Headlines from China: Mahua FunAge Is Not Fun Anymore?

a still from “Hello, Mrs. Money”

Mahua FunAge Is Not Fun Anymore?

Hello Mrs. Money, the highly anticipated comedy drama film produced by Mahua FunAge, finally hit Chinese theaters on Sunday September 30. While the film managed to top the box office charts on its opening day, the reviews the film has received so far should concern its producers. Currently, the film holds a 5.2/10 on Chinese review site Douban, the lowest ever received by a Mahua FunAge film. On the pro version of ticketing app Maoyan, its box office projection has also declined from 2 billion yuan to 0.94 billion yuan. As other new releases, such as Zhang Yimou’s Shadow and Chow Yun-fat’s Project Gutenberg, are receiving much better reviews, Hello Mrs. Money has also been losing its screen share. Read more on yiyuguancha 

‘The Predator’ Set for October 26 China Release

2018 American science fiction film The Predator has been set to release in China on October 26. The film is the fourth installment in the Predator film series and the first film in the series to hit Chinese theaters. In North America, it has been rated R and the total running time is 107 minutes. Given that the Chinese version of Alien: Covenant was six minutes shorter than the international version, many Chinese moviegoers are curious to find out if any parts of The Predator have been cut by the Chinese censors. Directed by Shane Black and written by Black and Fred Dekker, The Predator follows a group of PTSD-affected soldiers who must fight off an invading pair of Predators. Read more on Mtime

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ Leads 55th Golden Horse Awards Nominations

On October 1, the 55th Golden Horse Awards announced this year’s nominations. Several films from mainland China are nominated. Zhang Yimou’s Shadow leads the competition with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress, etc. This year’s box office hit Dying To Survive receives 5 nominations. It’s noteworthy that all the Best Director nominees, including Zhang Yimou, Jiang Wen, Bi Gan, Lou Ye and Pema Tseden, are from the mainland. This year’s jury is chaired by renowned Chinese actress Gong Li. The award ceremony is set to take place on November 17 in Taipei. Read more on Sina

3D Animated Film ‘Smallfoot’ Scores October 19 China Release

Smallfoot, a 2018 American 3D animated adventure film produced by the Warner Animation Group, has scored a October 19 China release. Based on the book Yiti Tracks by Sergio Pablos, the film follows a group of Yeti who come across a human, with each species thinking the other was just a myth. This family friendly film has been released in the U.S. on September 28. Read more on Mtime