Film industry confidence high as China’s biggest film festival returns, screening hits from around the world

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Meng Yu paid close attention to several WeChat chat groups for a long time before the 12th Beijing International Film Festival opened on Saturday to pick up tickets to her favorite film screenings for the event.

On Wednesday, she called a group of friends to help her and held her mobile phone tightly as she waited for tickets to go on sale. Unfortunately, she couldn’t get tickets to all of the screenings she was interested in, so she had to track down the tickets she missed by chatting with others in a dedicated chat group.

Meng is just one of many Chinese moviegoers who view the film festival as carnival, especially after the COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing a few months ago.

“The coronavirus outbreak has obviously affected the film market, but the desire to consume films in our country has not diminished. Holding a film festival at a time like this is a kind of compensation for moviegoers. Chinese,” Shi Chuan, vice president of the Shanghai Film Association, told the Global Times on Sunday.

In addition to the film festival, the increase in box office results of recently released films such as Moon Man and the introduction of foreign works, including Minions: The Rise of Gru and The Mauritanian, are boosting the confidence of Chinese filmmakers. in the rapid recovery of the industry.

Carnival for movie buffs

“It will be a carnival for Chinese audiences, especially loyal big-screen fans,” Shi noted, earning the approval of other Chinese film critics.

Different from the mainstream commercial market, film festivals tend to offer a more diverse array of themes from around the world, thus easily attracting moviegoers in droves.

The films screened at the 2022 Beijing International Film Festival also come from various countries such as India, Japan, and France. Some, like the 2022 Japanese anime action-adventure movie One Piece Movie: Redare recent releases while others are decades-old classics like the American crime movie trilogy The Godfathernow restored to 4K high definition.

According to data from Chinese ticketing platform Maoyan, the first ticket sold on the platform was for Japanese anime screenings. INU-OH August 21. During the first two hours of sales on the platform, the biggest winner was the animation Ghost in the Shell, which sold 3,361 tickets for eight screenings, followed by INU-OH and Franco-German drama film A nice morning.

At the opening ceremony of the film festival on Friday, Chinese filmmakers presented their favorite films screened at the festival, including the highly rated Indian film Jai Bhim.

The opening ceremony gala caught the attention of many netizens on Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo. Many Chinese stars, including famous action star Wu Jing and Hong Kong actor Wong Cho-lam, posed on the red carpet at the opening ceremony.

The cast of the war epic The Battle of Changjin Lake on China’s historic military victory in a battle during the War of Resisting U.S. Aggression and Aiding Korea (1950-1953) also participated in the event along with two U.S. Army veterans people’s volunteers. Two Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics gold medalists, Gao Tingyu and Qi Guangpu, presented bouquets to the two veterans. Shen Haixiong, chairman of the film festival’s organizing committee, noted at the opening ceremony that they chose to hold the event at the scheduled time despite the pandemic to unite domestic and foreign filmmakers and inspire them to accept challenges together.

“I can’t wait to see new films from around the world that I’ve never seen before at the film festival,” Beijing-based film critic Luo Luo told the Global Times.

bright future

During the opening ceremony, many filmmakers remarked that they have confidence in the Chinese film industry despite the setbacks brought by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to data from Maoyan, a total of 67 films are currently playing in mainland Chinese cinemas, with 16 still to be released before the end of August.

The biggest box office earner so far this summer has been comedy sci-fi movie Moon Man, starring Shen Teng Ma Li. dollars) since its launch on July 29. August 19.

In addition, many new works are currently in production, such as the film Chinese People’s Liberation Air Force born to flywhich focuses on China’s military modernization over the past few decades.

In the trailer released on Saturday, the country’s most advanced J-20 stealth fighter made an appearance. The film’s story will follow the scientists and military personnel who worked together to make the domestically-built jet fighter a reality.

Directed by Liu Xiaoshi, a director experienced in shooting military promotional commercials, the film stars popular actors Wang Yibo, Hu Jun and Zhou Dongyu.

The film is expected to be released before the end of 2022.

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