In Depth: Is China’s Animation Industry Ready to Take Off?
China’s animation industry is on a rising path after a long period of slow growth, signaling huge market potential, analysts said. Investors are also turning to animation as production costs are lower without casts of real people and with relatively less regulatory risk. Read More
Headlines From China: Monkey King No Longer A Marketable IP?
Journey to the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels and its characters have long been a favorite among Chinese audiences and there is at least one film adaptation released every Chinese New Year. Read More
Headlines from China: Disney’s “Mulan” Liu Yifei Among Frontrunners for China’s Razzie Awards
Golden Broom Awards, often dubbed as China's Golden Raspberry Awards, recently opened its online poll. This year, the competition for the Most Disappointing Actress Award is much fiercer compared to previous years. Read More
Startup Hopes Hollywood Sparkle Can Win Applause for Chinese Theme Parks
Many of China’s homegrown theme parks lack these pop culture credentials, meaning they struggle to compete with foreign rivals fond of film tie-ins. But a three-month-old Chinese company has announced an ambitious plan to change the script. Read More
China Box Office: ‘Wu Kong’ Swings to Dominant Weekend Victory
Despite tepid audience reaction, fantasy-action pic Wu Kong became the first local production in 165 days to win China's weekend box office crown. Read More
On Screen China: Back to (Monkey) Business as Usual as China Shuts Out Imports
After a long box office drought for domestic films, action-adventure pic Wu Kong -- China's latest adaptation of the universally-adored Monkey King saga -- kicks off the summer blackout period and will become the first local production in 5 months to gross more than RMB 100 million ($15 million) on a single day. Read More
‘Journey to the West’ — A Chinese Epic for Western Eyes
Will Western audiences fail to engage with a story that celebrates Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist values? Or instead, could it be that “Journey to the West” is based on the same underlying narrative as the typical Hollywood blockbuster? Read More