Headlines from China: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Scores November 24 China Release

A still from ‘Coco.’

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Scores November 24 China Release

‘Coco,’ an animated adventure movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures, has scored a November 24 release date for China. There will be three other movies, including John Woo’s ‘Manhunt,’ opening on the same day. Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, ‘Coco’ follows an extraordinary journey of aspiring musician Miguel and charming tricks Hector through the Land of the Dead. ‘Coco’ will open in Chinese theaters in 3D, DMAX, and Dolby formats. Read more on Sina.

The 22nd Busan International Film Festival Closes with Sylvia Chang’s ‘Love Education’

On October 21, Busan International Film Festival closed its 22nd edition with Taiwanese filmmaker Sylvia Chang’s heartwarming drama ‘Love Education.’ The festival’s award ceremony also took place in the same evening along with the screening of ‘Love Education.’ Korean drama ‘After My Death’ and Iranian film ‘Mohsen Gharaei’ won this year’s New Currents award, the festival’s top prize for emerging Asian filmmakers. In addition, Chinese film ‘End of Summer’ won KNN audience award at the festival. Read more on Mtime

Pingyao International Film Festival Announces Six Nominated Films from Emerging Chinese Filmmakers

On October 23, Jia Zhangke’s Pingyao Crouching Tigger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival announced six nominated films from emerging Chinese filmmakers. They are ‘Taste of Rice Flower,’ ‘One Night on the Wharf,’ ‘End of Summer,’ ‘Kill The Shadow,’ ‘A Fish Out of Water,’ and ‘However.’ While all six films are made by first or second time filmmakers, they all have received recognition from major international film festivals, such as the Venice Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Busan International Film Festival. Read more on Mtime

Entire Superhero Team from ‘Justice League’ to Visit China for Its Upcoming China Release

After the recent announcement of bringing a few superheroes from ‘Justice League‘ to China, Warner Bros. revealed on October 23 (Beijing Time) that the entire superhero team, consisting of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (by Jason Momoa ), and Cyborg (Victor Stone), will arrive in Beijing on October 26 to meet the Chinese audience and promote for the film’s upcoming China release. ‘Justice League’ is the fifth film in the DC Comics Extended Universe, and will open in China day and date with the U.S. on November 17. Read more on ifeng.com

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Buy-out Non-Hollywood Films Shine in Chinese Film Market This Year

With a strong word-of-mouth, Thai movie ‘Bad Genius’ has raked in 213 million yuan ($32 million) in China since its theatrical opening on October 13. The film was acquired by China’s Hengye Pictures this year in May at Cannes Film Market at a flat fee of $0.5 million. Before ‘Bad Genius’ was released in China, two other buy-out non-Hollywood films ‘Dangal‘ and ‘The Invisible Guest’ had conquered the Chinese market this year. Currently, foreign films are imported into China either at a flat fee (buy-out films) or on a revenue-sharing (import quota films) basis. While most revenue-sharing films skew towards Hollywood blockbusters, the recent success of non-Hollywood buy-out films presents other possibilities for Chinese distributors. Read more on Ent Group