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China Box Office: ‘The Last Frenzy’ Returns to Top Spot as Theatrical Momentum Slows, ‘The Fall Guy’ Flops - variety.com - China - USA - Hong Kong
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20.05.2024 / 05:51

China Box Office: ‘The Last Frenzy’ Returns to Top Spot as Theatrical Momentum Slows, ‘The Fall Guy’ Flops

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “The Last Frenzy,” a comedy film about a dying man’s last hurrah, returned to the top spot in mainland Chinese cinemas in its third weekend of release. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” which a week earlier had been the biggest title, slipped to fourth place. In another China disappointment for Hollywood, “The Fall Guy” opened outside the Chinese top ten.

‘IF’ Buddies Up To $59M WW; ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rises To $237.5M – International Box Office - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Mexico - Italy - Norway - Germany - Japan - Greece - Poland - Uae
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19.05.2024 / 18:51

‘IF’ Buddies Up To $59M WW; ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rises To $237.5M – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…:  After starting early offshore release on John Krasinski’s IF last weekend, Paramount expanded the imaginary friends film to another 56 international box office markets this session. The overseas frame was worth $20M, bringing the international running cume to $24M. With domestic’s $35M debut, the worldwide total is now $59M.

Hoshi Studios, East-West Manga Incubator, Launched by Through the Lens Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Singapore
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18.05.2024 / 05:59

Hoshi Studios, East-West Manga Incubator, Launched by Through the Lens Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Through the Lens Entertainment, the East-West film studio that made a splash at Cannes last year, is expanding into manga. It has launched Hoshi Studios, a manga development and publishing startup with outposts in Singapore and Japan. The outfit will create teams combining western film and TV talent with established Japanese manga artists to create books and other comic-book properties.

Variety Women in Cinema Panel in Cannes to Feature Salma Abu Deif, Kiara Advani, Sarocha Chankimha (Freen), Adhwa Fahad, Aseel Omran, Ramata Toulaye-Sy - variety.com - Senegal - India - Thailand - Saudi Arabia - Egypt
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17.05.2024 / 11:43

Variety Women in Cinema Panel in Cannes to Feature Salma Abu Deif, Kiara Advani, Sarocha Chankimha (Freen), Adhwa Fahad, Aseel Omran, Ramata Toulaye-Sy

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Variety will present a Women in Cinema Panel at the Cannes Film Festival in tandem with the Red Sea International Film Festival featuring top talents from Egypt, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Senegal. The panel will take place at La Plage Des Palmes on Saturday, May 18, at 12pm CET.

‘The Pig, The Snake and The Pigeon’ Leads Taipei Film Awards Nominations – Global Bulletin - variety.com - South Korea - county Lee - Hong Kong - city Taipei - county Frederick
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17.05.2024 / 10:51

‘The Pig, The Snake and The Pigeon’ Leads Taipei Film Awards Nominations – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Hit crime thriller “The Pig, The Snake and The Pigeon” received 13 nominations for the upcoming Taipei Film Festival’s Taipei Film Awards. These include nominations for best feature, best director, best screenplay, best actor, best supporting actress, and best supporting actor.

Tony Leung Set as Tokyo Film Festival Jury President - variety.com - Japan - Tokyo - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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17.05.2024 / 03:51

Tony Leung Set as Tokyo Film Festival Jury President

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Leading Hong Kong actor Tony Leung has been set as the president of the jury that will decide the main competition prizes at the Tokyo International Film Festival later this year. “Japan is close to my heart in more ways than one. And to be involved in celebrating film in this way, is a big deal for me.

AMP International Launches Sales On Sci-Fi Pic ‘Touchdown’ - deadline.com - Australia - China - South Africa - Thailand - Hong Kong - county Liberty - county Clinton
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16.05.2024 / 14:31

AMP International Launches Sales On Sci-Fi Pic ‘Touchdown’

EXCLUSIVE: AMP International has taken world sales rights on the sci-fi film Touchdown from Bandit Country.

‘Don’t Cry Butterfly,’ Hanoi-Set Horror-Comedy, Flies to Korea’s Barunson E&A for Cannes Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Indonesia - Vietnam - Singapore - Philippines
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16.05.2024 / 05:07

‘Don’t Cry Butterfly,’ Hanoi-Set Horror-Comedy, Flies to Korea’s Barunson E&A for Cannes Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korea’s Barunson E&A has picked up world sales rights to Vietnamese horror-comedy “Don’t Cry Butterfly.” Sales will be launched this week at the Cannes Market. Written and directed by Duong Dieu Linh, the Hanoi-set film follows a housewife who uses voodoo to try and get her cheating husband fall back into love with her, but instead invites a mysterious presence into the house.

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - Britain - India - Japan - Papua New Guinea
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15.05.2024 / 12:51

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin

Naman Ramachandran Indian filmmaker Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran‘s next film “Papa Buka” will commence principal photography in Papua New Guinea in July. The film will follow Indian historians Romila and Anand who go to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to write a book about the Indian soldiers who fought with the British and Australian armies against the Japanese during WWII in the country.

EST N8 Adds Fantasia-Bound Korean Action Film ‘Mash Ville’ to Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - Los Angeles - North Korea - Philippines - city Bangkok
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15.05.2024 / 07:59

EST N8 Adds Fantasia-Bound Korean Action Film ‘Mash Ville’ to Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Los Angeles- and Bangkok-based sales firm EST N8 has bulked up its Cannes Market film sales slate with a trio of completed Asian titles. “Mash Ville” stars Jeon Sin-hwan (“The Housemaid,” “Time Renegades”) and Park Jong-hwan (“Concrete Utopia,” “Hell Is Other People”) and weaves together the lives of pseudo-religious believers and eight strangers in a rural area. When their paths cross they must fight for survival.

‘The Desperate Chase’ Racks Up Pre-Sales Ahead of Cannes Market Launch by Korea’s Finecut - variety.com - France - Brazil - South Korea - city Seoul - Japan - Vietnam - Israel - Taiwan
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15.05.2024 / 07:59

‘The Desperate Chase’ Racks Up Pre-Sales Ahead of Cannes Market Launch by Korea’s Finecut

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Seoul-based film sales company, Finecut has notched pre-sales for its upcoming action-comedy “The Desperate Chase, which it is launching this week at the Cannes Film Festival‘s Cannes Market,. The film is an action comedy featuring a hot-blooded detective and a swindler who is also a master of disguise who team up to combat an evil mafia. Early rights buyers include Rights Cube for Japan, Apex Success Global for Taiwan and Mockingbird Pictures for Vietnam. Screening as a rough cut in the Cannes Market, the film is the second feature by Kim Jae-hoon, known for his debut with the body-switch action thriller “Devils,” which released in South Korea last year.

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - New York - Los Angeles - Japan
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14.05.2024 / 15:17

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor As Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the Paris-based international sales company MK2 Films has revealed it has acquired three films and made substantial investments in new restorations, set against the backdrop of a strong presence at Cannes Classics. MK2 Films has entered into a collaboration with the Niki Charitable Art Foundation on the global rights (excluding the U.S.) for two films directed by artist Niki de Saint Phalle: “Un Rêve plus long que la nuit” (1976) and “Daddy” (1973).

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Thailand - city Bangkok
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14.05.2024 / 07:41

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Chatchai Chinnasri and Nattawut Sanyabut, two stars from runaway Thai hit film “The Undertaker,” are reunited on upcoming supernatural horror film “Night Shift.” The new film, directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”), centers on an upcountry graveyard worker who finds himself haunted by spirits in an abandoned building in Bangkok. The film is directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”) and is now in advanced pre-production ahead of a June start of production. Delivery is anticipated in March 2025.

China Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Opens on Top of Weekend Chart - variety.com - China - Japan - Hong Kong
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13.05.2024 / 03:41

China Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Opens on Top of Weekend Chart

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” debuted on top of the mainland China box office with an opening weekend score of $11.4 million (RMB81.1 million). That was only the fourth weekend this year that a Hollywood film has topped the China charts and the third time in 2024 that a Hollywood title has opened on top. “Apes” was also the top film this weekend in North America and international markets. Data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway showed that the film accounted for some 30% of the theatrical total on a weekend where theaters earned a combined $38.2 million.

Korea Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Opens Second as ‘Roundup: Punishment’ Wins Third Weekend - variety.com - South Korea - Japan - North Korea
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13.05.2024 / 02:13

Korea Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Opens Second as ‘Roundup: Punishment’ Wins Third Weekend

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” opened in second place at the South Korean weekend box office, a distance behind local holdover title “The Roundup: Punishment.” “Punishment,” the fourth part of Don Lee’s “Roundup” action franchise, dominated proceedings for the third weekend in succession. It earned $5.53 million and advanced its cumulative total to $67.7 million, according to Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Jason Statham Teams With ‘Plane’ Director Jean-Francois Richet & MadRiver For Action-Thriller ‘Mutiny’, Lionsgate Pre-Buys North America Before Veterans Launches Hot Project At Cannes Market - deadline.com - Britain - Spain - France - USA - Italy - Austria - Germany - Japan
deadline.com
10.05.2024 / 19:59

Jason Statham Teams With ‘Plane’ Director Jean-Francois Richet & MadRiver For Action-Thriller ‘Mutiny’, Lionsgate Pre-Buys North America Before Veterans Launches Hot Project At Cannes Market

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the Cannes market, Lionsgate has taken North American rights off the table on one of the bigger-budget new packages that’ll be on sale next week: that’s action-thriller Mutiny, which will star action evergreen Jason Statham (Fast & Furious) and be directed by Jean-François Richet (Plane).

Former WME Independent Agent Nelson Mok Starts Investment And Sales Company Mokster Films - deadline.com - Australia - New Zealand - China - Thailand - Indonesia - Vietnam - Hong Kong - Taiwan - city Hong Kong
deadline.com
10.05.2024 / 14:13

Former WME Independent Agent Nelson Mok Starts Investment And Sales Company Mokster Films

Former WME Independent agent Nelson Mok is launching a new investment and sales company named Mokster Films, which will focus on projects from Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Mamoru Oshii To Oversee 4K Remastering Of 1985 Animation ‘Angel’s Egg’ As Gebeka Int’l Lines Up Cannes Sales Launch - deadline.com - Japan
deadline.com
10.05.2024 / 09:11

Mamoru Oshii To Oversee 4K Remastering Of 1985 Animation ‘Angel’s Egg’ As Gebeka Int’l Lines Up Cannes Sales Launch

EXCLUSIVE: Animation-focused sales company Gebeka International has acquired world sales rights to an upcoming 4K remastered version of Japanese animation director Mamoru Oshii’s 1985 animated feature Angel’s Egg. 

K2 Pictures Seeks to Break Japan’s Production Committee System of Conservative Filmmaking - variety.com - Hollywood - Japan
variety.com
10.05.2024 / 04:57

K2 Pictures Seeks to Break Japan’s Production Committee System of Conservative Filmmaking

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Kii Muneyuki, a former head of production at Japan’s Toei, is launching K2 Pictures, a company that aims to upend Japanese filmmaking practices. Its debut slate, with films by Kore-eda Hirokazu, Iwai Shunji and Nishikawa Miwa, will be unveiled in Cannes next week. A key part of the new company’s strategy is the establishment of a film fund, K2P Film Fund I, that will invest in live action and animations productions.

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