Chinese Continental Communications Films (China)

Logo descriptions by SnowflakesOmega


Background: Chinese Continental Communications is a company that works on the major cities of China, especially Shanghai, Beijing, and recently, Hong Kong. Despite being mostly oriented to communication services, the company also owns a film library division. With it, they've distributed around 250 movies from the major Chinese regions, and has produced 50 around that time.



1st Logo
(1974-1985)

Nickname: "The Interlocked Yellow C's I"

Logo: On a black background a group of three interlocked C's in yellow draws in. They're arranged in a similar way to the Caballero Pictures Corporation logo. The logo also a tri-line font. Then the Chinese characters wipe in, followed by the text below "CHINESE CONTINENTAL COMMUNICATIONS FILMS INC.".

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The drawing and wiping, just your standard Chinese logo effects from the era.

Music/Sounds: None, but a few films used a majestic, yet calming fanfare.

Availability: Scarce. Seen on early films distributed by the comapny, along with their first two produced films in 1981 and 1984, Qi xizuo (The Seven Secret Agents) and Neibu de tounao (Inside The Mind). Some films with the majestic fanfare had been plastered with the silent version of this logo on current prints, for unknown reason. A few other films have this being plastered with the next logo.

Scare Factor: None to minimal.



2nd Logo
(1985-1994)

Nicknames: "The Interlocked Yellow C's II", "The Chinese Vestron"

Logo: The concept is almost the same as before but with some changes: the background is green instead of black, lights draw in the logo, the Chinese letters appear by flashing letter-by-letter instead of wiping in, and the English text is in cursive and flashes once it's done wiping in.

FX/SFX: Same as before but with some changes.

Cheesy Factor: The only cheesy thing on here is the music:

Music/Sounds: A synthesized theme with laser zaps that sounds A LOT like the 2nd Vestron Video logo's music, but it's not stolen from it.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be seen on various Chinese films from the era. It also plasters the previous logo on some home video prints and current TV airings.

Scare Factor: Minimal. While the music can be pretty unnerving, it's really laughable because of being a Vestron ripoff.



3rd Logo
(1994-2002)

Nicknames: "The Interlocked Yellow C's III", "Interlocked C's In Space", "The C's That Came from the Spaceship"

Logo: We see a starry background. A neon spaceship appears slowly moving in. One of it's doors opens, as the interlocked C's from before come out from the door and fly to the right. We move to follow the C's and the spaceship comes out of view. A green marble rectangle then flies in behind the logo. It gets closer and the C stops moving. The rectangle slowly stops moving in, and a shadow appears behind the logo. The Chinese and English text fades in below. Yellow stars move on the logo causing it to look like it's shining for a while.

Variant: There's a still version of the logo.

FX/SFX: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A deep whoosh and a horn fanfare.

Availability: Common on China. Can be seen on various films from the country distributed on the 90's and early 2000's. Still version is found on Di san fen bu (Third Division, 1996), Shouji (The Collection, 1997), Yiyeqing (One Night Stand, 1999) and Jinzhi (Prohibitions, 1999).

Scare Factor: None.



4th Logo
(2002-2008)

Nicknames: "The Interlocked Yellow C's IV", "The Yellow Shards"

Logo: Various yellow shards come out from the right side of the screen and form the interlocked C's logo from before, as the camera zooms away so we can see the action. One second after the formation of the logo, a yellow line quickly passes through the screen and makes the logo plain. A shine passes through the logo as the Chinese and English text fades in below.

Variants: A short variant begins with the logo already formed, shining, and then the text fades in below.

FX/SFX: The yellow shards (which are nicely animated), the line passing through, the shine and fade in.

Music/Sounds: Twinkling sounds throughout, that are interrupted by a quick whoosh.

Availability: Common on China. Short version is seen on a few other films, mostly produced on 2007-2008, these would include Qu (Districts), Meiying qishi (Phantom Knight), Qipaoxian xindalu (The Starting Line of the New World) and Na shi de yige jieshi (An Explanation at that Time).

Scare Factor: Minimal. Some might find the theme and line movement eerie.



5th Logo
(2008-)

Nicknames: "The Interlocked Yellow C's V" (early variant), "Interlocked C's In A Box" (later variant), "Chinese Glass", "The Chinese StudioCanal Precursor"

Logo: We see various revolving glass panels with yellow lights illuminating it. We also see reflections of the Chinese Continental Communications logo. The logo is then formed from the reflections, and the glass panels dissapear, leaving it. The C's are seen at the left of the text. The names are seen with the left order, and the Chinese name is spaced out.

Variants:

  • The logo was changed in 2014. The C's are now black inside a yellow box. The name is also on a more contemporary font.
  • There's a slower version of the logo, on both versions (early and current).
  • There's a still version of the logo (again, this goes for both versions).
FX/SFX: The glass, the logo forming.

Music/Sounds: None, the opening theme of the movie, or more twinkling sounds that then fade out.

Availability: Current. Early version can be seen on movies made before 2014, including the hits Siren guangchang (Private Plaza) and Jijiang taotai jiu (Coming Out Old). Still version is rare and found on Lese ju mo II (Junk Trolls II), Daoyan - Xiangshang! Xiang xia! Mei wenti! (Director - Up! Down! No Problem!) and Qian women biran yao duo chi (The Less We Are Bound To Eat). Slow version is uncommon and can be seen on home video prints and the national blockbuster hit Bu Bei (Off Guard).

Scare Factor: None.

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