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Domestic films romance China screens in August

Domestic films romance China screens in August

By Kevin Ma

Mon, 08 July 2013, 09:30 AM (HKT)

Distribution News

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.

After last year's stronger-than-expected performance of Holding Love HOLD住愛 (2012)'s starring Mini YANG 楊冪, Chinese Valentine's Day has become another lucrative slot on the release calendar.

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.

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