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China’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Escape From the 21st Century’ Picked up by Fortissimo Films - variety.com - China - city Amsterdam - city Beijing
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13.07.2024 / 14:17

China’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Escape From the 21st Century’ Picked up by Fortissimo Films

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Amsterdam and Beijing-based film sales company Fortissimo Films has picked up licensing duties to upcoming “Escape From the 21st Century,” a Chinese sci-fi action title. The story follows three friends who discover they have the power to travel back and forth 20 years with a sneeze. However, the future is not as good as they hoped and need to take on the responsibility of saving the world.

‘The Last Stop in Yuma County’ Takes Top Prize at Bucheon Fantasy Film Festival - variety.com - county Hall - South Korea - Japan - Arizona - North Korea - Hong Kong - Taiwan - county Yuma
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13.07.2024 / 07:34

‘The Last Stop in Yuma County’ Takes Top Prize at Bucheon Fantasy Film Festival

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief American-made films took two top prizes at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea, ahead of a slew of Korean and Taiwanese titles that took the lesser prizes. “The Last Stop in Yuma County,” a crime thriller directed by Francis Galluppi and set around a restaurant in Arizona, won the KRW20 million ($14,500) Bucheon Choice feature award. The jury called it a, “profound exploration of human nature [with] characters traversing the boundary between righteousness and malevolence.” JT Mollner was named best director in the same section for his “Strange Darling,” a retro-feel, horror-romance with what the jury called, “an exhilarating and engaging narrative, challenging genre and character stereotypes and subverting implicit bias.” The awards were presented Friday evening at a closing ceremony at the Bucheon City Hall.

Isoyama Aki, Japanese Producer of ‘Let’s Get Divorced’ Sets Five-Year Deal With Netflix - variety.com - Japan
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13.07.2024 / 07:18

Isoyama Aki, Japanese Producer of ‘Let’s Get Divorced’ Sets Five-Year Deal With Netflix

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Netflix has announced an exclusive partnership with Japanese producer Isoyama Aki. Starting this month, Netflix will exclusively produce and distribute new series and films by Isoyama for the next five years. Her most recent hit, the time-traveling comedy “Extremely Inappropriate!,” topped Netflix’s most-watched list in Japan for three weeks.

China Box Office: Malaysian Crime Thriller ‘A Place Called Silence’ Makes $50 Million Debut - variety.com - China - India - Malaysia - Taiwan - city Busan
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13.07.2024 / 00:35

China Box Office: Malaysian Crime Thriller ‘A Place Called Silence’ Makes $50 Million Debut

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “A Place Called Silence,” a Malaysian crime thriller that debuted at the Busan film festival in 2022, kicked off its commercial career in mainland China with a $50 million theatrical debut. The film earned RMB290 million ($40.9 million) between Friday and Sunday, according to data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway. It was given an early start on Wednesday and over its full-five day opening run amassed $52.8 million.

Hong Sang-soo’s ‘By the Stream’ Picked Up by Korea’s Finecut Ahead of Locarno Premiere - variety.com - France - South Korea - city Seoul - Berlin
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13.07.2024 / 00:17

Hong Sang-soo’s ‘By the Stream’ Picked Up by Korea’s Finecut Ahead of Locarno Premiere

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “By the Stream” (aka “Suyoocheon”), the latest work by prolific South Korean minimalist director Hong Sang-soo, has been picked up for international sales by Finecut. The picture will have its world premiere in competition next month at the Locarno Film Festival.

Zhang Lu to Head Busan Film Festival’s Academy – Global Bulletin - variety.com - China - North Korea - Indonesia - city Taipei - city Busan
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12.07.2024 / 19:43

Zhang Lu to Head Busan Film Festival’s Academy – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Zhang Lu, the Chinese Korean director, has been appointed as dean of the Chanel x BIFF Asian Film Academy, part of the Busan International Film Festival. Zhang has been making feature films since 2004, when his “Tang Poetry” won acclaim at the Locarno and Vancouver festivals. He has since made titles including “Grain in Ear” (2005), which won the New Currents Award at Busan, “Desert Dream” and the recent “The Shadowless Tower.” He was also a professor at Yonsei University for eight years.

‘Emmanuelle’ Trailer: Noémie Merlant and Will Sharpe Embark on an Erotic Quest in Audrey Diwan’s Adaptation of Famous French Novel - variety.com - France - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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12.07.2024 / 15:09

‘Emmanuelle’ Trailer: Noémie Merlant and Will Sharpe Embark on an Erotic Quest in Audrey Diwan’s Adaptation of Famous French Novel

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Audrey Diwan’s erotic quest movie “Emmanuelle” has dropped a first trailer and poster ahead of its world premiere screening in September at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Shot in Hong Kong, the film is freely adapted from Emmanuelle Arsan’s novel of the same name. It casts a female gaze on the intimate quest of the woman whose name still evokes one cinema’s most provocative characters.

‘Wind Breaker’ Anime Hit Set for Second Season – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Japan
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28.06.2024 / 12:17

‘Wind Breaker’ Anime Hit Set for Second Season – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Hit Japanese anime series “Wind Breaker” has been confirmed for a second season, distributor Crunchyroll said on Thursday. The announcement came the same day as the finale of Season 1. “Welcome to Furin High School, an institution infamous for its population of brawny brutes who solve every conflict with a show of strength.

‘Soul Mate’ Gay Romance Between Korean and Japanese Men, Set at Netflix - variety.com - South Korea - Germany - city Seoul - Japan - North Korea
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28.06.2024 / 08:05

‘Soul Mate’ Gay Romance Between Korean and Japanese Men, Set at Netflix

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Expanding its Japanese content, Netflix has set up “Soul Mate,” a live-action series that charts the ten-year romance between a Korean man and a Japanese man. Traversing Berlin, Germany, Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan, “Soul Mate” starts when a man who left everything behind in Japan (portrayed by Isomura Hayato), is saved by a boxer named Johan (portrayed by Ok Taec-yeon) in a foreign land.

Thai Film ‘How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies’ Reaches $27 Million in Southeast Asia Rollout – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - New Zealand - Thailand - Indonesia - Vietnam - Malaysia - Burma - Singapore - Philippines
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27.06.2024 / 12:57

Thai Film ‘How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies’ Reaches $27 Million in Southeast Asia Rollout – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The family drama “How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies” has become the highest-grossing Thai film of all time in The Philippines, distributor Westec Media claims. The company, which released the film, does not quantify the receipts or the record. But there is little doubt of the film’s hit status across Asia.

‘Caught by the Tides,’ Jia Zhangke’s Epic Cannes Competition Film, Set for U.S. Release - variety.com - China - city Beijing
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25.06.2024 / 13:25

‘Caught by the Tides,’ Jia Zhangke’s Epic Cannes Competition Film, Set for U.S. Release

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Caught by the Tides,” the contemporary Chinese epic film directed by Jia Zhangke, has been acquired for U.S. release by Sidehow and Janus Films. The film appeared in main competition in Cannes in May and is on one an extended look at the romantic destiny of his perennial heroine, Qiaoqiao (Zhao Tao) over a period of 21 years.

Shanghai TV Festival: Stars Expected to Shine for ‘See Her Again’ - variety.com - France - Hong Kong - city Shanghai
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24.06.2024 / 01:49

Shanghai TV Festival: Stars Expected to Shine for ‘See Her Again’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The stars of upcoming Chinese-language TV drama “See Her Again” are set to take to the red carpet on Monday, the first day of the Shanghai Television Festival. Telling the story of a police officer who traces a serial murder case across 25 years in Hong Kong, using clues from 1993 and technology from 2018, the show stars William Chan Wai-ting and Cya Liu (aka Liu Xin).

China Box Office: Local Drama ‘Moments We Shared’ Crushes ‘Inside Out 2’ and ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Debuts - variety.com - China - Japan
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24.06.2024 / 01:49

China Box Office: Local Drama ‘Moments We Shared’ Crushes ‘Inside Out 2’ and ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Debuts

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Feelgood local movie “Moments We Shared” ran off to a dominant win at the mainland China box office, despite releasing only on Saturday. If ever there was need of further evidence of Hollywood’s diminished power with Chinese audiences, this weekend provided it. “Moments’” win came at the expense of two U.S.

Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Out 2’ Dominates on Second Weekend - variety.com - South Korea - Japan - North Korea
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24.06.2024 / 00:49

Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Out 2’ Dominates on Second Weekend

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Inside Out 2” enjoyed a stellar second weekend at the South Korean box office, comfortably beating local thriller “Hijack 1971.” The Pixar animation recorded a week-on-week drop of only 15% to score $10.3 million between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Kobis the box office tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic). Its market share through the weekend was a powerful 70%. Those performances give the film a $28 million cumulative after 12 days in Korean cinemas.

Zhang Xinyang’s ‘Cold Water’ is Hot Pick at Shanghai Film Project Market - variety.com - China - Tokyo - city Shanghai
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22.06.2024 / 15:49

Zhang Xinyang’s ‘Cold Water’ is Hot Pick at Shanghai Film Project Market

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The 17th edition of the SIFF Project Market, held on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, wrapped this week with the awarding of various prizes and an early evening party. In the juried section prizes were determined by a panel including Lu Chuan, Luca Liang and Yao Chen.

Canal+ Increases Stake in Viu, Eyes Majority Ownership of Asian Streamer – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - France - Los Angeles - China - Iran
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20.06.2024 / 09:37

Canal+ Increases Stake in Viu, Eyes Majority Ownership of Asian Streamer – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief France’s Canal+ Group has increased its stake in multi-territory Asian video streamer Viu to 36.8%. It says that the move is in accordance with the terms of the strategic partnership with Viu owner PCCW Group announced a year ago and follows the satisfaction of key business milestones.

Shanghai Film Festival: Malaysian Animation ‘Extinction’ Inks First Rights Deals (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Los Angeles - China - Turkey - Malaysia - city Shanghai - Israel - city Hong Kong
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19.06.2024 / 13:01

Shanghai Film Festival: Malaysian Animation ‘Extinction’ Inks First Rights Deals (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Extinction,” the Malaysian-produced animation that is playing at the Shanghai International Film Festival, has struck its first international rights sales deals. The film was recently picked up by All Rights Entertainment, the Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles-based sales agency. All Rights has subsequently licensed the title to Magic Film for the CIS region, to Dazzler Media for the U.K., to Red Cape Distribution for Israel and to Bir Film for Turkey.

Shanghai: Wanda Film Strikes Huge Cinema Renewal Deal With Imax - variety.com - China - city Chinatown - city Shanghai - city Beijing - city Guangzhou
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19.06.2024 / 02:57

Shanghai: Wanda Film Strikes Huge Cinema Renewal Deal With Imax

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Wanda Film, China’s largest cinema operator, has expanded its business relationship with Imax Corp. in a huge deal that straddles technology and content. With 381 Imax installations, Wanda alone operates more Imax venues than most countries.

Japan Icon Kitano Takeshi Shooting Untitled Movie for Amazon MGM Studios - variety.com - Japan
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18.06.2024 / 22:09

Japan Icon Kitano Takeshi Shooting Untitled Movie for Amazon MGM Studios

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Kitano Takeshi, one of the biggest names in contemporary Japanese cinema, is directing an untitled movie for Amazon MGM Studios. Other details of the movie, such as cast and synopsis were also scant. Amazon said only that it, “will produce globally acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano’s feature film.

‘The Substance’ Among 16 Cannes Titles Selected for New Zealand Film Festival – Global Bulletin - variety.com - New Zealand - China - India - Vietnam
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18.06.2024 / 12:11

‘The Substance’ Among 16 Cannes Titles Selected for New Zealand Film Festival – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Coralie Fargeat’s Demi Moore-starring feminist body horror film “The Substance” has been set as the closing night title for the New Zealand International Film Festival. The picture is one of 16 which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month selected for the NZIFF which is now under the artistic leadership of Paolo Bertolin.

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