Strongly cast child-abduction drama is let down by a bumpy, contrived script.
The Golden Era
Biopic on '30s writer Xiao Hong is holed by a miscast Tang Wei and an uninvolving structure.
Lost in Thailand
Reteaming of lead actors from road comedy Lost on Journey is more hyper but cleverly crafted.
The Monkey King
The CGI outperforms the humans in an action-packed version of the pesky ape's youth.
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.
Golden Era to represent Hong Kong at Oscars
Ann Hui film opens in cinemas on 1 Oct
Kung Fu Jungle lands in London
Donnie Yen and Teddy Chen to attend world premiere
Paradise to open Busan
Strong selection of films from China
Vancouver Festival launches new prize
World premiere of Ishii Yuya's The Vancouver Asahi
Enlight Media reports lower profits
Year-on-year drop of 40% despite film hits
Toronto announces second wave of films
Sono Sion and Venice titles included
Bumper Asian crop at Venice
Wang Xiaoshuai, Tsukamoto Shinya compete
Breakup Buddies, Mary Kom premiere in Toronto
Festival announces first titles, new rules
Film Bureau releases official 2014 numbers
China box office revenue up 25% in H1
Golden Era to close Venice Film Festival
Director Ann Hui to head Orizzonti jury
Peter Chan starts child abduction drama shoot
Theatrical release set for October
Edko takes Temporary Family to FilMart
Also representing Wolf Totem and Coming Home
China's biggest films refused Taiwan release
A Touch of Sin among films "banned" in Taiwan
Bullet sequel, Johnnie To musical approved
November lists heavy on HK directors
Chinese films lock National Day holiday slots
By Kevin Ma
Wed, 16 April 2014, 12:30 PM (HKT)
Several high-profile Chinese-language films have already announced their release dates for this year's National Day holiday, one of the four most competitive distribution periods each year in China.
Director Peter CHAN 陳可辛 planted the first flag earlier this month with Dearest 親愛的 (literally, "Dear Child), a drama about child abductions starring Vicki ZHAO 趙薇, HUANG Bo 黃渤, and TONG Dawei 佟大為. The film is currently in production.
Last week, director NING Hao 寧浩 announced at the annual China Film Directors' Guild 中國電影導演協會 meeting that his forthcoming road movie comedy Breakup Buddies 心花路放 is set for a 30 Sep opening. Starring Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012)'s Huang Bo and XU Zheng 徐崢, the film is currently in post-production.
Yesterday, Stellar Mega Films Co Ltd 星美（北京）影業有限公司 held a press conference (pictured) announcing that Ann HUI 許鞍華's period drama The Golden Era 黃金時代 will open on 1 Oct. Starring TANG Wei 湯唯, William FENG 馮紹峰 and WANG Qianyuan 王千源, the LI Qiang 李檣-penned film chronicles the life of writer Xiao Hong 蕭紅.
In a trend that began last year, Chinese companies are increasingly staking out releasing slots early as part of their extended marketing campaigns.
Last year, the companies behind Police Story 2013 警察故事２０１３, Personal Tailor 私人訂製 and The Monkey King 西遊記之大鬧天宮 used large-scale press events to publicise their films' release dates more than six months in advance.
However, a wide variety of unpredictable factors — from a delay in the issuance of screening approval to excessive competition in the same release slot – mean that film companies can still change release dates at the last minute.