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China Resolves Flowers of War Producers vs. Theaters Impasse

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 28, 2011 at 12:25PM

Tensions between theaters and studios are not only riding high in Hollywood. The Chinese government has intervened to resolve a conflict between the producers of "Flowers of War," the most expensive movie ever made in China, and exhibitors, who fought against a steep ticket price hike, reports Variety. 
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Flowers of War
Flowers of War

Tensions between theaters and studios are not only riding high in Hollywood. The Chinese government has intervened to resolve a conflict between the producers of "Flowers of War," the most expensive movie ever made in China, and exhibitors, who fought against a steep ticket price hike, reports Variety. 

Producers Beijing New Pictures Film, Huaxia Film Distribution and China Film Group moved to collect an increased 2 % of the take (45%) on the 145-minute, $94-million Zhang Yimou drama about the Rape of Nanking, which stars Christian Bale and is China's official Oscar entry. Theaters then threatened to boycott the film. China's Film Bureau resolved the impasse by allowing exhibitors to collect a higher percentage of the gross after the film reaches a key benchmark. The 1937 war epic opens in Asia on December 16. Wrekin Hill will release at year's end stateside.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Christian Bale, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.