Headlines from China: ‘The Lion King’ to Open in China One Week Before U.S.? 

‘The Lion King’ to Open in China One Week Before U.S.? 

According to online sources, Disney’s upcoming musical drama film The Lion King has scored a July 12 China release, which is one week before its North American release. Other films that have been set to release in China on July 12 include Chinese language film Drug Lords, Japanese animated film Gekijouban Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel-II.Lost Butterfly, and Indian science fiction film 2.0. The upcoming The Lion King is adapted from Disney’s 1994 animated film of the same name and stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogan and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Director of the film is Jon Favreau who also directed the remake of The Jungle Book. Read more on Mtime

Chris Hemsworth Joins The “China Ten-billion Club” 

Man in Black International opened in China today and has raked in RMB 38 million as of this writing. The film’s strong China debut has also just made its star Chris Hemsworth a new member of the “China Ten-billion Club.” In addition to Man in Black International, seven movies starring Chris Hemsworth were released in China previously and all the seven movies are produced by Marvel. In total, the eight movies have made over RMB 10 billion in the middle kingdom. Read more on Mtime

Dante Lam’s New Film ‘The Rescue’ Set for 2020 Chinese New Year Release

Today, a press conference was held in Shanghai for Hong Kong director Dante Lam’s upcoming film The Rescue. Director Dante Lam attended the conference along with the film’s cast and crew members including executive director Liang Fengying and lead actor Eddie Peng.It was announced at the conference that TheRescue is set to release on 2020 Chinese new year’s day. Lam’s previous works including box office hits Operation Mekong and Operation Red Sea among others. Currently, Operation Red Sea is fourth highest-grossing film of all time in China. The Rescue marks the fourth collaboration between Dante Lam and Eddie Peng. Read more on Sina