Headlines from China: Jiang Wen’s ‘Hidden Man’ Set to Release on July 13

Jiang Wen’s ‘Hidden Man’ Set for July 13 China Release

Hidden Man, an upcoming Chinese film directed by Jiang Wen, has scored a July 13 China release. Adapted from a novel by Zhang Beihai, the film’s main theme is revenge. Following Let The Bullets Fly and Alma de Sant Pere, Hidden Man is Jaing Wen’s third film that is set in the Republic of China. In addition to directing the film, Jiang Wen also plays a lead role in the film. His co-stars include Eddie Peng, Liao fan, Zhou Yun, and Xu Qing. Read more on Mtime

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Downloadable Link to ‘Avengers: Infinite War’ For Sale on Taobao and WeChat Stores

Recently, downloadable links to pirated versions of several current theatrical releases, such as Avengers: Infinity War and Us and Them, are available for sale on Alibaba’s e-commerce site Taobao as well as some WeChat stores. Price for each link ranges from 0.68 yuan to 4 yuan ($0.11 to $0.63). Upon receipt of payment, a seller will send the link(s) to the buyer through email. In this author’s opinion, piracy undoubtedly is still a big problem faced by China’s film industry. Meanwhile, it can’t be ignored that there is still a large number of Chinese audiences who prefer to spend less to watch current theatrical films at home even if the resolutions of the films are low. This also indicates that products like the recently launched Smart Cinema might have a market in China, given that the pricing becomes more friendly. Read more on Sohu

Will Cultural Industry Become More Profitable Than Real Estate in China?

As the Chinese economy continues to grow, the country’s investing environment is also constantly changing. Today, while the stock market and the real estate market are experiencing stagnation, the cultural industry is booming thanks to consumers’ upgraded needs as well as the country’s soft-power push. Some people say that the cultural industry is becoming more profitable than real estate. However, this article points out that many entertainment firms in China have a hard time making profits, as most funds are spent hiring celebrities. Read more on yuleguan 001