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Busan — Veteran Hollywood entertainment lawyer Thomas Leo of L.A.-based Sheppard Mullin briefed attendees at the Biff Asian Film Market Sunday on the ins and outs of international co-producing. Titled “Borderless Collaboration with China: International Co-productions and Legal Issues,” the presentation was heavy on detail, but afterward Leo succinctly stated the essentials of China-Korea Co-production Treaty that was signed in July and went into effect Sept. 1: “Is it a good deal for Korea?” he asked. “The answer is yes and no. Yes, because it means Korean co-productions with China are not subject to the Chinese import quota for foreign films. No, because they are subject to national treatment by China, including Chinese censorship. So it’s a bit of a mixed bag.”
Overall, however, the treaty is a positive for both the Korean and Chinese industries, as Leo explained in his talk, since the Chinese get the benefits of Korean production technology, »
- Mark Schilling
Produced by Beijing-based Desen International Media, the romantic comedy also stars Korean actress Song Hye Kyo and Chinese actress Vivian Wu. Chinese release is scheduled for November 7.
The film follows three cosmopolitan women, an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager, all wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. “We want to present the mystery, desires, sorrows and pain in urban relationships”” said Desen’s Ann An. “The motto for women from the film is ‘Don’t be a slave, and don’t be a queen, just be yourself’. The characters go through the transformation from ‘being a queen’ to purely ‘being themselves’.”
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Over the centuries relations between neighbors Korea and China have often been strained, but the entertainment industry is putting history and politics behind them.
A sequel to Korean hit “My Sassy Girl,” which began lensing last week, is set to be the first official treaty co-production between South Korea and China. That follows the long-awaited signing of a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries in July.
But producers from both sides of the Yellow Sea have not waited for their governments to catch up with reality, and a steady trickle of Korean-Chinese movies over the past decade has already turned into a fast-flowing stream in the past two years.
Recent cross-border co-ventures have included “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” starring Zhang Ziyi and the original “Sassy Girl” Gianna Jun (previously known as Jun Ji-hyun); CGI-heavy family pic “Mr. Go,” which made money for the Chinese partner Huayi Bros. »
- Patrick Frater
For the closing act at a charity event, Chinese actress Zhou Xun sang two songs - then stayed on stage for the best of encores. Rumors had swirled beforehand that Zhou would be announcing her engagement to actor Archie Kao at Wednesday's concert in Hangzhou, the capital of China's eastern province of Zhejiang. But after she sang, she went backstage to change her outfit and reappeared in an ivory Chanel wedding gown, holding a bouquet. As the crowd broke into a loud cheer, she was joined on stage by Kao, who was wearing a black tuxedo. The couple then surprised »
- Associated Press
Hong Kong – China and South Korea have signed a film co-production agreement that was described as a “landmark” by officials.
The deal was signed by China’s Cai Fuchao, director of the State Administration of Film Radio and television (Sarft), and South Korea’s minister of culture Yoon Rin-ryong following a two-day visit to South Korea by China’s president Xi Jinping.
The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries in June last year. But it may fall short of a full scale co-production treaty, which both China and South Korea have with other countries.
Instead the new pact appears to focus on allowing South Korean films to avoid China’s import quota system.
“South Korea-China co-productions, once recognized as China’s home-grown films, can bypass China’s limitations on foreign movie imports, so the pact would facilitate the South Korean film industry’s advance into the Chinese film market, »
- Patrick Frater
Hong Kong – South Korea’s Cj Entertainment is co-producing Chinese-language thriller “The Peaceful Island.”
Directed by Chang Yoon-hyun, the film stars Taiwanese actors Stanley Huang and Leon Dai, as well as Chinese actress Jiao Yun Yan. It is the story of ocean surveyors who survive an emergency landing on a bizarre desert island and their desperate struggle to escape.
The film is co-developed and structured as a South Korean-Chinese-Hong Kong co-production. It involves Cj’s regular Chinese production partners Tianjin Century Media Co., Ltd, C2M, as well as China’s Huace Media, Media Asia from Hong Kong and Kodiz from Korea.
Cj last year co-produced Chinese hit “The Wedding Invitation” and this year expects to make three Chinese movies. It previously invested in the Chinese remake of “What Women Want” and “Snow Flower And the Secret Fan.”
Since getting under-way in March 2014, filming of “Island” has taken place in Beijing, »
- Patrick Frater
Hong Kong – A South Korean TV drama “My Love From The Star” (literal translation ‘You Who Came From The Stars’) has become a knockout hit in China.
And despite its whimsical plot and slick, inoffensive presentation it has sparked a string of controversies along the way.
The show features Kim Soo-hyun as an alien trapped on earth for 400 years, but who passes as a near perfect specimen of the human male and in the present day works as a somewhat cynical college professor. Inconceivably, he becomes romantically linked to a beautiful, but obnoxious pop-star/actress, played by Gianna Jun, Korea’s most glamorous movie star.
“Star” played in Korea twice weekly on Sbs for 21 episodes from December 2013 to Feb this year and was a smash ratings winner. Its final, extra, episode scored a 28% rating, according to Agb Nielsen. The show was also licensed for Chinese broadcast, for what is »
- Patrick Frater
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