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Why ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ might flop in mainland China, through no fault of its own

Crazy Rich Asians took Hollywood by storm this summer, winning critical praise and inspiring moving essays about the power of representation.…

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ become gold diggers in China

“Crazy Rich Asians is heading to China. Will it be a hit?” asks CNN. The article does not really answer…

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‘Havoc in Heaven’: How China’s first animators braved war, politics, and exile to create a masterpiece

Based off Journey to the West, this hand-animated classic took more than two decades to complete, with its creators suffering…

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5 influential movies from the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers

Coming of age during the Cultural Revolution, China’s post-Mao filmmakers would revolutionize the industry with story-driven movies utilizing vivid colors and…

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Director Jia Zhangke roasts Hu Xijin over his review of ‘Ash Is Purest White’

It’s widely acknowledged that Hu Xijin 胡锡进, Editor-in-Chief at the nationalist tabloid the Global Times, has many opinions. Aside from…

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Director Feng Xiaogang reportedly cut from ‘Ash is Purest White’ because of Fan Bingbing’s tax scandal

A director’s cut of Jia Zhangke’s latest movie, Ash is Purest White (江湖儿女 jiānghú érnǚ), was released in China last Friday…

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Fan Bingbing ‘missing’ amid swelling rumors that China’s highest-paying actress has been arrested

After over three months of silence, there’s speculation that Chinese actress Fan Bingbing 范冰冰 has been arrested. According to a now-deleted…

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5 great Chinese movies from the Second Golden Age

The Second Golden Age of Chinese film, short-lived as it was, saw some of China’s best directors, actors, and movie…

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Director of ‘worst movie on Douban’ sues review website for rating

The producers of Pure Hearts: Into Chinese Showbiz (纯洁心灵·逐梦演艺圈 chúnjié xīnlíng·zhú mèng yǎnyì quān), which received a score of 2.1 out of…

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Movie and TV productions in China halted by salary cap on celebrities

On August 10, three of China’s largest streaming websites issued a notice announcing they were capping the pay of China’s stars.…

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Five essential Chinese silent films

Politics, revolution, bloodshed, prostitution, suicide, feminism (before it was defined as such): Chinese films of the 1920s and ’30s were…

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Janet Yang: Crazy Rich Asians is ‘a big effing deal for Asians all over the world’

Pictured: Janet Yang (center) with (from left to right) Warner Bros. executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, and Crazy Rich…

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‘Christopher Robin’ denied release in China because of…Winnie the Pooh?

Last week, Disney’s Christopher Robin was reported to have been denied a theatrical release in China, the world’s second-largest movie market,…

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Bringing a dumpling to life: Q&A with Domee Shi, Pixar director of ‘Bao’

Domee Shi is the first female director of a short film by Pixar Animation Studios. Her piece, the recently released Bao,…

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‘Dying to Survive’ apologizes for ripping off Japanese anime in poster

Dying to Survive (我不是药神 wǒ bùshì yào shén), a movie about cancer patients illegally importing drugs in defiance of Chinese law…

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