Does Xi Jinping Go To The Movies?

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Obama loved The Godfather, Trump screened Finding Dory his first month in office, and North Korea’s late Kim Jong Il was cinema-obsessed. But what about China’s President? Does Xi Jinping unwind with a bucket of popcorn and a buddy comedy? Read More

Why You Can’t Cast Richard Gere If You Want Your Film To Show In China

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Sexiest Man Alive Is Persona Non Grata In PRC   Say you’re producing a project that you hope can qualify as a US-Sino Co-Production. Or you have a strong, non-Chinese commercial project that you want China to accept as part of its import quota. Or you’re submitting a script to STX, or Paramount, or a Read More

Film Review: ‘The Great Wall’ is The Best of Zhang, The Worst of Zhang

 /  Reviews  / 
  The Great Wall (2016), story by Max Brooks, Edward Zwick & Marshall Hershkovitz; screenplay by Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy; directed by Zhang Yimou Distributed by Universal Pictures (cinemas here) Grade: B+ The first coproduction between China and the US directed by an A-list auteur from either country, Zhang Yimou’s The Great Read More

Film Review: Han Han’s Race Back To The ’90s Is a Sentimental Journey

 /  Reviews  / 
Duckweed (2017), written by Yu Meng; directed by Han Han
. Grade: A- It’s been a tumultuous decade since producer Fang Li of Beijing Laurel Films sighed to the foreign press about the fate of two of his movies that fell afoul of China’s censors for portraying a little too much real life grit. Both Lost Read More

Film Review: ‘Demons Strike Back’ at the Audience in ‘Journey to the West 2’

 /  Reviews  / 
Slapstick subversiveness notwithstanding, "Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back" still amounts to a Sinocentric power play that diminishes the appeal of the enterprise. Read More

Film Review: ‘Buddies’ Out of Control in ‘India’

 /  Reviews  / 
‘Buddies’ Out of Control in ‘India’ Buddies in India (2017), written and directed by Wang Baoqiang. Distributed by ChinaLion, opened in the U.S. January 27, 2017 (cinemas here). Grade: C+ A bromance with a hollow message, combined with a whirlwind of wuxia action, road comedy, Bollywood musical, and a half-baked primer on classical monkey-god mythology, Read More

Film Review: ‘Some Like It Hot’ More like Lukewarm Water

 /  Reviews  / 
A typical, and not unentertaining contemporary Chinese comedy of upwardly-mobile, city-dwelling, professional-class Chinese boy-men, dumbstruck by hot young women who are not their wives, with an unsubtle moral tacked on the end. Read More

Talent is Hard to Nail Down: Part 6 of the First CFI Guide

 /  News  / 
In China, it’s very difficult for films to have start dates and for producers to have confidence that those start dates will be kept. Read More

The Import Rules Are Strict: Part 3 of the First CFI Guide

 /  Legal  / 
In the run-up to China’s joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, negotiators hit a wall over the number of international motion pictures China would allow inside its borders each year. Read More

CFI Q&A: Li Bingbing’s English Tutor, ‘Mysterious Foreign Boyfriend’

 /  People  / 
When you hear Li Bingbing speak English, its polish on the road to Hollywood crossover at one time got a little boost from China Film Insider China correspondent Fergus Ryan. Read More

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