China Entertainment & Arts
Shanghai Dance gives its ‘Crested Ibis’ wings
Buffalo painting contest held in southwest China
Record-breaking Chinese artworks sold abroad in 2017 - ASEAN/East Asia
Upcoming live-action film 'Mulan' casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in title role
Mulan casts Chinese star Liu Yifei in lead role for live-action remake
Chinese actress Liu Yifei cast as Disney’s Mulan
Taiwanese crime thriller triumphs at Golden Horse
Five artists honored for reviving core values of Chinese art(1/5)
2018-01-18 08:30:08 Amid the chaos and conflict of the first half of the 20th century, arose many art masters in China who endeavored to continue the country's artistic legacy and cultural spirit. A seminar held on Monday in Beijing reviewed the achievements of five of these artists who marked their centennial birth anniversaries in 2017: Pan Tianshou (1897-1971), Li Hua (1907-94), Li Keran (1907-89), Ye Qianyu (1907-95) and Zhang Ding (1917-2010)   Read More ...
French saxophone maker Selmer sells stake to face up to Chinese pressure
2018-01-17 18:44:51 The saxophone maker, founded in 1885 and based in the same factory in a western Paris suburb for nearly a century, still solders, assembles and polishes manually the 700 brass pieces that compose the woodwind instrument invented by Adolphe Sax. The family hopes the sale to Argos Soditic will allow it to modernize its outdated machines and face down Chinese pressure on a brand known for saxophones played by jazz legends like John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter   Read More ...
Star Wars: The Last Jedi pulled completely from Chinese cinema chain following poor box office returns
2018-01-17 17:11:04 While has been a massive box office success in the UK and US, other countries have been far less receptive. Perhaps the most notable has been China, the second largest movie market behind the US. The eighth main-saga Star Wars instalment took $28.7 million over the first weekend, dropping 92 percent to $2.4 million in weekend two. "The Last Jedi has already been completely pulled from cinemas here," chairman of nationwide Chinese cinema chain Lumiere Pavilions Jimmy Wu told "It's performed much worse than we could have expected   Read More ...
The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46(1/5)
2018-01-17 07:30:46 File photo of Dolores O'Riordan. Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish musician who fronted international ’90s superstars The Cranberries, has died at the age of 46. “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time,” O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement. Investigators for Scotland Yard said that they are dealing with a “sudden death” in the Westminster district of London   Read More ...
Zhang Daqian Art Exhibition held in Beijing(1/5)
2018-01-17 04:50:12 A visitor views the paintings during Zhang Daqian Art Exhibition in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 16, 2018. More than 100 sets of paintings were on display here. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)   Read More ...
Chinese fantasy film ‘Legend of the Demon Cat’ leads with 6 nominations at the 12th annual Asian Fil
2018-01-16 13:09:09 (11 Jan 2018) CHINESE FANTASY FILM 'LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT' LEADS WITH 6 NOMINATIONS AT THE 12TH ANNUAL ASIAN FILM AWARDS The 12th annual Asian Film Awards announced its nominations in Hong Kong, Thursday (11 JAN. 2018.) Chinese fantasy film "Legend of the Demon Cat" leads with six nominations, including Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress, Best Visual Effects, and a Best Director nod for its veteran director Chen Kaige. It was, however, snubbed in the Best Film category. Four films trail behind with five nominations. They are crime drama "Angels Wear White," family drama "Love Education," coming-of-age story "Youth" and crime thriller, "The Third Murder" - three of which were Best Film nominees   Read More ...
China mourns Cranberries lead singer
2018-01-16 09:00:48 Chinese celebrities and fans mourned Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, who died in London on Monday. She was 46. "I can't believe our goodbye in Limerick last September became a forever farewell," Gao Xiaosong, a renowned Chinese music executive and musician said on social media, "I miss her voice and style, which are remarkable and stand alone in the world   Read More ...
Photo exhibition in Paris marks 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up(1/5)
2018-01-16 08:30:12 A visitor looks at a photo on display at exhibition Transition at the China Cultural Center in Paris. (Photo/Chinaculture.org) A photography exhibition is being held at the China Cultural Center in Paris in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. Titled Transition, the exhibition showcases more than 50 photographs by Chinese photographer Zhu Xianmin, portraying lives of ordinary Chinese people and the changes in their lives over the past 40 years   Read More ...
New documentary brings old timepieces back to life(1/3)
2018-01-16 03:02:01 Wang works on a timepiece. (Photo provided to China Daily) After the three-episode TV documentary Masters in the Forbidden City went on air in 2016, Wang Jin, an antique clock restorer at the Palace Museum in Beijing, became a celebrity. Many visitors to the museum have since asked to take selfies with him. And now, a documentary film has recorded his recent tour of Switzerland   Read More ...
TV crime drama a hit in China
2018-01-15 07:30:17 A TV series about a police investigation and manhunt following a crime wave on a Beijing-Moscow train has become a hit in China. The 31-episode TV drama, Operation Moscow, aired on a local Chinese television station and several online video platforms on Jan. 8. It quickly went viral, scoring 8 out of 10 points on Douban, a popular Chinese movie rating platform   Read More ...
Shanghai Dance gives its ‘Crested Ibis’ wings
2018-01-13 23:00:48 Boy meets bird, boy loses bird, boy finds bird again. What tale could be more familiar to ballet audiences than “Swan Lake”? The story Shanghai Dance Theatre has brought to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre is similar but with a twist: The bird is in danger of becoming extinct. “Soaring Wings: Journey of the Crested Ibis,” which premiered in 2014, is now making its Boston debut, and its principal dancers, Zhu Jiejing and Wang Jiajun, make it a journey to remember   Read More ...
Japanese actress Yui Aragaki has a doppelganger in this Chinese social media celebrity
2018-01-12 12:03:21 Celebrity doppelgangers make us confused, and sometimes even the celebrities themselves mistake photos of the other for themselves. Think Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger, or Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman. Another lookalike pair has been established recently, this time between a Chinese reality TV contest winner Long Meng Rou and Japanese actress Yui Aragaki. Yui Aragaki is best known for her smooth, white skin and bright smile, which is probably the reason why she is endorsing Kose’s Sekkisei products   Read More ...
In ‘Bitter Money,’ Documenting China’s Textile Boom
2018-01-11 13:10:45 For viewers unfamiliar with the rewardingly arduous documentaries of the Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing, “Bitter Money” won’t be the easiest place to start. A determined, mostly unobtrusive observer of China’s dispossessed, Mr. Wang works in a demanding mode of vérité, allowing scenes to play out at length and providing little in the way of exposition. His extreme running times often pay dividends   Read More ...
China-developed video games more popular overseas
2018-01-11 02:30:29 A competitor plays Honor of Kings during the 2017 King Pro League Spring Season in Shanghai in April. (Photo provided to China Daily) China-developed video games made 8.3 billion U.S. dollars in revenue from overseas markets in 2017, up 14.5 percent year-on-year. Zhang Huaihai with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television gave the number at a summit on digital entertainment in Xiamen, Fujian Province, on Wednesday   Read More ...
Chinese artist uses roller skates to create traditional Chinese paintings
2018-01-08 10:00:59 A Chinese artist who uses roller skates to create traditional Chinese landscape paintings says she wants to reinvigorate traditional Chinese art for the next generation, Chinese newspaper Chengdu Economic Daily reported on Jan. 7. Tian Haisu, born in 1988 in southwestern China's Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is an alumnus of San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts. Born into a family with a strong art tradition, Tian started learning Chinese landscape painting as a toddler   Read More ...
'Three Billboards' triumphs at Golden Globes
2018-01-08 09:30:10 "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" took home four awards at the 75th annual Golden Globes here on Sunday. The dark comedy crime film won the Award for Best Film Drama, defeating the most nominated film "The Shape of Water," as well as the Best Actress in Drama, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. The film, directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage, follows a mother who takes matters into her own hands after local police are unable to find a likely suspect in her daughter's murder   Read More ...
'Lady Bird' wins Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical
2018-01-08 08:00:35 Saoirse Ronan has won the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for her performance in Greta Gerwig's acclaimed film. (Photo/Agencies) "Lady Bird" won the Best Motion Picture in the comedy or musical category at this year's Golden Globes on Sunday, right after Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress for her performance in the film. The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior and her turbulent relationship with her mother   Read More ...
Mexican Guillermo del Toro wins Golden Globe Award for Best Director
2018-01-08 07:30:34 Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Director for his fantasy drama movie "The Shape of Water" at Sunday's 75yh annual award show. Though not yet a box office smash, "The Shape of Water" about a mute, female janitor who is drawn into an otherworldly love affair, makes waves on the entertainment award circuit, racking up a slew of high-profile nominations and awards since its release on Dec   Read More ...
Hand in Hand: a music feast for kids
2018-01-05 08:30:16 International award-winning artists will perform at Hand in Hand, an international music festival for children, at the Shanghai Centre Theater on Sunday. Grammy and Emmy winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band from the United States and Hippe Gasten from the Netherlands will perform at the festival, bringing their hits like "Pretty Princess" and "Pippi Longstocking." The audiences are encouraged to sing and rock together   Read More ...
Chinese rapper apologizes for lewd lyrics, blames 'Black music'
2018-01-05 07:30:25 China's iconic rapper PG One apologized on Thursday for lewd lyrics, claiming he made the mistake because of "deep influence of Black music" and his misunderstanding of the core values of hip hop culture. PG One rose to fame in 2017 after appearing in The Rap of China, a Chinese rap reality show. Netizens reported his song "Christmas Eve" to the authorities, accusing him of derogating women and promoting drug use as the lyrics contain words "f…," "bitch" and "white powder   Read More ...
Buffalo painting contest held in southwest China
2018-01-05 06:04:27 A buffalo painting competition has been held in China as part of a traditional festival celebrated by people from China, Laos and Vietnam, Chinese state media reported. The competition was held on December 31 in Jincheng county in Yunnan province, near the border with Laos and Vietnam, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The event attracted more than 30 teams of artists from the three countries   Read More ...
Are recent Chinese films a sign of loosening censorship in China?
2018-01-05 04:30:39 A soldier explodes into pieces, a man in modern Shanghai falls in love with a fox spirit, an animated fantasy tale holds up a mirror to today's social issues… content such as this had long been taboo for Chinese films aiming for national release in the Chinese mainland, yet these describe some of the imagery and scenarios that took place in last year's Youth, Hanson and the Beast, and Da Hu Fa   Read More ...
Award-winning fantasy drama Game of Thrones stars in new set of stamps
2018-01-04 04:01:05 Characters from the smash-hit award-winning fantasy television program, Game of Thrones, are to feature on a new series of stamps, Britain's Royal Mail announced Wednesday. The collection of 15 stamps will feature British contributions to the U.S. show which is based on the books by George R R Martin. Most of the filming for the series takes place in Northern Ireland   Read More ...
NetEase denies introducing Pokémon Go into Chinese market
2018-01-03 07:01:25 Chinese game developer NetEase on Tuesday denied that it will help introduce monster-hunting game Pokémon Go, developed by US-based Niantic, into the Chinese market soon. NetEase made the statement after a Financial Times report noted on Tuesday that Pokémon Go will soon make its debut in Chinese mainland after its developer Niantic struck a partnership with NetEase. But NetEase said in article sent to the Global Times that the report has no clear evidence to support this conclusion   Read More ...
Pokemon Go game set to launch in China
2018-01-02 12:06:24 Pokemon Go maker Niantic has announced plans to launch its monster-catching game in China. The firm told the Financial Times it would bring the augmented reality game to China after striking a partnership deal with a local company NetEase. Chinese regulations covering online content demand that foreign firms find a partner to launch digital ventures in the country. Niantic gave no specific date for when Pokemon Go would be turned on in China   Read More ...
Chen Kaige's new Chinese fantasy movie sparks polarizing debates
2018-01-02 04:00:39 Chinese movie-goers have been rushing from screen to screen during the New Year's Day holiday, as several domestic movies were released near the beginning of 2018. From "Youth", which was released half a month ago and topped the box office with one billion yuan (150 million U.S. dollars), to "Miracles of the Namiya General Store" which came out two days ago, domestic movies have been taking turns at the top of the trends on Chinese social media   Read More ...
China sees movie box office of 8.6 bln USD in 2017
2018-01-01 18:30:24 China's movie box office revenue rose 13.45 percent in 2017 to more than 55.9 billion yuan (8.6 billion U.S. dollars), with domestic films contributing 53.84 percent to the market, according to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. Domestic action movie "Wolf Warrior II" was top on the list and became the country's highest-grossing film ever, raking in 5   Read More ...
Record-breaking Chinese artworks sold abroad in 2017 - ASEAN/East Asia
2017-12-31 02:02:00 CHINESE artworks were keenly pursued on the market this year, with the number of auction items becoming bigger and bidding price getting higher. Many auction houses overseas held special auction sessions for Chinese arts. “Made-in-China” antiques were the preferred lot. During 2017, precious Chinese arts fetched high prices at auctions overseas. Some examples: 1. Chinese vase sells for a record 5mil Swiss francs (US$5   Read More ...
WWII Jewish refugee artist's works exhibited in Shanghai
2017-12-30 03:01:09 Some art works of Jewish artist David Ludwig Bloch, who fled to Shanghai to evade the Nazis during the World War II, was on exhibition in Shanghai on Friday. The family of the artist gave 32 items, including paintings by Bloch during his stay in Shanghai, to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Twelve items, including six woodcuts and the tools he used to make them, were presented to media and public   Read More ...
EXO's Lay to star in Chinese drama with Tang Wei
2017-12-29 12:06:11 SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- Lay of K-pop boy band EXO will appear in a Chinese TV series with Chinese actress Tang Wei, his agency said Friday. S.M. Entertainment said the Chinese member will star in the historical drama "Empress of the Ming: Legend of Sun Ruowei" as the son of Empress Zhu Yawen, played by Tang, who later becomes the 6th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty   Read More ...
Forgotten Masterpiece: Antonioni’s Travelogue From China
2017-12-28 18:26:52 Photo Starting in the mid-1960s, Michelangelo Antonioni became what the German essayist Hans Magnus Enzensberger would call a “tourist of the revolution.” Antonioni left Italy to make “Blow-Up” (1966) in swinging London, “Zabriskie Point” (1970) in radical California and, most controversially, a three-and-a-half-hour TV documentary in the People’s Republic of China. The subject of prolonged, vitriolic attacks by the Chinese government, and largely unseen in the decades since it was initially televised in 1973, Antonioni’s “Chung Kuo — Cina” is showing for a week from an excellent 35-millimeter print at the Museum of Modern Art, as the postscript to the museum’s Antonioni retrospective   Read More ...
Chinese investors are radically changing the art world — here's what they're buying
2017-12-28 12:08:50 When a privately-held painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci went under the hammer for a record $450 million in November, many looked to China in search of its mystery buyer. While the purchaser of the 500-year-old artwork "Salvator Mundi" ultimately proved to be a Saudi royal, the knee-jerk reaction toward China highlights the importance of the East Asian nation in the art market   Read More ...
Pop star Rihanna calls for end to gun violence after cousin's death
2017-12-28 10:02:24 Pop star Robyn Rihanna Fenty on Tuesday called for an end to gun violence in a post mourning her cousin's death, becoming the latest high-profile figure to raise concern over gun control. Following photos with her cousin posted on Instagram, the always best-selling singer wrote: "Can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!!" Rihanna ended her post with the hashtag #endgunviolence   Read More ...
Tibetan Filmmaker Flees to U.S. After ‘Arduous’ Escape from China
2017-12-28 08:05:28 The filmmaker was jailed for interviewing Tibetans about their lives under Chinese rule. His escape reflects a growing climate of repression in China.   Read More ...
China TV studios form alliance to boost TV drama exports
2017-12-28 02:30:21 Several Chinese TV drama production studios formed an alliance Tuesday to jointly help export Chinese web series. Ten Chinese film and TV studios, including China's leading entertainment producers Huace Film&TV, H. Brothers and iQIYI, jointly launched the Chinese TV Drama (Web Series) Export Alliance, at the 2017 China Film Television Art Innovation Summit, held in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China's Zhejiang Province   Read More ...
Exhibit explores the history of China's first emperor
2017-12-28 00:18:26 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The discovery in China of an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta soldiers is considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. More than four decades after they were first seen in modern times, by farmers in Shaanxi province, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has 10 of the majestic figures on display in an exhibit that explores the history of ancient China and the reign of its first emperor, Ying Zheng   Read More ...
Chinese films dominate China's box office as 'Youth' rules for a second week
2017-12-27 06:20:21 Chinese blockbusters took command of China’s box office last week, accounting for the four top films. And even though the country’s film authorities typically reserve the latter half of December for domestic movies, Pixar’s “Coco” hung on to a spot in the top five. The period epic “Youth” dominated the Chinese box office for a second week, scooping up $77 million and bringing its two-week total to $125   Read More ...
A Chinese K-pop groupie in search of music - BBC News
2017-12-26 14:14:48 Am 26.12.2017 veröffentlicht outh Korean President Moon Jae-in is in China - along with an array of K-pop stars. He's hoping to thaw relations that have been tense over Korea's move to deploy a US anti-missile defence system known as THAAD. Since then reports say concerts of major K-pop stars in China have been banned. So how have fans dealt with being deprived of their beloved artists? Video by Danny Vincent and Wang Fan, BBC Chinese. Please subscribe HERE World In Pictures Big Hitters Just Good New.   Read More ...
Museum built on cliff (1/5)
2017-12-25 09:30:11 An art museum built on cliff is seen in Anlong county, Southwest China’s Guizhou province. Constructed on top of a cliff, the structure covers a gross area of 1,350 square meters, and features two floors with the first storey serving as convention center, and the second one a museum. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Chaofu)   Read More ...
TV show brings more visits to museums across China
2017-12-25 08:30:21 Museums in China are becoming hot tourist spots, as they are no longer regarded as solemn and distant from normal people's life, after a TV show called "National Treasure" hit the country, news site The Paper reported on Dec. 21. The weekly program has contributed 50 percent more searches for museums since it was first aired at the beginning of December, according Ctrip, China's largest online travel agency   Read More ...