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3 items from 2015

Hk FilMart: Jack Neo’s ‘Frogmen’ Surfaces in Hong Kong

23 March 2015 4:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jack Neo’s Singaporean smash hit “Ah Boys to Men: Frogmen” receives its first screening in Hong Kong March 24 as the franchise comedy seeks international buyers to match its impressive haul on home turf.

Neo has become Singapore’s most successful commercial director. The film is produced by the recently listed mm2 Asia in a co-production with Fox Intl. Channels and Ascension Pictures, among others.

Neo and the main cast will make an appearance on the Convention Centre floor today. Mm2 says one of its FilMart objectives is to sign a distributor for Hong Kong.

The film’s four-day Chinese New Year gross, at S$2.83 million ($2.04 million), represented the all-time record opening in Singapore by an Asian film, beating the decade-old record held by Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle.” That film finished its run with S$4.33 million ($3.13 million). As of March 19, “Frogmen” stood at S$7.07 million ($5.10 million).


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Hk FilMart: Fox Channels ‘Guilty’ of Move Into Asian Mini-Series

22 March 2015 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

21st Century Fox’s Hong Kong-based pay-tv group Fox Intl. Channels is to back “Guilty As Sin,” an Asian mini-series that will begin production later this year.

Budgets on the 6-8 episode series, which will tell a contemporary Hong Kong-set story, are expected to be around Us$1 million per episode.

Production is led by former Warner Bros. executive Mia Hsia.

Later in the year Fic expects to green light another, untitled “Asian scale” series, about an Asian-American sniper. It will likely be shot in English and destined for a regional or global audience.

The move into original content production by pay-tv groups is a well-established trend in North America and Europe, but is relatively new in Asia.

The Fic initiative is spearheaded by Cora Yim, senior VP of content and head of its Chinese-language entertainment. The series will air first on Fic’s Star Chinese Movies Channel.

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Fox Channels To Co-Produce Four Films From Singapore

20 January 2015 12:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox International Channels is to co-produce four upcoming features being produced by Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment.

The deal sets Fic’s Star Chinese Movies channel as co-producer and gives Fic first-run and exclusive pay-tv rights in multiple territories.

The deal covers two films directed by Jack Neo, by far Singapore’s most commercially successful director, as well as “3688,” by Royston Tan and “1965,” a Randy Ang-directed historical action drama looking at events at the time of Singapore’s independence 50 years ago.

The first is Neo’s “Ah Boys To Men: Frogmen,” an alternative universe spinoff from the director’s two previous army days “Ah Boys To Men” comedy features. “Long Long Time Ago,” is Neo’s metaphorical story of a struggling, but indefatigable Singapore family, overcoming 50 years of adversity.

“3688” is Tan’s first film in some six years. It tells that tale of unemployed traffic warden who enters a national song contest. »

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