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Sony to Launch Anime Academy as Audience for Japanese Animation Grows - variety.com - Japan
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24.05.2024 / 07:35

Sony to Launch Anime Academy as Audience for Japanese Animation Grows

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Sony is to launch an academy that will develop talent involved in the creation of anime, it was announced on Thursday. The initiative was revealed as part of Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate Sony Group Corporation’s annual corporate strategy presentation.

Korea Box Office: ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ Dashes to Day One Lead - variety.com - France - Sweden - South Korea - Thailand - Belgium - Denmark - North Korea - Indonesia - Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines
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23.05.2024 / 04:59

Korea Box Office: ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ Dashes to Day One Lead

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Fresh from its Cannes premiere George Miller’s “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” dashed into the lead at the South Korea cinema box office. In doing so, it deposed “The Roundup: Punishment,” the local crime actioner that has dominated Korean cinemagoing for the past month. “Furiosa” earned $575,000 from 75,400 ticket sales on Wednesday, giving it a Korean total of $597,000, including a sprinkling of preview showings, according to data from the Kobis tracking service that is operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Korea’s ‘Couple Palace’ Greenlighted for Second Season – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - county Young - Burma - Israel - city Odessa, county Young - county Hinds
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22.05.2024 / 10:19

Korea’s ‘Couple Palace’ Greenlighted for Second Season – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korea’s CJ ENM has given a second season commission to “Couple Palace,” its hit couple matching survival show. The show stars fifty men and fifty women from various backgrounds who unveil their detailed social status to search for ideal partners based on elements such as ideal marriage values, physical appearance, economic status, and lifestyle.

Anime ‘Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction’ Launching as Series After Two-Part Movie (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Los Angeles - Japan - Tokyo - county San Diego
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20.05.2024 / 15:43

Anime ‘Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction’ Launching as Series After Two-Part Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Already adapted as a two-part feature film, the acclaimed manga “Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction” is to be made available worldwide as an animated TV series on Crunchyroll later this week. The two-part feature film, distributed by Gaga Corp., has only been released in Japan – part one debuted in Japan in March, while part two will open on May 24. The film content, complemented by new footage not seen in the theatrical features, will be screened as an 18-part TV series. Starting from May 23, episodes will upload every Thursday evening Los Angeles time (or Friday May 24, Japan time). The underlying manga is based on a graphic novel by Asano Inio (“Goodnight Punpun”) and was published by Shogakukan between 2014 and 2022, with over three million copies in circulation.

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin - variety.com - South Korea - Thailand - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore - city Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines - city Busan - Mongolia
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20.05.2024 / 13:17

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The 27-member European Film Agency Directors Association and the Asian Film Alliance Network, which was established this time last year and currently has seven members, have agreed to work together on topics of common interest and to jointly develop a better world film ecosystem. At a meeting this week held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, EFAD and AFAN promised to enhance understanding and collaboration between Asian and European national film agencies. Topics included: dialog on policy and regulations; the development of the film industry in both regions; and addressing new media and challenges ahead. Separately, the founding AFAN members convened for a closed-door roundtable discussion on May 16.

Korea Box Office: ‘IF’ and Other New Releases Make Little Impact as ‘The Roundup: Punishment’ Hits $75 Million - variety.com - South Korea - North Korea
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20.05.2024 / 03:37

Korea Box Office: ‘IF’ and Other New Releases Make Little Impact as ‘The Roundup: Punishment’ Hits $75 Million

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Local blockbuster, “The Roundup: Punishment” extended its dominance of the South Korea theatrical box office for a fourth weekend. That lifted its cumulative total to a powerful $75 million. “Punishment,” the fourth part of a brutal action comedy film franchise produced by and starring Don Lee (aka Ma Dong-seok), earned $3.05 million between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

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.

‘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.

Lili Reinhart To Lead Social Media Thriller ‘American Sweatshop’ About “Dark Side Of The Internet”; Barry Levinson & Tom Fontana Among Producers — Cannes Market Hot Project - deadline.com - USA - Germany - city Baltimore
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17.05.2024 / 10:51

Lili Reinhart To Lead Social Media Thriller ‘American Sweatshop’ About “Dark Side Of The Internet”; Barry Levinson & Tom Fontana Among Producers — Cannes Market Hot Project

EXCLUSIVE: Riverdale and Hustlers star Lili Reinhart is set to lead mystery thriller American Sweatshop, whose producers include Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man) and acclaimed American showrunner Tom Fontana (Oz) who will be producing his first feature.

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.

‘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.

Thai Action Film ‘The 24’ Launched by New Sales Firm Boz Pictures at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Thailand - Japan - Hong Kong - city Bangkok
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15.05.2024 / 07:59

Thai Action Film ‘The 24’ Launched by New Sales Firm Boz Pictures at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Female stunt performer Wiriya Caesar will step up into the lead performer role in upcoming Thai action film “The 24.” The film project is being launched this week in the Cannes Market by new international sales firm Boz Pictures. Wiriya (aka Porntip Wiriya, aka “Fan”) has previously been a stunt double for Mary-Elizabeth Winstead in “Kate” and Golshifteh Farahani in “Extraction,” and has other credits on “Thirteen Lives” and “Hidden Strike.” In “The 24” she will star as an assassin who wakes up with a time bomb strapped to her body. She has clear instructions to kill a hit list of 24 members of the Bangkok underground, with each successful hit buying her more time alive. Caesar is joined in the cast by Japan’s Sakaguchi Tak (“Re:Born,” “One Percenter,” “Versus”), Dan Chupong (“Ong Bak 1 &2,” “Born to Fight”), Sunny Pang (“The Night Comes for Us,” “Headshot” and Gareth Evans’ upcoming “Havoc”) and Simon Kook (“Ip Man 3,” “Mayhem”). The film, which will shoot in the fourth quarter of this year, is written and directed by Lee Thongkham (“The Maid,” “The Lake,” “Kitty the Killer”).

Asian Content Attracts and Retains 80% of Region’s VOD Audiences, Report - variety.com - China - Thailand - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines
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15.05.2024 / 06:59

Asian Content Attracts and Retains 80% of Region’s VOD Audiences, Report

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Asian audiences are increasingly turning to homegrown content in their streaming choices. Asian titles powering 80% of premium VOD engagement and customer acquisition, according to new research from research and consultancy firm Media Partners Asia. “The Rise of Asian Content” is based on passive tracking of 40,000 users by sister company AMPD in nine major Asian markets – Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand – over 15 months between Jan.

‘Civil War’ Set for Mainland China Theatrical Release - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Belgium - Washington - Portugal - Finland
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15.05.2024 / 02:41

‘Civil War’ Set for Mainland China Theatrical Release

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Alex Garland’s critically-acclaimed “Civil War” has confirmed a theatrical release in mainland China. Marking the first A24 production to be released in China, it will arrive in cinemas from June 7. Huahua Media took rights to the film for China. Tech and entertainment giant Alibaba will also be partnering with Huahua throughout the release. Depicting a dystopian future America, the film’s story follows a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach Washington DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

The Buzziest Films and Packages for Sale at Cannes 2024: ‘The Apprentice,’ Pamela Anderson’s ‘Last Showgirl’ and ‘Emilia Perez’ Starring Selena Gomez - variety.com
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14.05.2024 / 11:43

The Buzziest Films and Packages for Sale at Cannes 2024: ‘The Apprentice,’ Pamela Anderson’s ‘Last Showgirl’ and ‘Emilia Perez’ Starring Selena Gomez

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Are we headed for a bon marché? A new class of finished films and packages (unmade movies with big stars and a director attached) will travel to Cannes this week in search of cash and homes with the studios, streamers and global indie players. The 2024 Cannes market comes equipped with some interesting contradictions. Stateside, the content buying machine is fraught.

Lino Brocka’s Cannes Classic ‘Bona,’ With Philippines’ Female Superstar Nora Aunor, Set for Release in U.S., France (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Canada - Philippines
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14.05.2024 / 07:41

Lino Brocka’s Cannes Classic ‘Bona,’ With Philippines’ Female Superstar Nora Aunor, Set for Release in U.S., France (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Bona,” one of the landmark films of Philippines cinema, is headed for release in France and the U.S. later this year. Directed by Lino Brocka, considered one of the pioneers of Philippines cinema, a restored version of the film returns to Cannes after an absence of more than 40 years.

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).

Vietnam’s Skyline Media Inks Pre-Cannes Deals on Southeast Asian Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Vietnam - Cambodia - Hong Kong - Burma - Taiwan - city Busan - Laos
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09.05.2024 / 10:05

Vietnam’s Skyline Media Inks Pre-Cannes Deals on Southeast Asian Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Skyline Media, a leading Vietnamese studio, is getting ready for Cannes with a string of sales on its local and Southeast Asian film sales slate. Since appearing at FilMart in Hong Kong in March, Skyine has licensed Cambodian horror title “The Night Curse of Reatrei” to Taiwan’s Cai Chang International and to Exponenta Film for the CIS region.

‘Noise’ Sales Resonate for Korea’s Finecut – Pre-Cannes Market Deals - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - Italy - Thailand - Austria - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Greece - Czech Republic - Berlin - Cyprus - Slovakia - Taiwan - city Sangsoo
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09.05.2024 / 09:39

‘Noise’ Sales Resonate for Korea’s Finecut – Pre-Cannes Market Deals

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korean sales firm Finecut has inked multiple deals for horror thriller “Noise” and for “A Traveler’s Needs,” the recent Berlin prize-winner directed by Hong Sangsoo.“Noise” is a “multi-sensory and realistic horror” film that intertwines societal motifs of “floor noise” with suspenseful elements. Directed by Kim Soo-jin, the film centers around a woman with a hearing aid haunted by inexplicable sounds linked to her sister’s disappearance in her own apartment and attracting a malevolent presence.

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