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Start your engines for Jingle Ma's Speed Angels

As we shift into top gear for the busiest season in the Chinese movie calendar there are a number of key productions all vying for pole position. While it may not have the dramatic clout of Zhang Yimou's Flowers Of War of Derek Yee's The Great Magician, Jingle Ma's Speed Angels has the novelty of seeing three of the biggest female stars currently working in China going head to head on the motor racing circuit. Tang Wei, Cecilia Cheung and Rene Liu are the eponymous beauties in what looks to be a rather entertaining slice of silliness. The film also stars Jimmy Lin and Chie Tanaka and opens on the mainland on 2nd December. You can check out the trailer below, and while there aren't...
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One Region, Different Worlds

Management agencies should familiarize themselves with the differences in film production systems when working with cast members from different countries, an industry professional at Unijapan’s “Asia Casting Forum” said Tuesday.

Based on his experience co-producing a film with Japan, Jonathan H. Kim, who produced the Korea-Japan co-prod Virgin Snow, explained that his Asian partners are often not aware that Korean film actors get paid per film rather than production time.

“Often the production time in Korea can go over a year,” he said. “And since they’re paid for a title, they try to charge as much as possible, whereas Japanese or Chinese actors get paid by production time and can shoot two or three films a year.”

Director-producer Solon So said the film industry in China is booming with global castings at the moment, particularly Korean TV celebrities — much in the way Hong Kong kung fu movies in the ‘80s utilized Japanese artists.
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