‘Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back’ Sets Records

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The sequel sets a new single-day mark and looks like it’s going higher. Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back exploded at the Chinese box office on Saturday, the first day of the week-long Lunar New Year Holiday, it scored a single-day record for local language films with RMB 345 million (US$50.2 million) in 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

On Screen China: Part Two of CFI’s Chinese New Year Preview

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This Saturday, the first day of the Spring Festival/Chinese New Year (CNY), tens of millions of Chinese citizens will flock to cinemas nationwide in the start of the busiest moviegoing period on the planet.  Last year, RMB 3.56 billion (US$548 million) in tickets were sold over the seven-day CNY period, the highest-grossing week in any Read More

On Screen China: Out with the Monkey and in with the Money

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Part one of our preview of Spring Festival releases, likely to be the most lucrative season of the Chinese cinematic year.   This Saturday, the first day of the Spring Festival/Chinese New Year (CNY), tens of millions of Chinese citizens will flock to cinemas nationwide in the start of the busiest moviegoing period on the Read More