The 10 Best Chinese Language Movies of 2017 (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

 /  Guide  / 
2017 has been a very interesting year for the Chinese-speaking world. The collaborations between China and Hong Kong have resulted in a number of blockbusters, Chinese filmmakers continue to produce unique films, Hong Kong is trying to reinstate its former status, while Taiwan keeps producing masterpieces of all genres. Read More

China Falls in Love With Bollywood All Over Again

 /  Opinion  / 
Asian rivals India and China have started a new romance on the silver screen. After the run-away success of the sports biopic “Dangal,” or “Let’s Wrestle Dad!,” last year, Chinese audiences and film distributors have embraced Bollywood’s two-hour, song-and-dance filled offerings with a renewed relish. Read More

Why ‘Operation Red Sea’ Isn’t Like Other Chinese War Movies

 /  Opinion  / 
The film turns away from grand, black-and-white depictions of conflict to capture its cruelty and complexity. Read More

The Success Of Atypical Romance Films And China’s Changing Moviegoer Demographics

 /  Opinion  / 
The emergence of small-town youngsters and the success behind film The Ex-File 3 paint a picture where there is substantial demand for Chinese romantic comedies, provided the stories are solid, down-to-earth, and emotionally engaging. Read More

Can ‘Black Panther’ Change Chinese Attitudes Toward Race?

 /  Opinion  / 
The acclaimed superhero movie may challenge the nation’s misconceptions about Africa. Read More

Johnnie To, Hong Kong Cinema and the Mainland

 /  China Film Insiders  / 
Straddling their home turf and the highly profitable Mainland market, Johnnie To and Milkyway Image may be emblematic of challenges faced by Hong Kong cinema more widely – and of ways to tackle them. Read More

Can China’s R&D Boom Bolster the Quality of Visual Entertainment?

 /  Opinion  / 
The narrative around China’s visual entertainment industries tends to focus on quantity. The quality of Chinese content is rarely talked about with the same enthusiasm, not least in terms of graphics, effects, and animation. Read More

Scott Ross in Beijing: “China is Making Big Mistakes”

 /  Interview  / 
Chris Colman joined Digital Domain co-founder and visual effects pioneer Scott Ross to discuss China’s Hollywood ‘mistakes’, its quest to make global movies and the realities of VR. Read More

How Cinematic Heroes Reflect a New, Assertive China

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Both consciously and unconsciously, popular art, film, and literature have started to express this return to great-nation status and depict China as an ultramodern entity. Read More

China’s Cultural Reverse Course: From Independence to Patronage in Unofficial Media Production

 /  Opinion  / 
It has become obvious to many that China is undergoing a reverse course away from cultural openness and toward ideological closure. Read More