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China's $500M Blockbuster 'The Mermaid' Getting TV Adaptation

13 June 2017 1:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

China's biggest movie ever, Stephen Chow's blockbuster The Mermaid, which earned an astonishing $527 million in 2016, is set to be remade for television.

Chinese production company Shanghai New Culture Media Group revealed in a regulatory filing that it has sold the exclusive online streaming rights to the forthcoming show to Beijing-based Svod company iQiyi for $61.8 million (420 million Rmb) — a record for streaming video rights in the country.

Local Chinese media sources are reporting that Chow will script and produce the TV drama adaptation himself.

New Culture Media also said in a second filing that it has sold »

- Patrick Brzeski

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China's $500M Blockbuster 'The Mermaid' Getting TV Adaptation

13 June 2017 1:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

China's biggest movie ever, Stephen Chow's blockbuster The Mermaid, which earned an astonishing $527 million in 2016, is set to be remade for television.

Chinese production company Shanghai New Culture Media Group revealed in a regulatory filing that it has sold the exclusive online streaming rights to the forthcoming show to Beijing-based Svod company iQiyi for $61.8 million (420 million Rmb) — a record for streaming video rights in the country.

Local Chinese media sources are reporting that Chow will script and produce the TV drama adaptation himself.

New Culture Media also said in a second filing that it has sold »

- Patrick Brzeski

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8 Great Foreign Action Films Streaming on Netflix

12 June 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Subscription streaming services require digging to discover their full value. For example, while I’ve been prepping for IndieWire’s Best Action Films of the 21st Century (coming later this week), I was pleasantly surprised to find how many quality action films were available on Netflix — including works by a number of non-American auteurs. From martial arts to gangster shoot ’em ups to comedy-action films, here are eight highly original, well crafted, director-driven pieces of entertainment that could serve as a welcome alternative this summer when your local cineplex feels like a boring rerun.

Shaolin Soccer” (2001)

Stephen Chow’s films (“Kung Fu Hustle”) are a wonderful and loony mix of comedy and action that have an infectious spirit. For this film the actor/writer/director adds a sports movie to the mix, which might sound bizarre, but once seeing it you’ll wonder why no one has made a martial arts soccer film before. »

- Chris O'Falt

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Review: The Sound and Fury of S.S. Rajamouli's "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion"

8 June 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A series of porcelain figures stretch across the screen as the opening credits introduce S.S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The credits retell the story of Rajamouli’s 2015 film The Beginning through still frames, rendering key images in porcelain and marble, already reinforcing the colossal scale and linking myth to the film’s sense of historical significance before it begins in earnest.  It’s an apt approach, for The Beginning stands as a mythopoeic origin story, but with the two years passed before The Conclusion, the film is almost being re-carved out of time immemorial. Launching a major Indian franchise which wasn’t funded by the Bollywood studio system, Baahubali: The Beginning was a stunning success story. While it may have only grossed $100 million around the world, it did so as a South Indian film not made in the dominant language of Indian cinema, Hindi, instead made in both Telugu and Tamil. »

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Spend Wisely or Pay For It: How to Choose the Right Streaming Platform in 4 Easy Steps

6 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Subscription video services like Netflix and HBO Go are quickly becoming the dominant way that people consume movies and TV shows. The good news is that there’s plenty of quality to be found in these places. Whether you’re addicted to “Veep” or keen on watching the latest genre excursion from Bong Joon Ho, you’re best bet is a home subscription.

But even as these platforms provide audiences with a wider array of options, many people are struggling to get the most out this abundance of choice. Here are some tips for spending wisely and getting the home entertainment setup that suits your needs.

Don’t Try To Replace What You Had

One of the disadvantages of cable was that you ended paying for junk you didn’t want. The most classic example was $5 of a basic cable bill going for Espn and its expensive live sports broadcast »

- Chris O'Falt

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Talent Is Key to Universe Entertainment’s Longevity

19 May 2017 9:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The entire cinematic landscape has been reshaped in the years since Universe Entertainment Ltd. set up business three decades ago.

Back then, founder Daneil Lam’s idea was that video distribution was the way forward — and at that time, it must have pretty much looked like a safe bet that the Hong Kong film industry would continue to thrive, and continue to release around 300 titles per year.

How times have changed. The Hong Kong industry has slowed, topping out at around 50 releases a year while being eclipsed by its neighbor in China. Video, meanwhile, has gone the way of the dodo.

Among the keys to Universe’s success throughout the entertainment business’ radical changes has been Lam and his team’s ability to adapt to market needs, and to find the right talent to work with. That has been evidenced since the early days of Universe’s involvement in feature »

- Mathew Scott

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Universe Entertainment Ltd. Celebrates 30 Years of Success

19 May 2017 9:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the 30th anniversary dinner of Universe Entertainment Ltd. in January, founder Daneil Lam expressed heartfelt gratitude toward his colleagues, comrades and industry friends for their support. The low-profile Lam rarely made public appearances, but when he showed up, he made sure that his presence would be meaningful to his audience, regardless who they were.

“I’m very grateful. Without your support, tonight could never happen,” he said. Rounds of applause came from not only his staff but also the Hong Kong industry heavyweights, including Albert Yeung, the boss of Emperor Entertainment Group, director Johnnie To, kung- fu star Sammo Hung and multiple award-winning actor Anthony Wong Chau-sang.

Lam’s thank-you speech might have been succinct, but he meant every word of it.

“Lam is a passionate producer, and the staff at Universe all look up to him,” says Alvin Lam, his brother and general manager of Universe.

“As the »

- Vivienne Chow

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Handover Hangover: Hong Kong’s Film Industry Faces an Uncertain Future

17 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When China took over Hong Kong’s sovereignty from Britain in 1997, the former British colony was promised “50 years unchanged” under the framework of “one country, two systems.”

Twenty years on, a lot has changed, including Hong Kong cinema.

At the turn of the 20th anniversary of the handover, Hong Kong cinema is at a crossroad. Filmmakers are facing questions concerning the future of the city’s film industry, which was once known to the world as “Hollywood East.”

“We must think about how Hong Kong cinema should position itself in order to find our way to the future,” says Wong Chun, the 28-year-old director of Hong Kong drama “Mad World,” which won the new director prize at last year’s Golden Horse Film awards in Taiwan and Hong Kong Film Awards this year. “What is our strength, as compared to films from other Asian countries? It’s time to reflect on this. »

- Vivienne Chow

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Disney Strikes Chinese-Language Development Pact With Wudi Pictures

16 May 2017 11:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Taiwan’s Wudi Pictures has struck a multi-picture development deal with Walt Disney in China, with a view to hatching locally targeted, Chinese-language movies.

The co-development agreement between The Walt Disney Studios China and Wudi runs for an initial 12 months. It is focused on live-action theatrical titles suitable for joint development and eventual production under China’s co-production rules. The deal is also expected to focus on films that provide leading roles for veteran actor Chen Bolin.

Chen stars in Disney’s upcoming “Miss Taken,” which recently wrapped production and will be released later this year. His co-star in the film is Jelly Lin, the actress who broke out in the lead role of Stephen Chow’s “The Mermaid” last year. The film is a co-production between Smg Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios China and Shanghai Artrendwave Productions.

Wudi was established last year by Maxx Tsai, a senior film producer »

- Patrick Frater

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China Box Office: ‘Shock Wave’ Dents ‘Furious 8’ for May Day Weekend Win

30 April 2017 7:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A crowd of Chinese movies jostled with record breaking “The Fate of the Furious” for the top spot at the China box office during the first weekend of the May Day holiday week.

Star-studded bomb disposal action thriller, “Shock Wave” emerged on top on Friday and Saturday giving it a weekend win. Directed by Hong Kong’s Herman Yau, produced by and starring Andy Lau, the film played some 55,000 screenings per day and earned a score of $24.1 million in three days.

Wanda’s crime suspense film, “Battle of Memories” started with 64,000 screens on its first day, but saw its play-dates shrink over the weekend. It finished in third place with $21.5 million.

Splitting the two newcomers, and taking second place, was “Furious 8” in its third week on release. Despite coming third on Friday and Saturday, it revved back into top spot on Sunday and finished the three days with $22.1 million. After 17 days on release, »

- Patrick Frater

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Netflix’s ‘Legend of the Monkey’ Whitewashing Sparks Petition to Boycott Series

28 April 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Iron Fist.” “Death Note.” Now you can add “Legend of the Monkey” to that list of Netflix projects that are feeling the heat from Asians who are crying whitewashing.

“Legend of the Monkey” is an Australian-New Zealand co-production based on the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West” and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. It tells of the pilgrimage of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang to obtain sacred texts, aided by three disciples from folklore: Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Zhu Bajie also known as Pigsy, and Sha Wujing, aka Sandy. The tale has been told many times on screen before under various names. Japan had a TV adaptation called “Monkey Magic,” and Stephen Chow released a “Journey to the West” film in 2013 with a sequel in 2017.

Read More: ‘Death Note’ Producer Responds to Whitewashing Claims, Says It’s ‘Somewhat Offensive’ to New Netflix Movie

In Netflix’s new 10-part series, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Netflix’s ‘Legend of the Monkey’ Whitewashing Sparks Petition to Boycott Series

28 April 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“Iron Fist.” “Death Note.” Now you can add “Legend of the Monkey” to that list of Netflix projects that are feeling the heat from Asians who are crying whitewashing.

“Legend of the Monkey” is an Australian-New Zealand co-production based on the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West” and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. It tells of the pilgrimage of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang to obtain sacred texts, aided by three disciples from folklore: Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Zhu Bajie also known as Pigsy, and Sha Wujing, aka Sandy. The tale has been told many times on screen before under various names. Japan had a TV adaptation called “Monkey Magic,” and Stephen Chow released a “Journey to the West” film in 2013 with a sequel in 2017.

Read More: ‘Death Note’ Producer Responds to Whitewashing Claims, Says It’s ‘Somewhat Offensive’ to New Netflix Movie

In Netflix’s new 10-part series, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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See-Saw’s ‘Legend of the Monkey’ Swings Into Production for ABC Australia, Netflix

20 April 2017 2:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

See-Saw Films, the Oscar-winning production company behind “The King’s Speech,” has started work on its latest television venture. Filming has begun in Auckland, New Zealand, on “The Legend of Monkey,” produced by See-Saw and Jump Film and TV, which will launch on ABC Australia, Tvnz and via Netflix around the world in 2018.

The 10-part series is inspired by the 16th-century Chinese fable that formed that basis of Stephen Chow’s Chinese box office blockbuster “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” and last year’s sequel from Tsui Hark. It has recently been a regular staple of the Chinese box office, with other productions such as the 2014 Chinese New Year hit “The Monkey King” and its 2016 sequel, and the 2015 animated film “Monkey King: Hero is Back.”

“The mythical tale of the Monkey King is a story that continues to captivate global audiences,” said Michael Carrington, head of children’s at ABC Television. “We »

- Robert Mitchell

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China Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Drives to $190 Million Weekend Win

16 April 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Fate of the Furious” drove off with a $190 million opening weekend win at the Chinese box office. Along the way, it shattered numerous local records.

Known locally as “The Fast and the Furious 8,” the film opened with a $59.8 million score on Friday, having already clocked up $8.4 million in midnight previews, according to local data tracker, Ent Group. Its muscle car performance was revved still higher on Saturday when it took $67.9 million. It rounded the weekend with a further $55.5 million on Sunday.

The scores on both Friday and Saturday were records for single day takings in China. They were achieved from record-breaking wide releases, with the number of daily screenings exceeding 160,000.

IMAX reported that within the $190 million total, the film earned $14 million from 395 theaters, the second highest three-day score in the country (behind “Warcraft.”) The total as a 45% increase in local currency terms on “Furious 7.” IMAX theaters earned »

- Patrick Frater

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Fate of the Furious Crushes the Weekend Box Office with $100M

16 April 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal's The Fate of the Furious was the only new movie getting a nationwide release this weekend, with studios avoiding competing with this blockbuster-to-be. While it did come in under expectations, the high octane sequel easily came away with a box office win with $100.1 million. The sequel marks the first installment of the franchise's final trilogy, and while it didn't debut higher than the previous installment, it proves that the franchise can still draw a crowd.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Fate of the Furious opened in 4,310 theaters for an impressive $23,244 per-screen average. While it did come in under Furious 7's franchise opening weekend record of $147.1 million, it did overperform worldwide, pulling in a massive $432.3 million from foreign territories for a worldwide total of $532.4 million. We reported last week that the film scored broke a pre-sales box office record in China, which is one of the main countries »

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Fate of the Furious Sets Pre-Sales Box Office Record in China

13 April 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans will finally get to see the highly-anticipated sequel The Fate of the Furious during sneak preview screenings tonight, but fans in select international markets got to see the movie a few days early, and it is already off to a great start. Universal's sequel opened in eight international markets on Wednesday, pulling in $7.9 million, and when previews for 12 other territories are figured in, the international tally jumps to $19.7 million. The sequel opens in 33 more territories today, while it is also expected to open huge in China, after setting a new pre-sales box office record.

Deadline reports that China's midnight screenings got under way at 9 Am Pst, with pre-sale figures adding up to a whopping $43.5 million, just two hours before the screenings kicked off. This tally easily beat China's previous pre-sales record of $14.6 million for Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow's Chinese blockbuster Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, »

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Indies ‘Trivisa’ and ‘Mad World’ Triumph at Hong Kong Film Awards

9 April 2017 8:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent films dominated proceedings at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday. But political sensitivities meant that the ceremony was not fully screened on TV in mainland China.

Trivisa,” an independent, low-budget drama set at the time of the territory’s handover to China, took five prizes, including the best film award. It was followed by another indie “Mad World,” with three trophies.

“Trivisa,” produced by Johnnie To, collected the directing award for the ensemble of Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong, best actor of Gordon Lam, best screenplay and best editing. “Mad World,” which tackles the issue of mental illness, earned best supporting actor and actress prizes for Eric Tsang and Taiwan’s Elaine Jin, respectively, and the best new director award for Wong Chun.

For the second year in a row, television coverage of the event was not carried live and in its entirety. Live updates of »

- Patrick Frater

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Do Young Generation Awards Contenders Hail a Hong Kong New Wave?

6 April 2017 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Young filmmakers are poised to steal the show at the Hong Kong Film Awards. At the ceremony this weekend they go head to head with some of the city’s biggest names for many of the top awards, suggesting the possibility of a long-awaited second wave of Hong Kong cinema.

All eyes are on films such as “Mad World,” “Trivisa,” and “Weeds on Fire” with young directing talents. They compete against Stephen Chow’s Hong Kong-mainland blockbuster “The Mermaid” and crime thriller “Cold War II” in the best film category.

They go into the ceremony having already picked up significant kudos. “Mad World” by first time director Wong Chun, recently won the Osaka Asian Film Festival and went on commercial release in Hong Kong last week, to predominantly positive reviews.

“Trivisa” won two prizes at the Golden Horse Awards in October and was a nominee for best film. Its three directors Frank Hui, »

- Vivienne Chow

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'I Am Not Madame Bovary' wins top prize at Asian Film Awards

21 March 2017 8:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Feng Xiaogang’s comedy won best film, actress and cinematography, while The Handmaiden picked up four awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Feng Xiaogang’s I Am Not Madame Bovary won best film, best actress for Fan Bingbing [pictured accepting her award] and best cinematography at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Tuesday night (March 21).

Fan plays a rural woman battling the authorities to restore her honour in the comedy-drama, produced by Feng’s Dongyang Mayla, Sparkle Roll Media and Huayi Brothers. Luo Pan was awarded best cinematography for the film, which was mostly shot in a circular frame.

Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden picked up the most awards of the evening – four in all, including best supporting actress for Moon So-ri and best newcomer for Kim Tae-ri. The erotic period drama was also awarded best production design (Ryu Seong-hie) and best costume design (Cho Sang-kyung).

Best director went to Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jing for supernatural horror »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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‘Madame Bovary’ Takes Top Prize at Asian Film Awards

21 March 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 11 running of the Asian Film Awards was a strong night for South Korean films. But Chinese contemporary drama “I Am Not Madame Bovary” snatched the best film award and the best actress prize.

Superstar Fan Bingbing, was required to prove her acting chops in the the demanding role, and in a piece of counter-intuitive casting she had to ditch her glamorous persona in favor a dowdy peasant costume.

Going into the ceremony, the hot favorites had been Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden,” with six nominations, and Feng Xiaogang’s “Bovary.”

On the night, “Bovary” and Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” each collected three awards. Korea’s Na Hong-jin was named best director for “The Wailing,” while the country’s Oscars contender “The Age of Shadows” also collected one honor.

The AFAs returned to Hong Kong after a couple of years excursion to nearby Macau. They were held in the »

- Patrick Frater

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