Headlines from China: ‘The Predator’ Passes Chinese Censorship

‘The Predator’ Passes Chinese Censorship

The Predator, a 2018 American science fiction film and the fourth installment in The Predator film series, has passed the Chinese censorship, according to sources familiar with the matter, but a release date is yet to be announced.  It’s unclear if China’s censors have cut any parts of the film. Last year, Alien: Covenant, an American science fiction horror film, was six minutes shorter than the international version when the film was released in China. 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 

Jia Zhangke’s Next Film Will Be A Commercial Film 

Today, Jia Zhangke attended the award ceremony of The Fukuoka Prize in Japan to receive its Arts and Culture Prize. The Fukuoka Prize is an award to honor the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving and creating Asian Culture. At the event, Jia did an interview with Mtime and talked about his next film Zai Qingchao (In Qing Dynasty), which is set to start filming next year. In his next film, Jia will continue to meditate on the evolution of the Chinese society with a focus on the elimination of the Chinese imperial examinations. Zai Qingchao will be Jia Zhangke’s first commercial film and will be executive produced by Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To. Read more on Mtime

Which Film Will Become China’s Oscar Entry This Year?

It’s that time of the year when countries announce their entries for the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Award. So far, several entries from Asia have been revealed. South Korea picked Burning. Japan picked Shoplifters. And Taiwan picked The Great Buddha +. Based on the previous pattern, China will likely announce its decision right before the deadline, which is in the beginning of October. Looking at China’s previous submissions, three characteristics emerged: political message, artistic merits and commercial success. Based on these criteria, here are some films that have the potential to be picked: Mr. No Problem, Angel Wears White, Youth, Legend of A Demond Cat, Forever Young, Operation Red Sea, Dying To Survive and Blood-soaked Guangchang. Among them, many believe that Operation Red Sea and Dying To Survive have the best chance to be selected. Read more on IrisMagazine