Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5.18.2010 - News

Screen Daily: Fortune Star sells package deals
  • Hong Kong-based Fortune Star, owned by regional broadcaster Star, has sold two separate packages of library titles to Thailand’s EVS Entertainment and Media International Pictures (MIP) for the Middle East.
  • EVS has taken 29 titles including My Father Is A Hero and Hitman, both starring Jet Li; Johnnie To’s Running Out Of Time, and Tsui Hark’s The Legend of Zu. MIP acquired 20 titles including Jackie Chan’s City Hunter, John Woo’s Bullet In The Head and Hitman.
  • Fortune Star recently expanded its portfolio by adding more than 100 titles acquired from Hong Kong-based production company China Star Group.
Takeshi Kitano

Hollywood Reporter
"Outrage" a bona fide yakuza film
As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play, "Outrage" is Takeshi Kitano's first yakuza flick since "Brother" (2000). (Cannes press conference - audio, photos)
Takeshi Kitano unleashes "Outrage" at Cannes
A eulogy to lung pollution, "Love in a Puff" makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed as it chronicles how two chain smokers fall in love over a week in the wake of a government crackdown on tobacco in Hong Kong.
"I Wish I Knew," Jia Zhangke's documentary on Shanghai, commissioned to commemorate the World Expo taking place in the city this month, is a patchwork quilt with too many fabrics and patterns.
Screen Daily: Toei plans 3D version of cult thriller Battle Royale
The 3D version of the original will be ready for market screenings in October and released in Japan on November 20. Like the original, the 3D version will have an R-15 rating in Japan.

Cartoon reaction to films like Don Quixote rushing to join 3D bandwagon.

Alex Fong Chung-San (Xinhua)
Alex Fong, Zhang Yu, Qin Lan, Li Chen (Sina)

A sequel to the 1980 Chinese film "Romance on Lushan Mountain", which heralded the rebirth of the country's romantic movie genre, is on the cards, M1905.com reports.
The sequel, provisionally titled "Romance on Lushan Mountain 2010", continues the story, focusing on a love triangle involving the children of the characters in the 1980 film.Qin Lan, Li Chen and Alex Fong Chung-Sun will star in the sequel. Actress-turned-director Zhang Yu will also reprise her original role.

CRI: Film on Tangshan Quake to Screen in July
Feng Xiaogang's new film "Aftershock", which reflects the Tangshan earthquake in 1976, will be released on July 22. Release date moved up.

Pace Wu plays a Taoist nun in Reign of Assassins

Fierce West Wind - Francis Ng

Wu Jing

Xia Yu
A 90 second teaser trailer was screened at Cannes and received high praise. "Not Supermen, but real men!"  No plot could be determined, but director Gao Qunshu's film is described as Hollywood-style hardcore action film full of high testosterone. Overseas studio and media interest in the film was high. Producer Peggy Chiao said the teaser was meant to give a quick flavor for the characters but not to reveal the story line. Veteran Hollywood reporters Stephen Cremin, Patrick Frater and Derek Elley were impressed by the development and progress of the Chinese action genre and felt the film was more Hollywood-like than Hong Kong-style.
(ifeng), (Sina) (Thanks, to Valerie)

Ocean Paradise - Jet Li and Wen Zhang play father and son

Fan Bingbing wearing Elie Saab, she was dubbed the Eastern Swan Princess by local media

Red carpet for Biutiful from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Cannes cast portrait session (Zimbio)

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