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China's film industry looking to blast off in sci-fi genre

Updated: 2014-11-05 09:46:41


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The film adaption of Chinese author Liu Cixin's celebrated sci-fi epic "The Three-Body Problem" is highly anticipated. [Photo: kehuan.net]

China's science-fiction fans could soon turn their attention home, as the mainland's film industry is gearing up to make a big push into the genre.

Yang Peng, planning supervisor for Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Productions, says that many studios have started production on sci-fi projects, with huge financial backing.

One highly-anticipated project that begins shooting before year end is the film adaptation of author Liu Cixin's celebrated sci-fi epic, "The Three-Body Problem," about the divisions of Earth's population that emerge from news that an invading alien race is making its way to the planet.

Writer-turned-director Han Han also revealed plans to tackle the sci-fi genre after success of his film debut, "The Continent."

Domestic studios are looking to get a piece of a lucrative market subset dominated by western features.

This year, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" became the highest-grossing movie of all time in China--that title was previously held by 2009 American sci-fi blockbuster, "Avatar."

But China still has catching up to do with Hollywood when it comes to sci-fi. Wu Yan, a sci-fi critic and Beijing Normal University professor, says from design to technology, every chain in China's film industry lacks sci-fi experience.

Still, people like sci-fi writer Fei Dao are looking forward to Chinese produced visions of days to come.

The author says, "In our vision of the future, there should be Chinese faces."

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