Headlines from China: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Confirms China Theatrical Release

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Confirms China Theatrical Release

2019 black comedy war drama film Jojo Rabbit, which was written, directed, and stars Taika Waititi, has been confirmed to have a theatrical release in China, although a release date has not yet determined. Set in World War II,  the dark satire tells the story from the perspective of a young boy Jojo, who is passionate to be a part of the Hitler Youth. Roman Griffin Davis plays the title character “Jojo.” The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, and Sam Rockwell. On Chinese film review site Douban, the film scored 8.8 out of 10. Read more on dianyingjie

IFFAM: “Chinese Audiences Now Prefer Chinese Stories” Says Perter Chan

On December 5th, the 4th edition of International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) hosted jury press conference for its two competition sections: International Competition and New Chinese Cinema. As the chair of the Internation Competition Jury, Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan shared his thoughts on the moviegoing trends in the current Chinese film market. Chan said that Chinese audiences prefer to see Chinese stories nowadays. In addition, film rating on online platforms strongly affects Chinese moviegoers’ purchasing behaviors. If a film gets a high score on online platforms, it might even get better box office performance in the second week than its opening week. Chan also commented on the recent hit Better Days. As a producer of the film, Chan didn’t expect much from Better Days in terms of box office revenue, because “it is not a typical commercial movie, but it is not completely arthouse film, either.” The drama film eventually has earned over RMB1.5 billion at the local box office. Read more on 1905.com