, BEIJING, April 11 – James Cameron’s blockbuster “Titanic” was to return to Chinese screens with a new 3D version this week, said its distributor in China on Sunday.
The film, first released in 1997 casting Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was screened in China in 1998 and registered a record box office of 360 million yuan (57.14 million US dollars) for 11 years in the Chinese market.
After 14 years, the re-release of the film will target young audiences who have not had the chance to watch it on the big screen, said Gu Guoqing, president of Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd, the film’s distributor in China.
“Also, those who have seen it and been deeply moved will have very different experience,” he said.
This year is also the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the grandest liner ever built which sank on its maiden voyage with the loss of more than 1,500 lives on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg.
The 1997 film, featuring a romantic but sad love story on board of the Titanic, gained 1.84 billion dollars at the worldwide box office.