Headlines from China: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ and Jiang Wen’s ‘Hidden Man’ Enter TIFF 2018

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ and Jiang Wen’s ‘Hidden Man’ Enter TIFF 2018

On July 24, the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival announced the first batch of selected films, which include 21 world premieres, 7 international premieres and 8 north American premieres. Zhang Yimou’s Shadow and Jiang Wen’s Hidden Man are among the 36 selected films.  Shadow will have its north American premiere and Hidden Man will have its international premiere at TIFF. Other noteworthy films in the lineup include A Star Is Born, Ben Is Back, Burning, Mouthpiece and Shoplifters. The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival will take place this year between September 6-16. Read more on Sina

Sci-fi Drama ‘Humans’ Getting Chinese Remake

Humans, a AMC/Channel 4 science fiction drama series, is getting a Chinese remake. The filming of the remake has started in Shanghai with Ma Tianyu and Qi Wei as lead actors. Humans is adapted from the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, which explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics. Since its premiere, Humans has become the biggest hit on Channel 4 in 20 years. Its opening episode attracted 6.1 million viewers. In addition to Endemol Shine China, Croton Media, Kudos and Matador are also involved in the production of this remake. Read more on Mtime

Most Buzzworthy Film at This Year’s FIRST International Film Festival

The 12th FIRST International Film Festival, which opened on July 21, is abuzz with chatter about Ms. Meili, a low-budget film shot within 8 days. The film is executive produced by Cheng Qingsong and directed by emerging filmmaker Zhou Zhou. It tells a story about a 22-year-old girl Meili with her female lover, her ill-treated sister and the abusive, alcoholic brother-in-law. Viewers were impressed by the film’s dramatic plots, vivid portrait of female characters, and actors’ natural performance. Read more on 163.com