Headlines from China: Oscars: China May Submit Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ As Foreign-language Entry

Oscars: China May Submit Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ As Foreign-language Entry

Zhang Yimou’s historical film Shadow will be China’s foreign-language entry, according to sources familiar with the matter, but an official announcement has yet to be made. Zhang Yimou has three Oscar best foreign-language film nominations in the past, including Ju Dou in 1990, Raise The Red Lantern in 1991, and Hero in 2003. The film has been set to release in Chinese theaters on September 30, which meets this year’s release deadline for the best foreign-language film category. Read more on Mtime

Hou Hsiao-Hsien Supports VR Filmmaking But Will Continue to Make Traditional Wuxia Movies

Golden Horse Film Academy, an educational program organized by Taiwanese film guru Hou Hsiao-hsien and presented by the Golden Horse Film Festival, is entering its 10th year. This year, the program collaborates with HTC to support five filmmakers in making a VR film titled 5X1, which is executive produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Liao Qingsong. At a recent press conference for the project, Hou Hsiao-hsien said that VR technology seemed quite interesting and special, but he had no plans to make a VR film himself. He went on to reveal that his next film would still be a wuxia film. 5×1 will wrap up filming soon and have its world premiere during this year’s Golden Horse Film Festival in November. HTC will provide headsets to the audiences at the screening. Read more on Sina

British Stop-motion Animated Film ‘Early Man’ Set for October 19 China Release

Early Man, a 2018 British stop-motion animated historical sports comedy film, has been scheduled to hit Chinese theaters on October 19. The film is produced by Aardman Animations, which previously produced hit films such as Chicken Run and Shaun The Sheep. Directed by Nick Park, the film follows a tribe of Stone Age valley dwellers who have to defend their land from invaders in a football match. Read more on Mtime