One of the best Hong Kong shoot-'em-ups in recent memory, with top playing and action.
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
| 西游 降魔篇
After the lame CJ7, Stephen Chow finally bounces back as a comic writer-director.
Satire on money, greed and ambition is a mixed bag but a fine actors' showcase.
Police Story 2013
Forced revival of the Jackie Chan franchise barely scrapes through on any level.
Nikkatsu, Toho-Towa launch Asian label
Journey to the West is first release
ChinaVision reports profit surge in 2013
Alibaba acquisition, co-productions in 2014
Mainland cinema's new maturity
Films by debut directors among highlights of 2013
Grandmaster leads HK Film Award nominations
11 for Unbeatable, 9 for Rigor Mortis
China B.O. up 27% in 2013
Domestic films take 59% market share
Ah Boys to Men 2 tops Singapore 2013 B.O.
Four local films in top ten Chinese films
Hong Kong cinema's identity crisis
Is localisation the future of Hong Kong film-making?
China box office up 35% in 2013
Local films' revenue grows 93.8% year-on-year
Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominees
Five including Ilo Ilo tied with 6 nominations
Wanda unveils Qingdao entertainment complex
Targeted for June 2016 launch
The Stolen Years awakes atop China box office
Unbeatable top Hong Kong film of 2013
Huayi forecasts 300% rise in profits
Television, talent and theatrical up in 2013
China box office up 36% in H1 2013
Domestic films secure 62.3% market share
Hong Kong BO growth slows in 2013
Box office revenue up 1.43% in first half of 2013
So Young enters China's all-time top ten
Local films take 7 of 10 top spots
Lost in translation
Selling and marketing Chinese-language films overseas is becoming trickier
Local films score at BO around Asia
Journey, Boys, Miracle, Loman, Assassin dominate
Journey breaks China single-day BO record
Fantasy takes record from Transformers 3
Hollywood maintains grip on HK CNY
Die Hard conquers Stephen Chow's Journey to the West
Journey to the West conquers China
Comedy secures opening day record for a local film
Theme park pact for Chow, ChinaVision
Partners extend range of joint interests
Chinavision takes Chow's Journey
Equity sliced thinner, 5-pic co-investment deal
Village confirms cash for Asia film
VREG to produce up to 8 films per year
Village Roadshow Asia announces first titles
China-Hollywood bridge allies self with Zhang, Kong, Chow
China B.O. passes RMB20 billion in 2013
By Kevin Ma
Tue, 10 December 2013, 14:00 PM (HKT)
Total box office revenue in China has exceeded RMB20 billion (US$3.29 billion) mark as of Sunday, according to official figures.
That already represents a year-on-year growth of 16% from last year's total revenue of RMB17 billion (US$2.8 billion). Box office revenue exceeded RMB10 billion (US$1.65 billion) for the first time just three years ago in 2010.
With a market share of approximately 55%, domestic films continue to dominate with RMB11 billion in total revenue. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西游 降魔篇 is still the top grossing film of the year with RMB1.24 billion (US$204 million).
The exponential rise is largely attributed to the rapid rise in the number of cinema screens, currently at 17,000. The expansion has been especially fast in second and third-tier cities, attracting new audiences to cinemas.
However, at a China Film Association 中國電影家協會 conference last month, it was revealed that average attendance rate nationwide is only at 15%.
With blockbusters like action thriller Firestorm 風暴, Police Story 2013 警察故事２０１３ and FENG Xiaogang 馮小剛's Personal Tailor 私人訂製 (pictured) awaiting release this month, total revenue for 2013 is expected to exceed RMB22 billion (US$3.62 billion).