Changes to the restrictions on the number of foreign films released in China could lead to a significant increase in the number of 3D and Imax films being made…
The news comes after Chinese politician Xi Jinping met with US Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the current laws surrounding the import of foreign films into the country of China. Hollywood has long been frustrated with the restrictions in place, which currently only allow for 20 foreign films to be released in the country per year, despite China having one of the fastest-growing film markets in the world. However, changes to the law will see a further 14 films being able to be released – as long as they are in Imax or 3D format.
This, of course, is great news for anyone who enjoys watching 3D or Imax films anywhere in the world, as far more films are likely to be made in this format, with the hope of securing a Chinese release. Since China have also offered the extra incentive of allowing foreign film-makers to keep a bigger share of box office takings than before – 25% instead of 13% – filmmakers will doubtless be keen to make sure that their films are as widely accessible as possible.
However, for those of us who feel that the 3D had little merit in films such as Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, and desperately wish that approximately half of Transformers: Dark of the Moon hadn’t been shoddily converted to 3D in post-production, this could spell disaster.
That said, there is a silver lining, as it is hoped that the move will also help to reduce piracy within China. Despite the fact that a relatively small number of Hollywood films are released in the country, they are still hugely popular, and account for approximately 40% of the country’s box office takings. Those which are not given a Chinese release are often subject to high levels of film piracy, meaning that those within the filmmaking and entertainment industries miss out on their share of the profits.
It is perhaps little surprise that it is China who are keen to champion the use of the latest technology within the film industry – the country recently announced plans to release the fist ever 4D adult film, a sequel to Stephen Shiu Jr’s 3D Sex & Zen, titled 4D Sex and Zen: Slayer of a Thousand from the Mysterious East. The 4D experience aims to address audience complaints that “the racy scenes in the first film were not intense enough” – something which filmmakers are, perhaps rather misguidedly, attributing to the fact that the original film did not have vibrating seats.
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