Category Archives: Film

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...


Hou Hsiao-hsien and The Assassin

The Assassin, the film that made director Hou Hsiao-hsien the darling of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, landed in Chinese theaters on August 27. Starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Ethan Juan and Japanese actor Tsumabuki Satoshi, The Assassin is based on a character...


The Cost of Guest Stars in Chinese Series

Nanpai Sanshu, author of the famous Tomb Notes, appears as a guest star in Tencent’s Darker II online series. Nanpai’s first on-screen appearance helped pull the attention of many readers to the show. The TV series Separate features a guest appearance by the members...


Mr. Tumor Offers Laughter and Tears

Korean romance writers have a strange affinity for killing off their female leads with cancer. You’d think leukemia was as common as plastic surgery. But Chinese audiences have been losing their taste for these cliche stories that flooded the country during the last decade’s...