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Sen-lun Yu

Sen-lun Yu is a researcher for Screen in Greater China (Hong Kong and Taiwan incl.).

  • New Chinese talent


    Shanghai is the place to discover commercial independent Chinese cinema
  • China in their hands


    Shanghai cinema-goers are trail-blazers when it comes to supporting indie cinema in China, and are helping the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 11-19) to increase its global significance. Sen-lun Yu reports
  • China's international steps


    Chinese investors are also beginning to explore overseas opportunities. By Sen-lun Yu
  • The powerhouse


    The runaway success of the Chinese film business has led to an influx of investment capital. Sen-lun Yu explores how the flow of finance is shaping the future of the industry
  • Screen grab


    The Chinese box office hit $1.5bn in 2010 — yet the territory remains vastly under-screened. Sen-lun Yu explores the fierce competition in China’s exhibition sector, and the potential for foreign investment
  • SFG to launch joint venture with Technicolor


    China’s state-owned film studio Shanghai Film Group (SFG) has announced it is to set up a joint venture with post-production group Technicolor.
  • MacDowell, Lau and Im join Shanghai juries


    Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced actress Andie MacDowell and Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau will join the Jinjue Awards jury.
  • China shows its strength


    The Chinese box office got off to a bright start in 2009, boosting the theory cinema booms in a downturn. Can it continue throughout the year?
  • Shanghai Film Festival announces project market line-up


    The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced the line-up of 32 Co-production Film Pitch and Catch (Co-FPC) projects and eight China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC) projects. 
  • Strategic Film Partners picks up Lau’s Kung Fu Cyborg


    LA-based international sales and distribution company Strategic Film Partners has acquired North American rights to Jeff Lau’s action sci-fi comedy Kung Fu Cyborg, a film produced by Lau’s China-based Leshi Zhenwei Film Productions. 
  • China reduces film regulations on Hong Kong


    China is offering two new initiatives to the Hong Kong Film industry as part of the Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). 
  • Shanghai announces competition line-up


    Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has unveiled its competition line-up.
  • Cultural Revolution


    Chinese producer-distributor Yu Dong has become one of the leading independent figures in the Chinese industry. He tells Sen-lun Yu how he has done it.
  • Zhang Yimou to shoot two-part feature Three Guns


    Beijing New Picture Film has confirmed that the director’s next project will be a two-part feature co-produced with Edko Films.
  • Lu Chuan's City Of Life And Death heats up Chinese cinemas


    Chinese director Lu Chuan’s war drama City Of Life And Death had a strong opening in mainland China,grossing an estimated $10.2m (RMB70m) in five days (April 22-26).
  • Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong to co-direct action adventure


    Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan and director Stanley Tong will co-write and co-direct an action adventure tentatively titled Chinese Zodiac. JackieChan will star in the $37m (RMB250m) film.
  • Pan-Asian auteurs line up for Chengdu omnibus


    Beijing-based Zonbo Media is preparing a three-part film set in the earthquake-stricken city ofChengdu in Western China, to be directed by Korea’s Hur Jin-ho, Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan and Chineserock singer and filmmaker Cui Jian.
  • Pan-Asian auteurs line up for Chengdu omnibus


    Beijing-based Zonbo Media is preparing a three-part film set in the earthquake-stricken city of Chengdu in Western China, to be directed by Korea’s Hur Jin-ho, Hong Kong’sFruit Chan and Chinese rock singer and filmmaker Cui Jian.
  • Lion Rock abandons Woo's historical epic 1949


    John Woo and Terence Chang’s Lion Rock Productions has decided to abandon shooting epic drama 1949 due to a dispute over the script rights.
  • Bona Entertainment, JC Group team on Chan's Big Soldier


    Beijing-based Bona Entertainment is teaming with Jackie Chan’s JC Group International and Singapore fundLM Media on action comedy Big Soldier (working title), starringChan, Wang Lee-hom and Korean singer Yoo Seung-jun.
  • Slumdog Millionaire has strong opening weekend in China


    Slumdog Millionaire grossed $2.93m (RMB20m) during its first four days on release in mainland China, which marks the biggest opening for a non-US foreign filmfor the past ten years.
  • Boyle to chair Shanghai film festival jury


    The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Danny Boyle will chair the international jury at the upcoming 12th edition of the festival (June 13-21).
  • Salon's pan-Asia alliance sets three new films led by Eat, Drink 2


    Companies under Hong Kong’s Salon Films’ pan-Asia alliance have announced new production projects including three projects from Taipei-based Zoom Hunt International.Producer Hsu Li-kong and his Zoom Hunt International is preparing the sequel to Ang Lee’s 1994 classic Eat Drink Man Woman, tentatively titled Eat Drink Man Woman II, a project to be co-produced ...
  • Dayyan Eng enlists Daniel Wu, Gong Beibi for Inseparable


    Chinese American filmmaker Dayyan Eng (Waiting Alone) is to produce and direct a black-comedy from his own script titledInseparable. Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu (Shinjuku Incident) and Chinese actress Gong Beibi (
  • Producer Terence Chang embarks on romantic comedy Dirt Rich


    Producer Terence Chang has packaged romantic comedy Dirt Rich In Shanghai with Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment, Sil-Metropol Organization and Taiwan’s Tosoa Entertainment for an April start date.Taipei-based filmmaker Peter Lee (The Candidate) will direct the $2m film, which tells about a nouveau riche man determined to transform his down-to-earth image ...
  • Painted Skin, Ip Man, Pleasant Goat to get new instalments


    New instalments of three Chinese-language blockbusters in 2008 - Painted Skin, Ip Man and Pleasant Goat - will go into production later in 2009, according to backers of the three films.Two investors in 2008 hit Painted Skin will reteam to produce the second film adapted from the 18th century book series by Pu Songlin ...
  • Zhang Yimou lines up black comedy with Zhao Bensan


    The Olympic Games now behind him, Zhang Yimou is preparing to shoot a black comedy with comedians Zhao Benshan and Xiao Shenyang.Zhang has just returned from visiting Zhao and his theater troupe in Shenyang City of Northeastern China. Chinese media reported that it was a casting trip for his new comedy. Catherine Pang from Zhang’s Beijing New Pictures said it would be one of Zhang’s next projects, but did ...
  • China Film Group to import Slumdog Millionaire


    China's state-own film importer China Film Group has confirmed that it will import Academy Award-winner and world-wide hit Slumdog Millionaire to the mainland China market. The release date is scheduled for March 26.
  • Beijing-based ACE lines up thriller, Japan co-production


    Beijing-based distributor-turned-producer ACE Film Studio has announced that it is lining up thriller Midnight Taxi and China-Japan co-production Dream Wall (working title).
  • Chow Yun-fat to star in Dadi Century's Confucius biopic


    Beijing-based Dadi Century Film has confirmed that Chow Yun-fat will star in its upcoming biopic Confucius, in which he will portray the great Chinese philosopher and sage.
  • Back to the mainland: China opens up to co-productions


    Shooting permits are being issued again in China after a difficult 2008. Between October 2008 and January 2009, the Film Bureau approved 17 projects to shoot in China. Only eight received permits between June and September last year.
  • Chinese film boom - market manipulation or audience shift'


    In Olympic year in 2008, the Chinese government placed subtle restrictions on the number and nature of foreign films that could be released in the territory. This year, the 60th anniversary of the creation of the People's Republic of China, a similar mood of patriotic fervour is gripping the authorities. 'We haven't seen any sign of a loosening up in the censorship process,' says a Chinese representative of a US studio.
  • Zhang to make film celebrating communist China's birthday


    Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou is joining the trend to make a tribute film celebrating the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
  • UK theatre producers team with China's Dadi Media on musical


    London-based Broadway producer Toby Simkin and Hampshire-based Captive Theater and Music are teaming up with China's Dadi Media and ESA Cultural Investment to co-produce musical feature The Sacrifice Of Yang Guifei.
  • Feng to direct disaster movie about Tangshan earthquake


    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Pictures is teaming up with state-owned China Film Group and Tangshan City Government to co-produce disaster drama Tangshan Dadizheng, about the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976.
  • Ning Hao gears up to shoot Chinese road movie


    Chinese filmmaker Ning Hao will start shooting road movie Wu Ren Qu in China's north-west Xinjiang province on March 10, Ning's Stoneman Films has confirmed.
  • Chan, Polybona establish production company Cinema Popular


  • Zhao Wei to star in Mulan for Beijing-based Starlight


    Beijing-based Starlight International has announced that it will produce and invest in a live-action version of Chinese classic folk story Mulan, set to star Chinese actress Vicky Zhao Wei (Red Cliff).
  • Chinese New Year box office up by 30% in mainland China


    The 2009 Chinese New Year holidays ended on Sunday (Feb 1) with outstanding box office results in mainland China. The one-week holiday took in around $29.2m (RMB200m) in box office receipts, which is a 30% increase on the same period in 2008.
  • China - The pain of war


    Raising the budget for a film is not easy for any film-maker. But few have had it as hard as Chinese director Lu Chuan. He made his name internationally with festival favourite Kekexili: Mountain Patrol in 2004, but his success did not help him back home in China when trying to finance his new war film, City Of Life And Death. "In China, young directors are not so lucky to have a producer handling fundraising. You have to do it yourself," he explains.
  • Financing - China - Soft landing or china crisis'


    The credit crunch may be inflicting damage on China's export and real-estate industry but major players in the country's nascent film business are optimistic they can escape with just flesh wounds.
  • Chou and Lin to co-star in adventure film Ci Ling


    Chou will reunite with Kung Fu Dunk director Chu Yen-ping in the $14.6m (RMB100m) production.
  • Sony launches Blu-ray manufacturing in China


    Sony's Shanghai-based subsidiary company Shanghai Epic Music Entertainment has launched China's first Blu-ray disc manufacturing plant in the city's Song Jiang Industrial Development Zone.
  • Red Cliff II dominates Asian territories


    John Woo's Red Cliff II dominated cinemas in Chinese-language territories for the weekend January 15-18.
  • China's SARFT sends draft film promotion law to State Council


    Hopes that China will implement a film rating system have been raised as drafting of the Film Promotion Law has been finalized and submitted to China's State Council for approval.
  • Cape No.7 gets green light in mainland China


    Previously suspended Taiwanese hit Cape No. 7 has finally received a screening permit in mainland China.
  • Red Cliff II sweeps Chinese box office


    John Woo's war epic Red Cliff II earned $14.8m (RMB101.5m) infour days in mainland China to become the first film in 2009 to break the $14.6m (RMB100m) mark, according to the film's mainland China distributor China Film Group.
  • HuayiBros sues Chinese websites for copyright infringement


    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Pictures is suing China's five major websites for spreading illegal copies ofthree film productions. The websitesinclude,, and The first two are China's top two web portals.
  • Feng's If You Are the One smashes box office records


    Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang's romantic comedy If You Are The One has become the second biggest Chinese-language film in Chinese film history, grossing $44.22m (RMB302m) since its Dec 18 release.
  • Hong Kong box office up by 8% despite downturn


    Hong Kong's box office grew by around 8% to $140.26m (HK$1.09bn) in 2008 according to figures from local film industry body, the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA).
  • China's box office up by 27% to $617m in 2008


    China's overall box office reached $617.13m (RMB4.22bn) in 2008, a 26.7% increase on the previous year, according to figures from the Film Bureau under the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).
  • China Film secures $88m loan from Bank of Beijing


    Bank of Beijing has announced that it will provide a loan of $87.59m (RMB600m) to state-owned China Film Group for its film production and exhibition businesses.
  • Feng's If You Are the One tops Chinese box office


    There were no signs of economic downturn in Chinese cinemas last weekend as popular local director Feng Xiaogang's If You Are The One raked in a record-breaking $11.68m (RMB80m) in four days of release.
  • China Film, Enlight launch new media shorts programme


    China Film Group Corporation and private entertainment group Enlight Media launched the 'China Film New Media Production Project' today with 20 short films to be distributed across 12 digital platforms, starting from Saturday (Dec 20).
  • Lau lines up internet backer for Kungfu Cyborg


    Beijing-based online distribution and video-sharing website is joining hands with Hong Kong 's Mei Ah Entertainment to co-produce Jeffrey Lau's sci-fi comedy Kungfu Cyborg Attraction.
  • Chen's Forever Enthralled has strong China opening


    Chen Kaige's Forever Enthralled, a biopic about Peking opera master Mei Lanfang, grossed $6.13m (RMB42.18m) on its opening weekend, which sets a new record for non-action dramas in the mainland China market.
  • Huayi Bros to produce Francis Ng martial arts comedy


    Beijing-based Huayi Bros Pictures is producing a martial arts comedy Zhui Ying to be directed by Hong Kong actor Francis Ng. Jaycee Chan (The Sun Also Rises), actor and son of Jackie Chan, will be the leading cast in the film playing a martial arts fighter Xu Sanguan.
  • China Film Group to release Disney filmBolt in 3D outside quota


    China Film Group Digital Cinema Line Co, a subsidiary of state-owned China Film Group Corporation, has said that it will release Disney animation Bolt in digital 3D in the latter half of December.
  • China's Orange Sky appoints Yu as vice general manager


    Daniel Yu, former COO of Andy Lau's Focus Films, has joined Beijing-based Orange Sky Entertainment as vice general manager of Orange Sky Zhihong Film and TV Productions.
  • Taiwanese hitCape No. 7has mainland China release postponed


    Originally scheduled for December or January, Taiwanese hit Cape No. 7 has had its mainland China release postponed indefinitely.
  • Taiwanese hit Cape No.7 tops Hong Kong box office


    Following its historical success at home, Taiwanese hit Cape No. 7 topped the Hong Kong box office last weekend, grossing $259,000 (HK$2.01m) in four days (Nov 20-23), with a mid-sized release of 23 screens.
  • China - Boom times ahead


    With more than 16 heavyweight releases jamming the three-month period from November 20, Chinese exhibitors are estimating that box office during the year-end season will reach $146m (rmb1bn), up 10% on the same period last year.
  • Chinese exhibitors predict bumper year-end box office


    With more than 16 heavy-weight releases jamming thre three-month period starting Nov 20, Chinese cinema owners are estimating that box office during the year-end season will reach $146m (RMB1bn), which is10% higher than the same season last year.
  • Savage to star with Ge You in Chinese drama Gasp


    US actor John Savage (The Thin Red Line) is joining Chinese star Ge You (The Banquet) in the cast of Chinese comedy drama Gasp, which is being directed by scriptwriter-turned-director Zhen Zhong.
  • Korea's So to star opposite Zhang in Sophie's Revenge


    Koreanactor Ji-sub So (Rough Cut) will be the leading man opposite Zhang Ziyi in romantic comedy Sophie's Revenge, which is being co-produced by Korea's CJ Entertainment and China's Perfect World Culture.
  • China Film cuts Chung's scenes from Mei Lanfang biopic


    State-owned China Film Group Corporation has confirmed that it has removed all scenes featuring Hong Kong actress Gillian Chung from Chen Kaige's upcoming Mei Lanfang biopic, whose English title has recently been finalised as Forever Enthralled.
  • Edko lines up stellar cast for Yuen Wo-ping's True Legend


    Renowned action choreographer Yuen Wo-ping (The Forbidden Kingdom, Kill Bill) is directing a martial arts biopic, True Legend, starring Chiu Man-cheuk, Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh and Chinese actors Zhou Xun and Guo Xiaodong.
  • Huayi Bros unveils fourfilms including Chen's Twilight


    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Pictures has unveiled a new slate of four productionsfrom directors Tsui Hark, Feng Xiaogang, Chen Kuo-fu from Taiwan and Singapore's Jack Neo.
  • Chinese director Xie Jin dies aged 84


    Revered Chinese director Xie Jin died of sudden cardiac arrest on Saturday, Oct 18 in Shangyu city in China's Zhejiang province at the age of 84.
  • First Cuts relaunches in Beijing and signs four directors


    Hong Kong producer Daniel Yu and Chinese filmmaker Tang Xiru have established a Beijing-based production company, First Cuts Features, todevelop and produce sixprojects from up-and-coming Asian filmmakers.
  • Salon to co-produce sequel to Eat Drink Man Woman


    Hong Kong's Salon Films is co-producing a slate of films with pan-Asian partners including a sequel to Ang Lee's 1994 Eat Drink Man Woman with producer Hsu Li-kong's Taipei-based Zoom Hunt International.The $2.9m contemporary drama will be co-written by Hsu, who was a producer on the original. The planned cast includes Barbie Hsu and Eat Drink Man Woman star Gua Ah-lei.
  • AMPCO, Salon and Hengdian unite for Sino-Ozco-productions


    Australia's Adelaide Motion Picture Company (AMPCO), Hong Kong's Salon Films and Hengdian Film Productions from China's Zhejiang Province are forming a China-Australia co-production alliance. The three companies signed a Memorandum Of Understanding in Hengdian in Zhejiang province to shoot three movies starting from December. The first film will be family adventure The Last Dragon.AMPCO principal Mario Andreacchio will ...
  • Painted Skin heads record-breaking holiday week in China


    Box office during the seven-day National Day holiday period in mainland China reached a record $24.85m (RMB170m), according to figures released yesterday, which is a 220% increase on the same period last year.
  • Asian policy-makers to jointly examine incentives


    After two days of well-attended seminars and meetings, the first Asia PacificFilm Policy Forum closed yesterday at the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) with a joint declaration tocontinue holdingthe event,and to jointly promote the film and media industries within the region.
  • China's Golden Globe boards Qin Shi Huang Project


    China's Golden Globe Pictures, based in the city of Hangzhou, has signed an agreement with Korea's Odyssey Pictures to co-produce a $30m English-language feature, tentatively titled The Qin Shi Huang Project, which already has a French partner attached.
  • Busan, Sapporo sign MoUfor film collaboration


    The Korean city of Busan and Japanese city Sapporo have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on film production, distribution and training programmes within the film industry in each city.
  • Asian Film Finance: Ventures Into China


    As China’s production levels and boxoffice are booming, the nascent local industry is starting to attractoutside capital and bank financing.
  • China's launches legal film streaming network


    Beijing-based has launched an online film distribution network, which will stream around 1,500 films from the US, Hong Kong and Korea.
  • Japan's Toy-be changes names, launches Singapore co-production


    Japanese film and media company Toy-be Entertainment is being renamed and relaunched as Adways Entertainment Co, following a capital alliance with Tokyo-listed mobile and internet advertising agency Adways Group in August.
  • International sales for Chinese Lala's Gun picked up by Three Dots


    Taipei-based Three Dots Entertainment picked up international sales rights to Chinese director Ning Jingwu's Lala's Gun, at the annual Beijing Screenings held last week.
  • Chinese domestic films reach record 57% market share


    Chinese authorities have announced that the territory's box office revenues reached $347.21m (RMB2.368bn) up until the end of August, which is a 31% increase from the same period in 2007.
  • Dream Weaver selected as China's Oscar entry


    China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has announced that it has selected documentary Dream Weaver - Beijing 2008 as the country's contender for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards. It is the first time China has chosen a documentary for the category.
  • Hong Kong submits Painted Skin as Oscar entry


    Hong Kong has selected Gordon Chan's fantasy epic Painted Skin as the territory's contender for this year's foreign-language Oscar, the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong (FMFP) said at a press conference on Wednesday.
  • Pyramid and Longzhe launch cinema joint venture in China


    China-Indian joint venture Pyramid Longzhe Culture and Theater Limited (PLCTL) has launched its first cinema, in China's Huainan City of Anhui Province.
  • Honda drives up to Chinese romantic comedy


    Beijing-based Pegasus & Taihe Entertainment and China Film Group have announced that they will co-produce romantic comedy, Fit Lover, which is the third film in a successful series that also includes Call For Love and Crossed Lines.
  • Almost Perfect grosses $7m despite Olympics opening


    Despite opening during the Beijing Olympics, Chinese comedy Almost Perfect has grossed $6.72m (RMB46m), making itthe best-selling local comedy of recent years.
  • The Mummy 3 has strong opening in mainland China


    The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor had a strong opening in mainland China, where it was filmed as a co-production between Universal Pictures and Shanghai Film Group, despite a delayed release date.
  • Hwang leaves Shanghai-based Meridian Pictures


    Bill Hwang is leaving Shanghai-based Meridian Pictures Group after two-and-a-half years as the company's director of international distribution.
  • Red Cliff becomes highest-grossing local film in China


    John Woo's war epic Red Cliff has become the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in Chinese film history.
  • Beijing box office expected to drop 50% during Olympics


    The Olympic Gamesare drawing attention away from Chinese cinemas, especially in the host city of Beijing, where exhibitors estimate that box office sales dropped by 50% over the three-day weekend (August 8-10).
  • Dadi, China Film to co-produce Confucius biopic


    Beijing-based Dadi Century Film and China Film Group plan to co-produce $22m (RMB150m) biopic Confucius, to be directed by Hu Mei who is known in China for directing historical TV dramas.
  • China opens up talent industry to foreign investment


    China's State Council has amended its regulations to allow investors from Hong Kong and Macau to launch their own artist management companies in mainland China.
  • China Film, Enlight team to produce new media shorts


    Chinese state-owned China Film Group Corporation and private media group Enlight Media are teaming up to produce short films for new media platforms. The two groups aim to produce 100 short films in the coming year.
  • Bank of Beijing grants loans to Polybona, Enlight


    China's Bank of Beijing has made loans of $14.64m (RMB100m) each to two mainland film companies - Polybona Film Distribution and Enlight Media Group - to fund their production and distribution operations in the coming year.
  • Red Cliff grosses $26m in opening weekend


    John Woo's war epic Red Cliff swept across five Asian territories in its opening weekend and set new box office records in China and Korea.
  • The Mummy 3 not yet approved for Chinese release


    It seems that havingChinese elements in a filmdoes not necessarily result inan easy green light from the Chinese censors. Universal Pictures' summer blockbuster The Mummy: The Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor may be yet another film to face censor troubles in China.
  • Red Cliff has record-breaking opening in mainland China


    The first part of John Woo's war epic Red Cliff had a strong opening in major Asian territories on Thursday (July 10), grossing around $4.7m in total from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.
  • China box office up 55% in first half of 2008


    The first half of 2008 saw impressive growth at the China box office, with total receipts reaching $237.32m (RMB1.63bn), a 55% increase compared to the first half of 2007, according to government figures. Industry players estimate that the total box office for 2008 will reach $583.09m (RMB4bn).
  • Kung Fu Panda breaks China record for animated features


    Paramount Pictures International's Kung Fu Panda has become the highest-grossing animation ever in mainland China, raking in $14.6m (RMB100m) in ten days.
  • Beijing New Film Association expands into production


    Beijing-based cinema management company, New Film Association, is stepping into film production and investment via a new outfit Shengshi Huarui Film Investment and Management Ltd.
  • Battle stations


    There were odd scenes outside many arthouse cinemas in Japan in early May - protestors gathered, yelling into megaphones, urging people not to see a film, while cinema owners requested police protection for their audience.
  • Kung Fu Panda has strong China opening despite protests


    Local protests against DreamWorks' animation Kung Fu Panda didn't do much to dent the film's opening weekend box office in China.
  • Russian drama Mukha wins top prize at Shanghai fest


    The 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) ended with diminished star power, but a strong theme of compassion and humanity on Sunday June 22.
  • Winds Of September wins SIFF's Asian New Talent Awards


    Taiwanese filmmaker Lin Shu-yu's Winds Of September was awarded best film at the Asian New Talent Awardsof the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) on Friday night (June 20).
  • Feng to shoot romantic comedy for Chinese New Year


    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers has confirmed that Chinese director Feng Xiaogang is to make a romantic comedy tentatively titled Don't Bother Me (Fei Cheng Wu Rao), rather than his originally planned satire The Nobles.
  • China's Sichuan province delays Kungfu Panda


    Cinemas in China's earthquake-hit Sichuan Province have decided to postpone the release of DreamWorks' Kungfu Panda for five days in the wake of recent protests about the film.
  • Chen, Zhu Wen win top prizes at Shanghai projects market


    Taiwanese filmmaker Leste Chen and China's Zhu Wen have won the top two awards at the Shanghai International Film Festival's projects market, China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC).
  • Mei Ah, Guangdong Film Corp set up distribution joint venture


    Hong Kong's Mei Ah Entertainment and Guangdong Province Film Corporation have set up a joint venture, Hua Tian Xia Film Distribution, which aims to distribute 20 Chinese-language films a year in the mainland market.
  • Ning launches production, management outfit Stoneman


    Hot up-and-coming Chinese director Ning Hao has established a film production and artist management company, Stoneman Films.
  • Chiao's Arc Light, Polybona to co-produce Dream


    Peggy Chiao's Taiwan-based Arc Light Films and Beijing-based Polybona Films International will co-produce romantic drama Like A Dream, to be directed by Australia-based filmmaker Clara Law.
  • Disney teams with Castle Hero, Ying Dong on second Chinese film


    Walt Disney Studios is teaming up with China’s Castle Hero Pictures and Ying Dong Media on its second Disney branded Chinese collaboration, the tentatively titled nature drama Touch Of The Panda.
  • Shanghai fest has muted opening in wake of earthquake


    The 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (June 14-22) held its opening ceremony at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on Saturday night, with a much quieter tone than at previous editions.
  • China Film Pitch and Catch: The second edition of Shanghai's annual projects market


    Running alongside Shanghai's regular market, called SIFF Mart, the second edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival's (SIFF) China Film Catch and Pitch (CFPC) hopes to marry talent and funds between China and international territories.
  • Stuntman killed on theset of John Woo's Red Cliff


    A stuntman was killed and six others injured in an accidental fire during the filming of John Woo's $75m war epic Red Cliff on Monday (June 9).
  • Chinese cinemas close to mourn earthquake victims


    Cinemas in China began a three-day suspension from today until Wednesday, as part of national mourning for the people killed in the earthquake which struck the south-west of the country on May 12.
  • Film Library picks up Li Ying's Yasukuni


    Hong Kong-based Film Library has picked up Chinese filmmaker Li Ying's controversial documentary Yasukuni for international sales. It will be screened in Cannes market on May 15 and 20.
  • Feng Xiaogang puts Nobles project on hold


    Leading Chinese director Feng Xiaogang (Assembly, The Banquet) has put his new project The Nobles on hold to an indefinite date, producer Huayi Brothers Pictures has confirmed.
  • Skin to roll out though Shanghai Film Group in September


    Hong Kong-based Eastern Mordor has announced that Shanghai Film Group will handle distribution of Gordon Chan's fantasy epic Painted Skin, which is scheduled for release on September 28.
  • Beijing government establishes copyright trade centre


    Beijing's municipal government has established a unit called the Beijing International Copyright Trade Centre, which is China's first cross governmental unit focusing on copyright trade and protection services.
  • Chinese video site Tudou receives $57m in financing


    Chinese video-sharing web-site has secured $57m in its fourth round of financing from investors including previous backers IDG, Granite Global Ventures and General Catalyst.
  • Forbidden Kingdom sets opening day record in China


    Echoing its strong first weekend gross in the US, The Forbidden Kingdom achieved a record-breaking opening-day gross in mainland China.
  • Kadokawa acquires Chen Kaige's Mei Lanfang


    China Film Group Corporation has announced that it has sold all Japanese rights to Chen Kaige's biopic Mei Lanfang to Kadokawa Pictures.
  • Chang, Yeoh to establish Asian talent management outfit


    Producer Terence Chang and actress Michelle Yeoh will jointly establish a talent agency based in Hong Kong and Taipei, which is scheduled to begin operation in June.
  • Assembly takes top honours at Beijing Student Film Festival


    Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly was the biggest winner at the 15th Beijing Student Film Festival, which wrapped yesterday in Beijing. The film won best picture, best director, and best actor for Zhang Hanyu's performance.
  • MPA signs agreement with seven Chinese web-sites


    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with seven Chinese web-sites to establish a co-ordination mechanism for online copyright protection.
  • Beijing Avrio Films to enter production with new backer


    Beijing-based film distributor Avrio Films has been acquired by Harbin-based real estate and commerce group, Songlei Group Corporation, and renamed Songlei Avrio Films.
  • China Film, XFMedia join forces for Sino-US co-productions


    Beijing-based XFMedia Group has announced a strategic alliance with China Film Group to collaborate on the production, distribution and international sales of Chinese films, including Sino-US co-productions.
  • China's Jinyi acquires Guangdong Zhujiang cinema circuit


    Guangzhou-based Jinyi Film and TV Investment Co has acquired a majority stake in Guangdong Zhujiang Cinema Circuit, creating a combined chain of 40 cinemas and 170 screens, mostly situated in southern Chinese provinces.
  • Three Kingdoms has strong opening in China


    Daniel Lee's Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon had a strong first weekend gross in mainland China, grossing over $4.28m (RMB30m) in the first four days, according to distributor Polybona Film Distribution.
  • Huayi Brothers to float on Shenzhen Stock Exchange


    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Media, the holding company of Huayi Brothers Pictures, is planning to launch an IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) by the end of the year, according to president Wang Zhongjun speaking to the Shanghai Security Journal.
  • Infotainment's Robbers starts shooting with Hu Jun


    Beijing-based Infotainment China has announced the shooting of $1.7m (RMB12m) martial arts drama The Robbers.
  • JA Mediascores sales on Tsui Hark rom-com


    Beijing-based JA Media hassealed a number of deals for Tsui Hark's She Ain't Mean.
  • Forbidden Kingdom to have world premiere in Beijing


    US producer Casey Silver has confirmed that the world premiere of martial arts action adventure The Forbidden Kingdom will take place in Beijing on April 16. The film will open in the US two days later and in China on April 24.
  • Kung fu monks lead China deals


    China Film Promotion International announced eight dealsconcluded by Chinese companies on the second day of Filmart.
  • China's Wanda Group enters film production


    Exhibitor Wanda Group, owner of Wanda Cinema Circuit, is to enter the film production business in 2008.
  • Chengtian/Golden Harvest plan Chinese cinema growth


    Following its acquisition of a major stake in Golden Harvest Group, Beijing-based Chengtian Entertainment is entering the multiplex business with expansion plans in mainland China.
  • HK five sign up for Enlight action


    Beijing-based Enlight Pictures is working with five Hong Kong film-makers on a series of action genre films developed by the company's in-house development department.
  • Enlight Pictures unveilsslate of co-productions, imports


    Beijing-based Enlight Pictures, the film sector of Enlight Media Group, has unveiled a slate of four films that it will invest in and distribute in 2008.
  • Chinese government unveils details of censorship criteria


    In an unusual gesture, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) announced a list of film censorship criteria re-addressing its ban on pornography and violence in movies.
  • China's Enlight Media and Hurray Holding call off merger plans


    Chinese ring tone provider Hurray! Holding and film and TV producer Enlight Media have announced that they have ceased their merger agreement which was signed on Nov 19 last year.


    With production volume and box-office revenue growing at more than 20% year on year, along with breakneck multiplex development, China is a film market the global industry cannot afford to neglect. However, entering the Chinese market also means tackling the country’s yet-to-be-resolved issues - censorship and piracy.
  • China's Jeboo settles with MPA over copyright infringement


    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and five US studios reached a global settlement with Beijing Jeboo Interactive Science & Technology and two co-defendents on litigation over copyright infringement of 20 Hollywood films.
  • Huayi Bros to make donations to Jet Li's One Foundation


    Huayi Brothers Pictures has pledged to donate part of the box office revenues of its productions to Jet Li's charity group One Foundation.
  • Joan Chen, Zhao Tao to star in Jia Zhangke's 24 City


    Joan Chen and Zhao Tao will star in Jia Zhangke's 24 City, which will begin shooting at the end of March. They will portray female factory workers in the 1980s.
  • Chinese scriptwriters call on SARFT for rights protection


    More than 80 Chinese film and TV scriptwriters have collectively filed a petition to the State Administration of Film, Radio and Television (SARFT) demanding greater recognition and rights protection.
  • MPA and Microsoft launch anti-piracy video contest in China


    The Motion Picture Association (MPA), partnering with Microsoft China and in collaboration with, announced the launch of the 'Love Genuine, Protect IPR' online video contest promoting respect for intellectual property rights.
  • Chinese distribution- Unplugging the Pirates


    Five years ago, Guo Yuezhou, the CEO of Zoke Culture, China's leading video/DVD distributor, was inundated with requests from his friends for free DVDs of new films.
  • Distribution - Mobile distribution - Opening the cell door


    While ringtones, text, picture messages and music are the most widely used entertainment services among China's 500 million mobile-telephone users, visual and filmed content is catching up fast. By the end of 2007, 50.4 million mobile-phone owners had access to the internet via their mobile phones.
  • Polybona, EMP set up talent company with Jackie Chan


    Beijing-based Polybona Film Distribution, Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) and international star Jackie Chan have launched a joint venture artist management company, Bona Yinglong Artist Management.
  • Assembly becomes China's second biggest local film


    Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly has become the second highest-grossing local film in mainland Chinese box office history, according to figures released by producer-distributor Huayi Brothers, with revenues reaching $36.16m (RMB260m) as of Jan 31.
  • MPA to hold the second anti-piracy contest in China


    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) has teamed up with the 15th Beijing Student Film Festival (BSFF) and the China Film Copyright Protection Association (CFCPA) to launch the second annual China-wide anti-piracy video contest.
  • China to release three foreign titles in February


    In an attempt to squash rumours of an alleged ban on US movies before March, China Film Group Corporation (CFGC) has announced that Golden Globe winner Atonement, plus two other foreign titles, will be released in China in February.
  • Shanghai fest to hold second edition of projects market


    The organisers of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) have announced that they plan to hold the second edition of projects market China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC) atits11th edition (June 14-22).
  • China's box office up by 26% with localfilms holding steady


    China's total box office gross reached $458.63m (RMB3.33bn) in 2007, a 26% increase on the previous year, marking the fifth year in a row that box office has risen by more by then 20%. The figures were announced on Friday (Jan 11) by the Film Bureau under China 's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).
  • Chinese movie web-sites join forces against piracy


    Fifty Chinese movie web-sites have jointly established the 'China Alliance of Legitimate Movie Web-sites' as a disciplinary alliance which aims to provide legal movies online and stop offering pirated movies.
  • Zhang Yuan arrested for drug abuse in Beijing


    Mainland Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan has been arrested for drug abuse following a police raid on his Beijing home that was broadcast on local television.
  • J.A. Media unveils cast of Tsui Hark romantic comedy


    Mainland Chinese actresses Zhou Xun and Zhang Yuqi and Taiwan's Gui Lunmei will star in Tsui Hark's upcoming romantic comedy She Ain't Mean, which will be the first production this year from Beijing-based J.A. Media.
  • Li Kai wins top Beijing Projectprize


    Chinese filmmaker Li Kai has taken the top Beijing Project prizeat the Second Forum on Young Generation in Filmmaking in the Chinese capital.
  • Feng's Assembly enjoys strong opening in China


    Feng Xiaogang's war movie The Assembly grossed $2.03m (RMB15m) on its opening day in China yesterday, according to producer and distributor Huayi Brothers Pictures. The figure equals the record set by Zhang Yimou's 2006 hit, Curse Of The Golden Flower.
  • US films' box office in China up by 37% in 2007


    The box office revenues of US blockbusters continued to grow in mainland China in 2007. The combined grosses of the 20 revenue-sharing foreign films reached $158.87m (RMB1.17bn), an increase of 37.6% on 2006.
  • Pursuit Of Happyness cleared for China release


    Amid rumors of a prolonged black-out period on US blockbusters, Sony's Will Smith-starrer The Pursuit Of Happyness is now scheduled for release in China on Jan 17. Chinese film import officials confirmed the release date.
  • Legend still waiting for China release greenlight


    Warner Bros' post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, will be released in most Asian territories this weekend except for mainland China.
  • China - Stone's man on a roll


    In mid September in China's south-east coastal city Xiamen, Ning Hao was shooting his fourth feature, Silver Medalist. More than 50 Chinese reporters visited the set for interviews - just a year ago the 30-year-old film-maker could not have imagined his new film would attract so much attention.
  • China expected to extend Christmas black-out period


    Chinese authorities are understood to be extending the ban on new Hollywood films being released over the Christmas period until the end of the Chinese New Year holidays, according to local sources.
  • Painted Skin starts shooting with Chan as director


    Gordon Chan has replaced Wilson Yip and Andy Chin as director on the $15m mythical thriller Painted Skin, which has started shooting in Beijing.
  • Industry veterans launch Chinese cinema company CMG


    Exhibition industry veterans Charles Wesoky and Ira Stiegler are teaming with Beijing-based film producer and distributor Jimmy Wu to launch a cinema management company, CMG (China) Limited, which aims to build 50 cinemas in China by 2011.
  • Five Chinese cinema circuits join forces to protect local films


    Five major cinema circuits in China have established an alliance, tentatively titled the Chinese Film Union, which aims to select 50 screens across the country to exclusively show Chinese-language films.
  • China's Polybona sets up talent management arm


    Beijing-based film distributor Polybona Film Distribution has established an artist management wing - Polybona Artist Management - with actress Huang Yi as one of its first signings.
  • China's Enlight Media to merge with Hurray Holding


    Beijing-based film and TV producer Enlight Media is set to merge with NASDAQ-listed Chinese ring tone provider Hurray! Holding, to form a new company called Hurray Enlight Media Group.
  • Lust, Caution has record-breaking opening in China


    Ang Lee's Lust, Caution grossed more than $5.36m (RMB40m) in its first four days (Nov 1-4) in mainland China, marking the biggest opening for a Chinese-language film so far this year.
  • The Knot dominates China's Golden Rooster Awards


    As expected, The Knotwon themajor awards at the 26th Golden Rooster Awards in Suzhou City in China, taking Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Recording awards fromeight nominations.
  • Zhang to star in Golden Rooster Awards short film


    The organisers of China's Golden Rooster Awards have announced that Zhang Ziyi, Liu Ye, Ge You and Huang Bo will star in a short film to be screened at the awards ceremony in Suzhou on Oct 27.
  • Lust, Caution's China release delayed for one week


    China Film Group has confirmed that the mainland China release of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution has been postponed once again, this time from October 26 to November 1.
  • Feng to tackle China's nouveau riche in The Nobles


    Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, whose Assembly opens the Pusan International Film Festival tonight (Oct 4), is planning to shoot a $5m satirical comedy The Nobles about China's 'nouveau riche'.
  • Q&A with Assembly director Feng Xiaogang


    Renowned for his Beijing-style humour and satirical comedies, Feng Xiaogang has been a local box office champ with films such as Cell Phone (2003) and A World Without Thieves (2004).
  • Mainland China still undecided on Oscar entry


    Two days before the entry deadline, China's Film Bureau, under the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), says it still hasn't decided on which film it will submit to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
  • China - A new dawn


    The Sun Also Rises, the third film by Chinese maverick director Jiang Wen, adopts an entirely different narrative and visual style to his previous films, the semi-autobiographical In The Heat Of The Sun and satirical drama Devils On The Doorstep.
  • Liu Ye joins cast of Lu Chuan'sNanking! Nanking!


    Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan's war drama Nanking ! Nanking ! started shooting in Changchun city in north-east China yesterday, with Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan and Qin Lan heading the cast.
  • Johnnie To set to produce Ghost trilogy for Meridian


    Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To will produce a trilogy based on the popular Chinese online novel series Gui Chui Deng, about grave-robbing, treasure-hunting and ghosts, for Shanghai-based Meridian Pictures.
  • Former Sina exec launches China's first fund for docs


    Former executive Ben Chiang has launched CNEX, the first private fund for documentaries in China.
  • China - Onward and upward


    Industry experts in China believe the country's 2007 box office could break the $400m (rmb3bn) milestone as the number of cinemas and admissions continues to grow.
  • China 2007 box office expected to reach $400m


    As the number of cinemas and admissions continues to grow, China's 2007 boxoffice is expected to break the $400m (RMB3bn) milestone, industry players have estimated.
  • Red's army on the march


    It is a scorching summer day of around 36C at a tank base three hours outside Beijing. More than 1,000 actors and extras wearing ancient armour are in the midst of battle. As flags fly and war drums pound, Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-wai dashes among the crowds, waving his swords. Meanwhile John Woo sits in a tent, contemplating four monitors. He frowns, calls "Cut!", and whispers to his assistant director, "Wrong! Wrong!" The AD calls out on a loudspeaker: "The man standing on the ...
  • Simon West starts shoot for $51m Purple Mountain in Nanjing


    Purple Mountain, a feature film about the Nanjing massacre during WWII, started shooting yesterday in Nanjing's Pukou train station with Con Air director Simon West working off a script by Jeffrey Caine, who previously adapted The Constant Gardener.
  • UK financier to set up joint venture with Shanghai Film Group


    Chinese state-owned Shanghai Film Group Corporation (SFGC) is setting up a joint venture with UK-based finance house Nations Trust to invest in film production, post-production and an animation production centre, SFGC president Ren Zhonglun confirmed today.
  • Chen's Mei Lanfang starts shooting in Beijing


    Chinese director Chen Kaige announced the start of production on his biopic of Peking opera singer Mei Lanfang in Beijing yesterday. The actual shooting started last Saturday (July 14) in Beijing Film Studio.
  • Chengtian starts production on Wang's Dangerous Game


    Beijing-based Chengtian Entertainment has started shooting its first in-house production, Wang Guangli's The Dangerous Game, which cranked up yesterday (July 16) in the city of Hangzhou in South-East China.
  • Transformers has record-breaking opening in China


    Transformers has set a new opening day record for an imported film in China, taking in $2.95m (RMB22.4m) on July 11. Previously, the record was set by Spiderman 3 which took $2.34m on its opening day.
  • A Beijing spring


    New cinemas and foreign films are the driving force behind recent Chinese growth, says Sen-Lun Yu.
  • Shanghai film festhands top prize to Meletzky's Plan


    German feature According To The Plan, directed by Franziska Meletzky, was awarded best film at the Jin Jue Awards - the top honours of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) on Sunday night.
  • China Film boards Lu Chuan's Nanking! Nanking!


    Chinese state-owned China Film Group Corporation (CFGC) announced five separate deals and joint ventures at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Saturday (June 23).
  • CFCC, UniJapan sign co-production agreement


    China Film Co-production Corp (CFCC) and Japanese film promotion body UniJapan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on film collaboration at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Friday (June 22)
  • CFCC, Ironpond launch China co-production web-site


    Los Angeles and Beijing-based production entity Ironpond has set up a web-site for China Film Co-production Corp (CFCC) that aims to help overseas producers access information about co-producing films with China.
  • Korea's CJ, China Film sign MoU for co-production


    Korea's CJ Entertainment and state-owned China Film Group Corp signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Shanghai Film Festival today to become strategic partners on film co-productions.
  • Shanghai film market has slow first edition


    Shanghai International Film Festival's (SIFF) film market wrapped yesterday with only a few sales concluded. And although it could have potential, most buyers at the three-day event felt there was a lot to be improved.
  • Huayi Brothers set to shoot Zhou Xun romantic drama


    Chinese producer-distributor Huayi Brothers Films is lining up a new project from up-and-coming film-maker Cao Baoping, Something About Limi, which is set to star Zhou Xun and Taiwanese TV drama idol Vic Chou.
  • Beijing Time Antaeus unveils debut three-picture slate


    Chinese cinema operator Time Antaeus Group, which is entering film production, unveiled its production arm, Beijing Time Entertainment International, and its debut three-picture slate at the on-going Shanghai International Film Festival.
  • Forbidden Kingdom set for release during Beijing Olympics


    Jackie Chan and Jet Li's first on-screen collaboration, Forbidden Kingdom, is scheduled to wrap at the end of August and is aiming for a summer 2008 release, according to the film's producer Casey Silver.
  • Shanghai International Film Festival opens with Eye In The Sky


    International stars including Sharon Stone, Michelle Rodriguez and Maggie Cheung graced the red carpet at the opening of the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival on Saturday night (June 16), which kicked off with a screening of Hong Kong action thriller Eye In The Sky.
  • China's summer blackout begins following Pirates release


    China's 'national film protection month' or so-called summer blackout on foreign films will take place from June 13 to July 13, local cinema owners confirmed this week.
  • China: cheaper thrills


    Faced with a rapidly expanding cinema sector, Chinese producers are looking to end their reliance on martial-arts epics. Sen-lun Yu looks at the new funds aiming to generate an upturn in cheaper commercial homegrown product.
  • Shanghai International Film Festival: going for growth


    Shanghai is expanding market activities in 2007. Sen-lun Yu reports.
  • Teeth Of Love sweeps inaugural Xian film festival


    Zhuang Yuxin's Teeth Of Love picked up awards in three categories at the inaugural Xian Qujiang Film Festival for New Talents which wrapped in the Chinese city of Xian last night.
  • Shrek The Third to get digital-only release in China


    As Shrek The Third stays in the top three at the US box office, Chinese state-owned film agencies have confirmed that it won't be released in China
  • China Film, Shougang Group set up digital cinema venture


    State-owned entertainment conglomerate China Film Group, Beijing-based state-owned engineering group Shougang Group and Hong Kong-based GDC Technology are setting up a joint venture to construct digital cinemas.
  • Shanghai film festival unveils competition line-up


    The Shanghai International Film Festival (June 16-24) has announced the competition line-up for this year's Jin Jue Awards.
  • IDG, China Film to co-finance five-picture slate


    IDG China Media Fund has announced that it will cooperate with state-owned China Film Group to invest in five Chinese-language films over two years.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Chen Kaige


    Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine shared the 1993 Palm d'Or with Jane Campion's The Piano - and he is so far the only Chinese director to win the honour. He was in Competition twice before his win, and twice since. He is now preparing a biopic of Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang.
  • China's May holiday box office increases by 50%


    Box office receipts during China 's May 'Golden Week' holiday period increased by 50%, mostly due to the date-and-date release of Spider-Man 3, according to local distributors and cinema owners.
  • Bona Culture branches out from Polybona


    Li Chiyan, one of the founding members of Polybona Film Distribution along with Yu Dong, has left the company to form his own distribution outfit, Bona Culture.
  • Pirates 3 gets greenlight for Chinese release


    Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End has been approved by Chinese censors and can be released mid-June at the earliest, according to state-owned distributor Huaxia Film Distribution and cinema owners from Beijing and Shanghai.
  • Tony Leung Chiu-wai to replace Chow in Red Cliff


    Tony Leung Chiu-wai will replace Chow Yun-fat in the role of Zhou Yu in John Woo's Red Cliff, producer Terence Chang and the film's investor Chengtian Entertainment confirmed this evening.
  • Shanghai film festival unveils anti-piracy project


    The Shanghai International Film Festival has launched an anti-piracy short film project for its upcoming tenth edition (June 16-24). The first in a series of ten anti-piracy-themed short films will be directed by Feng Xiaogang and will premiere at SIFF's opening ceremony on June 16.
  • Chinese officials deny that quotas encourage piracy


    Chinese trade officials have rejected a complaint by the US to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that import restrictions on foreign movies, music and books are an obstacle to the country's crackdown on rampant piracy.
  • Chow Yun-fat climbs down from Woo's Red Cliff


    Three days after shooting started, Chinese star Chow Yun-fat has dropped out of John Woo's $70m epic drama Red Cliff.
  • Former Polybona exec launches Life Pictures


    Former Polybona Film Distribution executive Guan Yadi and commercials director Li Weiran have launched a new production company, Life Pictures, which aims to produce three features over the next year.
  • China Film Group unveils new plans to support young film-makers


    Chinese government-owned China Film Group announced to introduce 'young filmmaker developing project' and 'author film series' to develop young filmmakers and mid-budget filmmaking, as a new direction of the group's film production plan in 2007, according to China Film president Han Sanping.
  • Shanghai Film Group takes over two cinemas from WBIC


    Warner Bros International Cinemas (WBIC), the international cinema division of Warner Bros, and Chinese government-owned Shanghai Film Group (SFG), announced today that SFG will take over two WBIC Cinemas in Shanghai and Nanjing.
  • Yu establishes Ming Yue Tang to develop Chinese co-productions


    Hong Kong-based production house October Films has established a Beijing-based company, Ming Yue Tang Film and TV Cultural Ltd, to develop Chinese-language co-productions between China, Hong Kong and Korea.
  • CR Land, Shanghai Film Group invest in Jia Zhangke's 24 City


    Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke has announced that he is set to direct a film project, tentatively titled 24 City, in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province.
  • Huayi's The Assembly adds new mainland China funding partners


    Shanghai Film Group, Beijing New Film Group and Zhejiang Film and TV Group announced that they will partner with Huayi Brothers to invest in Feng Xiaogang's $10m war movie The Assembly. The three groups signed the partnership deal Monday in Beijing.
  • Xian city launches film festival and fund


    The Xian City Cultural Bureau and Xian-based Qujiang Entertainment Group have announced the launch of the Xian Film Festival for New Talent, which will take place in the ancient Chinese capital in May.
  • China's Megajoy kicks off production arm with gourmand drama


    Shanghai-based Megajoy Group, formerly known as Megadia Entertainment, has expanded its scope to film production and set up a production wing in Beijing.The first feature film in 2007 slate is suspense drama Shuang Shi Ji, which began shooting last week in Chongqing city of west China.Starring Hong Kong actor Francis Ng, Yu Nan (Tuya's Marriage) and Jiang Yiyan (
  • New Chinese buyers - Slice of the action


    Until recently, international sales companies were showing little interest in China. The market's rampant piracy and censorship were major turn-offs, as was the fact that unless a film is selected as one of China's 20 annual revenue-sharing imports, it can technically only be sold for a flat fee to state-owned China Film Group.
  • China Film Group forms partnership with Taiwan's Era


    Chinese state-owned conglomerate China Film Group and Hong Kong-based Era Information and Entertainment unveiled a long-term strategic partnership at a press conference today in Beijing.
  • Huayi Brothers to co-produce Relativity's King Of Kung-fu


    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers has boarded the $70m action drama, previously known as the untitled J&J Project due to the dual casting of Jackie Chan and Jet Li, as local investor and co-producer.
  • China Film Group takes over Warner Bros multiplexes


    China Film Group has confirmed that it's buying out three multiplexes that are jointly owned by Warner Bros International Cinemas (WBIC) and China 's SZITIC Commercial Property Co (SZITIC).
  • US studios set to do battle over Chinese New Year


    Five US films will be slugging it out at the Chinese box office during the upcoming Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) holiday season, a lucrative box office period that until a few years ago was reserved for local productions.
  • Films Distribution picks up Lost In Beijing


    France's Films Distribution has acquired worldwide rights to Chinese female director Li Yu's Lost In Beijing (Pingguo), produced by Fang Li's Laurel Films, which has been selected for competition at this year's Berlin film festival.
  • US studios enjoy 41% box office increase in China


    The US studios had a relatively good year in China in 2006, during which the 20 revenue-sharing films released in the country grossed $108.75m (RMB850m), an increase of 41% on the previous year.
  • Chinese box office up by 30% in 2006


    China's box office continued to grow in 2006 with combined grosses reaching $335.5m (RMB2.62bn), an increase of 30% on takings of $256m (RMB2bn) in 2005, according to figures released by the Film Bureau under the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).
  • Chan launches China talent search, production outfit


    Hong Kong star Jackie Chan is planning to unearth the nextgeneration of action stars through a TV talent contest, and is establishing a Beijing-basedproduction company to produce vehicles in which they can perform. The star spoke of his planswhile visiting China recently during a break in the filming of Rush Hour 3. Denying ...
  • Golden Flower has record-breaking opening...


    Zhang Yimou's Curse Of The Golden Flower grossed$12.3m (RMB96m) on its four-day opening weekend in mainland China, breaking the record for the opening of a domesticfilm.
  • Golden Flower triggers dispute in mainland China


    Chinese distributor Beijing PolybonaFilm Distribution has issued an open letter accusing the local distributors of Curse Of The Golden Flower ofmonopolising China's digital cinema chains.
  • CineAsia wraps with confirmation of move to Macau


    After two years in Beijing, exhibition trade show and conference CineAsia willmove to Macau, a Special Administrative Region in South China, in 2007. Robert Sunshine, vice president of VNUFilm Exposition Group, announced the move at the closing ceremony of thisyear's conference on Thursday in Beijing.
  • China's digital loop stymied by lack of US product


    Chinese cinema proprietorsspoke of the difficulty of securing enough product to make the expansion ofdigital cinema a profitable business, on the first day of the CineAsia conventionand trade show in Beijing. China's State Administrationof Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has recently reiterated its goal to rollout a nationwide network of digital cinemas and the country currently has around200 digital ...
  • China's production volume up by 27% in 2006


    Tong Gang, director of China's Film Bureau, has announced that China produced 330 films in 2006, an increase of 27% fromthe 260 produced the previous year.
  • Chan's $40m Ci Ma starts shooting in Beijing


    Andre Morgan and Peter Ho-sunChan, who together run production house Morgan Chan Films, unveiled their$40m martial arts period drama Ci Ma (working title) today in Beijing.
  • Fox signs DVD deal with Chinese partner


    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) has set up an exclusive licensing partnership with China's Guangzhou-based video distributor Zoke Culture Group (Zoke).
  • WBIC withdraws from Chinese cinema investments


    Warner Bros InternationalCinemas (WBIC) has decided to stop investing in the Chinese cinema market dueto a tightened policy on foreign investment, the company said in a statement inShanghai today.
  • Zhang Side dominates top Chinese awards


    Yin Li's Zhang Side dominated the 15th Golden Rooster and Full Blossom Awards. The biopic about a celebrated Chinese soldier took the best picture, best director and best actor awards. For the first time the awards shortlists were decided by moviegoers across the country. According to China Film Association, some 1.16 million votes were sent by mobile phone text.
  • Wang Xiaoshuai plans November shoot for Zuo You


  • Father wins China's first mobile phone movie awards


    The inaugural Mobile PhoneMovie Awards - organised by Beijing-based Zonbo Media, Xian city government andXian Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone - closed yesterday in China's Xian city with eight awards given out to youngshort filmmakers across the country.
  • PUSAN: Tilly joins glittering Asian cast in Silver Valley


    US actress Jennifer Tilly has joined Chinese actress Hao Lei (Summer Palace) and Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok in the cast of period drama Silver Valley, which is currently shooting in China's ...
  • China confirms Golden Flower as Oscar entry


    As anticipated, China has selected Zhang Yimou's Curse Of The Golden Flower as its submission for the best foreign-languagefilm category at next year's Academy Awards.
  • Japan's Avex buys into Chinese talent agency


    Japan's Avex Group has agreed to acquire a 20% stake in the holding companyof Beijing-based talent agency and production house, Chengtian EntertainmentGroup.
  • Zhang Yimou's new film gets Oscar-qualifying run


    Beijing-based NewPicture Film Co has announced that Zhang Yimou's Curse Of The GoldenFlower will be eligible to be the Chinese candidate for the bestforeign-language film category at next year's Oscars. The film will have anOscar-qualifying run in Shenyang city in Northern China for a week, starting Sept 23.
  • China box office up 40% with Hollywood in the lead


    China's box office grew by 40% to $125m (RMB1bn) in the first half of 2006,compared to the same period last year, according to local reports, of which revenue-sharingHollywood imports accounted for 51%.
  • Stephen Chow plans August start for A Hope


    Hong Kong actor anddirector Stephen Chow announced that he will shoot his new film A Hope (working title) in August in China's Southeastern city Ningbo.
  • Cars drives into China's crowded summer schedule


    Now that China's month-long blackout on foreign blockbusters isover, there's a bottleneck of Hollywood films waiting for release.
  • Crazy Stone becomes China's biggest local film in 2006


    Ning Hao's black comedy Crazy Stone has become the highest-grossinglocal production at the Chinese box office so far this year, with box officereceipts of $775,000 (RMB6.2m).
  • Four Minutes takes top prize at Shanghai festival


    German drama Four Minutes, directed by Chris Kraus,won the Jin Jue best film award at the 9th Shanghai International Film Festival(SIFF) on Sunday night, while Chinese director Qi Jian's The Forest Ranger was awarded the Jury Grand Prix.
  • Piracy in China cost the industry $2.7bn last year


    The Motion Picture Association (MPA)released a new research result on piracy in China onMonday, which suggested that local filmmakers and industry players are sufferingmuch more from widespread film piracy than foreign film companies. Few localindustry members, however, expect the situation to improve anytime soon.
  • Sil-Metropole backs Ma Liwen romantic comedy


    Hong Kong-based Sil-MetropoleOrganization has teamed up with Emperor Motion Pictures and Beijing-basedZhenhua Investment Co to co-finance Ma Liwen's Tao Hua Yun (lit trans: TheLuck Of Romance) which started shooting yesterday in Beijing.
  • Tong developing rival Mulan project


    Hong Kong-born director StanleyTong has announced that he plans to start shooting $25m period drama, The Legend Of Mulan, in October withbacking from Beijing-based Starlight Media.
  • Shanghai teams with Warner China Film on Phone Call


    Shanghai Film Group isjoining forces with Warner China Film HG Group to produce contemporary drama The 601st Phone Call.
  • Beijing Rosat lines up three-picture slate


    Beijing-based Rosat Film andTV Productions is lining up a slate of three films including period martialarts drama Green Dragon Scimitarwhich is scheduled to start shooting in September.
  • King Kong breaks box office records in China


    Peter Jackson's King Kong has lumbered past the RMB100m($12.4m) threshold at the mainland Chinese box office to become thetop-grossing imported film of the past five years and the third biggest foreignfilm in the history of Chinese cinema.
  • Hong Kong conglomerate New World steps into China


    Hong Kong conglomerate New WorldGroup, which is owned by Media 8 Entertainment investor Henry Cheng, is to stepinto film production in Chinawith to be directed byBeijing-based filmmaker Xiao Jiang (Electric Shadows). Hong Kongidol Jaycee Chan, son of action star Jackie Chan, and Taiwanese heartthrob ChenBo-lin will head the cast ofthe film.