Jackie Chan bounces back in a modern action-adventure aimed squarely at kids.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection
Slick fantasy vehicle for three Mainland stars is in a different league to the 2008 film.
Big, trashy, pan-Chinese action drama is entertaining enough at a popcorn level.
Singapore, France major winners at Golden Horse
Ilo Ilo wins best film, Grandmaster most awards
Korean cinema, Chinese characteristics
Is the future of South Korean cinema in China?
China box office up 36% in H1 2013
Domestic films secure 62.3% market share
Superman soars in China with huge opening day
Man of Steel proves his mettle
Calling for diversity in Chinese cinema
High-powered Shanghai panel on trends, opportunities and Switch
So Young enters China's all-time top ten
Local films take 7 of 10 top spots
Cold War freezes out rivals at HK Awards
Police action drama dominates proceedings
Berlin File opens 15th Udine
Films from China, Japan and South Korea dominate
Lost in translation
Selling and marketing Chinese-language films overseas is becoming trickier
Emperor makes leap into exhibition
Partnership with UA targets mainland China market
Journey to the West conquers China
Comedy secures opening day record for a local film
Bullet, War lead HK Awards nominations
Close race for top titles
Avengers tops 2012 Singapore BO chart
CZ12 becomes top Asian film of all time
Grandmaster has masterful BO debut
Lost in Thailand closes in on $200m
China BO exceeds RMB17 billion
Local production surges
CZ12 tops $130m box office
Chan scores across most of region
China loses ground as BO surges
Local films' market share slips below 50%
Hollywood holds Hong Kong holidays
Three day box office up 4.63% on 2011 numbers
Chan's CZ12 reclaims BO
Chinese weekend very strong
Confucius lands Xposure, Feng Shui
North American film event secures top premieres
Huayi thinks big
Seven forthcoming titles to be released in IMAX format
Resurrection takes China BO record
Bunshinsaba remake makes $5m in first week
Taichi goes 3-D
Steampunk martial arts films releasing back-to-back
China box office crosses $1.2bn in H1
Market grows 42% year-on-year; local films have 35% market share
Resurrection maintains box office lead
Chen Kaige's Caught in the Web also opens strong in China
Painted Skin puts China back on top
Action-fantasy is first local film to lead box office in 22 weeks
Shanghai premieres are Skin deep
Upcoming films promoted on red carpet, not with screenings
Resurrection set as Shanghai opener
Fantasy action film gets red carpet treatment
Busan moves closer to French bodies
Agreements reached with UniFrance and Marché du Film
Speedy sales for Media Asia's Motorway
Hong Kong studio signs Cannes business
Karakara goes to Bitters End
Okinawa road movie locks local distributors
Sun on the Chinese cinema landscape
The director of Switch believes only three kinds of Chinese film can succeed
Goddess rises to Cannes marketing occasion
Feel good Oz picture sold by Ealing Metro
Odin's get a bite on Crocodile
Chinese CGI movie heads for Cannes market
Anticipated films lock China dates
Inseparable and Seediq Bale in May; Wong Kar-wai's Grandmaster in December
Asia offers rich menu to Cannes' selectors
Will the new-look Directors' Fortnight seize its chance?
Media Asia guides Blind Detective
Sales of Johnnie To thriller launched
Fuchun Mountains spring up in Dubai
Chinese adventure film scales int'l peaks
Taiwan distribs queue for China quota
Flowers, Skin and 1942 among likely recipients
Mural adorns Golden Network lineup
Gordon Chan fantasy action epic launches sales
CJ expands Cannes slate by eight
Korean giant readies massive line-up, Cannes event
CJ falls for Autumn
Remake finds new sales home
Huayi has high hopes for hefty slate
Production lineup includes prequels, 'greater China' talent
Clover Films claims dozen deals
New Singapore distributor pounds acquisition trail
Chen Zhen is hit with buyers
Strong sales confirm Yen as star performer
Singapore ups Cannes presence
Emphasis on commercial films and co-prods, says Chia
Asia to have subtle market influence
By Patrick Frater and Stephen Cremin
Wed, 16 May 2012, 17:15 PM (HKT)
As the Marché du Film opens for business today it is not clear yet whether this is a strong or a weak edition for Asian companies.
According to data from the Cannes market there was a 9% increase in registered participants this year with the strongest growth coming from Asia and Latin America. That growth is also reflected in expanded buyer numbers.
On the other hand, the festival selections are generally light on Asian films. There are just two competition slots for Asian films this year, both South Korean productions. A handful of Japanese and Chinese films have less prestigious out-of-competition slots. There is notably one Indian film apiece in Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week, representing the strongest Cannes presence for the subcontinent in many years.
In the run up to Cannes the attention has been on the heavyweight participation of US titles in the festival and the raft of new, well-financed sales companies, headed by experienced production-finance bosses. Asia has not seen equivalent new sales company launches before the market, though recent developments in China have the potential to influence the cinema business around the world.
These include the resurrection of Legendary East Ltd, the emergence of Bruno WU 吳徵's Seven Stars group as an East-West straddling production finance bridge, News Corp's purchase of a 20% stake in Bona Film Group Co Ltd 博納影業集團有限公司 and the rumoured purchase by Dalian Wanda Group Co Ltd 大連萬達集團股份有限公司 of a piece of AMC Entertainment Inc, North America's number two cinema chain.
These events suggest that the Asian cinema industry, and the Chinese industry in particular, are running on a somewhat different timetable to forces shaping the indie sales business – one reason that Indian films rarely make it to festivals is that producers often favour commercial releases over festival slots which open their films to piracy and untimely reviews. Similarly, at least one Chinese film that many assumed would be in the Cannes festival is heading for a domestic premiere and the huge potential rewards that may bring.
The highest profile Asian films with starry junkets during Cannes — Wuershan 烏爾善's Painted Skin: The Resurrection 畫皮Ⅱ, Jay SUN 孫健君's Switch 天機・富春山居圖 and Jackie CHAN 成龍's CZ12 十二生肖 — have previously been launched locally. The three Chinese productions are using Cannes to promote the films to international media, but also as part of their domestic marketing campaigns. Skin opens in China next month, with Switch and Zodiac going head-to-head in December, one of the key seasons for local films.
Given the continuing resilience of audience appetites in Asia — reflected in the continued growth of the exhibition sector in several key territories — it seems likely that there will be significant numbers of films acquired this week for release by Asian distributors. In China and Japan, Asia now includes the world's number two and three film markets. The tastes of Chinese audiences may not be reflected in the Cannes selection, but they will become a deciding factor in which high-profile international films will be greenlit and available to Cannes in the coming years.