Authorities Create Prize to Subsidize Film Industry

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A list of 20 “outstanding” Chinese films from 2016 released by a government-backed 'special fund' is raising eyebrows for demonstrating what kinds of films are officially approved. Read More

Zhang Yimou Says China Needs to Produce Better Movies

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Chinese director Zhang Yimou sounded more like a government representative than an artist during an interview with CNBC Thursday, but admitted that the quality of China's films remains an issue. Read More

Wanda Cinema Line to Go Head to Head with Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent in Online Video

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China’s already crowded online video streaming market looks set to have a new challenger with Wanda Cinema Line, the theatrical exhibition arm of Chinese property development giant Dalian Wanda, set to launch its own video streaming website this year. Read More

China’s Biggest Movie Mogul Doesn’t Go to the Movies

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Wang Jianlin “only goes to the cinema once a year, with his mother," according to a Financial Times report this week which cited an associate of the Dalian Wanda Group CEO. Read More

What Everybody ‘Knows’ About Insta-Star Jing Tian

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In the vacuum left by the lack of a reliable independent press, Chinese gossip, with its penchant for detailed embellishment and invasive speculation can make TMZ look like The New York Review of Books. Add the Internet into the mix, and it goes to the next level, a web of conspiratorial, celebrity-denigrating innuendo that is wildly judgmental, sexist, and almost impossible to respond to. Read More

Film Review: ‘The Great Wall’ is The Best of Zhang, The Worst of Zhang

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  The Great Wall (2016), story by Max Brooks, Edward Zwick & Marshall Hershkovitz; screenplay by Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy; directed by Zhang Yimou Distributed by Universal Pictures (cinemas here) Grade: B+ The first coproduction between China and the US directed by an A-list auteur from either country, Zhang Yimou’s The Great Read More

Chinese Pop Culture Primer: What You Need to Know about TFBoys, China’s Most Popular “Fresh Meat”

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Who are the TFBoys? What's so special about them? For a bunch of kids who aren't even 18, TFBoys are everywhere. 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

China Box Office: First Weekend of New Year Not So Happy

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Ticket receipts across the three-day New Year’s Holiday (元旦节) from Saturday through Monday totaled RMB 662 million (US$95 million), a 22 percent decrease from 2016’s record-breaking haul of RMB 849 million ($130 million). Read More

On Screen China: Limp 2016 Box Office to Close with a Whimper

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China’s swan-diving box office will go out aptly this weekend with a whimper as 2016 makes room for a handful of new releases straggling in for the three-day New Year’s public holiday. Read More