China’s All-time Highest Grossing Imports

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In 1994, China announced it would allow in ten imported films per year that “basically reflected the finest global cultural achievements and represented the latest artistic and technological accomplishments in contemporary world cinema.” On November 12 of that year, The Fugitive, directed by Andrew Davis and starring Harrison Ford opened in fifty-six movie theaters across Read More

US Football Popularity Peaks in China as Super Bowl Watched by Record 7.5M Viewers

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Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing's Super Bowl commercial for the popular empire-building video game Evony happened to cause a bigger sensation than the game itself on Chinese media. Read More

China Online Films Surpassed Theater Releases by 500 Percent in 2016

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The market for Chinese “online films," feature-length motion pictures for online release, saw explosive growth in 2016 in terms of both output and revenue. Read More

China’s Lunar New Year Moviegoing Record — How’s That Foam Taste?

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The week-long Chinese New Year moviegoing period ended with a record RMB 3.38 billion (US$492.4 million) in ticket sales this year according to official data — a 9.5 percent increase over last year’s record haul — but a close inspection of the numbers reveals the growth to be something short of robust. Read More

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

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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

‘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. The director of Old Stone curates The Review just in time for 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 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

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