Category Archives: Film

Chinese Opera Goes 3D for Big Screen

With Batman vs Superman, The Revenant and other popular films occupying cinemas around the city, a 3D remake of the classic Chinese opera The White-Haired Girl sneaked past viewers on March 25. Most Chinese children are familiar with the story of Yang Bialao, Huang...


Ip Man 3 Delivers on Action

Since Bruce Lee’s ascent to worldwide stardom, a number of Chinese action movie stars have built their careers on kung fu. While the little dragon is credited with having brought real martial arts to Chinese action cinema, the one who brought martial arts to...


Man from Macau Gathers Superstars for New Entry

The Man from Macau was the third movie to debut on February 8 this year. While the story has some connection with its two predecessors, most viewers declared it to be heavy on Hong Kong eye candy and light on substance. If the past...


New Monkey King Movie for Monkey Year

The Chinese lunar calendar assigns each year to a totem animal, and each year the film industry’s top marketers scramble to produce something designed to match up. 2016 is the year of the monkey, and it’s not difficult to imagine which character they will...


Stephen Chow’s New Comedy Film for Chinese New Year

Stephen Chow, the famous Hong Kong director and actor best known for his work in Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, is bringing his latest comedy, The Mermaid, to the big screen on February 8. The 54-year-old Chow started his film career in 1988...


Detective Chinatown a Success of China’s Detective Movies

The comedy and detective rom Detective Chinatown has been a hit with viewers this New Year season. That’s been good news for director Chen Sicheng, who desperately needed a win at the box office after his last two duds. Wang Baoqiang plays Tang Ren,...


New Film Laopao’er Features Beijing Locals

If 10 is the top score for a new film, viewers say Laopao’er should score a 9.9. The only criticism seems to be of a few actors who tried to imitate the Beijing dialect. Laopao’er is a Beijing dialect word that refers to the...


Mojin: The Lost Legend The Best of Tomb Films

The ghoul-themed Mojin: The Lost Legend broke Chinese film records within four days of its December 19 release. With a box office take of 700 million yuan, Mojin trounced the similarly ghoul-themed Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, which debuted on September 30 and took...


Taiwan’s ‘Pure Love’ a Cure for Social Ills

After three years of preparation, four months of shooting and NT $80 million (15.7 million yuan), the Taiwan-made Our Times was unveiled to audiences. Unsurprisingly, it’s yet another Taiwan-style love story focused on the experiences of four high school students. Lin Zhenxin is an...


Goodbye Mr. Loser a Tragic Comedy

September was a month of laughs in Chinese cinemas. While few were surprised by the box office success of Xu Zheng’s Lost in Hong Kong or aging heartthrob Andy Lau’s Saving Mr. Wu, Goodbye Mr. Loser snuck in as a surprise success. Yan Fei...