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Hong Kong — China’s box office surged ahead by 36% to hit $4.82 billion (RMB29.6 billion) in 2014.
That consolidated China’s position as the world’s second largest theatrical territory, with a total that was 47% of the North American cumulative, which slipped 5% in 2014 to $10.3 billion.
In 2013, China’s box office hit $3.57 billion or 4.6 billion yuan.
While “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was the year’s top film, for the second year in a row local films bettered the competition from Hollywood. Local films accounted for a combined $2.64 billion in 2014 (RMB16.2 billion) and a 55% market share.
That was a considerable achievement for Chinese cinema, considering that the import quotas were expanded in 2012 to allow more Hollywood imports. But the score might have been higher still had some of the most anticipated Chinese films performed better in the key December month, when local films are favoured and Hollywood effectively locked out.
Both John Woo’s »
- Patrick Frater
While the first half of 2014 produced a number of genuinely impressive Asian films, including The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, The Raid 2 and Black Coal, Thin Ice, the second half of the year felt a little lacklustre to me. A number of potentially high profile titles, like Sono Sion's Tokyo Tribe, Miike Takashi's Over Your Dead Body, Ning Hao's Breakup Buddies and John Woo's The Crossing failed to make a connection with me. I have also yet to see a few potential candidates, including Ann Hui's The Golden Era, Kim Han-min's Roaring Currents, Jiang Wen's Gone With The Bullets and Lou Ye's Blind Massage.However, that is not to say that the back end of 2014 was completely without merit. Below you'll find a...
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2 items from 2015
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