Messy, splashy VFX drama centred on a basketball computer game is no credit to anyone.
Crimes of Passion
Wannabe noirish crime drama collapses from a feeble script and zero chemistry.
Glossy Hainan-set rom-com lacks star chemistry and a cohesive script and direction.
One Night Surprise
A reinvented Fan Bingbing bounces back bigtime in this beautifully tooled, girly rom-com.
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Costume drama with a fresh feel, thanks to natural direction and Zhou Dongyu's lead performance.
The Stolen Years
Comedy-drama about a couple's second time around is poorly written and directed.
Tiny Times 1
Super-glossy, very Shanghai tale of four girly friends and their loves and careers.
Character-driven MMA drama is a return to form by Dante Lam, with actor Nick Cheung tops.
Drug War tops China Media Awards
Finding Mr. Right wins audience prize
That Demon Within haunts HK Easter
Rio 2 third-placed
Grandmaster sets record at HK Film Awards
The Way We Dance, So Young also recognised
Captain America commands China box office
Truth About Beauty is top local film
Mainland cinema's new maturity
Films by debut directors among highlights of 2013
Bona profits up in 2013
16% year-on-year increase
Dante Lam on his Demon Within
China, teamwork and musicals
Grandmaster leads HK Film Award nominations
11 for Unbeatable, 9 for Rigor Mortis
Japan B.O. down 0.5% in 2013
Domestic films take 60.5% market share
China's biggest films refused Taiwan release
A Touch of Sin among films "banned" in Taiwan
HK Film Critics Society picks Grandmaster
Drug War wins two awards
Iron Man, Unbeatable top 2013 Hong Kong B.O.
Total revenue up by 4.2%
The Wind Rises tops 2013 Japan B.O.
Domestic animated films flourish
Macau as the next location hotspot
Asia-Pacific FF seminar on the city's potential
Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
Hong Kong cinema's identity crisis
Is localisation the future of Hong Kong film-making?
Detective Dee arrests China box office
Tsui Hark sets National Day holiday record
Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominees
Five including Ilo Ilo tied with 6 nominations
Young Detective Dee has huge opening in China
Strong start ahead of packed holiday schedule
HK submits five to Asia Pacific Film Festival
Event to be held mid-December in Macau
Zhang's Lucky Star wins China holiday weekend
Stolen Years dethrones Zone Pro Site in Taiwan
My Lucky Star tops box office on opening day
One of five new films for holiday weekend
Five Asian world premieres compete at Tokyo fest
Mun So-ri and Terajima Shinobu join main jury
Smurfs over Witness at China box office
Stolen Years biggest new release in HK and Taiwan
Elysium leads subdued weekend at China B.O.
Unbeatable tops fourth weekend in Hong Kong
The Stolen Years awakes atop China box office
Unbeatable top Hong Kong film of 2013
China 3-D films enter October holidays
Ten films to open for competitive box office period
Dinosaurs vs Monsters at China box office
Pacific Rim now 10th highest grossing film in China
Jurassic Park stomps into China with huge opening
3-D dinosaurs take down kaiju and MMA fighters
Unbeatable is first-round champion in Hong Kong
Pacific Rim still ahead of MMA drama in China
Moveable Feast lands in Taipei box office Zone
Local comedy opens strong for Warners, Activators
Chinese Valentine's Day boosts China box office
One Night Surprise, Palace perform strongly
Toronto adds to Asian selection
World Cinema, Wavelengths and TIFF Kids announced
Tiny Times returns with another huge opening
Sequel is China's 2nd biggest 2-D opening
Snowpiercer crosses one million admissions
Blockbuster opening for South Korean film
HK Summer Fest to open with Unbeatable
Japanese comedies, festival favourites and Oshima Nagisa tribute
Monsters sets Hong Kong animation record
Pixar’s latest has best opening day for an animated film
Three films share prizes in Shanghai
The Major, Reliance and Unbeatable sweep awards
High profile Chinese films lock dates
Dates for Badges of Fury, The Palace, My Lucky Star and Monkey King
Huayi's H-Files unwrapped at Shanghai
New films from Jackie Chan, Guan Hu and Gu Changwei
Shanghai has another glamorous opening
Awards presented to Oliver Stone and Tsui Hark
Shanghai struts its A-list credentials
World's two biggest film industries face-off in China
Monsters University to open Shanghai
Festival picks first animated opener
Shanghai adds two to competition
Barbara Wong drama, Russian biopic compete for Goblet
Shanghai has action-packed competition
New commercial direction for China's A-list festival
Thailand: Good times, bad times
Competition threatens SE Asian country's lead
Bona profits slightly lower
Grandmasters, exhibition hold up
CTE film, TV sales catch fire in region
New slate of Lionsgate titles find pay-TV slots
Mei Ah gives Palace royal treatment
Mysterious Island set for May release
Domestic films romance China screens in August
By Kevin Ma
Mon, 08 July 2013, 09:30 AM (HKT)
After several major Hollywood blockbusters and a few local films in July, China will get a wide variety of domestic fares, Hong Kong co-productions and a Pixar film to close out the summer.
This year, rom-com One Night Surprise 一夜驚喜 (2013) (pictured), crime-romance Crimes of Passion 一場風花雪月的事 (2013) and period-romance The Palace 宮 鎖沉香 (2013) will open day-and-date on 13 Aug for this year's celebration.
Several films that premiered at last month's Shanghai International Film Festival 上海國際電影節 are also set for release next month.
The three Chinese-language competition titles — Unbeatable 激戰 (2013) (16 Aug), The Stolen Years 被偷走的那五年 (2013) (22 Aug) and Amazing 神奇 (2012) (22 Aug) — are currently set to go head-to-head once more.
The festival's opening film, the 3-D Monsters University (2013), is now set to open on 25 Aug, just before the end of the summer school holidays. It may be joined by the belated 3-D re-release of Jurassic Park (1993).
The only other foreign-language film currently set for an August release is tsunami film The Impossible Lo imposible (2012) (22 Aug), although it is possible that The Smurfs 2 (2013) and DreamWorks Studios animation Turbo (2013) may yet enter the frame.
Originally slated for December, part two of GUO Jingming 郭敬明's youth drama Tiny Times 1 小時代 (2013) looks likely to be moved up to an August release after part one's record-breaking opening and sharp box office decline.
Producer Angie CHAI 柴智屏 recently told China Daily that the sequel is slated for a late August release in Taiwan, essentially confirming rumours that the China release date has also moved forward.