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Chinese Director Xie Fei Bashes Censorship on December 17, 2012

Xie Fei, the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker responsible for Woman Sesame Oil Maker, released an open statement speaking out against Chinese censorship.

Censorship, says Xie, "has only become a corrupt black spot for controlling the prosperity of the cultural and entertainment industry, killing artistic exploration and wasting administrative resources."

Xie urges that the censors "move from the current administrative review system to a rating system that allows for a self-governed and self-disciplined film industry, bound by legal restrictions and administrative supervision."

[BBC]

Trailer For 'Young And Dangerous: Reloaded' on December 16, 2012

The trailer has been released for Young And Dangerous: Reloaded, an upcoming Chinese remake of the popular 1996 gangster flick. Directed by Daniel Chan, the film features a new generation of musclebound actors who find themselves submerged in a seedy and violent underworld.

Young And Dangerous: Reloaded stars Him Law, Oscar Leung, Sammy Shum, Jazz Lam, Paul Wong, Dominic Ho, Philip Ng, Winnie Leung, Hu Ran, and Jacqueline Chong. The film is due for release across Hong Kong on January 10, 2013.

[FarEastFilms]

Illustro Pictures Tripling Co-Production Deal with China on December 13, 2012

Illustro Pictures announced today that after initially committing to two films for immediate production, they will be tripling that planned slate of co-productions with Chinese studios.

Said Brian Hammond, President and CEO of Superior Venture Corp., "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Ilustrato Pictures that we have spent the last decade working toward. The hard work in getting to know the Chinese studios and their needs was realized when we reached a co-development agreement on 'Stuck,' the feature film with Hairun Pictures. That situation has since expanded greatly and we are in the running for three times the initial roster of films."

[SFGate]

Bruno Wu & Marvel's Avi Arad To Launch Chinese Superhero Franchises on December 12, 2012

Bruno Wu, owner of China's Seven Stars Entertainment, and Avi Arad's (Marvel Studios founder) Arad Productions are teaming up to create a line of superheroes based on Chinese mythology. The strategy is to create a new brand of heroes that target the Chinese film and television industries directly.

The first planned feature will be Rise of the Terracotta.

[Wall Street Journal]

BOX OFFICE: 'Life of Pi' Continues to Dominate; 'Back to 1942' Strong at #2 Again on December 11, 2012

china.pngFor the third consecutive weekend, Life of Pi grabbed the #1 spot at the Chinese box office. With an incredible $25.88 million (down just 3.8 percent from last weekend), Ang Lee's film is riding a wave of extraordinary word of mouth in China. Through 18 days of release, the film has now grossed $68.9 million in the country. That moves Life of Pi up to #17 of all-time in China, just behind Inception at #16 with $70.42 million.

Back to 1942 also impressed in its second weekend with another $23.4 million. Its Chinese total sits at $44.7 million after just 11 days in release, placing it at #31 all-time.

Rounding out the top five were The Last Supper ($4.5 million with a cume of $10.7 million), My Sassy Hubby (debuting to $1.77 million in 3 days) and 2012 3D ($1.73 million for a new cume of $20.67 million).  2012 is less than $120,000 away from surpassing Quantum of Solace to enter the top 100 of all-time in China.

[EntGroup]


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