New releases expected to revitalize film market
The Chinese film market continues to thrive, with several new homegrown projects set for release after the box office successes of "The Wandering Earth II" and "Full River Red."
The martial arts film "Story Wuyi Lane," directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Kit Tsui, began its national release on March 7.
The film, which has elements of suspense and romance, is about ancient Chinese spies investigating the theft of massive amounts of gunpowder.
With stunning battle scenes and choreography, the film attempts to revive the grandeur of Chinese martial arts cinema.
The genre is important in conserving and spreading traditional Chinese culture, the film's chief director Kit Tsui said.
To highlight the martial arts essence, the film will also be expanded into a franchise of TV series, variety shows and entertainment facilities.
Da Peng's latest film, "Post Truth," will be released on Friday. The movie centers on a cemetery salesperson who investigates an online rumor that his client, a recently deceased young woman, was a prostitute.
Da Peng, who directed the movie and played the main character, says it was inspired by a 2020 news story about cyber violence. It took a long time for them to finalize the story and shoot the film.
Despite its comic features, the film provides insights into the growing problem of cyber violence, which may represent a threat to everyone's normal life.
The comic thriller "To Be Continued" will be released in theaters around the country on March 31.
The film, starring Fan Chengcheng and Jiang Long, is about a blogger who encounters a strange crew, which sets off a chain of events.
According to producer Yi Xiaoxing, comedy thrillers are rare in Chinese cinema. It is a new and inventive effort on their part to push the boundaries of traditional humor.
Tracker Dengta Data says that China's box office earnings for 2023 have already hit 14 billion yuan.
Ding Rong, a manager at Peace Cinema, said that the film market has seen a fast rebound from the effects of the pandemic, particularly with the strong backing of original contents by powerful productions.