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Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac Snags North American Distributor (Universal)

26 November 2013 11:52 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Universal Pictures International Entertainment has bought the international blockbuster Chinese Zodiac, also known as CZ12, and will distribute the film in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom (among other locations) in the upcoming year. This is no doubt great news to Jackie Chan fans in these countries as he both directed and starred in this action film that has already earned $180 million in the Asian box-office. Some will note that this film has already had a limited release through AMC Theatres this last October, however this film will now reach an even greater number of eyes through Universal.

The plot of this films circles around the loss of twelve bronze figures of the Chinese zodiac, whose retrieval Jackie Chan’s character Jc has been tasked with completing. While fulfilling this mission Jc finds himself not only caught up in international intrigue dating as far back as the Second Opium War, »

- Barbara Green

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Afghanistan Needs Producers, Not Pity

13 November 2013 8:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Afghan filmmaker Siddiq Barmak (pictured) won a Golden Globe for his first movie, 2004’s “Osama” — the tale of a teenage girl who pretends to be a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother — and gained further acclaim with 2008’s “Opium War.” Six years later, he is finally preparing his third feature. The reason for the delay, he says, is not just a shortage of money, but also the local entertainment industry’s lack of experienced producers.

That void means Barmak must go abroad for coin and collaboration.

“There is an absence of producers in Afghanistan,” Barmak says. “On ‘Osama’ (beside myself), my producers came from Japan’s Nhk (and) from Ireland. When I did ‘Opium War’ I found my producers in South Korea, France and Japan.”

Though Barmak circulates easily, and is quick to make new acquaintances, he regrets having to depend so much on funding from others. »

- Patrick Frater

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