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ZHANG YIMOU UNDER FIRE IN CHINA

May 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Zhang Yimou, one of China’s best-known directors — he staged the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 — is under investigation for violating China’s strict one-child-per-family rule and could face a fine of more than $26 million, according to state media news reports published today (Thursday). China’s People’s Daily said that Zhang had […]

LUCASFILM LOOKING TO SET DOWN IN CHINA

April 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is the latest top U.S. studio executive to make the pilgrimage to China to discuss ways in which the burgeoning Chinese film industry and Hollywood can cooperate to their mutual benefit. At a Beijing symposium, Kennedy noted that China’s film industry is developing faster than any other outside the U.S. and […]

SKYFALL DRAWS RECORD CROWDS IN CHINA

January 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The James Bond movie Skyfall, which opened last Monday in China, took in $35 million during its first week, according to the website 21cn.com. It was a record for a 2D film, the website said, and was exceeded only by James Cameron’s 3D Avatar, which opened in China with $46 million in its first week […]

CHINESE CENSORSHIP OPPONENTS SPEAKING OUT

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Opposition to China’s film censorship rules is mounting in China, and a state-owned online news service is giving it an unprecedented voice. The English-language version of China.org.cn today (Wednesday) quoted a professor at Shanghai University’s school of film & TV arts and technology, as calling for new “norms for movie censors to follow” following their […]

CHINA CUTS 39 MINUTES FROM CLOUD ATLAS

January 22, 2013 by · 7 Comments 

Three months after it debuted in most of the world, Cloud Atlas finally came to China on Monday, with 39 minutes removed by Chinese censors. That is likely the biggest chunk of footage ever deleted from a Hollywood film, but the film’s directors, Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Twyker, speaking to a news conference […]

SKYFALL FALLS VICTIM TO CHINESE CENSORS

January 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The James Bond film Skyfall is the latest Hollywood production to be subjected to the caprice of Chinese censors. In advance of its opening on the mainland on Monday (it opened in Hong Kong last November), a scene, shot in Shanghai, showing a French hitman shooting a guard in the elevator lobby of a skyscraper […]

THE HOBBIT HOPS BACK TO FIRST PLACE

December 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may have taken a back seat to two newcomers, Les Misérables and Django Unchained on Christmas Day, but it came galloping back, overtaking both films over the weekend with an estimated gross of $32.9 million to record its third consecutive weekend box-office victory. It was down just 8.6 […]

CHINESE BOX OFFICE WAY UP — MOSTLY DUE TO MORE U.S.-MADE FILMS

December 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s agreement last February to allow 14 additional Hollywood films to be screened in its theaters — provided that they are issued in 3D or IMAX formats — has clearly proved to be a mixed blessing for the Chinese movie business. On the one hand, according to a Xinhua news agency report appearing in the […]

SECOND HOLLYWOOD FILM EARNS MORE IN CHINA THAN IN U.S.

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The growing importance of China to Hollywood was again demonstrated over the weekend as Ang Lee’s Life of Pi became the second film to perform more strongly at the Chinese box office than at domestic theaters. Since its release on Nov. 21, the picture has earned $84.3 million in China versus $69.6 million in the […]

FESTIVAL SCREENS FILM THAT ITS DISTRIBUTOR WANTED YANKED

October 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has screened the Chinese film Feng Shui from director Wang Jing, despite a request by its distributor to withdraw it in support of the Chinese government’s claim to the disputed Senkaku island chain (or Diaoyus in China). Protests over Japan’s administration of the uninhabited islands erupted in China in […]

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