Beijing Polybona Film Distribution Co. Ltd., known simply as, Polybona Films and Bona Film Group, is a Chinese production company, involved in the co-production and distribution of films from China and Hong Kong. It is one of China’s largest share-holding film distribution companies.
It was nick-named “the Chinese Miramax” by Screen International in 2005, and its CEO, Yu Dong, was selected as one of “the future’s most influential filmmakers” by The Hollywood Reporter in November 2006.
Founded in 1999, Polybona was the first domestic private firm to receive a film distribution license from the SARFT. In November 2003, it merged with the China Poly Group, a wealthy business conglomerate wing of the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army, to form PolyBona Film Distribution. Four years later, the company grew quickly into a domestic leader in the film distribution industry.
The company strives to realize the spirit of its corporate mottos: “Work sincerely with the firm’s trademark in mind” and “Learn the strong points of others, and listen to all voices.” Through eight years of growth, the company has distributed over 120 domestic and foreign films, including Confession of Pain, Protégé, The Myth, Initial D, and Dragon Tiger Gate, generating over RMB 1 billion (approximately US$ 130 million) in box office revenue, capturing over 20% of the overall market share for five years running.
It has also co-produced over 20 feature films including The Warlords, Red Cliff, Flash Point, and After This Our Exile.
In 2007, Variety recognized the successful growth of Polybona Films, and wrote highly about its transforming from Miramax to Paramount.
As the Chinese film industry develops to become more market-oriented and international, PolyBona plans to grow steadily through professional work, standardized management, and forward-looking visions. It has already become one of China’s most influential and promising film companies.