Headlines from China: Chang Chen to Play Timothee Chalamet’s Mentor in ‘Dune’

Chang Chen and Timothee Chalamet / Mtime

Chang Chen to Play Timothee Chalamet’s Mentor in ‘Dune’

Jet Tone Films, the talent agency for Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, confirmed today that Chang will join Legendary’s upcoming sci-fi film Dune. In the film, Chang will play the mentor of Timothee Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides who is the protagonist of the film. Based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, the film is directed by Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival). Last year, Chang and Villeneuve were both invited to serve on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. Dune is currently in production and  has been set to release on November 20, 2020 in North America. Read more on Mtime

Xiamen to Be the New Home to China’s Golden Rooster Awards

For the next ten years, Xiamen city will host the bi-annual Golden Rooster Awards portion of China’s Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, according to a press conference held on April 9 by China Film Association and Xiamen municipal government. It is the first time the festival will settle in one city for a long period of time. Previously, each edition of the festival took place in a different city in China. Founded in 1992 and co-organized by China Federation Of Literary And Art Circles and China Film Association, the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival is considered as one of the most authoritative awards in China’s motion pictures industry. Read more on Xinhua

Another Indian Film Wins Over Chinese Audience

After Thugs of Hindostan flopped in the China market early this year, Indian film Andhadhun regained popularity in China. Opened with a relative small screen share, Andhadhun crossed the RMB100-million mark after six days in release. In addition to its commercial success, the film is also well received critically. Different from the previously released Indian films in China, Andhadhun doesn’t focus on social issues. Instead, it’s a drama thriller that engages audiences with intense plots. Currently, both Hollywood blockbusters and non-English genre films are darlings in the Chinese market. As Chinese moviegoers’ tastes are increasingly sophisticated, the origin of a movie matters less and less, but genre and storytelling matter more today. Read more on yuledujiaoshou