Tong Gang, director of
Speaking at the opening ofthe CineAsia conference which is being held for the second time in
Chinese authoritiesannounced separately earlier in the week that more than 100 of these films weredigital productions, up from 52 last year, accounting for about one third ofthe country's total output. One of the biggest domestic hits of the year, NingHao's Crazy Stone, was a digitalproduction which was made for just $383,600 (RMB3m) and went on to gross morethan $2.8m (RMB22m).
Tong also said that 70 newcinemas with 300 screens opened in 2006, which means that
During his keynote speech, Tongalso pointed out that digital development is a key issue in the Film Bureau'spolicy. "We see digitalisation as the locomotive engine in the developingChinese film industry," he said.
Tong added that the FilmBureau aims to set up a technical standard for digital cinemas that "fits in withChinese national conditions" and to also set up digital cinema facilities andregular screenings in the country's rural areas.