Headlines from China: Will Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ be Released in China?

Will Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ be Released in China?

A Rainy Day in New York, a drama film directed by Woody Allen, has been set to release in Italy on October 3. According to sources familiar with the matter, a distributor from mainland China has acquired the China rights to the film and is trying to score a Chinese release for the film. Produced by Amazon Studios, the film was completed at the end of 2017 and supposed to hit the theater in 2018. However, due to the renewed attention to the sexual molestation allegations against Woody Allen during the #MeToo movement, the film didn’t make it to theater last year. Read more on Mtime

All Wong Kar-wai Movies Are Getting 4K Restorations

At the Hawaii International Film Festival, Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai told Filmmaker Magazine that his company Jet Tone Film Production is restoring all his 10 films made throughout his career. The 10 restorations are expected be completed in 2020 in order to hit the theaters in time for the 20th anniversary of In The Mood for Love. Janus Films and The Criterion Collection, two US-based distributors who own North American rights to Wong’s films, may release a full collection of Wong’s films. Read more on Mtime 

Does China Need 200 Comic Cons Within 4 Days?

According to a rough estimation, over 200 comic cons took place between May 1 and May 4 in China during the International Workers’ Day holiday. While this is a clear sign that ACG culture (anime, comics and games)  is very popular in China at the moment, the over 200 events also indicate problems of the sector. Since 2013, China’s ACG fans have grown from a marginal group into a large nation-wide community. With government support and internet companies’ investments in the sector, Chinese anime industry’s output has exceeded RMB 170 billion ($25.1 billion) in 2018. However, among the over 200 comic cons, most of them are events of small or middle size and only attract a few thousands visitors each. In addition, most of these events have similar programs and weak brand recognition. Industry insiders believe that the sector will face consolidation in the future. Read more on ds-domore