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Films Ready to Compete for Spring Festival Audiences

2013-02-01 09:26:18        Chinese Films
When it comes to the spring festival, most Chinese will take at least two weeks off to spend time with their families. And a little entertainment in the cinema will surely make the holidays even better. More than ten films from both China and abroad are getting ready to compete in the theaters.

The blockbuster "Cloud Atlas" is hitting theaters across China on Wednesday. Based on David Mitchell's best-selling novel by the same name, the movie is a complicated story of retribution and reincarnation told through six different timelines.

Lana Wachowski, co-director of "Cloud Atlas", said, "This is new, this is different. It came out of the desire to express an idea, which is in the novel, which is essentially, 'do our lives matter'."

The three co-directors, Lana and Andy Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer, showed up in Beijing to promote their film. They said they were influenced by Chinese fantasies, such as "Journey to the West", as well as Asian philosophy.

"Cloud Atlas" was the largest overseas investment by Chinese film companies. One tenth of its 100 million US dollar budget came from China.

Another much-anticipated flick comes from Hong Kong's favorite comedian, Stephen Chow. His latest production entitled "Journey to the West - Conquering the Demons" has echoes of Chow's classic 1990s series, "A Chinese Odyssey", which was also loosely based on the classic Chinese myth. However, Chow insisted on sitting behind the camera, and is not playing any roles on screen.

The movie is set to be released on the first day of the Chinese lunar new year.

But that's not all cinema-goers have to look forward to. "The Southern Storm", based on true stories that took place during the 2008 snowstorm disaster in southern China, has won praise from those who experienced the freezing weather.

Meanwhile, "The Mark of Youth" focuses on the lives of a group of prospective university students. The plot depicts the drama of their last days in high school as they prepare for the college entrance exams.

And for children, there's the fifth release from the "Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf" franchise, which comes around every spring festival.


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