July 7th, 2012


A Crushing Defeat for Chinese Films

A hot Chinese film, "Painted Skin 2", has a box office intake at 300 million yuan (approx. US$47million) within only four days, which encouraged China's film industry. However, a fact can't be neglected is that domestic films have experienced a crushing defeat in the first half of 2012.

China's total box office gross over the last half-year was 7.74 billion yuan (US$1.21 billion), a 35 percent jump from box office results during the same period time last year. However, 38 foreign films raked in 5 billion yuan (US$787 million) , and represent 65 percent of the total. Over 100 domestically-produced movies earned less than 3 billion yuan.

Hollywood's 3D re-release of "Titanic" grossed 976 million yuan (US$153.62 million) in the Chinese market, and was the biggest grossing film in China so far. The list of the China's top 10 box office winners also includes: "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Avengers," "Men In Black 3," "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," China's latest "Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection," "Battleship," "John Carter,"  "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," and "Wrath of the Titans." Nine of these movies are from Hollywood, which is rather embarrassing for the Chinese film industry.

The loss rate for Chinese films was high, which will decrease investor confidence. Something must be done to prevent the Chinese films industry from suffering further losses.

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Source: China.org.cn


Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse Lead Huading Awards

The 2012 Huading Award, also called the Asian Performance Celebrities Satisfaction Survey Awards, was held yesterday in Beijing with a grand red carpet ceremony.

According to ent.163.com, Chinese film heavyweights including Jackie Chan, Liu Xiaoqing, Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung, were in attendance.

The winners were chosen by netizens via an online satisfaction survey.

Jackie Chan was honored with the Asian Outstanding Achievement Award at the event. Nicholas Tse brought home a trophy for the Best Film Actor in China Award. Chen Qiang and Zhang Ruifang, two renowned actors recently passed away, were crowned with Lifetime Achievement Awards along with 11 other Chinese acting veterans.



Han Han On The Liberation of Shifang

China’s rascal literatus has tackled the violent crackdown on unarmed protesters in Shifang, Sichuan Province over plans to build a molybdenum copper plant. Although the local government has suspended the project, it is also seeking to punish the instigators of the protest. Bloody photo and video continue to circulate on Weibo, long after one would expect the subject to be scrubbed clean. That may be thanks to Han Han himself.

Read the original blog post here. Translated by Wendy Qian.

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