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Korean TV Hit ‘Full House’ to Be Remade in China

21 October 2014 2:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Full House,” the 2004 TV drama that made stars of Korean singer Rain and actress Song Hye-kyo, is to get a Chinese-language remake.

The show is to be produced by Korea’s Group Eight and Asia Media Holding. Korean producer Lee Min-cheol is to direct, while Jeon Gyu-ah is among the Korean producers.

The Chinese show will star Eli, a Mandarin-speaking K-pop star from the Korean six-member music act U-Kiss.

The original show, itself adapted from a romantic graphic novel of the same title, played for 16 episodes on Kbs and presented a testy three-way love triangle involving a screenwriter, an actor and a jilted friend, a home that should not have been sold off and a fake marriage that surprisingly blossomed.

The producers did not announce the female lead who would take the role originally played by Song. Filming is expected to begin in December with broadcast in 2015.

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- Patrick Frater

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China’s Huace to buy stake in Korea’s N.E.W.

9 October 2014 10:06 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China’s Huace Film & TV is buying a 15% stake in South Korean investor-distributor Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.).

The Zhejiang-based company has signed a memorandum of understanding (Mou), agreeing to pay $53m for the stake, which makes it the second biggest shareholder in N.E.W.

The two partners will also launch a joint film venture, which will develop at least two films a year for the next five years.

Huace is one of China’s leading TV producers and a minority investor in John Woo’s upcoming romantic epic The Crossing.  

Established in 2008, N.E.W. is one of Korea’s leading distributors, winning market share in the past few years from the big studios that dominate the market – Cj E&M, Showbox/Mediaplex and Lotte Entertainment.

Last year, N.E.W. was Korea’s second biggest distributor with an 18% market share thanks to hits such as Miracle In Cell No. 7 and The Attorney »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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China Packs Hollywood Pics Into October, Paving Clear Path For Local December Heavyweights (Video)

5 October 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With China‘s National Day holiday week still in swing, the box office got an extra boost this frame thanks to the timely release of Breakup Buddies, a sort of follow-up to 2012’s smash hit Lost In Thailand. Playing on half the screens in the massive market, the film grossed just under $38M in China this weekend, sending its cume since release on September 30 to about $93M. (It also went out in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand at the weekend.) The original film was arguably responsible for a reversal in China’s fortunes in December 2012, when box office share was lagging behind that of U.S. films. That year ended with Hollywood out front but Lost In Thailand made global headlines and bolstered the unofficial practice of blackout periods when no foreign studio movies are released, allowing high-profile local titles to goose box office in the People’s Republic. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Beijing delegation seeks Korean co-ventures

4 October 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has brought a delegation of companies to Busan’s Asian Film Market for the first time, including leading producers such as Galloping Horse, Stellar Megamedia and Desen International Media.

The delegation also includes Hairun Pictures, Hs Media Co, Goldsome Pictures, Forbidden City Film Co, October Days Culture Media Co and The Mirage Culture & Media. The Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) and Beijing Film Market (Bfm), which are both organised by Beijing Sapprft, are also attending the market.

Zhao Zhiyong, assistant director of Beijing Sapprft and executive deputy secretary of Bjiff’s organising committee, said a major reason for attending the market is China’s growing interest in working with Korea.

“China’s film market has grown dramatically to become the world’s second largest box office territory,” Zhao said. “Due to the fast development, we have many needs related to financing, talent and technology »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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Busan: Song Hye-kyo to Reign in Desen Media’s ‘Queens’

4 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Busan — Korean star Song Hye-kyo, Vivian Wu and Shawn Dou star in “The Queens,” a contemporary Chinese rom-com in the vein of “Tiny Times” or “So Young.”

Like “So Young,” which was directed by actress Vicky Zhao, “The Queens” is the directorial debut of actress Annie Yi (“The Assassins,” “Good Men, Good Women”.)

Production is by Ann An, whose Desen Media was among the producers of “Tiny Times,” and the “Ip Man” features, and which is currently preparing a wartime epic “Moon Flower of Flying Tigers,” with Hollywood’s Paula Wagner.

“Queens,” currently in post-production, arrives at the Busan market handled by Easternlight, the specialty Asian arm of Australian-u.S. sales and production finance group Arclight Films.

The story involves three cosmopolitan women – an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager – wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. Along the way they manipulate friends, embarrass their »

- Patrick Frater

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Easternlight picks up Annie Yi’s The Queens

4 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arclight Films’ Asian label, Easternlight Films, has picked up international rights to The Queens, directed by and starring Taiwanese singer and actress Annie Yi.

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’.”

Also known by her Chinese name Yi Nengjing, Annie Yi starred in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Good Men, Good Women (1995), Peter Greenaway’s 8 ½ Women (1999) and more recently »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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Watch The Trailer For John Woo’s Epic Romance The Crossing

23 September 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

John Woo’s latest film The Crossing is already being billed as “the Chinese Titanic.” This is either an exciting prospect or a terrifying one, depending on how you feel about James Cameron’s hugely successful shipwreck epic. If the recent trailer is any indication, The Crossing is also lot more than a shipboard romance interrupted by a big iceberg.

The two-part film takes place in China during the 1949 revolution as three disparate couples flee the country on an ill-fated steamer bound for Taiwan. The trailer also features several battle sequences that demonstrate Woo’s love of slow-motion, along with a voiceover hoping for a safe return of some of our heroes. All in all, the trailer leaves impressions more than a sense of plot, as it’s difficult to follow who is connected to whom, and why each couple must get out of China. Based on the true story »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Crouching Tiger's Zhang Ziyi in John Woo's The Crossing trailer

22 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Woo's The Crossing has released a new trailer.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Zhang Ziyi stars in the two-part film.

It centres around three couples caught up in the 1949 sinking of the Taiping steamer.

The ship was crammed well over capacity with refugees fleeing China to Taiwan after the Civil War, leading to over 1,500 deaths after it collided with a cargo boat.

Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Bowie Lam, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa also star in the film.

The Crossing: Part One will arrive in China in December. It is yet to announce a western release. »

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'The Crossing' International Trailer from Director John Woo

22 September 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Five years after director John Woo's two-part epic Red Cliff hit theaters, fans have their first look at the filmmaker's next project with an international trailer and a poster for his two-part drama, The Crossing.

The plot is based on the true story of a steamer ship dubbed Taiping, which sunk between China and Taiwan during the Chinese Revolution in 1949, claiming the lives of over 1,500 people. The story follows a number of intertwining love stories, including a couple played by Chinese superstars Ziyi Zhang and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Take a look at the first footage below, along with the first three photos and a poster, then read on for more information.

The Crossing doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time, but the drama is set to debut on December 2, 2014 in China, with The Crossing 2 set for release in May 2015. It isn't known if the two-part project »

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Watch: First International Teaser Trailer for John Woo's 'The Crossing'

22 September 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's been five years since we've seen a film from director John Woo, but that all changes next year when the first part of his period drama The Crossing arrives this winter in China. This promises to be Woo's most ambitious film yet with the two-part story chronicling three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan in the heart of revolutionary China in 1949. But sadly, that ship ended up sinking, leading to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members. Sounds like this could be Woo's Titanic, and the first teaser trailer below certainly promises sprawling drama. Watch below! Here's the international teaser trailer for John Woo's first part of The Crossing (via The Playlist): The Crossing is a two-part film directed by John Woo (Red Cliff, Windtalkers, Face/Off, Broken Arrow) and written by Hui-Ling Wang (Lust, Caution »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: New Teaser For John Woo's Epic 'The Crossing'

22 September 2014 8:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A love story, a war film and all around epic-sized endeavor, John Woo's upcoming "The Crossing" might be his most ambitious film ever. And while we wonder if he'll find space to cram in some carefully choreographed flying doves, a new teaser has arrived for the movie, promising a story that's aiming straight for the heart.  Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo are among the more well known names in the two-part film, which tracks three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, that will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping. “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling penned the script, and with the story set to play out in 3D and IMAX, this is going to be a heckuva spectacle. However, there's no word yet on when or if U.S. audiences will get a chance to check it out. Part 1 of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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International teaser for John Woo's The Crossing is a Titanic-esque epic

22 September 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

John Woo's last film, the sprawling epic Red Cliff, was an amazing visual spectacle set 1800 years ago featuring all sorts of massive battle sequences the director is best known for. The almost five hour film was split into two parts which are well worth the time if you are so inclined. While Woo did co-direct a film in 2010 (Reign Of Assassins), The Crossing is his first solo film in almost six years. Another epic historical drama, The Crossing is set during 1949 and follows three couples »

- Alex Maidy

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International Trailer For John Woo's The Crossing Debuts

22 September 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

 If you’ve been wondering what action maestro John Woo has been up to in the five years since his last movie, 2009’s Red Cliff II, here is the answer in the form of the international trailer for The Crossing – perhaps the most ambitious Chinese film of all time.  brightcove.createExperiences();Based on the true story of the steamer ship Taiping, which sank between China and Taiwan during the Chinese Revolution of 1949 and claimed the lives of 1,500 passengers and crew, Woo’s latest is already being billed as the Chinese Titanic.Even if that event is only hinted at at the end of this trailer, there’s still plenty here, from epic battle scenes to the seeds of the yearning, intertwining love stories, featuring Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro, that propel the plot, to suggest that Woo is planning to up the ante established by Red Cliff. And while there’s plenty of slow-motion, »

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First Trailer for John Woo’s The Crossing; Plus Photos from the Beijing Press Conference

21 September 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

With John Woo's The Crossing opening later this year in China, Woo and his cast held a press conference in Beijing today where they revealed the first trailer for the film.  Starring Zhang Ziyi and Kaneshiro Takeshi, the two-part love story follows three couples fleeing China for Taiwan on a steamer during the 1949 revolution, and it's based on a true story.  Earlier this year Woo talked about why he wanted to make the film and said, “I’ve wanted to make this movie for a long time, because people always see me as an action director, but they don’t realize that I can make romantic love stories, too.  I wanted to make a film that showed a turbulent period in modern history, to show how love can survive and overcome all difficulties.” Hit the jump to watch The Crossing teaser trailer and for photos from today's Beijing press conference. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Watch The First Promo For John Woo's Romantic Epic The Crossing

11 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

While better known internationally as an orchestrator of high-end violence and mayhem, Hong Kong director John Woo can also handle melodrama. Case in point, his upcoming two-part romantic epic The Crossing.Zhang Ziyi, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Song Hyekyo and Huang Xiaoming star in a tale about three couples whose fates coincided on the Taiwan bound Taiping steamer, which sank in the crossing from China in 1949, leaving many to call it the "Chinese Titanic". The first part will be released theatrically in China on December 2nd while the second part will be released sometime in early 2015. You'll find the first promo video, a sort of trailer Mc'd by Woo himself, embedded below....

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‘The Crossing’ Trailer: John Woo Gets Romantic

11 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After years away from the big screen, John Woo is back this year — at least in China — with The Crossing. The first installment of the two-part film hits China in December. The movie is set in 1949 and will tell the stories of three couples whose lives intersect on the doomed Taiping steamer. […]

The post ‘The Crossing’ Trailer: John Woo Gets Romantic appeared first on /Film. »

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Extended Trailer for John Woo’s World War II Epic The Crossing

11 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

John Woo gets romantic (but somehow still manages to squeeze in plenty of groovy slow motion shots and things exploding and guns shooting machine guns) in his new historical epic “The Crossing.” The pan-Asian film tells the story of three couples caught up in the Chinese Revolution during the late 1940s, forcing them to flee to the island of Taiwan. Hmm, I wonder how that’s going to play with Mainland China? The extended trailer features Woo talking about the movie and weaves in plenty of footage of war and love and tragedy and all that good stuff from the flick. Asian audiences should eat this thing up–they love tragic love stories–and I can see it getting some traction stateside thanks to Woo’s name. Maybe. Anyways, take a look at the trailer below and decide for yourself if this is something you might want to keep an eye on. »

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Watch: First Footage From John Woo's 'The Crossing' Starring Zhang Ziyi Plus New Images & Posters

11 September 2014 6:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever since 2003’s awful “Paycheck,” John Woo has stayed away from Hollywood, returning to China to helm the two-part historical epic “Red Cliff” and co-directing the 2010 wuxia film “Reign of Assassins.” Later this year, he’s set to drop the first half of his latest sweeping period film “The Crossing,” and the film’s first featurette/trailer has arrived online. Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo among many others, the two-part film was written by “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling and centers on three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai and will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping and warfare. So, John Woo's "Titanic"? Lasting under three-and-a-half minutes, the trailer features a lot of impressive footage —war scenes, sinking boats, swooning scenes between lovers— from the two-part film cut alongside an Epk-style interview with Woo »

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Opens in China in December

10 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

John Woo has been quiet for several years as he dealt with throat cancer, and as government script approval was delayed for his latest film, but he’s ready to return to cinema screens with a new two-part epic. Much as his last major effort, Red Cliff, was a two-part tale drawn from Chinese history, so […]

The post John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Opens in China in December appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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John Woo’s The Crossing to open Dec 2

9 September 2014 9:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Beijing Galloping Horse has set the China release date for the first part of John Woo’s upcoming epic drama The Crossing for December 2.

Starring Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, the film revolves around three couples on a liner that sinks during its crossing between mainland China and Taiwan.

Woo also confirmed that the movie was delayed in 2012 by his diagnosis of cancer. He first heard the story of the ill-fated Taiping liner from scriptwriter Wang Huiling in 2008 and was moved to make an historical romantic drama that would portray events during a tumultuous time in China’s history.

“While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” said Woo.

The Crossing is produced by Beijing Galloping Horse, Le Vision »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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