China's film market is kicking off one of its busiest times of year with more than 40 films slated to release between now and mid-February. Titles already in release include Life of Pi (which is currently #1 in the country and building upon excellent word of mouth), as well as Back to 1942 and The Last Supper.
Upcoming domestic releases in December include Chinese Zodiac 12, Lost in Thailand and The Last Tycoon. But in January, Hollywood itself will be paying even closer attention when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Skyfall both make their Chinese debut.
The teaser trailer has been released for The Monkey King, another upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Journey To The West. Directed by Soi Cheang, the film will tell the story of how the Monkey King (Donnie Yen) rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven.
The Monkey King co-stars Aaron Kwok, Joe Chen Qiao-En, Chow Yun Fat, Peter Ho, Faye Wong, Gigi Leung, Cecilia Cheung, and Fan Siu-Wong. The film is due for release across China on the July 4th, 2013.
The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television of China has updated its policy regarding co-productions between Taiwan and mainland Chinese films. The original agreement, signed in 2010, stated that films from Taiwan are exempt from China's film import quota.
The news today establishes that a Taiwan film is defined as one spoken in the Chinese language and where at least half of the film's crew and copyrights come from Taiwan.
With regard to co-productions between Taiwan and mainland China, the story and characters must relate to both countries and one-third of the cast must comprised of Chinese actors. Under these circumstances, the films will be subject to the same rights as a mainland Chinese film.
Zhang Pimin, the deputy director of China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, announced today that the country will be actively growing the number of documentaries screened in the country's theaters. Cities such as Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai will be among the early market test sites for the strategy.
The move will also include a push for websites, television stations and other forms of media to open additional channels in support of expanding the reach of documentaries.
Beijing, China,-Dec 3, 2012 -- Global digital cinema technology leader Barco is supplying 800 digital cinema projectors to the China Film Group (CFG), which is leading the digitalization process for cinemas in China. To support this process, CFG will purchase a large quantity of Barco digital cinema projectors to convert existing theaters to digital and to supply newly constructed digital cinemas. What's more, the annual number of devices purchased from Barco will increase each year.
China Film Group's procurement plan for 2013 calls for more than 800 digital cinema projectors, offering a wide range of models to ensure the perfect match for every screen, from the premier theatre to small and mid-sized cinema.
The ultimate cinema experience
"As a digital cinema leader, we continually invest in China and its digital cinema development. So we are really pleased that China Film Group has selected our leading technology to further develop the digital cinema market in China. This roll-out of digital cinema technology to many more theaters will enable China's film industry to reach and benefit a large audience of moviegoers," commented Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President Entertainment for Barco. "Our comprehensive range of cutting-edge digital cinema solutions including 3D cinema sound, advanced digital cinema projection technology and digital signage will offer Chinese moviegoers the ultimate cinema experience."
Mr. Chen Xuxiang, General Manager of CFG Barco, stated: "We are grateful for the trust and support we have received from China Film Group over the past few years. After many years of effort in digital cinema projection, we have developed trend-setting technologies and comprehensive after-sales services. We look forward to continuing our close partnership with CFG and to establishing long-term relations with other premium exhibitors to provide them with advanced technologies and top-quality service."