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The 10 best films in China in the first quarter of 2018
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1. Operation Red Sea

Country: China

Release Date: Feb 16, 2018 

Genre: action

Starring: Zhang Yi, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing

Director: Dante Lam

The Chinese anti-terrorism action film Operation Red Sea has raked in over 3.48 billion yuan at the box office by March 20, becoming the second-highest grossing Chinese film ever.

Many comments on Douban mentioned the tense plot and breathtaking gunfights in the movie, which cost 500 million yuan to produce.

2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Country: United States

Release Date: March 2, 2018

Genre: drama-crime film

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Director: Martin McDonagh

Despite missing out on the Best Picture award, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which debuted March 2 at Chinese cinemas, has received many positive reviews in Douban, China's leading film rating platform. 

It scored 8.7 out of 10 points, based on more than 100,000 moviegoer reviews.

3. Wonder

Country: United States 

Release Date: Jan 19, 2018 

Genre: drama

Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay

Director: Stephen Chbosky

On the theme of “We all are different and want to be treated with kindness," the film earns its tugs at the heartstrings.

The movie was praised by audiences for hitting the soft spot as a heartwarming story that manages to avoid turning too sentimental.

4. Secret Superstar

Country: India

Release Date: Feb 16, 2018 

Genre: musical drama 

Starring: Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan

Director: Advait Chandan

The film deals with social issues including feminism, gender equality and domestic violence.

From Dangal to Secret Superstar to the latest comedy-drama film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Indian films have developed a solid fan base in China.

5. The Shape of Water

Country: United States 

Release Date: March16, 2018 

Genre: fantasy drama

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins

Director: Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water, the biggest winner of the 90th Academy Awards, has won praise for its performances, screenplay, direction, visuals, production design and background music.

6. Detective Chinatown 2

Country: China

Release Date: Feb 16, 2018 

Genre: comedy, mystery

Starring: Wang Baoqiang, Liu Haoran

Director: Chen Sicheng

Detective Chinatown 2 is a zany comedic mystery that’s so engaging you'll never take your eyes off the screen.

You don't really have a choice, because the dialogue happens at such a rapid-fire pace that if you look away for a second, you'll miss something in the intricate plot.

7. Forever Young

Country: China

Release Date: Jan 12, 2018

Genre: drama 

Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Wang Leehom

Director: Li Fangfang

The film, once planned as a tribute to mark the centenary celebrations of Tsinghua University in 2011, weaves four stories set in different eras to look at the history of the college.

8. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Country: United States 

Release Date: Jan 12, 2018 

Genre: adventure comedy

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan

Director: Jake Kasdan

Set twenty-one years after the first film, the film follows four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji, playing as the characters they chose. Uniting with another player, they must overcome the game's magical power in order to win and return home.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle did not repeat the old story, but created a new journey and added more comedy elements through using the charming cast and a humorous twist to offer movie-goers a new visual feast. 

9. The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes

Country: China

Release Date: Dec 29, 2017 

Genre: romantic comedy

Starring: Han Geng, Zheng Kai

Director: Tian Yusheng

The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes, the finale of the hit romance franchise produced by Huayi Brothers and New Saint Film Studio, revolves around bittersweet stories of two young businessmen who break up with their girlfriends.

It is the first movie in 2018 that has achieved huge success at the box office.

10. Black Panther

Country: United States 

Release Date: March 9, 2018 

Genre: superhero

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

Director: Ryan Coogler

The power of Black Panther is unstoppable as the Disney/Marvel blockbuster reaped in more than $1 billion at box offices worldwide. Black Panther features a lineup dominated by black actors and strays away from the stereotypical portrayal of Africans and African-Americans.

What's more, women are also highlighted in the film, as some of the smartest and most physically powerful characters were played by female actors.

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