action movies

  • 22:30 Competing with other foreign actors who work in Mainland China and creating a niche as a foreign actor

  • 24:33 Philippe's experiences of working with famous actors including Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Lau Ching Wan

  • 29:33 The importance of the hustle - networking, your reputation and being nice to everybody

  • 31:45 What's happened to the once-famous HK movie industry? How has HK's movie industry lost its relevance compared to what it was in the past?

  • 35:56 What are the key recipes to selling a movie to Chinese audiences?

  • 37:52 Turning a negative into a positive. Can not being able to speak Chinese actually be an advantage for foreign actors in China?

  • 41:23 What's happening with China sponsoring Hollywood movies? Philippe shares his insider view on China going global with movie and entertainment products

  • 44:24 What does the phenomenal growth online streaming platforms in China mean for actors and entertainment brands? Are Chinese consumers still willing to pay for subscription fees, licensed DVDs and movie tickets?

  • 51:37 Advice for budding actors who want to break into the Chinese movie industry from a pro

  • 56:00 What's next for Philippe? Is it going to be Hollywood after China?

  • 59:50 Coming up next on Ashley Talks: Gil Petersil, managing director of Mead Speakers and Mead Partners
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208: Philippe Joly – Breaking into the Chinese Movie Industry as a French Actor (Ashley Talks ASH4)

208: Philippe Joly – Breaking into the Chinese Movie Industry as a French Actor (Ashley Talks ASH4)

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