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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.



Experts in China are warning that Chollywood’s “super blockbusters” such as Curse of the Golden Flower, starring Gong Li and The Banquet, starring Zhang Ziyi are the beginning of the end, even, before the beginning.

There are reasons…that perhaps Hollywood could learn from…why the big money flicks don’t generate big money.

1. Highly publicized movies tempt people to come watch who normally would not go. Afterward, they tell their friends to NOT go. In the end, the investment in advertising isn’t worth the few extra tickets.

2. Movies are NOT as good as they are preached. Trailers are often, make that usually, much better than the actual movie.

3. Poor performance at homes usually translates to poor performance overseas.

4. Movies do not reflect culture and tradition because they put too much emphasis on visual pleasure…sounds like Hollywood to me.

5. Fine art is NOT built on money; extravagant and lavish scenes do not make a good movie.

6. A fixation on big budget movies erodes creativity.

7. Big profits pinned on huge investments often removes imagination from films.

A good story makes a good movie. The rest is fluff.

What kind of movies do you like?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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