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2008 Nov 26 Tuesday Film Roundup: Beijing International Film Festival and Hell Boy

We're a day behind schedule, so keep reading below for details of all the films playing in Beijing this Wednesday, Nov 26.

Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF)
Back in October, Angilee Shah wrote a post titled The Best Reporting on the Sichuan Earthquake You'll Never See for one of our favorite sources of China film and book news, China Beat. The article about Beijing director Pan Jianlin's latest film, Who Killed Our Children and the unlikelihood of the film being shown anywhere in China. Well, on Sunday, the film, which examines the sensitive issue of the number children killed in the Sichuan Earthquake, was shown in China as part of the Beijing International Film Festival out at Songzhuang Art Center. Festival organizers kept news of the screening quiet before the event. The rest of the festival program is now available here. Another of Pan Jianlin's films, Feast of Villains, will be screened on the last day of the festival on Saturday.

Impression Lijiang

What do you move on to after you've directed the "greatest show on earth?" Zhang Yimou is reported to be starting work on the fourth of his astounding "Impression" series of performances in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian. The other three shows were held in Lijiang River in Guilin, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan Province, and Hangzhou's West Lake.

CFENS has published a list of what they consider the top ten Chinese films of the New Year/Spring Festival season. You can take a look at the list here - although you might need a proxy.

Blu-Ray DVDs are on their way to China - expected retail price? RMB 205!

Astro Boy the movie is on it's way. For more details and the trailer, take a look at the China Journal.

In other animation news, there are rumors that one of the two directors of Kungfu Panda has signed up to direct a live action version of He-Man.

Films Around Town

Screening Times for Films in Beijing – Wednesday Nov 26

(All times and prices have been taken from today’s Beijing News or this website – it would be a good idea to call and confirm details) If you can read Chinese, this is by far the best site to consult.

Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army
Take a look at the surprisingly positive reviews here and trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWvpuwatbJM">here.

CBD
Wanda International Cinema

12:30 13:40 14:55 16:05 17:20 18:30 19:45 20:55 22:10 23:15

Xidan
New Capital Cinema

12:35 13:40 14:50 15:55 17:05 18:10 19:20 20:25 21:3

Sanlitun
Village Mega Box

11:40 14:10 16:40 19:10 21:40

Haidian
UME International Cineplex

11:20 15:45 21:00 21:45

Stellar International Cineplex

12:55 17:30

Wangjing
Stellar International Cineplex

10:40 12:55 15:15 17:30 19:50 22:05

Wangfujing
Star City

12:50 15:00 17:10 19:20 21:35

Xindong'an Cinema

12:30 14:40 16:50 19:00 21:20

Dongsishitiao
East Gate Cinema

11:50 17:50 21:50

Shuangjing
UME International Cineplex

11:25 13:45 16:00 18:15 20:30 22:45

Zhongguancun
Mega Box

12:50 15:20 17:50 20:20

East Fourth Ring Road
Espace France Cinema



19:50 21:50

Babylon AD

When even the director of a film admits that he's "very unhappy with the film," and that he "never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn't respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience" it's not surprising that what emerges is an incomprehensible and unwatchable film. Its chances at the box office will probably not be helped by the fact that it's been available on DVD in the capital for weeks. You can take a look at some of the terrible reviews of the French-US co production here. View the trailer here.

CBD
Wanda International Cinema

11:20 13:20 15:20 17:20 18:20 19:20 20:20 21:20

Xidan
New Capital Cinema

11:20 13:10 15:05 16:55 18:40 20:30

Sanlitun
Village Mega Box

12:15 14:15 16:15 18:15 20:20 22:25

Haidian
UME International Cineplex

14:45 18:15 20:00

Stellar International Cineplex

14:40 12:20

Wangjing
Stellar International Cineplex

12:20 16:30

Wangfujing
Star City

12:00 15:40 17:15

Xindong'an Cinema

11:40 13:20 15:00 16:40 18:20

Shuangjing
UME International Cineplex

12:40 16:30 18:10 19:50 21:30

Zhongguancun
Mega Box

12:20 14:40

East Fourth Ring Road
Espace France Cinema



13:00 16:25

007: Quantum of Solace

The high-octane adventures of Bond (Daniel Craig) continue. This new mission sees the martini-gulping international man of mystery teaming up with old friends to navigate a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit. Early reviews have been good, but not great. See trailer here.

CBD
Wanda International Cinema

12:30 17:10 21:50

Xidan
New Capital Cinema

11:40 13:05 13:50 14:35 15:15 16:00 16:45 17:25 18:10 18:55 19:35 20:20 21:05 21:45

Sanlitun
Village Mega Box

13:00 15:20 17:40 20:00 22:20

Haidian
UME International Cineplex

11:25 12:05 13:30 15:35 16:20 17:40 19:45 21:50

Stellar International Cineplex

13:05 15:05 17:10 19:15 21:20

Wangjing
Stellar International Cineplex

11:50 14:00 16:10

Wangfujing
Star City

12:10 16:00 18:00 20:00 22:00 VIP - 13:40 19:00 21:00

Xindong'an Cinema

13:10 15:10 17:10 19:10 21:10

Dongsishitiao
East Gate Cinema

15:50 20:00

Shuangjing
UME International Cineplex

11:40 13:40 15:45 17:45 19:45 21:45 12:40 14:40 16:40 18:40 20:40 22:40

Zhongguancun
Mega Box

12:45 15:05 17:25 19:45 22:05

East Fourth Ring Road
Espace France Cinema



Digital:12:50 14:50 16:45 18:40 20:35 22:30
Film: 11:50 13:45 15:40 17:40 19:40 21:40


Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D Brendan Fraser stars in this remake of the Sci-fi classic. Read reviews here and view trailer here.

CBDWanda International Cinema

14:30 16:30 18:30

Haidian
UME International Cineplex

13:00 16:30 20:00 21:45

Shuangjing
UME International Cineplex

11:30 13:15 15:00 16:45 18:30 20:15 22:00

Other Films Showing the Week

Fit Lover (爱情左右 Aiqing Zuodeng Youxing)
Fans of eye candy might want to catch Chinese director Zhang Jianya's latest film as according to Xinhua, the film stars "twelve of the country's best looking actors."

Beast Stalker (证人Zhengren)
Director Dante Lam offers up a by-the-numbers HK action flick starring Nicholas Tse and Zhang Jinchu. Details and trailer at official site.

Desires of the Heart (Taohuayun 桃花运)
Our favorite Chinese actor, Ge You, dons a wig for this first hesui pian of the season. He plays the man at the center of a comedy of passionate encounters in present-day Beijing. The film also stars Fan Bingbing as an ugly girl, Mei Ting and Guo Tao.

Hutong Days (胡同里的阳光 Hutong li de Yangguang)
The film tells a story about a poor family living in the hutongs of Beijing. The story focuses on how the difficulties faced by the husband and father and how he manages to educate his little boy in his wife’s absence.

5.12 Wenchan Doesn’t Believe in Tears (5.12汶川不相信眼泪 5/12 Wenchuan bu Xiang Xin Yanlei)
The first movie based on the tragic Sichuan eathquake features images filmed at the site of the earthquake.

Out of Control (过界 Guojie)
The plot follows the adventures of a man on the run.

Love at Restaurant (味道男女Weidao Nannv)
Set against a background of 2008 Olympic Games, the Chinese version of No Reservations (itself based on a great German film called Mostly Martha) looks about as promising as its Chinglish title suggests.

Upcoming

Nov 27
Next

Implausible Nicolas Cage vehicle that's been out on DVD for an age. Reviews here and trailer here.

Dec 5
Forever Enthralled (梅兰芳 Mei Lanfang) A biographical account of iconic Peking Opera star Mei Lanfang directed by Chen Kaige and starring Beijing-born singer Leon Lai. Ziyi Zhang stars as Mei’s lover Meng Xiaodong. More info available here. You can look at the "trailer" - it's really just a selection of still images taken from the film set to a Peking Opera sound track - here.

Dec 22
If You Are the One (Feicheng Wurao 非诚勿扰)
Feng Xiaogang's return to the new year comedy tradition that brought him early fame. The talented and popular Ge You is along for the ride too.

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It seems there's been a bit of a down turn in Beijing box office takings over the past 2-3 weeks, it seems people have been watching something else instead.

Plenty of film stars were spotted around town during the games. Big-name overseas stars included Chris Tucker, Jared Letoand Nicole Kidman while stars from Hong Kong and Taiwan were all over town.

Films Around Town
Screening Times for Films in Beijing – Tuesday Aug 26

Yes, we know it's not actually Tuesday, but due to the fact that The Incredible Hulk is being released today, we've held our regular Tuesday film roundup back to today. Keep reading below for a comprehensive list of all the films showing around town this Wednesday.

Red Cliff Breaks Record

By passing the RMB 300 million mark, the first installment of Red Cliff has surpassed Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower to become the highest grossing domestically produced film in Chinese history. The films producers have hopes that it just might pass the RMB 360 million mark and knock Titanic of its perch to become China's highest ever grossing film.

Mummy 3 Popular in HK and Taiwan

But it hasn't been getting very good reviews. The China release date is now set for September 2.

Faye Wong Pregnant

According to China Daily Faye Wong (Wanf Fei) was recently crowned the Sexiest Asian Vegetarian in the world. Well now you can make that the Sexiest Pregnant Asian Vegetarian, with gossip mags reporting that the celebrity and her husband Li Yapeng (who was recently caught on film kicking paparazzi) are expecting a second child. China Daily's gossip columnist reports that Wong's husband Li Yapeng was so excited by the news that he went out for a night on the town in Beijing and was spotted at Coco Banana.

Keep reading below for a comprehensive list of all the films showing around town this half-price Tuesday.

Films Around Town

Screening Times for Films in Beijing – Tuesday Aug 12

Red Cliff

If you take a look at the screening times below, it becomes obvious that there really isn't much to choose from this week. Red Cliff has dominated at the box office since it opened at midnight last Thursday and it hasn't all been down to brute popularity. The two-hour plus epic broke the record for a midnight opening and then went on to collect a cool RMB 180 million on the mainland over the rest of the weekend. John Woo's return to films targeted at a Chinese market (his next film, after the second installment of Red Cliff, is going to be called 1949) also did well throughout the region with Variety reporting takings of USD 23 million across Asia on the opening weekend.

The question everybody is asking this week is whether Red Cliff is any good? AP says yes, giving John Woo props for restoring credibility to Chinese epics and although this ringing endorsement rings false to the few people who I've talked to, they're not the only foreign media outlet giving the film a thumbs up. For me, while the film didn't plumb the depths of The Promise, it's a weird hodge podge of a movie that wavers uncertainly from comedy, to bloody battle scenes and is interspersed with really weird scenes that include Zhu Geliang playing midwife to a horse.

The Mummy's Release Date Pushed Back?

Variety reports that the third installment of the Mummy has run into problems with it's release date in China. For clues of what might be holding things up, take a look at this NBC clip over at CNET Asia. Maybe "A new evil awakens" was not the best choice of a tagline for the film.