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Move Over, Patty Jenkins: How China’s Jia Ling Became the World’s Highest-Grossing Female Director

She may not be a household name anywhere other than her native China, but Chinese helmer Jia Ling has officially overtaken Patty Jenkins as the world’s highest-grossing female director for a single film.After an extended three-month run, Jia’s Chinese New Year blockbuster “Hi, Mom,” finally left Chinese theaters Tuesday. It has grossed $838 million (RMB5.41 […]

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‘Hi, Mom’ Review: Rivers of Tears Flow in Appealing Chinese Time-Travel Dramedy

“Hi, Mom” begins as a pleasant enough comic fantasy about a young Chinese woman who time-travels from 2001 to 1981 and becomes friends with her late mother. That’s before it flicks an inspired story-telling switch and turns into a top-notch tearjerker that will have viewers everywhere reaching for the tissues. The deeply personal debut feature […]

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Chinese Movie Theaters Ordered to Close Again Hours After Reopening

Movie theaters in China have been instructed by the country’s national film board to close hours after at least 200 theaters attempted to reopen in Shanghai, according to Xinhua Daily News via posts on China’s social media outlet Weibo.The country’s National Film Bureau via a report in the Jiangsu Provincial Film Bureau informed exhibitors and […]

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Simon West Directing Chinese Tomb-Raid Movie “Legend Hunters’ (Exclusive)

The British director Simon West, who made Angelina Jolie-starring “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” is now co-directing a Chinese tomb-raiding film.“The Legend Hunters” is the next instalment in the “Mojin” universe based on the popular fantasy novel series “Ghost Blows Out the Light.” Backed by Wanda Pictures and Beijing-based Saints Entertainment, the film is set for […]

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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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Netflix acquires Chinese sci-fi hit ‘The Wandering Earth’

Sci-fi drama recently became the second highest grossing film of all time in China.Netflix has picked up Chinese blockbuster The Wandering Earth, which recently became the second highest grossing film of all time in China.The sci-fi action drama, which was released over the Chinese New Year holidays, will be made available by the streaming giant […]

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Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ Finds Cmc as Multi-Territory Buyer (Exclusive)

Cmc Pictures has picked up multi-territory rights to ‘Shadow,” the Zhang Yimou-directed action drama that premiered this week at the Venice Film Festival. The film continues its run this week at the Toronto Film Festival.The China-based Cmc Pictures has acquired rights in Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Africa in a […]

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Enter the dragon: how Australia become China’s gateway to Hollywood

China’s growing superpower status and appetite for blockbusters is reshaping the film industry in Australia, where film-makers are being lured by lucrative co-productionsWhen martial arts blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2 earned an astronomical Us$854m in China last year – making it the second-highest grossing film in a single market ever – two things happened. First, the […]

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