On Screen China: ‘Beauty’ Looks Like a Beast

 /  Box Office  / 
The official release announcement for Beauty and the Beast came way back on January 24, and the rare two-month interlude has given Disney ample time to unleash a local promotional blitz aimed at young Chinese unfamiliar with the original animation. Read More

The Tax Man Cometh for China’s Wealthy Net Celebs

 /  Legal  / 
The tax bureau of Beijing’s Chaoyang District has urged one unidentified live-streaming platform to pay back taxes of RMB 60 million (US$8.7 million), Beijing Youth Daily reported Monday. Read More

What Teaching Film Taught Me About Political Sensitivity

 /  News  / 
As someone who grew up in China, how am I supposed to talk about, say, the allegedly irrational Taiwan nostalgia for Japanese rule? Or colonial symbols? Read More

On Screen China: ‘Genius’ and ‘Final Fantasy’ Pose No Threat to Reigning Blockbusters

 /  Box Office  / 
Eight new releases — six domestic and two imported “buy-out” films — feebly enter Chinese cinemas this weekend, with only 'Genius,' starring Jude Law as eccentric author Thomas Wolfe, and 'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV' securing enough showtimes to make their limited presence felt at the box office. Read More

Does Xi Jinping Go To The Movies?

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
Obama loved The Godfather, Trump screened Finding Dory his first month in office, and North Korea’s late Kim Jong Il was cinema-obsessed. But what about China’s President? Does Xi Jinping unwind with a bucket of popcorn and a buddy comedy? Read More

Bérénice Reynaud on The Greatest Chinese Films

 /  Reprint  / 
Bérénice Reynaud is a pioneering explorer of Chinese film, someone who since the 1980s has led readers in the West to new discoveries and understanding about Chinese directors, their work and the system in which it is produced. Read More

CFI’s Sky Kings and Heavenly Queens: Fan Bingbing/范冰冰

 /  People  / 
Over the past decade, Fan Bingbing has developed a shrewd eye for material, appearing in some three or four films per year, balancing artistic and commercial interests to maintain both bank balance and critical credibility. Read More

Lawyer Sues Beijing TV for Making Fun of Henan Province

 /  Legal  / 
Henan in central China is the butt of everyone’s jokes. Others around the country look down on Henan as the home of liars, lunatics, and thieves who will even steal the covers off manholes. Now, one Henanese lawyer has had enough. Read More

The Shallow, Implausible Women Flooding Chinese TV Dramas

 /  News  / 
While a whole host of "Mary Sues" remains confined to the web in America, across the Pacific they are making the leap from internet fan fiction communities to Chinese TV and cinema screens — and viewers are lapping it up. Read More

China Online Films Surpassed Theater Releases by 500 Percent in 2016

 /  News  / 
The market for Chinese “online films," feature-length motion pictures for online release, saw explosive growth in 2016 in terms of both output and revenue. Read More

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Sign up for our newsletter right now to have breaking news and the best stories of China Film Insider delivered to you.