IMAX Bets China’s Rich Will Skip Box Office for Lavish Private Theaters

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IMAX is giving wealthy Chinese the luxury to stay home for that next blockbuster to come to the big screen. All they need is $400,000 and a large house to fit the gargantuan 20-feet-by-10-feet screens. The Canadian company partnered with Chinese company TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Ltd. to launch its home theater system earlier this Read More

Chinese President’s Speech on the Arts: The Hollywood Connection

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Last October 15, at the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art, Chinese president Xi Jinping spoke to a high-level audience involved in the creative industries on the role and direction of China’s arts and culture. While the occasion of the speech, titled “Talks at the Forum on Literature and Art Work,” along with some excerpts, was Read More

Dalian Wanda Opens $2.5 Billion Theme Park Resort in Southwest China

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Developer Dalian Wanda dropped a big one on China’s southwestern region at the end of last month with the grand opening of its $2.5 billion Xishuangbanna International Resort. The entertainment complex is the second head-turning opening from the Dalian Wanda Group in the past year and another in a line of massive developments, such as Read More

China’s Celebrity ‘Wedding of the Year’ Promotes Stars’ Own Brands

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This past week, the hot topic on China’s Weibo- and WeChat-sphere was the wedding of actors Huang Xiaoming and Angela Yeung (better known as Angelababy), a stereotypically fairytale event held at the very romantic Shanghai Exhibition Center. Attended by nearly 600 guests, among them celebrities like Li Bingbing, Shu Qi, Chiling Lin, and Hong Kong Read More

Finding Freedom in China on Film: A Q&A with Jia Zhangke

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Like all of Jia’s films, "Mountains May Depart" contains strong social commentary. The film, which stars Jia’s wife, Zhao Tao, explores freedom: how one conceives of it, what one does to get it, and how others try to limit it. Read More

Copyright Pledges in China Film & TV Finance

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Though a framework exists, the registration of pledges is not yet common in the Chinese film and TV business. Read More

Will Blockbuster ‘Lost in Hong Kong’ Revive Chinese Tourist Numbers?

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With a declining number of mainland visitors and slumping retail sales to match, Hong Kong is betting on the success of smash hit comedy Lost in Hong Kong to turn its luck around with Chinese tourists. While Chinese travelers are flocking to destinations like Japan to shop for the current Golden Week, Hong Kong retailers Read More

French Director’s Chinese Movie Balances Freedom With Compromise

 /  People  / 
In 2012, French movie director Jean-Jacques Annaud got a warm welcome in China after more than a dozen years as persona non grata there for having offended official Chinese Communist Party history with his 1997 film Seven Years in Tibet—the story of a German mountaineer’s sympathetic relationship with the young Dalai Lama before the monk Read More

China’s Film Industry Online, Part 4. It’s About Copyrights.

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This is the final post in a series looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. In this series we’ve seen that China’s ancillaries are still comparatively small despite explosive box office growth. In part 1, I looked at how China leads the world in online consumption and how China’s consumers prefer to use mobile Read More

China’s Film Industry Online, Part 3. Production and Distribution Converge in Cyberspace

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This is the third in a series of posts looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. Part I is here and Part II is here. In this post I comment on the impending online convergence of motion picture production and motion picture distribution in China. Online giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (collectively, “BAT”) have each Read More

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