Hong Kong actor Louis Koo, winner of Best Actor, and actress Sylvia Chang, winner of Best Actress, attend the 12th Asian Film Awards held in Macao, March 17, 2018.

(Global Times) Legendary-Universal monster-fighting blockbuster Pacific Rim: Uprising is scheduled to open in China on Friday, a simultaneous release with the US.

Set about a decade after the first movie Pacific Rim, the story sees the return of the Kaiju, huge monsters that rise from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and humanity's ongoing fight with them using Jaegers - gigantic robot fighters piloted by two or more humans whose minds are joined by a neural bridge.

(China Daily) While Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft is the face of a fearless female warrior, Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander is bringing a new image of the video-age heroine to life.

Directed by Roar Uthaug, Tomb Raider will unveil Alicia Vikander's take on Lara to a new generation of views in the United States and the Chinese mainland on Friday.

(THR) Hong Kong's One Cool Pictures is reuniting Overheard series co-stars Louis Koo and Sean Lau for the sci-fi epic Warriors of Future.

The $56 million movie is the directorial debut of award-winning visual effects veteran Ng Yuen-fai.

The Hong Kong-China co-production tells the story of a meteorite crashing down on a barren future Earth ravaged by pollution and global warming, bringing with it a fast-growing alien vine that purifies the planet but kills everything in its path.

(THR) North America remains the world’s largest box-office territory, but for foreign-language films produced outside of Hollywood, China can already offer vastly more market potential for the right lucky title.

The highest-earning foreign-language release in North America last year was Bollywood epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which brought in a substantial $20.2 million.

(Variety) The 12th edition of the Asian Film Awards saw Chen Kaige’s “The Legend of the Demon Cat” emerge as the numerical winner. But it missed out on the best film prize, which went to “Youth,” directed by fellow mainland Chinese director Feng Xiaogang.

“Demon Cat,” a period fantasy mounted on an unparalleled scale in China and Japan, took four awards. It claimed the supporting actress, costume, visual effects and production design awards.

(Variety) “Deadpool,” the superhero film that China previously blocked, is to get its premiere in the Middle Kingdom next month at the Beijing International Film Festival. The 2018 edition of the festival runs April 15-22.

To the disappointment of Chinese fans, who were already aware of the Fox film, the 2016 movie was not given import approval by Chinese regulators and failed to be included as part of the annual revenue sharing quota.