Headlines from China: CMC and Merlin Entertainments to Develop 2nd LEGOLAND in China

CMC and Merlin Entertainments to Develop 2nd LEGOLAND in China

CMC (China Media Capital) and Merlin Entertainments Group recently inked a deal with Sanya municipal government to develop a LEGOLAND Park & Resort in Sanya. This will become the second LEGOLAND built by CMC and Merlin Entertainments in China after the first one in Shanghai. Sanya is the southernmost city on China’s Hainan Island and is known as a popular tourist destination. In addition to the LEGOLAND, CMC is also in talks with the Sanya government to develop other cultural and touristic programs. Read more on D-entertainment 

Zhang Yimou Attends Venice Film Festival after Finishes Filming ‘One Second’

On September 6, Chinese director Zhang Yimou showed up on the red carpet of the 75th Venice Film Festival along with the cast of his film Shadow. Zhang talked about his strong interest in the psychology and fate of body doubles, which led him to make Shadow. In addition, Zhang also mentioned that he recently finished filming his next film One Second, which tells stories of ordinary people. Zhang pointed out that ancient heroes and today’s ordinary people are two types of characters that are important to him and he wants to continue to make movies about them. Mtime 

Indian Films Are No Longer Popular in China?

The most recent Indian release in China is Sultan, which so far has made 28.8 million yuan ($4.21 million) after six days in release. It’s projected that the film will end up making something between 30 million and 40 million yuan, which is far less than what the previous Indian releases, such as Dangal, Secret Superstar, and Hindi Medium, made in China. Data shows that Indian films have been gradually losing popularity in China after Dangal‘s unexpected success. The scores received by these films on Chinese review sites, such as Douban, have also been declining along the way. Many come to realize that the average quality and relatability of Indian films as well as the star power of Indian actors might have been overestimated. Read more on Mtime