The report is in: for the first half of 2015, the Chinese box-office has seen an increase of nearly 50 percent.
While this may make theater owners in the country laugh maniacally while rolling around in mounds of cash, Chinese filmmakers are less jubilant. More than half the earnings so far have been due to foreign movies, rather than homegrown productions.
So could this change in the latter half of 2015?
Let’s take a look at some of the hotly anticipated Chinese films due to be released later this year.
Tiny Times 4 小时代4：灵魂尽头
All about young rich kids, shot through Instagram filters
Only recently available in cinemas, the previous instalments of vapid franchise was a huge commercial success and an equally large critical failure. Expect no different again.
The Assassin 聶隱娘
One of the most famous Chinese assassins
Winner of Best Director at Cannes Film Fiesta, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s wuxia epic will be released in August. Maybe not as mainstream as other films, but the acclaim and recognizable actors should garner a great deal of interest.
Bride Wars 新娘大作战
Two friends clash over weddings and pillows
A remake of the Hollywood classic, this Chinese version boasts leading roles for two popular young actresses in Angelababy and Ni Ni. Fun romantic comedies with attractive casts always do well and this should be no different.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend 卧虎藏龙2：青冥宝剑
Expect flying through trees and graceful swordplay
A sequel to any award-winner is certainly going to be hotly anticipated. Whether it does well or is a critical failure is besides the point—people will want to see this wuxia juggernaut.
Lost in Hong Kong 港囧
A series of unfortunate events in Hong Kong
The “Lost in” franchise has done wonders, particular Lost in Thailand, which marked actor Xu Zheng’s directorial debut and was the first Chinese film to make over one billion RMB. On the back of his role in Breakup Buddies—which, combined with Lost in Thailand, are the two highest grossing Chinese films of all time—Xu is certainly on a roll.
These are just a selection from a vast pool. Are there any films that we’ve missed out? Leave your comments below.
Only a couple years ago, the landscape of the Chinese film industry was much different.
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