Top 10 Chinese films in 2021
Editor’s Note: The Chinese film market remained strong in 2021 as it experienced a solid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. With box office behemoths such as “The Battle of Changjin Lake,” “Hi, Mom,” and “Detective Chinatown 3,” China’s annual box office topped 46 billion yuan, maintaining its position as biggest box office in the world.
Despite effective prevention and control measures, COVID-19 and its variants still managed to reappear every now and then in 2021, which has affected the film industry and market in parts of China. Besides COVID-19, there are other issues that come with it, such as a lack of content and balance. However, the financing of film projects is now more complex, resulting in fewer productions. Additionally, many blockbusters flock to the Chinese holiday periods, so the non-holiday seasons had few great movies to showcase. In addition, foreign films, especially Hollywood blockbusters, were either absent or stranded in the Chinese market due to many factors such as streaming services, negative reviews, and their production and release delays. But Chinese cinema executives are optimistic about the results and the future. Here, China.org.cn looks back on the 10 Chinese films to remember for 2021 in the midst of the COVID-19 era.
10. “White snake”
Zhang Xianfeng’s “White Snake” is an unreleased Cantonese opera presenting a poetically beautiful fantasy world of China’s white snake myth in a modernized way, once again leaving audiences in awe of traditional Chinese culture. It brilliantly blends traditional Cantonese stage opera, exquisite performances by professional opera artists, Chinese folk fantasy, Cantonese dialect, Chinese martial arts, classical Chinese paintings, magnificent music and dazzling visual effects, all in high definition 4K.
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