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The 39th Hong Kong Film Awards Nominees List is Out. Dates still unknown due to the health scare.

The 39th Hong Kong Film Awards Nominees List is Out. Dates still unknown due to the health scare.
The full list of nominations for the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards has been revealed. However, the dates are still unknown; the mid-April event in fact, will be probably postponed due to the Covid-19 (a.k.a. coronavirus). So for now let’s just have a look at the nominees.

This year’s edition sees Derek Tsang Kwok-Cheung’s “Better Days” leading the competition with an amazing 12 nominations, followed at close range by Heiward Mak’s “Fagara” with 11 nominations and Wong Hing-Fan’s “I’m Livin’ It” with 10. Moreover, Wilson Yip’s “Ip Man 4: The Finale” bagged 9 nominations, including Best Director and Best Action Choreography.

Read the full list of nominations below:

Better Days by Derek Tsang

Best Film

Better Days by Derek Tsang

Suk Suk by Ray Yeung

Fagara by Heiward Mak

I’m Livin’ It by Wong Hing-fan

The New King Of Comedy by Stephen Chow

Best
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Hong Kong Film Awards unveils nominations, but mulls new format due to coronavirus fears

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Hong Kong Film Awards unveils nominations, but mulls new format due to coronavirus fears
Derek Tsang’s ’Better Days’ heads the awards race with 12 nods, followed by ‘Fagara’ (11) and ’I’m Livin’ It’ (10).

The Hong Kong Film Awards has announced the nominations for its 39th edition, with Derek Tsang’s Better Days leading the pack, but due to the coronavirus outbreak is considering postponing the ceremony or switching to a different format.

Usually scheduled for mid-April, this year’s awards are likely to take place the following month, ditch the red carpet and change venue away from the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Organisers say nothing has been decided at this point but the intention
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Interviews with the cast and crew of ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’

Hollywood is a place seemingly dominated by wild special effects, green-screen worlds, and CGI spectacle. The landscape is becoming increasingly narrow and monopolised in the new era of media entertainment. Donnie Yen’s ‘Ip Man’ franchise is a fantastic example of culturally diverse, unique, martial arts cinema that can successfully break the mold in a crowded market. The Hong Kong series began in 2008, and despite its relatively low budget, has gone on to make over $200 million across the globe. The series’ popularity and overall interest has increased with each consecutive instalment and expanded it’s worldwide appeal to new heights. This of course, is in no small part due to its fantastic leading man. Yen has found huge success in western cinema in recent years, with supporting roles in ‘Rogue One’, XXX and the upcoming Mulan. The martial arts legend is even rumoured for a role in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi.
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China Box Office: Enduring ‘Sheep’ Leads Weekend, as Netflix’s ‘Extinction’ Makes Theatrical Debut

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China Box Office: Enduring ‘Sheep’ Leads Weekend, as Netflix’s ‘Extinction’ Makes Theatrical Debut
Universal Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Extinction” starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Pena was critically panned, yanked from its planned 2018 U.S. theatrical debut, and offloaded to Netflix. But it has found a new life on the big screen two years later in China, where it came in fifth at the box office over the weekend with a $1.4 million debut.

With its strict censorship and It compliance rules, China is one of the few countries in the world where the multinational streaming platform does not operate. But China is also becoming a new frontier for Netflix’s moves into the theatrical space. It is the territory where some Netflix titles accorded a release may stay in the most cinemas the longest.

Last May, Netflix’s “Roma” grossed $700,000 in a limited China release. “Marriage Story” is set to come out nationwide Feb. 28.

Extinction” will only have a short time in the Chinese spotlight,
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“Jiang Ziya” sequel to box office hit “Ne Zha,” to hit North American theatres February 7th

Dallas, Texas – Well Go USA Entertainment will release “Jiang Ziya”, the sequel to box office hit “Ne Zha”, to North American theatres February 7th. “Ne Zha” generated a total box office revenue of nearly $720 million, surpassing “Wandering Earth” to become China’s second highest grossing film of all-time — only behind action thriller “Wolf Warrior 2”. “Jiang Ziya” will be the second film of a 3D animated series, produced by Beijing Enlight Pictures.

Based on an ancient Chinese myth, “Jiang Ziya” follows Jiang Ziya, a top commander in the divine army of the Kunlun Sect. Before Jiang Ziya can ascend to his new position among the Gods, he is ordered to execute the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon who threatens the mortal realm’s very existence. But when the Fox Demon shows him a dangerous secret, he is unable to complete his task resulting in his banishment to the mortal realm forever. Ten years later,
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Berlin Unveils Co-Pro Market, Perspektive Deutsches Line-Ups; China’s Maoyan Secures Investment – Global Briefs

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Berlin Unveils Co-Pro Market, Perspektive Deutsches Line-Ups; China’s Maoyan Secures Investment – Global Briefs
The upcoming 70th Berlin International Film Festival has revealed the line-up of 36 features that will comprise its co-production market. Run as part of the festival’s European Film Market, its respected industry strand, the event looks to place international projects with co-producers, film funds, and sales reps. Filmmakers with projects in the line-up this year include Adina Pintilie, who won Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2018 with her feature Touch Me Not, Milko Lazarov, whose Aga premiered in Berlin in 2018, and Radu Jude, who screened his feature Aferim! In Berlin in 2015. Across the selection there are 15 projects with female directors, equating to 42%. More than 1,500 organized meetings will take place during the co-pro market this year between February 22 and 26.

Also today, Berlin has unveiled a compact program of eight films for its Perspektive Deutsches Kino strand, which highlights new works from Germany. Screening will be four features – including Michael Venus’s Sleep
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China Box Office: ‘The Farewell,’ ‘Richard Jewell’ Fail to Unseat Local Holdovers

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China Box Office: ‘The Farewell,’ ‘Richard Jewell’ Fail to Unseat Local Holdovers
Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” and Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” both flopped in China with dismal $261,000 and $212,000 opening weekends, respectively, according to data from Maoyan.

Although “The Farewell” was distributed directly by Maoyan, one of China’s biggest online ticketing platforms, the critical darling made a paltry $78,000 on opening day Friday. Screenings were on average only 0.5% occupied, the platform’s own data shows.

The poor showing comes just after the Lulu Wang-helmed film won Awkwafina the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy and received a nod in that race for best foreign language film. Its failure to hit home in China recalls the “Crazy Rich Asians” phenomenon in 2018. “Asians” reaped $238 million stateside and was hailed as a milestone for Asian American representation, but grossed just $1.65 million in Mainland China, where many found it overly stereotypical and offensive.

An incredible 21 new titles hit theaters over the weekend, six
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China Box Office: 'The Farewell,' 'Richard Jewell' Both Flop as Local Holdovers Win Slow Weekend

China Box Office: 'The Farewell,' 'Richard Jewell' Both Flop as Local Holdovers Win Slow Weekend
The second weekend of 2020 made for a downbeat period of moviegoing at multiplexes throughout China, with local holdover releases taking the top three spots at the box office.

New Classic Media's romantic comedy Adoring scored first with $8.8 million, according to Artisan Gateway, a box office tracking company. After two weekends, the film has earned $81.3 million. Kung fu flick Ip Man 4: The Finale was just a step behind with $8.5 million for a $147.7 million total, while Chinese thriller Sheep Without a Shepherd, a remake of an Indian box office hit, took third place with ...
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‘Les Misérables’ Makes Melancholy Debut, ‘Parasite’ Receives Awards Season Boost – Specialty Box Office

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‘Les Misérables’ Makes Melancholy Debut, ‘Parasite’ Receives Awards Season Boost – Specialty Box Office
Amazon Studios released Les Misérables gripping police brutality drama and despite being a Cannes Jury Prize winner, recent Golden Globe nomination and being France’s official Oscar entry for Best International Feature, the film opened to a disappointing low, earning an estimated $24,414 in its four runs in New York and Los Angeles.

It seems that the awards season boost and critical acclaim couldn’t give the foreign-language film the push it needed for a strong theatrical opening. The film stars Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti and Djebril Zonga and marks filmmaker Ladj Ly’s directorial debut. The timely drama has nothing to do with the popular musical but is inspired by the real-life riots that occurred in the suburbs of Paris in 2005, a story that hits close to home for Ly as these riots had a long-lasting effect on his neighborhood, Montfermeil.

This comes after Amazon’s rocky box office year
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Hong Kong box office down by 2% in year of protests

Hong Kong box office down by 2% in year of protests
Local films grossed a combined $32.5m (Hk$252.9m) for a 13.2% market share.

Hong Kong’s box office decreased by just 1.74% to $247.4m (Hk$1.92bn) in 2019, despite the impact of political protests that have rocked the city since the middle of last year.

According to data from Hong Kong Box Office, the total was achieved despite a decline in the total number of films released to 326 titles compared to 353 the previous year. Overall box office was up by around 6% in the first half of 2019, but started to dip when the protests became more regular in the second half of the year.
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‘Uncut Gems’ Shines Bright In The New Year, ‘1917’ Continues To Hold Strong In Limited Release – Specialty Box Office

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‘Uncut Gems’ Shines Bright In The New Year, ‘1917’ Continues To Hold Strong In Limited Release – Specialty Box Office
As the specialty box office enters 2020, Uncut Gems continues to gain momentum for A24, as it had an incredible holdover from its third week, expanding to 2,686 theaters and earning an estimated $7,826,928 for the weekend. The critically acclaimed Safdie Brothers crime thriller, which stars Adam Sandler in what many are calling a career-defining performance, has officially crossed the $30 million mark for its cume — $36,813,107, to be exact, and has landed in the top 10 movies of the week at number 8.

Uncut Gems had a limited release in mid-December and quickly skyrocketed, as it opened wide on Christmas Day and became the best platform release in 2019. The limited opening was for the biggest per-screen average opening ever for A24, and it crossed the $1 million mark in its second limited weekend. Now in its fourth week, it continues to overperform, with sold-out showings across the country. It isn’t losing any of its luster, as
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China Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Fizzles While ‘Ip Man 4’ Keeps Packing Punches

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China Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Fizzles While ‘Ip Man 4’ Keeps Packing Punches
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” completely fizzled in its second weekend in China, setting it on track to become the least successful installment of the franchise by far in the world’s second largest film market.

By Monday, “Skywalker” ranked seventh at the box office behind a pack of local Chinese action films and dramas. After opening with the weakest debut of any recent “Star Wars” films in the country, it made just $2 million in its second weekend and accounted for less than 3% of China’s total screenings.

Since last week, online ticketing platform Maoyan has lowered its prediction for the lifetime gross for “The Rise of Skywalker” down to just $19.7 million, far below the $126 million grossed by “The Force Awakens” in 2015, the $69.4 million for “Rogue One” in 2016 and the $42.6 million for “The Last Jedi” in 2017.

Instead, historical martial arts film “Ip Man 4: The Finale” continued to lead
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‘1917’, ‘Just Mercy’ And ‘Clemency’ Open Strong In Limited Debuts Over Busy Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office

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‘1917’, ‘Just Mercy’ And ‘Clemency’ Open Strong In Limited Debuts Over Busy Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office
The specialty box office space was hustling and bustling on the holiday weekend as moviegoers came out to theaters after unwrapping gifts, eating endless amounts of Christmas cookies or just wanting to take a desperate break from family fun time. A handful of limited releases performed strongly over the five-day Christmas weekend.

Universal and DreamWorks Pictures’ 1917 kicked off its limited release in 11 North American theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, DC and Toronto, opening to a stellar three-day estimate of $570,000 and a five-day cume of $1,008,000 with a per-screen average of $91,636 since opening on Christmas Day. The numbers are practically meeting box office expectations. It was on track to earn an estimated $600,000-$625,000 for the three-day weekend with a per-theater average of $55,000. To no surprise, we hear that the Arclight in Hollywood and Lincoln Square in New York topped the list while the film has a Cinemascore
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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Could Earn Less Than Solo In China

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been struggling to make an impact in China, and projections are putting its box office take in the important market to be one of the lowest of the whole franchise.

Current estimates peg the total the film is likely to make to be about $20 million in the region, a paltry sum in comparison to the $175.5 million its Us release raked in during its opening weekend alone, and one that fails to surpass even the opening tally accrued in China by the dismal Dark Phoenix. If it manages to hit that – and it could end up being lower given the mixed reviews and word of mouth – this would make it the second poorest performing entry of the whole franchise, beating only the $16.4 million of Solo, which at least matched the film’s lackluster reception in the rest of the world.

The past years have
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‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’ Film Review: Stodgy But Stirring Martial Arts Saga Reaches Satisfying Conclusion

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‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’ Film Review: Stodgy But Stirring Martial Arts Saga Reaches Satisfying Conclusion
The sturdy but shallow martial arts melodrama “Ip Man 4: The Finale” isn’t much more than what fans have already gotten from the popular action franchise.

In their latest collaboration, series director Wilson Yip (2011’s “A Chinese Ghost Story”) and star Donnie Yen stick to their already established formula: their version of real-life Wing Chun instructor Man Ip (Yen) fights anybody who dismisses kung fu. This time, Ip takes on racist American Marines and policemen in San Francisco during the mid-’60s.

“The Finale”‘s new American setting — Yip and Yen’s last two “Ip Man” movies are set in Hong Kong, while their first one takes place in Foshan, China — also coincidentally gives the director-star duo an opportunity to issue a small corrective to “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and its provocative depiction of Bruce Lee (here played by Danny Chan), Ip’s most famous student, by
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‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’: Film Review

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‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’: Film Review
Flat-footed storytelling meets fleet-footed choreography and sumptuous production values in the untaxingly fun “Ip Man 4: The Finale,” the last installment of director Wilson Yip and producer-star Donnie Yen’s glossy mythmaking tetralogy about the famous Wing Chun master.

The insistent subtitle is there for a reason: everyone, Yen included, thought that “Ip Man 3” would be his last time donning Ip Man’s priestlike tunic. Then again, after “Ip Man 2,” still the best in the franchise, Yen was also reportedly reluctant to return. A little like the great, wise, noble sifu (“master-father”) he so convincingly embodies, Yen apparently only re-enters the fray when circumstances (read: box office) leave him no other option.

The problem, then, is how to sustain a story that had largely run out of arc by the bruising climax of the last film? The solution the regular team of screenwriters — Edmond Wong, Chan Tai-lee, Jil Leung,
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China Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Flops Spectacularly

China Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Flops Spectacularly
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sputtered back to earth moments after making liftoff in the massive China market over the weekend, opening to a dismal $12 million including previews.

The Disney/Lucasfilm mega-tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, was knocked out cold by Donnie Yen's martial arts epic Ip Man 4: The Finale, which brought in a healthy $47.1 million. It also was beaten by a holdover Chinese thriller, Sheep Without A Shepherd, which debuted back on Dec. 13 but added $23.6 million in its second weekend.

Not including its lavish preview screenings on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, Rise ...
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China Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Beaten by Martial Arts Finale ‘Ip Man 4’

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China Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Beaten by Martial Arts Finale ‘Ip Man 4’
Martial arts spectacular “Ip Man 4: The Finale” was the no-contest winner at the Chinese box office over the weekend. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” while doing great business in the rest of the world, limped into third spot in China.

The Wilson Yip-directed historical action film “Ip Man 4” sees Donnie Yen as the eponymous kung fu teacher, and mentor to Bruce Lee, journeying to the U.S. where his pupil has upset the local order by opening a school devoted to the Wing Chun branch of the sport. In addition to being the supposed closing element of the hit franchise, the film is an excuse to pitch Yen against Western brawler Scott Adkins.

“Ip Man 4” dealt knockout blows every day from Friday through Sunday, accumulating some $43 million according to provisional data from local sources. That was roughly 45% of the nationwide box office total.

In second place was
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Donnie Yen in Final Trailer for 'Ip Man 4: The Finale' In Theaters Soon

"Strangers in a strange land." Well Go USA has released another full-length, final trailer for Ip Man 4: The Finale, opening in theaters next week on Christmas Day. That's right - Ip Man is a cinema Christmas present! This is the fourth (and final) film in the Ip Man series that first kicked off in 2008 with Donnie Yen starring as the legendary "Yip Man" in Ip Man. We posted another full trailer just a few weeks ago, but one more can't hurt. Unless you fight him. Donnie Yen returns again, along with director Wilson Yip (from the first three films), to tell the story of the Kung Fu master's travels to America, where one of his students has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school. The film's full cast includes Wu Yue, Van Ness, Scott Adkins, Kent Cheng, Chan Kwok Kwan Danny, Kanin Ngo, Chris Collins,
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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Flops in China on Friday Debut

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Flops in China on Friday Debut
Updated: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is expected to be the biggest film of the weekend globally, with an estimated opening weekend of $170 million to $200 million in North America alone. But in China, it’s on course to be the weakest-performing installment of the new batch of “Star Wars” films.

On Friday, in its first official sessions in Chinese theaters, the film was barely crawling. By 8.00 p.m. local time, “The Rise of Skywalker” had earned just $2.2 million (RMB15.4 million), according to multiple data tracking services. It stood in fourth place behind three Chinese titles.

Topping the chart with a comfortable 46% market share is the new release Donnie Yen-starring martial arts actioner “Ip Man 4: The Finale” with $10.3 million (RMB72.0 million).

Second place belongs to holdover crime thriller “Sheep Without A Shepherd,” ahead of new release “Only Cloud Knows,” a whimsical New Zealand-set romance from the acclaimed, but tarnished Feng Xiaogang,
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