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Gong Li Drama ‘Leap’ Opens to $8.2 Million in China

Female-led volleyball drama “Leap” hit China with an $8.2 million opening day Friday, narrowly topping the premiere-day box office haul of Disney’s “Mulan” earlier this month, according to industry tracker Maoyan.Both films star China-born Singaporean actress Gong Li, who plays a powerful witch character in “Mulan” and the hard-driving, real-life head coach of the Chinese […]

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VFX Supervisor Tim Crosbie on the Effects for ‘The Eight Hundred’

As of Monday, “The Eight Hundred” became the highest-grossing movie of 2020 at the global box office, overtaking “Bad Boys for Life.” To date, the Chinese war epic has raked in $425 million and continues to exceed all expectations.The film is based on a true story, depicting a Chinese battalion who mounted a determined defense […]

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The Eight Hundred: how China’s blockbusters became a new political battleground

It was pulled from a film festival, censored by the state and now it’s the year’s second biggest film. Is The Eight Hundred an exhilarating war movie – or slick propaganda?‘No one knows how this history will be written,” a soldier muses portentously in the new Chinese blockbuster The Eight Hundred. If he could see […]

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Box Office: ‘Tenet’ Crossing $100 Million Internationally

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” will cross the $100 million mark internationally on Saturday. It passes that important milestone after the twisty thriller made just over $20 million in China so far this weekend.Those numbers are pretty standard for Nolan, who has a golden touch when it comes to blockbusters, having previously guided “Inception,” “Dunkirk,” and “The […]

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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Sets China Theatrical Release in September

Disney’s Chinese-themed “Mulan” will hit mainland Chinese theaters in just a few days time, and only one week after “Tenet.”According to Chinese exhibitors, “Mulan” will open in theaters on Sept. 11. They said that they received notification Wednesday from state-owned distributor China Film Corp., though official websites have not yet been updated. Online ticketing firms […]

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China’s ‘The Eight Hundred’ Has Bigger Weekend Box Office Than ‘Tenet’

Chinese war film, “The Eight Hundred” was the highest scoring film in the world over the weekend.According to data from Artisan Gateway, “The Eight Hundred” grossed $69 million between Friday and Sunday, its second weekend on release in China. That compares with the $53 million total achieved by “Tenet” in the 41 international territories where […]

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‘The Eight Hundred’ Review: Blockbuster Chinese War Epic Delivers Imax-Scale Spectacle

Four days feels like an eternity in “The Eight Hundred,” mainland Chinese writer-director Guan Hu’s monumental, if sometimes unwieldy epic interpretation of the courageous defense of a warehouse by the Chinese Nationalist Army in October 1937. For those with little knowledge of the Sino-Japanese War, the bombardment of facts, action and characters in the 147-minute […]

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