The term IP is frequently used by Chinse film industry. Many people may have no idea about what the IP is. Actually, IP stands for Intellectual Property. Chinese IP films are intellectual property adaptations based on famous novels, video games and music. Usually, a well-known IP work have a large legion of fans.
The most popular IP adaptation works at the moment are the IP films adapted from Guo Jingming’s novels, such as Legend of Ravaging Dynasties and Tiny Times. In addition, the IP films adapted from Tian Xia Ba Chang’s book series named Ghost Blows Out the Light (also referred to as Candle in the Tomb) have also been opening on a large number of screens. The novels have been developed into many films and online drama series, such as The Ghouls, Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, Candle in the Tomb and The Tomb of Ghost Blows Out the Light.
Audiences hold different opinion on Chinese IP films. Regardless of film production, word of mouth and cast, the IP adaptations have achieved great success in box office and TV ratings, which reflects that IP films and TV series have a powerful influence on the film and TV industry in China.
Cry Me A Sad River Jumped Out as Box-office Surprise of 2018
Cry Me A Sad River was based on Guo Jingming’s novel of the same name. Best-selling Writer Guo Jingming directed Tiny Times and Legend of Ravaging Dynasties before. However, these two films all received negative word of mouth and remarks. Tiny Times was criticised for its plain and absurd storyline. Legend of Ravaging Dynasties was criticised for its exaggerated visual effects.
The Official Movie Poster of Cry Me A Sad River
Cry Me A Sad River was directed by another popular writer Luoluo. Guo Jingming changed his position from director to screenwriter. The film was released by Tangren Cultural Film Group in major cinemas in Australia and New Zealand on 27 September 2018. Cry Me A Sad River turned out to be a box-office surprise of 2018 since it focused on school bullying. It aroused extensive attention for its realistic issue, which shows the potential of IP films made in China.
Ren Min as Yi Yao
Director Fei Xing Touched the “Hot Potato” of an IP Hit
Tangren Cultural Film Group distributed the film of Mojin: The Worm Valley in Australia and New Zealand on 3 January. Mojin: The Worm Valley is directed by Fei Xing best known for his title of Silent Witness. Instead of choosing a cast consisted of renowned actors and actresses as other IP films did, all of Mojin: The Worm Valley’s leading characters were young and new faces.
Gu Xuan as Shirley Yang
Mojin: The Worm Valley is adapted from Tian Xia Ba Chang’s novel Ghost Blows Out the Light. The original novel has a large legion of fans. The first weekend earning of this online-novel-turned film surpassed 100 million RMB. It seems like this “hot potato” is well-handled by director Fei Xing.
Chinese IP films Scale a Bright and Potential Future
The quality of Chinese IP films has been fluctuating greatly, and some films are only of gimmicks, but on the other hand, the boom of IP films also symbolise the vigorous development of Chinese films.
The Official Poster of Mojin: The Worm Valley
With intellectual property becoming the latest buzzword, Chinese IP films are expected to gain fresh momentum in future and to scale new height. Adhering to the belief of “Movie Is Our Passion”, Tangren Cultural Film Group will also bring more high-quality films to Chinese people living abroad.