STORY: Chinese Film Days kick off in Bucharest
DATELINE: Feb. 4, 2023
1. various of people attending the "Happy Chinese New Year" Chinese Film Days
2. various of Chinese Ambassador to Romania Han Chunlin speaking
3. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): HAN CHUNLIN, Chinese Ambassador to Romania
4. various of Chinese Film Days
The "Happy Chinese New Year" Chinese Film Days kicked off late Friday at the Happy Cinema in the capital of Bucharest, starting the first commercial distribution and screening of Chinese films in cinemas in Romania.
Romanian film critic Irina Margareta Nistor welcomed the release of Chinese films in Romania, hoping that Romanian audiences can better understand modern and contemporary China through this film festival.
Chinese Ambassador to Romania Han Chunlin attended the opening ceremony of the cultural event.
SOUNDBITE (Chinese): HAN CHUNLIN, Chinese Ambassador to Romania
"Six Chinese films will show at cine
STORY: Chinese film exhibition kicks off in Cuba
DATELINE: Feb. 4, 2023
1. various of the event
2. various of attendees
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish): RAMON SAMADA, President of ICAIC
4. various of Chinese films
5. various of the event
A Chinese film festival was inaugurated Thursday in Havana, Cuba.
Four films made between 2014 and 2019 were included in the event, the Chinese Film Showcase.
The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) and the Cuban Ministry of Culture have helped organize the event.
SOUNDBITE (Spanish): RAMON SAMADA, President of ICAIC
"We are pleased to have a film showcase representative of Chinese culture with the exhibition of four films of various genres and themes that bring us closer to the culture and reality of that beloved country."
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Havana.
STORY: Exoskeleton suits from Chinese sci-fi blockbuster benefit real world
DATELINE: Feb. 1, 2023
LOCATION: SHANGHAI, China
1. various of movie stills of The Wandering Earth II
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): XU ZHENHUA, Founder & CEO of ULS Robotics
3. various of displays of the exoskeleton suits
Chinese sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth II" presents viewers with a series of bold predictions about the future life.
The exoskeleton suits people wear in the movie to help them move heavy things are not just imagination.
The suits, developed by Chinese company ULS Robotics, have already been put into real-life use.
SOUNDBITE (Chinese): XU ZHENHUA, Founder & CEO of ULS Robotics
"Inside the box is the upper part of an exoskeleton suit, that just came back from the movie set. Nine of our exoskeleton robots were used in the film shooting. The wearable exoskeleton robot can analyze the posture of the human body and give feedback through software so that t
(230129) -- GUIYANG, Jan. 29, 2023 (Xinhua) -- A movie goer touches screen to get tickets on a self-service machine at a cinema in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 29, 2023. China's movie box office revenue reached nearly 6.76 billion yuan (about 998.5 million U.S. dollars) during the 2023 Spring Festival holiday, making for the second-highest gross figures for the holiday to date, according to the China Film Administration on Saturday. (Xinhua/Tao Liang)
(230129) -- GUIYANG, Jan. 29, 2023 (Xinhua) -- Movie goers linger for tidbits after a screening at a cinema in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 29, 2023. China's movie box office revenue reached nearly 6.76 billion yuan (about 998.5 million U.S. dollars) during the 2023 Spring Festival holiday, making for the second-highest gross figures for the holiday to date, according to the China Film Administration on Saturday. (Xinhua/Tao Liang)
(230129) -- BEIJING, Jan. 29, 2023 (Xinhua) -- A movie is shown at China National Film Museum in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 25, 2023. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)
STORY: Spring Festival consumption mirrors China's economic vitality in new year
DATELINE: Jan. 28, 2023
1. SOUNDBITE 1 (Chinese): LEI HAOTIAN, Visitor
2. SOUNDBITE 2 (Chinese): ZHANG DONGXUE, Shopkeeper at the temple fair
3. SOUNDBITE 3 (Chinese): YU PENG, Ski enthusiast in Wuyi County in Hebei Province
4. SOUNDBITE 4 (Chinese): WANG LELE, Visitor
5. SOUNDBITE 5 (Chinese): CHEN WEI, Store manager of Suning.com in Chongqing
6. SOUNDBITE 6 (Chinese): Ms. Zhang, Movie-goer in Shanghai
7. Voice of SHI CHUAN, Vice chairman of Shanghai Film Association
As Chinese people celebrate the Lunar New Year, a surge in consumption is sweeping across the country.
In Fengqiu of Henan Province, an 800-meter-long ancient lane was illuminated and transformed into a lively temple fair, attracting more than 40,000 people each day to enjoy the festive vibe, and delicious food.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Chinese): LEI HAOTIAN, Visitor
"This year it's more
A woman takes a photo of her child in front of a "Slam Dunk" poster at a movie theater in Seoul on Jan. 23, 2023. The manga-to-film adaptation of Takehiko Inoue's 1990s sports anime series has drawn more than 1 million moviegoers in South Korea in the two weeks since its release.
A special section for "Slam Dunk" comic books is created at a bookstore in Seoul on Jan. 23, 2023. The manga-to-film adaptation of Takehiko Inoue's 1990s sports anime series has drawn more than 1 million moviegoers in South Korea in the two weeks since its release.
Photo taken in October 2022 in Seoul shows South Korean film director Lee Mi Yong, who directed a documentary "Scorched Earth," which examines the U.S. campaign of mass airstrikes during the 1950-53 Korean War.
Photo taken in October 2022 in Seoul shows South Korean film director Ku Ja Hang, who directed a documentary film "Taean" depicting civilian massacres in Taean county in South Korea before and after the 1950-53 Korean War.
STORY: Fairy-tale snow scenery of China's "Avatar" mountains
DATELINE: Jan. 19, 2023
LOCATION: ZHANGJIAJIE, China
1. various of snow scenery of Tianmen Mountain in China's Zhangjiajie
Winter is a lovely season as the Earth is blanketed with snow and transformed into a winter wonderland. Zhangjiajie, a renowned tourist city in central China's Hunan Province, has been blanketed by snow, attracting visitors from around the country.
The snow-capped mountains are spectacular in Tianmen Mountain, which is one of the most gorgeous winter wonderland destinations to visit.
The UNESCO heritage site is said to have inspired the landscape of the hit film "Avatar."
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Zhangjiajie, China.
(230115) -- BEIJING, Jan. 15, 2023 (Xinhua) -- A citizen buys film tickets at a cinema of a shopping mall in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 25, 2022. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)
(220311) -- AUSTIN, March 11, 2022 (Xinhua) -- People perform at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas, the United States, on March 11, 2022. South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals, a conglomerate of film screenings, interactive media, music festivals and conferences, opened Friday in Austin, making the capital city of U.S. state of Texas an ocean of cross-industry discoveries and innovations. (Photo by Nick Wagner/Xinhua)
STORY: Bangladesh's largest cultural event "Dhaka Lit Fest 2023" kicks off
DATELINE: Jan. 7, 2023
1. various of people participating in the festival
The 10th edition of "Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF)," Bangladesh's largest cultural event, raised its curtain on Thursday in the capital Dhaka after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bangladeshi State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Indian writer and literary critic Amitav Ghosh inaugurated the event at the Bangla Academy, an autonomous institution funded by the Bangladeshi government to foster the Bengali language, literature and culture.
The grand festival features conversations, dialogues, film screenings, art exhibitions, music, cultural shows and much more.
Over 500 speakers, performers, and thinkers representing five continents participate in the four-day event comprising 175 sessions.
The DLF remained suspended for three years
STORY: Hong Kong holds spectacular countdown to ring in 2023
DATELINE: Jan. 1, 2023
LOCATION: HONG KONG, China
1. various of countdown activities
A string of countdown activities were held on Saturday evening in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to ring in the year 2023.
Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations, a 25-minute multimedia performance organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), featured various performances against the backdrop of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline. It was broadcast live through various channels, including TV networks and the internet, to reach people worldwide.
The event kicked off at 11:45 p.m. local time with vibrant music and sports performance presented by young performers on the viewing deck of the Hong Kong Cultural Center. It was followed by a creative 3D animation film showcasing dancing fires and exciting music that displayed Hong Kong's diversity and dynamics.
Photo taken in December 2022 shows a letter dated Dec. 17, 1969, sent from Beatles member John Lennon and his peace activist wife Yoko Ono to then Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato. In the letter, held by the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in Tokyo, the couple asked Sato to permit overseas release of an unedited scientific documentary film on the aftermath of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, taken one month after they occurred in August 1945.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and their daughter Princess Aiko attend a charity film screening event in Tokyo on Dec. 28, 2022. (Pool photo)
(221226) -- BEIJING, Dec. 26, 2022 (Xinhua) -- A citizen buys film tickets at a cinema of a shopping mall in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 25, 2022. In recent days, business areas in Beijing have bustled again as the epidemic prevention and control measures have been optimized in line with the evolving epidemic situation. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)
KOCHI, Japan - Movie director Momoko Ando, a daughter of actor Eiji Okuda, discusses her work based in Kochi, western Japan, during an interview in the city on the island of Shikoku on Nov. 14, 2014. Ando relocated to Kochi from Tokyo in March.
OSAKA, Japan - Tsuyoshi Morioka, executive of USJ Co., the operator of Universal Studios Japan, gives a speech in Osaka on June 23, 2014. Morioka said the number of visitors to the amusement park is likely to hit a record high for a single month in August due to its upcoming new attractions featuring the Harry Potter film series.
TOKYO, Japan - Combination file photo shows Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki (L), and cartoonist and film director Katsuhiro Otomo. Miyazaki won the Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Feature Production for his screenplay for "The Wind Rises," the organizer of the event, known as the Academy Award for animation, said Feb. 1, 2014. Otomo was given the Winsor McCay Award at the event.
NEW YORK, United States - Actress Miyoshi Umeki (file photo), who in 1957 became the first Japanese performer to win an Oscar, died of cancer Aug. 28 at a nursing home in Missouri, foreign media reported. Umeki, known as Nancy Umeki in Japan, won an Oscar for a supporting role in the 1957 U.S. film ''Sayonara.''
LOCARNO, Switzerland - ''Ai no Yokan'' (The Rebirth) by Japanese director Masahiro Kobayashi (file photo) won the Golden Leopard at the 60th Locarno International Film Festival on Aug. 11. The work by Kobayashi, 53, a mostly silent film which offers a gripping account of unspoken love, pain and survival, was awarded the prize from among 19 films in the main competition.
TOKYO, Japan, Nov. 22 Kyodo - Photo taken March 27, 2003, shows the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum's Kodakara-yu public bathhouse, which became the inspiration for a building that featured in "Spirited Away," the 2001 Oscar-winning animated film by Hayao Miyazaki.
YOKOHAMA, Sept. 11 Kyodo - Three-time women's world champion Mao Asada poses in a commercial film-making event in Yokohama southwest of Tokyo on Sept. 6, 2015. She said she is in good condition for the Oct. 3 Japan Open at Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo. It will be her first competition since sitting out the 2014-2015 season.
TOKYO, March 5 Kyodo - Actress Meryl Streep attends a press conference for the new musical film "Into the Woods" in Tokyo on March 5, 2015. She discussed her role as a witch.
URAYASU, Japan - A scene from Disney animation film "Frozen" is projected onto Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on Jan. 13, 2015, as a special winter event themed on the film started the same day.
URAYASU, Japan - A parade featuring characters from Disney animation film "Frozen" is held at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on Jan. 13, 2015, as a special winter event themed on the film started the same day.
OSAKA, Japan - Photo taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows a new attraction based on the Harry Potter film series at Universal Studios Japan in the western Japan city of Osaka. USJ has attracted more than 10 million visitors since last April, reflecting the popularity of the attraction.
TOKYO, Japan - Japanese film director Naomi Kawase (L) shakes hands with French Ambassador to Japan Thierry Dana in Tokyo on Jan. 7, 2015, after receiving the prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) for her contributions to the movie industry.
TOKYO, Japan - Japanese film director Naomi Kawase gives a speech in Tokyo on Jan. 7, 2015, after receiving the prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) from the French government for her contributions to the movie industry.
TOKYO, Japan - Fans throng the Shinjuku Milano-za movie theater in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Dec. 31, 2014, the last day of its operation, to see the American film "E.T.," chosen for the last screening. The movie theater, one of the largest in Japan with 1,064 seats, opened in December 1956.
TOKYO, Japan - Fans await the screening of the American film "E.T." at the Shinjuku Milano-za movie theater in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Dec. 31, 2014, the last day of its operation. The movie theater, one of the largest in Japan with 1,064 seats, opened in December 1956.
LOS ANGELES, United States - Evan Goldberg (L center) and Seth Rogen (R center), the directors of controversial comedy "The Interview" about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, speak before the audience prior to the screening of the film at a theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 25, 2014. The movie began screening the same day at a limited number of U.S. theaters despite the threat of a terrorist attack.
MUNBAI, India - A cinema constructed in 1930s is seen in Mumbai, western India, in November 2014. The number of cinema complexes in the country, known for its "Bollywood" film industry, has been surging lately, raising some concerns about preservation of its unique movie culture.
MUMBAI, India - A ticket booth of a cinema complex in Mumbai, India, is seen in November 2014. The number of cinema complexes in the country, known for its "Bollywood" film industry, has been surging.
HIROSHIMA, Japan - Makoto Katsumura, director of the Ritsumeikan Center for Korean Studies, speaks during a meeting at Hiroshima University in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Dec. 12, 2014, to discuss a South Korean documentary film on the issue of wartime "comfort women" with involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time.
TOKYO, Japan - Filipino director Francis Xavier Pasion, winner of the Tokyo Filmex 2014 Grand Prize for his film "Crocodile," addresses the audience in this photo taken on Nov. 29, 2014.
TOKYO, Japan - Photo taken in November 2013 shows renowned Japanese actor, Bunta Sugawara, who died of liver cancer at 81 at a Tokyo hospital on Nov. 28, 2014. Sugawara starred in a number of films and TV dramas, including the 1973 film "Battle Without Honor and Humanity" (Jingi naki tatakai) depicting a gangster conflict. He also engaged in agriculture in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, in his later years.
TOKYO, Japan - File photo taken in Tokyo in July 1982 shows Japanese musician and actor Johnny Okura (far L) attending a press conference to announce production of the film "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence," with the director of the film, Nagisa Oshima (2nd from R) and costars, including comedian-actor Beat Takeshi (far R) and musician-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto (2nd from L). Okura died of pneumonia on Nov. 19, 2014, at a Tokyo hospital. He was 62.
TOKYO, Japan - A stand is set up at a Tokyo movie theater on Nov. 19, 2014, to allow fans of late actor Ken Takakura to donate flowers. It was reported the previous day that Takakura passed away at 83. He was known to Western audiences for his role as a tough Japanese police officer alongside Michael Douglas in Ridley Scott's 1989 film "Black Rain."
YUBARI, Japan - A woman mourns late actor Ken Takakura in front of a flower stand set up at a replica of a movie set used for 1977's "The Yellow Handkerchief" (Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi) in Yubari in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Nov. 19, 2014. It was reported the previous day that Takakura, who played the central character in the film, passed away at 83. He was known to Western audiences for his role as a tough Japanese police officer alongside Michael Douglas in Ridley Scott's 1989 film "Black Rain."
TOKYO, Japan - A 300 million yen Christmas tree featuring characters from the Disney animation film "Frozen" is unveiled on Nov. 19, 2014, at a jewelry shop, Ginza Tanaka, in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district. The 2.6-meter tree contains around 31 kilograms of pure platinum.
TOKYO, Japan - A Tokyo bookstore sets up a special section on Nov. 19, 2014, featuring DVDs of movies of renowned actor Ken Takakura, who was reported the previous day to have passed away at 83. He was known to Western audiences for his role as a tough Japanese police officer alongside Michael Douglas in Ridley Scott's 1989 film "Black Rain," while his best-known works include 1977's "The Yellow Handkerchief" (Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi) and the 1999 movie "Poppoya" (Railroad Man).
YUBARI, Japan - People visit a replica of a movie set used for 1977's "The Yellow Handkerchief" (Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi) in Yubari in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Nov. 19, 2014, a day after Ken Takakura, who played the central character in the film, was reported to have passed away at 83. He was known to Western audiences for his role as a tough Japanese police officer alongside Michael Douglas in Ridley Scott's 1989 film "Black Rain."