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Xiamen Woos Film Industry, Becomes New Home of Golden Rooster Festival

Xiamen Woos Film Industry, Becomes New Home of Golden Rooster Festival
China’s government-led Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival has found a permanent home in Fujian province’s coastal city of Xiamen, starting from this year, municipal representatives said Monday at a Shanghai Intl. Film Festival press conference.

“Xiamen has the confidence and the perseverance to be up to the task,” said Dai Zhiwang, the assistant director of the city’s propaganda bureau.

Founded in 1992, the Golden Rooster festival and awards will take place November 19-23 at the Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center. Last year, the roving event took place in Guangdong Province’s Foshan in the south, and in 2017, in the northern province of Inner Mongolia’s Hohhot.

Actress Yao Chen, sometimes referred to as China’s Angelina Jolie, will be this year’s festival ambassador. A Fujian native herself, she lauded her home province’s food and climate. “I hope that in the future films will
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‘The Wandering Earth’ Review: The $700 Million Grossing Chinese Blockbuster Now on Netflix Is Unwatchable

Billed as China’s first true sci-fi blockbuster, Frant Gwo’s ridiculously profitable (and borderline unwatchable) “The Wandering Earth” tells the story of a cursed future in which the sun has become unstable, and humanity’s only hope for survival are the 10,000 jet engines strong enough to dislodge our planet from its orbit and launch us toward a solar system that’s 4.2 light-years away.

Currently the second-highest grossing movie in Chinese box office history, and now dumped on Netflix without fanfare, Gwo’s film also tells the story of another cursed future — one that presents a more clear and present danger — in which the spectacle required to sustain popular cinema becomes so large that the industry congeals into a worldwide monoculture and creates a vacuum of credible artistic and cultural expression powerful enough to suck an entire medium into a black hole of its own making.

Studios rely on international audiences to survive,
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Iffam Actress in Focus: Yao Chen Talks Performing, Producing and Public Pressure

Macao’s Actress in Focus is a woman who has trained as a boxer, likes British actors, especially Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Irons, and is now setting out her stall as a producer.

Yao Chen has built a career over 20 years thanks to TV shows including “My Own Swordsman,” and films including “If You Are The One 2,” Firestorm” and “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe.” She has three more in this year’s Iffam: “Caught in the Web” from 2012; last year’s “Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back”; and the current ‘Lost, Found.” On Monday she will be in conversation, on stage with producer Nansun Shi.

First, she gives Variety an insight into the high pressures of Chinese celebrity, her role as one of the world’s most followed bloggers, and where she wants to take her career next.

Why accept the Iffam position as Actress in Focus?

“I
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Hong Kong's Golden Network takes rights to Bei'er Bao comedy 'Fat Buddies' (exclusive)

Bao directs the film and stars alongside Johnny Wen.

Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to action comedy Fat Buddies, which is the directorial debut of leading comedic actor Bei’er Bao.

Bao also stars with Johnny Wen in the film, which was mostly shot in Japan and will be released in October 2018 during China’s National Day holiday period. Korean-American actress Clara Lee (Line Walker) and Japanese action legend Yasuaki Kurata also star.

The story follows a special agent who gains weight during missions, and ends up in a Japanese hospital where he teams up
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Kris Wu, Chinese Superstar Singer-Actor, Signs With Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group today announced an exclusive international recording agreement with Kris Wu, one of Asia’s biggest stars, whose work encompasses music, film and television.

Under the agreement, future music from Wu will be released internationally, excluding Japan and Korea, through a partnership of Universal Music China, Interscope Geffen A&M in the U.S. and Island Records in the U.K., as well as Umg’s operations in more than 60 countries.

The 27-year-old music producer, singer song-writer and actor was born in Guangzhou, China, and in October became the only Chinese artist to reach No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Chart with the success of the single “Deserve,” featuring Travis Scott; the song has racked up more than a billion streams to date. Over the past few years, Wu has written and produced a number of other international hits, including “July,” “6” and “Juice.”

Wu has starred in films including “XxX: Return of Xander Cage,
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'Our Time Will Come' triumphs at Hong Kong Film Awards

'Our Time Will Come' triumphs at Hong Kong Film Awards
Louis Koo named best actor for Paradox; Teresa Mo wins best actress for Tomorrow Is Another Day.

Ann Hui’s period drama Our Time Will Come was the big winner at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards (April 15), taking five prizes including best film and best director.

The film (pictured), about Hong Kong’s resistance to Japanese occupation during the Second World War, also won best supporting actress for Deanie Ip’s performance, best art direction and best original film score (Joe Hisaishi). Hisaishi was also awarded best original music for the film at the Asian Film Awards last month.
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China box office: 'Jumanji' wins the weekend while 'Star Wars' flops

China box office: 'Jumanji' wins the weekend while 'Star Wars' flops
The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes stays top of the chart.

Now nearing $300m, The Ex-File: The Return Of The Exes continued to top the Chinese box office in the second week of 2018 (Jan 8-14), while Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle won the weekend.

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle / Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Local romance comedy Ex-File 3 (The Return Of The Exes) has further consolidated itself as the year’s first megahit, adding $76.3m for a 17-day total of $293.3m. It has surpassed two 2017 Chinese New Year blockbusters, Kung Fu Yoga and Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back, to become the fifth highest grossing local film of all time and the eighth highest grossing film overall.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle debuted with $42.9m from its three-day opening weekend, ending Ex-File 3’s reign as the No.1 film for 13 straight days. Sony’s adventure sequel was the undisputed top performer for the weekend
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Fate of the Furious Crushes the Weekend Box Office with $100M

Fate of the Furious Crushes the Weekend Box Office with $100M
Universal's The Fate of the Furious was the only new movie getting a nationwide release this weekend, with studios avoiding competing with this blockbuster-to-be. While it did come in under expectations, the high octane sequel easily came away with a box office win with $100.1 million. The sequel marks the first installment of the franchise's final trilogy, and while it didn't debut higher than the previous installment, it proves that the franchise can still draw a crowd.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Fate of the Furious opened in 4,310 theaters for an impressive $23,244 per-screen average. While it did come in under Furious 7's franchise opening weekend record of $147.1 million, it did overperform worldwide, pulling in a massive $432.3 million from foreign territories for a worldwide total of $532.4 million. We reported last week that the film scored broke a pre-sales box office record in China, which is one of the main countries
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Fate of the Furious Sets Pre-Sales Box Office Record in China

Fate of the Furious Sets Pre-Sales Box Office Record in China
Fans will finally get to see the highly-anticipated sequel The Fate of the Furious during sneak preview screenings tonight, but fans in select international markets got to see the movie a few days early, and it is already off to a great start. Universal's sequel opened in eight international markets on Wednesday, pulling in $7.9 million, and when previews for 12 other territories are figured in, the international tally jumps to $19.7 million. The sequel opens in 33 more territories today, while it is also expected to open huge in China, after setting a new pre-sales box office record.

Deadline reports that China's midnight screenings got under way at 9 Am Pst, with pre-sale figures adding up to a whopping $43.5 million, just two hours before the screenings kicked off. This tally easily beat China's previous pre-sales record of $14.6 million for Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow's Chinese blockbuster Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back,
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Rushes. Asian Film Awards, James Gray, Anatomy of a Gag, Agnès Varda

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSLam SuetThis year's Asian Film Awards are most notable for giving beloved Hong Kong character actor (and Johnnie To axiom) Lam Suet the award for Best Supporting Actor (for Trivisa). We were also happy to see that Tsui Hark (still madly inventive with this year's Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.Chinese actress Li Li-hua has died at the age of 92. While not very well known in the West—except perhaps in the obscure Frank Borzage film China Doll (1958)—Li's work for the Shaw Brothers studio and, later, Golden Harvest, minted many classics, including Li Han-hsiang's The Magnificent Concubine (1962), and Storm Over the Yangtse River (1969), as well as King Hu's The Fate of Lee Khan (1975).For those who aren't able to travel to the Locarno Film Festival but are able to
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The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart

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The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart
There is a thrilling selection of Chinese-language titles at Filmart this year. Liz Shackleton picks out some of the most promising.

With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of the year.

After serving up the biggest film of the Chinese New Year holiday — Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Stanley Tong — China’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based sales arm that is selling Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Other high-profile action titles new to market include Distribution Workshop’s Extraordinary Mission, from the creative teams behind the Infernal Affairs and Overheard series, and Huayi Brothers’ crime drama Explosion, starring Duan Yihong.

Previously announced
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Tsui Hark to be honoured at Asian Film Awards

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Tsui Hark to be honoured at Asian Film Awards
The Journey To The West director is one of China’s most bankable filmmakers.

This year’s Asian Film Awards (Afa) will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to iconic Hong Kong director, producer and screenwriter Tsui Hark.

Tsui most recently directed Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back, produced by fellow Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow, which was one of the top-grossing releases in mainland China over the Chinese New Year holiday period. His other recent China blockbusters include Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon (2013) and The Taking Of Tiger Mountain (2014).

Starting with his 2011 hit Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate, Tsui has made all his films as a director in 3D and has become one of the region’s most effective filmmakers in the use of 3D technology.

Although currently one of China’s most bankable filmmakers, Tsui’s career stretches back some 40 years. In 1984, he founded Film Workshop with Nansun Shi, through which he
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Rushes. Tiger Awards, Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," Whitney's Biennial, Debating "La La Land"

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSSexy DurgaThe Hivos Tiger Awards of the International Film Festival Rotterdam have been announced, with Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Sexy Durga taking home the Tiger, Niles Atallah's Rey winning the Special Jury Award, and Caroline Leone's Pela janela being picked by Fipresci.New York's Whitney Museum has revealed its full film program for the 2017 Biennial, with a focus on such filmmakers as Mary Helena Clark, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Kevin Jerome Everson, Eric Baudelaire and Robert Beavers.Recommended VIEWINGThe eagerly awaited trailer for Sofia Coppola's new film, a remake of Don Siegel's bizarre and wonderful The Beguiled, with Colin Farrell in Clint Eastwood's role.The glorious full trailer for James Gray's Amazonia exploration melodrama, The Lost City of Z."The screen is a neutral element in the film-going experience. Or is it? It projects dreams
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Split Beats Rings, Wins Box Office 3rd Weekend in a Row

Split Beats Rings, Wins Box Office 3rd Weekend in a Row
Most box office analysts predicted that Split would fail to win for a third weekend in a row, going up against Paramount's Rings and Stx Entertainment's The Space Between Us. A surprisingly small third frame decline and an underperforming crop of newcomers lead to Split winning for a third weekend in a row with $14.5 million. Its domestic total now stands at $98.7 million, with a worldwide haul of $142.7 million from just a $9 million budget.

Director M. Night Shyamalan's Split has already surpassed the totals for his last low-budget thriller, The Visit, which earned $65.2 million domestically and $98.4 million worldwide from just a $5 million budget in the fall of 2015. While it was a fairly close race, Rings came in a somewhat close second place with $13 million, debuting in 2,931 theaters for a middling $4,435 per-screen average, according to Box Office Mojo. Rings' debut failed to surpass both of its predecessors, with 2002's The Ring opening with $15 million,
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Movie Review: A Journey To The West sequel suffers without Stephen Chow’s direction

Although they’re often designed to remind audiences of what they liked about a previous movie, sequels often have to settle for a less glamorous version of that job description: reminding audiences that what they liked about a previous movie can be difficult to reproduce, even if the movie in question wasn’t a stone-cold classic. Stephen Chow’s Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons is not one of his very best films; it sometimes gets bogged down in its mythology, and its comic snap isn’t as crisp or consistent as The Mermaid, let alone something like Kung Fu Hustle. But its new sequel, Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back, is an object lesson in the relative specialness of even a second-tier Chow effort.

Chow has returned to write and produce this sequel, handing the directing reins over to veteran filmmaker Tsui Hark. Hark approximates the
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'Split' Looks to Fend Off 'Rings' and 'Space Between Us' Over Super Bowl Weekend

'Split' Looks to Fend Off 'Rings' and 'Space Between Us' Over Super Bowl Weekend
Last year three new films debuted over Super Bowl weekend and only one of the three (Hail, Caesar!) managed to top $10 million. In fact, Super Bowl weekend last year was the fourth worst overall weekend of 2016 as the top twelve managed to only gross a combined $82 million. As for Super Bowl weekend this year, it's only looking mildly better as Universal's Split will tussle with Paramount's Rings in an attempt to threepeat atop the weekend box office. Elsewhere, Stx's The Space Between Us may struggle to debut within the top five while the Weinstein Co. hopes their Oscar-nominated feature Lion finds its way into the top ten as it expands into over 1,400 theaters nationwide. Last weekend saw Universal's Split finish atop the weekend box office for a second week in a row, dropping only 36%, much better than previous horror films with similar openings. This weekend Split will have to contend
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Evil Gets Revenge in Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back

Opening this Friday, February 3rd, just under the radar is Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, the sequel to Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons; and we have a trailer and more for you who like your… Continue Reading →

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15 Films to See in February

It’s finally the month of the Oscars, and while you catch up on the best films of last year, there’s also a wealth of promising new films to check out in theaters. From horror to action to documentaries to the top Sundance winner to a Polish cannibal horror mermaid musical, there’s something for everyone. We should also note that, for those looking to repertory options, Josef von Sternberg’s newly restored final film Anatahan will start rolling out this week.

Matinees to See: Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2/3), Youth in Oregon (2/3), The Space Between Us (2/3), David Brent: Life on the Road (2/10), The Great Wall (2/17), Land of Mine (2/17), Kiki (2/24)

15. Xx (St. Vincent, Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Sofìa Carrillo, and Jovanka Vuckovic; Feb. 17)

Synopsis: An all-female horror anthology.

Trailer

Why You Should See It: After the anthologies V/H/S and The ABCs of Death ran their course,
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International Box Office: Trio of Chinese Films and Resident Evil Top the Weekend

Three Chinese films easily took the top 3 spots while Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and La La Land were the biggest Hollywood offerings. The three Chinese films I mentioned earlier are Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back with $82.7 million in 1st, Buddies in India with $43.7 million in 2nd and Jackie Chan’s Kong […]

Read International Box Office: Trio of Chinese Films and Resident Evil Top the Weekend on Filmonic.
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Can Rings Scare Split Away from the Top Spot at the Box Office?

Can Rings Scare Split Away from the Top Spot at the Box Office?
M. Night Shyamalan's surprise hit Split continued to dominate the box office last weekend thanks to just a 35.9% second-weekend drop which resulted in an impressive $25.6 million take, easily beating newcomers A Dog's Purpose, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Gold. This weekend, it will go up against the long-awaited and oft-delayed horror sequel Rings and Stx Entertainment's drama The Space Between Us, in this weekend's race for box office supremacy. While Split very well may suffer another minimal drop in its third weekend, we're predicting that Rings will take the top spot with $21.6 million.

Director M. Night Shyamalan's Split has far exceeded every expectation at the box office, currently standing at $77.3 million domestic and just over $101 million worldwide, from a $9 million budget. After just two weeks, those numbers have already surpassed the totals for his last low-budget thriller, The Visit, which earned $65.2 million domestically and $98.4 million worldwide from
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