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‘Skyfire’ Review: It’s Raining Magma in This Cheerfully Cheesy Chinese Disaster Movie Set on a Volcanic Island

It’s no great leap forward in filmmaking, but the big-budget disaster movie “Skyfire” does prove that China is now capable of producing its own brand of utterly preposterous and enjoyably trashy popcorn entertainment for a global audience. This thrill-packed tale about an angry volcano wreaking havoc on thinly written characters at a luxury island resort […]

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‘The Wandering Earth’ Sequel Sets Chinese New Year 2023 Release Date

Director Frant Gwo has announced that the sequel to his sci-fi hit “The Wandering Earth,” China’s third highest grossing film of all time, will release over the 2023 Lunar New Year holiday, consistently the country’s biggest movie-going week of each year.“The Wandering Earth” became a surprise hit after its 2019 Lunar New Year debut, beating […]

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China box office: War epic ‘Sacrifice’ grosses $53m on opening weekend

Patriotic film was produced to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean War.Local war epic Sacrifice topped the box office on its opening weekend (October 23-25) in China, according to figures from theatrical consultancy Artisan Gateway, grossing $53m in three days.Produced to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean […]

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China Directors Guild Crowns ‘Wandering Earth,’ Derek Tsang, Wang Xiaoshuai

Chinese sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth” was named film of the year by the China Film Directors Guild at its annual awards ceremony on Saturday night in Beijing, local media reported.The award ceremony, which took place coincided with the further re-opening of cinemas in China as the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, also presented director of the […]

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To ideology and beyond: will China’s sci-fi movies plot their own course?

The government seems to have given the green light to a long mistrusted genre – but it’s unclear what territory the new breed of blockbusters will exploreYou might think a nation that effectively banned science fiction for much of its history might hesitate before encouraging its film-makers to get their futuristic thinking caps on. But […]

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China Issues Guidelines On Developing a Sci-Fi Film Sector

Chinese film authorities issued a new document outlining policy measures to boost the country’s production of science fiction movies.Entitled “Several Opinions on Promoting the Development of Science Fiction Films,” the document highlights how the sci-fi genre fits into the ruling Communist Party’s broader ideological and technological goals. It was released earlier this month by China’s […]

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China’s Box Office Hit New Heights in 2019, as Hollywood’s Share Shrank

Hollywood films had a historically unsuccessful year at the China box office in 2019, data from Chinese authorities and online ticketing platform Maoyan show, although the country’s theatrical revenues rose to a new all-time high.American titles accounted for just two of the country’s top ten grossers last year, with “Avengers: Endgame” placing third and “Fast […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Crosses $500M in China

Avengers: Endgame is Hollywood’s first half-billion-dollar movie in China.The Marvel/Disney juggernaut crossed the $500 million mark late in the afternoon in Beijing on Thursday after already racing past Universal’s The Fate of the Furious ($392.8 million) to become the biggest imported film in China ever.Three patriotic local blockbusters sit at the very top of China’s […]

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‘The Wandering Earth’ Featurettes: Behind the Out-of-This-World Visual Effects by Weta Workshop and Pixomondo

The Wandering Earth is an astounding achievement for China — not just in being the country’s very first sci-fi blockbuster, but for its out-of-this-world visual effects. The jaw-dropping effects were created by a cabal of visual effects studios, including Peter Jackson’s famous Weta Workshop, which was behind the Lord of the Rings series, and Pixomondo, […]

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‘The Wandering Earth’ Review: China’s First Sci-Fi Blockbuster is a Spirited But Overlong Spectacle

The Wandering Earth plays like a sci-fi movie made by an algorithm. You’ve got your doomsday premise, your seedy post-apocalyptic world, your scrappy teen leads, your ambitious space mission to save the Earth from certain destruction. Throw in the operatic bombast of Chinese blockbusters, and you’ve got yourself a hit. Based off the novella of […]

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