Headlines from China: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Lands China Release Date

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Lands China Release Date

Walt Disney Pictures’ fantasy action film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has been scheduled to release in China on Friday October 18,  the same day as its North American release. Angelina Jolie, who played the title character in the 2014 film Maleficent, returned to this sequel and acted with Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer. Oscar nominated director Joachim Rønning directed the film. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be screened in multiple formats in China including IMAX 3D/Dolby. Read more on Mtime

“Main-melody” Movies Become “Main Melody” of Chinese Box Office

In recent years, “main-melody” films, which refers to films with nationalistic themes, have gradually become a dominant film genre to drive revenue growth at the Chinese box office. With growing budgets and involvement of major film studios, some “main-melody” films released in recent years have become top-grossing films, such as Wolf Warrior 2, The Wandering Earth, and Operations Red Sea. For this year’s National Day holiday, “main melody” films including My People, My Country, The Captain, and The Climbers will occupy most movie screens across China. Why are “main-melody” films wining in the Chinese film market? According to film veteran Gao Jun, there are two main reasons. First, “main-melody” films have been developed with better storytelling skills and characterizations in recent years. In addition, current “main-melody” films creatively explore more types of stories other than military or war dramas. Second, younger people who were born in 1990s and 2000s are relatively new to “main-melody” films. Witnessing the country’s rapid economic growth, their pride patriotic fervor can be easily ignited. Last but not least, casting young idols with big followings is an effective approach that helps main melody films attract more audiences. Read more on National Business Daily