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NY Asian 2014 Interview: Director Umin Boya Talks Kano And Racial Harmony Through Baseball

17 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Baseball has been used many times in cinema to tell tales of triumph and tragedy.  The New York Asian Film Festival brings us Kano, the true story of how the sport brought together three very separate racial groups in 1930s Japanese-occupied Taiwan. Here's our chat with the director, Umin Boya.The Lady Miz Diva:  Many people coming to the festival will know you from Seediq Bale, and that you had acted for a long time.  What made now the right time for you to director your first feature? Umin Boya:  Actually, I have been a director for about seven or eight years now, but I usually work in TV movies.  This is my first feature film.  It's because of Wei Te-Sheng, the director of Seediq Bale. ...

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Distribution Workshop finds Dragon

15 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sing Choong Foo’s animation features voice talents of Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom.

Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop has picked up international rights to animated feature Where’s The Dragon, directed by Sing Choong Foo.

The project has attracted major voice talents including Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster) and Wang Leehom (Lust, Caution). Currently in post-production, it is being lined up for release in late 2014 or early 2015.

The story follows a ten-year-old girl who teams up with animals from the Chinese Zodiac to search for a lost dragon and save the world from a treacherous conspiracy. Voice cast also includes Michael Wong, Fish Leong and Maggie Chiang.

George Lee and Sew Yee Liew are producing the film through Beijing DeTao Masters Academy and Hong Kong-based Colour Engineering.

Born in Malaysia, Sing has worked on visual effects for Hollywood films including Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, Men In Black 2 and Beowulf.

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Taipei fest unveils new talent line-up

1 May 2014 7:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Taipei Film Festival has unveiled the 12 films that have been selected for its International New Talent Competition, including the world premiere of local production Partners In Crime.

Directed by Chang Jung-chi (Touch Of The Light), Partners In Crime tells the story of three high school boys investigating the death of a classmate.

The competition line-up also include Taiwanese drama Exit, directed by Chienn Hsiang, along with first and second films from elsewhere in Asia, such as Lee Chatametikool’s Concrete Clouds, and titles from Europe and Latin America.

Over the past nine years, the New Talent competition has helped launch the careers of several notable local directors, including Doze Niu (Monga), Yang Ya-che (Bf*Gf) and Wei Te-sheng (Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale).

Entrants compete for the Grand Prize, with a cash award of $20,000, and Special Jury Prize ($10,000), both selected by an international jury, along with an audience award.

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- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Taipei Festival Sets New Features Competition

1 May 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Two local Taiwanese films will play in the New Talent competition at next month’s Taipei Film Festival (June 27 – July 19, 2014).

The competition is open to first and second features and comes with a first prize of $20,000. It has been the platform for previous Taiwanese directors, including Doze Niu and Wei Te-sheng, to rise to prominence.

Partners in Crime,” (pictured) by “Touch of the Light” director Chang Jung-chi, is a drama in which three students investigate the death of a classmate. “Exit,” by cinematographer-turned director Chienn Hsiang, sees a lonely mother give a hospital patient a little extra help.

Competition results will be announced on July 2, 2014.

Taipei Film Festival 2014 International New Talent Competition

“10 Minutes”  Dir. Lee Yong-Seung (South Korea)

“Another Year”  Dir.  Oxana Bychkova (Russia)

Canopy” Dir. Aaron Wilson (Australia)

Casa Grande” Dir. Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil)

“Concrete Clouds” Dir. Lee Chatametikool (Thailand)

“Exit”  Dir. Chien Hsiang (Taiwan)

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Film Review: ‘Kano’

4 March 2014 5:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lengthy but big-hearted sports saga set in 1931, “Kano” traces how a ragtag baseball team made up of farm boys from southern Taiwan made it to the finals at Koshien, Japan’s national high-school baseball championship. Co-penned and produced by hitmaker Wei Te-sheng and directed by tyro helmer Umin Boya, this $10 million production reps a landmark feat in the way it revisits Taiwan’s long-suppressed colonial past with great authenticity and resplendent style, yielding a diffuse but nuanced drama anchored by Masatoshi Nagase’s masterful performance as the inspiring coach. Still, viewers will have to really love baseball to stay focused on the games, which take up the lion’s share of the three-hour running time. Pic has earned a terrific $2.2 million domestically in just four days, but overseas biz will be hit-or-miss.

Scripted by Wei and Ruby Chen, the fact-based film is set in the county of Chia-yi, »

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‘Kano’ Continues Taiwan Films’ Home Run Streak

3 March 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Big-budget, baseball-themed, period drama “Kano” took Us$2.1 million in its opening weekend at the Taiwan box office.

The figures appear to underline the continued success of taking trips down a certain kind of Taiwanese memory lane, and they keep alive the current success of commercial film-making in the island territory.

Released on Feb. 27 through VieVision Pictures the film claimed Nt$22 million (Us$725,000) in Taipei and Nt$65m million (Us$2.14 million) throughout Taiwan.

Based on real events in the 1930s, the film tells a story of how a Taiwanese, multi-ethnic baseball team took on and beat champions from Japan, which was then occupying Taiwan as a colonial power.

The film was made by several of the creative team behind “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,” including “Seediq Bale” star Umin Boya, who directed “Kano,” screenwriter Wei Te-sheng, his production company Ars Film Production and Wei and Jimmy Huang as producers. »

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