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Patrick Brzeski

Asia Bureau Chief

China Box Office: ‘F9’ Falls 85 Percent Amid Weak Reviews, John Cena Controversy

Chinese filmgoers have hit the brakes on Justin Lin’s F9. The Universal tentpole downshifted 85 percent in its second weekend, earning just $20.8 million compared to its $136 million roaring…

‘Friends: The Reunion’ Censored in China, Cutting BTS, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga

The celebrity-packed Friends reunion was conspicuously less star-loaded when it landed in China on Thursday. Approximately six minutes of the special episode was missing as it rolled out on…

Sony Pictures Not for Sale, Says CEO Yoshida Kenichiro

Sony Pictures is not for sale, nor will it be spun off as a stand-alone company anytime soon, says Sony Group CEO Yoshida Kenichiro. The rapid consolidation seen across the screen sector — such…

‘The Masked Singer’ to Get Japanese Version From Amazon Prime

Hit singing competition format The Masked Singer is heading to Japan. Amazon Prime Video is set to premiere a Japanese version of show, hosted by local actor and TV personality Yo Oizumi, on…

Why Local-Language Adaptations Are the Next Round of Remakes

Despite a recently announced wave of U.S. remakes of foreign films, the 'much larger business' is in creating local-language adaptations as streamers court international subscribers

From Deal Frenzy to Decoupling: Is the China-Hollywood Romance Officially Over?

In the run-up to Chloé Zhao’s historic best director win for Nomadland at the 93rd Oscars, Disney began tiptoeing around potential land mines with regard to China, the director’s home country and…

ByteDance Co-Founder Zhang Yiming to Step Down From CEO Role

Zhang Yiming, the co-founder of Chinese tech giant ByteDance, parent company of TikTok, is stepping down from his role as chief executive. He will be succeeded by Liang Rubo, a fellow co-founder and

Paramount+ Sets Launch Plans for Australia, New Zealand

Paramount+ is heading down under. Hot on the heels of reporting its first-quarter financial results Thursday, ViacomCBS announced that its flagship streaming service will launch in Australia…

Disney+ Hotstar Sets Launch Date in Malaysia

The Walt Dinsey Co.'s flagship streaming service will switch on in the Southeast Asian country on June 1. Disney also has inked a broad range of deals with local studios to feed the service popular…

China Box Office: Youth Romance ‘My Love’ Beats Zhang Yimou’s ‘Cliff Walkers’ During Holiday Weekend

A slew of Chinese titles released to capitalize on the May Day holiday, but a poorly reviewed romantic drama beat them all.

China Box Office: Guy Ritchie’s ‘Wrath of Man’ Set for May Release

The Jason Statham-starring crime flick will hit screens shortly after 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' rereleases on May 14 and before 'Fast & Furious 9' takes China by storm on May 21.

Chloe Zhao’s Oscars Glory Met With Media Silence in China

Beijing's censorship apparatus has been suppressing the filmmaker's award season victories ever since nationalistic internet sleuths unearthed an old interview she gave in which she made a passing…