China Star Entertainment Group
|Production company and film distributor|
|Industry||Motion pictures, Television shows|
|Founded||12 November 1992|
|Subsidiaries||One Hundred Years of Film|
China Star Entertainment Group (Chinese: 中国星娱乐) is a Hong Kong film production company and film distributor. It was established in 1992 by film producer Charles Heung, and has been known as a huge distributor and film producer of films made mostly in Cantonese dialect.
China Star Entertainment Group was established in 1992 by Charles Heung, who is the studio's CEO chairman, with his wife, Tiffany Chen, serving as Vice Chairman and administrative producer. It is a huge distributor and film producer of films made mostly in Cantonese dialect.
China Star Entertainment and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the production and distribution of films and television drama series that are in Chinese dialect, many of which have won various awards. The company has also engaged in the provision of artists management services and post-production services.
In the past few years, China Star has successfully re-organized itself as a well-established entertainment, multimedia, production and distribution enterprise. In the course of this development, China Star strives hard to establish an excellent reputation as a powerful film producer and international film distributor.
China Star's film catalogue spans over ten years, and it has produced various films, of which most of them earned critical acclaim and scored a resounding success at the box office. Some films include Cannes competition flick Election and its sequel, Election 2 (aka Triad Election), fantasy actioner Black Mask, the chiller My Left Eye Sees Ghosts and Chinese New Year special Fat Choi Spirit. These and other movie titles, a majority of which were produced during the past ten years, feature some of Hong Kong's most cinematic icons, including Jet Li, Andy Lau, Simon Yam, Sammi Cheng, Gigi Leung, Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Cherrie Ying and Cecilia Cheung.
China Star Entertainment Group has proven to be a recognized film producer in Hong Kong. In 2001, the four most popular and successful films produced by China Star, namely Wu yen, Love on a Diet, La Brassiere and Master Q 2001, achieved a total box office receipt of approximately HK$107, million, representing 38% of total box office receipts for the top ten Chinese films in Hong Kong. In 2002, My Left Eye Sees Ghosts, The Lion Roars, Mighty Baby and Fat Choi Spirit achieved a total box office receipt of approximately HK$73 million, making them four of the most successful local Chinese films of that year. In 2004, Fantasia, a Chinese New Year comedy film, was recorded as the second highest box-office take of all local films in 2004.
In 2005, the film industry experienced a very hard time in the midst of the economic downturn and an influx of pirated films in VCD and DVD format. The total number of Chinese dialect films substantially decreased. China Star produced a total of 11 films, accounting for 18% of the 61 Hong Kong films produced in the year. Many of China Star's film have been successful on an international scale. Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai's Milkyway Image films, such Election, Election 2 and Mad Detective enjoyed Hong Kong box office successes and were sold to a slew of foreign territories (including United States, France and Argentina). China Star has gone on to produce a limited amount of films after producing Poker King in 2009. In 2014, League of Gods (封神傳奇)(aka Feng Shen Bang) is considered a come back project for China Star, a 3D film, with a budget of 300 Million Hong Kong Dollars, that will star Jet Li, Louis Koo, Huang Xiaming, Angelababy, Jacky Heung etc.
- List of films: China Star Entertainment Group films