China's blackout of Hollywood films has been broken by the Will Smith starrer "The Pursuit of Happyness," which Chinese film import officials now say will be released here in January.
'Happiness Knocks at the Door' (the film's Chinese title) is coming in January. We are planning what day to release it," Yuan Wenqiang, China Film Group Import Export Co. deputy manager, said in a telephone interview.
The unofficial ban of imported films, earlier denied by China Film Group executives, was thought to have come down from on high in the Communist government, which long has moved to prevent what it calls "pollution" of domestic culture and to protect the struggling domestic film industry.
That's a good movie to open with. I didn't see the whole thing (I only caught bits and pieces on cable), but from what I did see it was pretty moving.