Headlines from China: Disney’s Live Action ‘Mulan’ Pushed to 2020

Disney’s Live Action ‘Mulan’ Pushed to 2020

The release date of Disney’s upcoming live-action film Mulan has been pushed to March 27, 2020, according to a recent announcement from the company. The announcement came along with a slew of other film updates, including that Avengers: Infinity War will be moved up a week. The Mulan redux will be produced by Bill Kong and directed by Niki Caro. Chinese actress Liu Yifei has been chosen to play the main character Mulan. The casting of the film took much longer than planned, which is likely the reason why the release date is postponed. Read more on Mtime

February Wrap-up: Gaming and Animation Companies are New Favorites in Capital Market

In this article, the writer takes a look at the performances of cultural and entertainment companies in the capital market in February. And here are the findings: thanks to box office boom during the Chinese New Year holiday, many production companies and cinema chains, such as Alibaba Pictures, HD entertainment, and IMAX China, saw increased stock prices; Over 70 percent of media and entertainment companies in the A-share market saw revenue jump. In addition, the ACG (anime, comics, and games) sector is experiencing further consolidation with increased number of mergers and acquisitions; Last but not least, gaming and animation companies are favored by capital. Each sector saw ten companies successfully completed a new round of financing in February. read more on Ent Group

Chinese Film with Worst Douban Rating Submitted to Cannes

Chinese drama film Pure Hearts: Into Chinese Showbiz has been submitted to the main competition category of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, according to a post on the film’s official Weibo account. Directed by Bi Zhifei, a Chinese filmmaker with a doctorate degree from the Beijing Film Academy, the film is centered around a group of aspiring actors who realize their dreams after overcoming a series of difficulties. After being released in last September, the film received a 2.1/10 rating on review site Douban, possibly the lowest score ever received on the platform. Despite negative reviews, the director dares to dream big, just like the characters in his film. Read more on 163.com

A Look At March Releases in the Middle Kingdom

After two weeks of unofficial ban on imported films in order to support local films during the Chinese new year holiday, foreign films will be once again permitted into Chinese theaters this month. March releases include: several Hollywood films, such as Black Panther, Tomb Rider, and Pacific Rim: Uprising, Oscar frontrunners Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape of Water, animated film Peter Rabbit, and local films, such as Girls 2 and Amazing, China. In addition to the aforementioned films, two other Asian films also deserve attention. They are Indian film Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Japanese family drama Mix. Read more on Mtime