‘XXX,’ ‘La La Land’ among Hollywood Films Headed for China in February

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Now that the holiday season is behind us, films from Hollywood and elsewhere are once again welcome in China, and in February musicals and films based on video games are the main themes. Read More

Book Excerpt: ‘Hollywood Made in China’ by Aynne Kokas

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Hollywood Made in China, a new book by Aynne Kokas, published next week by the University of California Press, represents one of the first wide-ranging attempts to wrap its arms around the complexity and scope of everything that China Film Insider reports on daily:  the rapid growth of China’s commercial film market; Chinese investment in Read More

Filmmaker Johnny Ma Wants You to Fall in Love With ’90s Chinese Cinema

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the site of the Toronto International Film Festival, in conjunction with TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. A Chinese “psychic” once told me… or, more specifically, it was my uncle, who used to run the Beijing department of the “People with Specials Powers” (as it was called Read More

China Raises India Film Quota after ‘Buddies,’ ‘Yoga’

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Looks like Wang Baoqiang and Jackie Chan are China’s new cinematic ambassadors to India.  The box office performance of two Chinese films set in India has led to China’s film regulators granting the world’s second most populous nation two more titles in the annual 34-movie import quota in the world’s second-largest cinema market. With Wang Read More

China’s Top Social Apps All Owe Thanks to Live Streaming

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Streaming apps were in and social forums were out for 2016.   2016 was the year of live streaming and played a crucial role in driving growth. All of the top six social apps, except WeChat, have added live streaming services, according to the report jointly published by Cheetah Global Lab, Cheetah’s big data platform libra Read More

2016 Sets Record for Co-Production Permits in China

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China film officials approved a record number of co-production permits in 2016. China’s State Administration of Press and Publications, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) issued an all-time high number of co-production permits in 2016, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. The majority of the 89 permits were for productions from Hong Kong, with 54, Read More

Lip-Syncing, Sexism Dominate Spring Festival Gala Criticism

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The world’s most watched broadcast has been losing viewers for years, and the 2017 edition didn’t win any back. Year in year out, the Spring Festival Gala hosted by China’s state broadcaster CCTV is a chance for the country’s ruling Communist Party to stoke patriotic sentiment, praise ethnic unity, and flex military muscle. It’s also Read More

‘The LEGO Batman Movie,’ ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Get China Release

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Two more Hollywood productions have been approved for release in China. Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast have both secured China release dates. The Lego Batman Movie will be released on March 3, a week after Regency Enterprises’ Assassin’s Creed hits screens. The film comes out in North America on February Read More

Xiaomi Pictures Beats a Retreat from Filmmaking

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The company is paring back its involvement in filmmaking from production and marketing to just investing as the device maker refocus on its core business. Chinese technology company Xiaomi is radically scaling back its filmmaking division amidst market-share struggles and high-level executive changes as the firm continues to overhaul it business. Barely a year after Read More

Orange Sky Golden Harvest’s China Operations Bought by Dadi Cinema

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The purchase is the latest sign of consolidation in China’s cinema market and a fillip for OSHG investors Huayi Brothers and Alibaba Pictures Group in their battle with market leader Wanda Cinema Line. Pan-Asian cinema exhibition group Orange Sky Golden Harvest (OSGH) has sold its entire China operation to Dadi Cinema Construction, the companies announced Read More