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

CMC Capital Partners Takes Stake in CAA, Forms China Joint Venture

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CMC Capital Partners will take a stake in Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and add CMC Capital Partners Chairman Li Ruigang added to CAA's board, the global management company announced Tuesday. Read More

Chinese Cinema Absent from Cannes 2017 Selections

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In past years, Cannes has featured Chinese-language cinema by King Hu, Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Wong Kar-Wai, Lou Ye, Ang Lee, Johnnie To, and Jia Zhangke, but this year, while Japan and South Korea are well-represented, the only Chinese element seems to be the corpse of a teenager washed ashore on Bondi Beach in a special presentation of Jane Campion’s television series, 'Top of the Lake: China Girl.' Read More

Director Zhang Yimou Invests in VR Theme Park

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Director Zhang Yimou's interest and presence in virtual reality are sure to boost the industry's otherwise topsy-turvy development. Read More

Chinese Films to Watch on Netflix Tonight

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For the Chinese film fan -- or for the film industry professional trying to bone up on the best of the recent oeuvre -- Netflix is a good resource, but it's not a great one. Read More

TCB In RMB: A Weekly Business Roundup

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SoReal, the Virtual Reality venture of acclaimed Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou opened its first concept store this past Tuesday in a 32,000 square-foot location in central Beijing. Although the company refers to it as a VR Museum, it is more like an arcade, featuring VR films, interactive VR games and other immersive experiences-- and already Chinese reports are expressing doubts regarding its commercial viability. 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

Bérénice Reynaud on The Greatest Chinese Films

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Bérénice Reynaud is a pioneering explorer of Chinese film, someone who since the 1980s has led readers in the West to new discoveries and understanding about Chinese directors, their work and the system in which it is produced. 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