Headlines from China: ‘1917’ and ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Secure China Theatrical Releases

Left: a still of ‘1917’; right: a Chinese poster of ‘Bad Boy for Life’

‘1917’ and ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Secure China Theatrical Releases

It was announced on January 17 that the WWI epic film 1917  has secured a theatrical release in China. Written and directed by Sam Mendes, the film just scored 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards. Appearing as one continuous shot, it is shot by Roger Deakins and stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch. On the same day, Bad Boys for Life, the 2020 American action comedy starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, also passed Chinese censorship and released a Chinese trailer. Both films have yet to announce their release dates. According to WeChat media account yiqipaidianying, with films that already secured China releases, there may be over 10 foreign films entering Chinese theatres during the upcoming February. However, there is no sign now that the highly-anticipated superhero film Birds Of Prey will be released in China. Read more on Mtime and yiqipaidianying

Documentary on Titanic’s Chinese Survivors to Release in China

Directed by British filmmaker Arthur Jones and narrated by Steven Schwankert, the documentary The Six: Titanic’s Chinese Survivors has been scheduled to release in Chinese theatres on April 4, which is China’s traditional Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day. A film poster was unveiled on January 17. The documentary digs into the untold story of six Chinese survivors of the Titanic disaster, who beat the odds to make it off the ship alive, only to be singled out for expulsion from the US within 24 hours of their arrival. Read more on 1905.com

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