Headlines from China: FIRST International Film Festival to Open with ‘The Horse Thief’ and ‘Parasite’ 

FIRST International Film Festival to Open with ‘The Horse Thief’ and ‘Parasite’ 

The 13th FIRST International Film Festival has been set to open on July 20 with the 4k restored version of Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Horse Thief as well as Korean director Bong Joonho’s recent award-winning film Parasite. The selection of the two films reflects the theme of this year’s Festival: Back to FIRST, Back to Future. Made in 1986, The Horse Thief is considered as a representation of the works by the fifth-generation Chinese filmmakers. Parasite, which recently won the director a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, is to represent today’s cinema. Read more on Mtime

Another Liu Cixin Sci-fi Novel to Be Made Into TV Series

A recent document from China’s media regulator shows that Ball Lightning, a science fiction story by award-winning Chinese writer Liu Cixin, has been approved to be developed into a 42-episode TV series. The shooting of the show is set to start this year in September. Published in 2005, Ball Lightning is as popular as The Three Body Problem with Chinese science fiction fans. Many readers believe that Ball Lightning is more suitable for film & TV adaptation than The Three Body Problem. Read more on Mtime

Japanese Movie ‘No Game, No Life: Zero’ Set for July 19 China Release

No Game, No Life: Zero, a Japanese animated film based on the light novel series No Game No Life by Yuu Kamiya, has been set to open in Chinese theaters on July 19. The film was directed by Atsuko Ishizuka at studio Madhouse. It premiered in Japan on July 15, 2017 and soon start being licensed to different countries in the world. The film has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in the North America, Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand, and by MVM in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Read more on Mtime