“I think it has everything except a violin. It has a great sound and the most beautiful sound. It is also a wonderful instrument to do acoustics, and it has a great control of space.”
On what’s next
“We’re working right now on a really great new model with a more traditional sound. I think we have a bit of an advantage over the other companies.”
He has plans to move to a smaller factory and to hire more people.
He says he’s still undecided about what instrument he’d like to make next.
But if he went to work on a violin, he says, “people will say, look at this violin – it’s made in the USA. So maybe it’s the best instrument around.”
HBO may have found an easy way to sell to China: make movies that have lots of Chinese action and fantasy.
The premium cable network’s programming has been made to look like it was shot in China for the last year by turning some of its shows into films. These include a three-hour miniseries about a female assassin called Iron Fist, titled Iron Fist 2, and a film set in a fictional medieval city called Dongdao. Both are based on Chinese fantasy novels or stories.
The first of those features, Iron Fist vs. The Mandarin, was released on April 10. It earned a whopping $23.1 million on Chinese online platforms for a total of $80.7 million global, according to BoxOfficeChina. And the second is a drama called Heaven Is for Real directed by Zhang Ziyi. The drama was previously shown on the mainland and earned $19.3 million on Chinese platforms.
All three films had big openings in China, making for good PR for Hollywood. One of these was based on an animated work by Chinese billionaire entrepreneur Jackie Chan and co-starring fellow Chinese billionaire Jackie Chan Jr. But it seems a Chinese audience was not quite as eager to see Iron Fist vs. The Mandarin, even in the first week of its run. The comedy fell 49% in its second week to $7.5 million.
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HBO is apparently not too happy about this, though. In a recent interview with China Daily, HBO global head of content Richard Plepler said that “while we love seeing our material translated, I don’t have a solution in mind for how we can help China make