Both China and Hong Kong have opted for crowd-pleasers for their Oscars offerings this year - one film that fuelled a major social debate and one that swept all box office records before it.
Echoes of the Rainbow has been put forward for consideration by the Hong Kong film community, following its win of a minor award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival (the Crystal Bear, decided by a junior jury) and four awards at home, including Best Actor for its star Simon Yam.
The film is set around a 1960s tenement house in the back streets of Hong Kong and helped spur a successful push to save the buildings in which the film was shot, which had been earlier earmarked for demolition.
The film picked up a surprising US$3 million (2.2 million euros) on limited release in Hong Kong, after being made for just US$1.5 million (1.1 million euros).
There was nothing limited at all about the release of China's entry for the Oscars. The Feng Xiaogang-directed Aftershock - set in the wake of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake - was given mass release, helping it to collect a staggering 650 million yuan (71 million euro) from the box office, the most ever made by a Chinese production.
Meanwhile, in news from the region's box office for the weekend ending September 26, Hong Kong saw the rise of the Andrew Lau-directed actioner Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen - starring Donnie Yen as the legendary martial artist Chen Zhen - which topped the charts with takings of US$856,973 (629,623 euro).
The toast of Japan was Eiichiro Hasumi's Umizaru 3 ( The Last Message) - another installment in the series which follows the fortunes of a team of rescue divers - which collected US$8,184,164 (6,013,074 euros).
No data was available from China, which is currently in the middle of National Day public holidays.