In a clear sign that audiences will return to theatres once they’re open and have a good movie to present, the Global Cinema Federation today celebrated the record opening weekend in China of Detective Chinatown 3. The title set a single market record for opening day of $163 million and opening weekend $397 million. This comes one year after China’s 70,000 screens were completely shuttered for 2020’s Lunar New Year celebrations.
Snake White: Love Endures is a mesmerizing new independent film based on a timeless Chinese love fable. The earliest known written version of the story appeared in the 1600s during the Ming Dynasty. Over the centuries it has been repeated many times in operas, movies and television series and is considered to be one of China's Four Great Folktales. This latest film, while faithful to the spirit of the original folktale, is almost in a category of its own as it combines traditional Cantonese opera with modern music and breathtaking visual effects.
Rising Sun Pictures has won the 2020 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation for its work on the Chinese World War II epic The Eight Hundred. The Adelaide-based studio helped to recreate the 1937 Battle of Shanghai, where a small Chinese army mounted a determined defense against a larger invading army. Directed by Guan Hu and produced by Haining Seventh Image Movie & Media Co Ltd, The Eight Hundred is among the most successful Chinese movies ever made, and the highest grossing film globally for 2020, having earned $446 million (RMB 3.02 billion) in total box office.
The Film Expo Group and presenting sponsor Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, have announced the 2020 CineAsia Conference & Trade Show Schedule of Events. In consideration of COVID-19, this year’s convention is entirely online, and runs November 4-5.
RealD announced today that the China National Intellectual Property Administration has upheld the company’s patent on 3D cinema projection systems in China. The decision was issued by the Patent Review Board, a subsidiary office of CNIPA. According to the PRB's announcement, all of the petitioner's invalidation arguments were rejected, and RealD's patent is maintained in full.
Suning Cinema in Xi’an, China has installed Christie RGB laser cinema projectors in all of the auditoriums in its new multiplex. Located on the fifth floor of Zhengshang Financial Plaza in the city’s bustling Economic and Technological Development Zone, Xi’an Zhengshang Suning Cinema is the exhibitor’s first multiplex to be fully equipped with Christie RGB laser cinema projectors.
Christie will showcase its CP4450-RGB large-format digital cinema projector specifically designed for premium large format theatres during InfoComm China 2020, which takes place at the China National Convention Center in Beijing from September 28-30.
Dolby Laboratories and China’s Wanying Cinema Line today announced that the two companies have strengthened cooperation to further extend the Dolby Cinema experience to more moviegoers with a plan to add more than ten additional Dolby Cinema locations across China. Wanying Cinema Line is wholly owned by China Resources Land, a leading commercial real estate company in China.
Rising Sun Pictures served as a principal visual effects provider for The Eight Hundred, the epic war film from director Guan Hu and Huayi Brothers Media and Haining Seventh Image Movie & Media Company. To date, the film has already earned more than $200 million in Chinese theatres alone. The film centers on the true story of the 1937 Battle of Shanghai where a Chinese battalion mounted a determined defense of the Sihang Warehouse from the invasion of the Japanese army. Working in collaboration with BangBang Pictures, Beijing, and overall VFX supervisor RSP’s Tim Crosbie, RSP contributed scores of richly detailed, seamless visual effects to support the film’s riveting combat scenes, all set around a massive warehouse complex near the city center.
Red Star Macalline Pictures Development of China today announced an agreement to install 120 screens with RealD technology over the next three years. The agreement includes 15 premium format Luxe and 45 RealD Cinema screens in addition to 60 auditoria utilizing RealD's patented 3D systems.