"As the People's Republic of China celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009, the country's film industry continued to flourish with record-setting blockbusters. Anniversary tribute film ""The Founding of a Republic"", for example, took little effort to become the highest-grossing Chinese-language film ever.
In the meantime, top Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou was back after a three-year absence from the big screen, although his latest work was not favored by all.
Globally, the year 2009 has given us big surprises with such sensations as Susan Boyle and Lady Gaga. But there have been heart-wrenching moments as well - We lost Michael Jackson, and were shocked to learn that the previously squeaky-clean Noriko Sakai was embroiled in a drug scandal. Check out our review of the year 2009.