March 22, 2011 |
China has missed the deadline to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling to loosen state controls on foreign media, the U.S. trade representative said, delaying wider U.S. access to its fast growing market for films, music, books and other entertainment. China had until March 19 to end its practice of restricting foreign media from entering the country without a state distributor. The "U.S. government is disappointed that China has not yet fully complied with the WTO ruling in this case, a lack of compliance which China has acknowledged," Nkenge Harmon, a U.S. trade representative spokeswoman, said Tuesday.
July 14, 2009 |
Jackie Chan will play the wise kung-fu master in a Hollywood-Chinese remake of the 1984 hit "The Karate Kid," a movie company publicist said Monday. Chan's young disciple in "Kung Fu Kid" will be played by Jaden Smith, the son of Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, China Film Group spokesman Weng Li said. Will Smith is one of the movie's producers. In "The Karate Kid," Pat Morita plays the iconic building handyman Mr. Miyagi, who trains one of his young tenants, portrayed by Ralph Macchio, into an accomplished fighter.
June 15, 2012 |
SHANGHAI - Fifteen years ago, Jean-Jacques Annaud was demonized by the Chinese Communist Party for his film “Seven Years in Tibet” - the cadres were unhappy with his cinematic portrayal of the People's Liberation Army's invasion of the region in 1949 and his casting of the sister of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. A decade and a half on, the 68-year-old French director is being welcomed here with open arms. On Saturday, Annaud will arrive in China to chair the jury of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend with 17 films from around the world in competition.
April 17, 2012 |
HONG KONG — In a move that underscores the importance of the fast-growing Chinese movie market to Hollywood, Walt Disney Co. has struck a partnership with a Beijing firm on its big-budget American superhero film "Iron Man 3. " This is the second business endeavor Disney has undertaken in the last week in the world's most populous country. On April 10, the Burbank entertainment giant announced a partnership with the animation division of China's largest Internet company, Tencent Holdings Ltd., offering its expertise in storytelling and market research to help foster local talent.
January 19, 2008 |
Two English-language movies, including Golden Globe winner "Atonement," have been cleared to show in China in February, amid recent worries that Beijing has imposed a short-term ban on Hollywood films, a film company official said Friday. "Atonement," starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, and the fantasy family movie "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" will be released in Chinese theaters next month, Weng Li, a spokesman for the state-run China Film Group, the country's exclusive movie importer, said in an interview.
May 18, 2007 |
Disney's latest China strategy doesn't involve Mickey, Minnie or Goofy. It's all about an enchanted vegetable. The Walt Disney Co. China announced this week that it will release a Chinese-language movie, "The Magic Gourd," this summer -- its first co-production with the state-run China Film Group. The movie, based on a novel written by the late Chinese children's writer Zhang Tianyi, is about a boy who discovers a gourd -- a squash-like vegetable -- that grants him wishes.