Headlines from China: China’s South Korean Content Restrictions May be Loosened

a still from Korean film ‘Train to Busan’

China’s South Korean Content Restrictions May be Loosened

On October 31 (Beijing Time), China’s Foreign Ministry announced on its official website that China and South Korea would resume normal relations, and put aside their differences out of a joint desire to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. As the two countries will normalize their relations, the unofficial restrictions on South Korean entertainment content, which started last year in August, may also be loosened. Read more on Ent Group

‘Star Wars 8’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Pass Chinese Censorship

British war drama film ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (aka ‘Star Wars 8’)have passed Chinese censorship, according to sources familiar with the matter, though release dates for either of the films are yet to be announced. As several imported films, including ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ ‘Coco,’ and ‘Patriots Day,’ have been scheduled to release in China in November, the chance for either ‘Star Wars 8’ or ‘Darkest Hour’ to score a November release is slim. ‘Star Wars 7’ was released in China on January 9, 2016. It’s likely that ‘Star Wars 8’ will score a January release as well. Read more on Mtime 

Australian-Chinese Co-production ‘Guardians of the Tomb’ to Open across China on January 19

‘Guardians of the Tomb,’ (aka ‘Nest’) an upcoming Australian-Chinese science-fiction horror thriller film, has scored a January 19 China release, according to sources familiar with the matter. Directed and written by Kimble Rendall and starring famed Chinese actress Li Bingbing, ‘Guardians of the Tomb’ tells the story of a team of scientists who lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth while trying to make the discovery of a century. Read more on Mtime

Officials Involved in LeEco’s 2010 IPO are Under Investigation

Today, an unnamed news source reported that three to four members of the seven-member panel at the China Securities Regulatory Commission are under investigation by judicial authorities for possible bribery between the panelists and LeEco. The panel reviewed and approved LeEco’s initial public offering in 2010. The news source also speculated that there would be more than 10 people involved in this case, and it’s likely that more people would get investigated. Read more on TMT Post