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Big Movies in Fierce Competition in Year-end Season
    2008-11-20 17:26:07     CRIENGLISH.com

The poster of Feng Xiaogang's latest film 'If You Are the One'.

It is the rush time for big movies to hit the cinemas in December, traditionally the busiest season for expensively-produced pictures to face off in box office competition in China.

The first to come is director Chen Kaige's latest biopic of Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang, which will debut on December 5, one week earlier than previously scheduled, aiming to take the first piece of cake from the lucrative year-end movie market.

And Mei Lanfang's change in time table has led the put-off of another star-studded comedy "All about Women" directed by Hong Kong's film wizard Hark Tsui. Its publish agent announced on Wednesday to postpone the flick's opening by two weeks to avoid a showdown with "Mei Lanfang".

Rescheduled to open on December 18, "All about Women" will see a fierce battle with Feng Xiaogang's "If You Are the One" which is set to hit the screen just four days later following it.

Feng Xiaogang, who's been making enormous commercial success over the last decade with his personal-marked style, alleged earlier at a press conference that his latest film, at the cost of 50 million yuan, has every reason to take in at least 200 million. And his long-time partner Wang Zhonglei, deputy chief of Feng's publish company, was confident that the movie will top the box office list of the year-end season.

Also to join the box office running are "Next", a Hollywood science fiction hit starring Nicolas Cage, the Oscar nominee of best foreign language picture in 2006 "Black Book", and "Cape No.7", which made a box office record in Taiwan this year.

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