Awesome film news! Inception, one of the most highly anticipated (and then most highly rated) movies of the year, will be getting one of the coveted 20 spots reserved for foreign films here in China. That means it’ll be coming to a theater near you!
China Film Group announced that the film had already cleared Chinese censors and will be heading to IMAX theaters around the country soon, though the exact date has yet to be announced. The movie came out on July 16 in the States and last week in Hong Kong. The lack of a release date here has set off a lot of speculation online.
A post on Sina.com, one of China’s largest web portals, speculates it would be released by September 21, while a post on another website, Sohu.com, guessed the date would be September 2. A report on filmbiz.com also suggests a September 21 release, citing statements from the China Film Group (中國電影集團公司).
“Inception” will be released in IMAX format, and if its September 21 release date is correct, it has been given a coveted spot, launching one day before mid-Autumn festival (September 22-24) and October National Day holiday (October 1-7). Giving that slot to the film is a gamble for people on both sides of the Pascific as the film will be in direct competition with major Chinese-language films including “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen” (精武風雲) the Donnie Yen-starring action picture that builds on a Bruce Lee and Stephen Chow franchise (out September 21), as well as the Zhang Yimou-directed romance “The Love of the Hawthorn Tree” (山楂树之恋, out September 16), and the Michelle Yeoh-starring “Reign of Assassins” (劍雨江湖, out September 28).