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Astro, Celestial Tiger Pick Up Award-Winning Films for Se Asia

Astro, Celestial Tiger Pick Up Award-Winning Films for Se Asia
Cinestaan International Sales has sold rights Shubhashish Bhutiani’s “Hotel Salvation” to pay-tv group Astro for 12 Southeast Asian territories including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. The film had previously been licensed to some 30 other territories including the U.K., U.S., Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

The film premiered at Venice in 2016, where it won the Grand Prix Enrico Fulchignoni and the Unesco Gandhi Medal. Sajida Sharma and Sanjay Bhutiani produced for India’s Red Carpet Moving Pictures with a grant from Venice’s Biennale College and a post-production package from Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund.

Separately, Celestial Tiger Entertainment, which is part-owned by Astro’s ultimate owner Ananda Krishnan, has bought rights to six of the movies recognized at Sunday’s Hong Kong Film Awards.

Cte has exclusive first-run rights for its Celestial Movies and cHK channels in key Southeast Asian markets, for best film winner “Our Time Will Come.
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'Our Time Will Come' triumphs at Hong Kong Film Awards

'Our Time Will Come' triumphs at Hong Kong Film Awards
Louis Koo named best actor for Paradox; Teresa Mo wins best actress for Tomorrow Is Another Day.

Ann Hui’s period drama Our Time Will Come was the big winner at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards (April 15), taking five prizes including best film and best director.

The film (pictured), about Hong Kong’s resistance to Japanese occupation during the Second World War, also won best supporting actress for Deanie Ip’s performance, best art direction and best original film score (Joe Hisaishi). Hisaishi was also awarded best original music for the film at the Asian Film Awards last month.
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‘Our Time Will Come’ Leads Hong Kong Film Awards

‘Our Time Will Come’ Leads Hong Kong Film Awards
The top prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards was earned by Ann Hui’s wartime drama “Our Time Will Come.” The film also ran out as the numerical winner, collecting five awards on Sunday night from its 11 previous nominations. For Hui, it was her sixth time as winner of the best director prize.

The annual event was given a boost by the presence of Indian superstar Aamir Khan was on hand to hand out prizes. Khan is in Hong Kong to promote the theatrical release of his “Secret Superstar, which has already become a major hit in China.

Another notable winner was Louis Koo Tin-lok, who won the best actor award for action film “Paradox.” Widely popular, Koo picked up his first ever acting prize just a few weeks ago, for the same film, at the Asian Film Awards.

As yet, there have been no reports of TV coverage
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Hong Kong Film Awards: Louis Koo Wins Best Actor, 'Our Time Will Come' Takes Best Film

Hong Kong Film Awards: Louis Koo Wins Best Actor, 'Our Time Will Come' Takes Best Film
Louis Koo on Sunday continued his awards-winning streak, picking up best actor honors for his performance in the action film Paradox at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Koo also won the best actor prize at the Asian Film Awards and the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild Awards. Accepting the latest accolade, Koo, who plays a father in search of his missing daughter in Thailand in Paradox, dedicated his win to Hong Kong's film industry. 

Filmmaker Ann Hui took home the best director award for a record-breaking sixth time for her film Our Time Will Come, the World War II-set film about the Japanese occupation...
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The 8th Chinese Visual Festival (Cvf) unveiled

The 8th Chinese Visual Festival (Cvf) will be held in London 3rd – 6th May at BFI Southbank and King’s College London. This year’s Festival builds on the success of previous editions, bringing the very best in the cinema of the Chinese language speaking world to UK audiences in a programme of unprecedented variety crammed into one unmissable extended weekend.

2018 Festival Highlights Include:

Festival opens with Zhou Ziyang’s award-winning Old Beast and closes with the UK Premiere of the Taiwanese Lgbtq hit “Alifu, The Prince/ss” 12 European and UK Premieres from the Chinese language speaking world, including the UK Premiere of Wang Bing’s award-winning documentary “Mrs. Fang” Guests include acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Cheung King-wai presenting the UK Premiere of his latest work “Somewhere Beyond the Mist”, Hong Kong Fresh Waves filmmakers, and more Special sessions focusing on Lgbtq cinema, including queer filmmaker Kit Hung in conversation Conference
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East Asia Film Festival Ireland will run 5-8 April 2018 featuring exclusive Masterclass and post-screening Q&As with internationally-acclaimed cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing.

For its second edition, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (previously the Chinese language Film Festival Ireland) celebrates the diversity, artistry and variety of films from East and South East Asia. Over four days, the festival will feature a compelling range of films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

We are honoured to welcome the great Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing as our guest in Dublin. A long-time collaborator with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, he has also worked with many renowned directors including Wong Kar-Wai, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Tran Anh Hung, Ann Hui and Sylvia Chang.

The festival will feature the work of Mark Lee Ping-bing with rare screenings of five films spanning Mark Lee’s career, as well as an exclusive masterclass and post-screening Q&As.

Commenting on this year’s programme, Festival Artistic & Programme Director Marie-Pierre Richard said, ‘We are delighted to welcome our guest of honour Mark Lee Ping-Bing,
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Feng Xiaogang's 'Youth' wins best film at Asian Film Awards

Feng Xiaogang's 'Youth' wins best film at Asian Film Awards
Chen Kaige’s Legend Of The Demon Cat took the most awards winning four prizes.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s period drama Youth scooped best film at this year’s Asian Film Awards, which were held at the Venetian Macao on Saturday night (March 17).

Chen Kaige’s Legend Of The Demon Cat, a co-production between Hong Kong, China and Japan, took the most prizes overall winning four awards, including best supporting actress (Zhang Yuqi), best costume design (Chen Tongxun), best production design (Tu Nan, Lu Wei) and best visual effects (Ishii Norio).

Japanese filmmaker Ishii Yuya won best director for
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Distribution Workshop relocates international sales team to Taiwan

Distribution Workshop relocates international sales team to Taiwan
The move from Hong Kong to Taipei comes in response to a “changing market”.

Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan’s Distribution Workshop is relocating its international sales team from Hong Kong to Taiwan from the beginning of April.

In a note sent to buyers, the company said: “In order to enhance our operational efficiency, we have decided to relocate our international sales business to our Taipei office, effective April 1, 2018. Sadly, our colleagues will not be moving with the relocation and have decided to pursue new paths in their career.”

The note added that June Wu would be on board as
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Our Time Will Come (2017) by Ann Hui

Veteran director of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui is back this year with “Our Time Will Come,” a movie that retains all the trademark comfort elements that made her a legend. Produced and distributed by Chinese Bona Film Group this WWII drama movie arrives just in time for the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China even if Ann Hui’s work is far from celebratory, and it was presented as a world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It is the opening movie of the Five Flavours Film Festival 2017.

Our Time Will Come” will screen at at the 9th International Chinese Film Festival, that will be on 23 February to 28, 2018.

Our Time Will Come” is set in Hong Kong in 1942, during the Japanese occupation and it immediately introduces a spy thriller atmosphere, opening in a secret meeting where a group of activists is planning
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Hong Kong Film Awards: 'Our Time Will Come' Leads Nominations With 11

Hong Kong Film Awards: 'Our Time Will Come' Leads Nominations With 11
Director Ann Hui’s WWII-set drama Our Time Will Come led the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards nominations, which were unveiled Tuesday, with 11 nods, while actioner Paradox and Love Education, an exploration of romance, followed with nine each.

The Hui-helmed Our Time Will Come revolves around the underground resistance in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in the 1940s. It got nominations for best film, director, screenplay, actress for Zhou Xun, supporting actress for Deanie Ip, cinematography, film editing, art direction, costume and makeup design, original film score, and sound design. Hui is a five-time winner of the best director award,...
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‘Our Time Will Come’ Wins Hong Kong Critics Prize

‘Our Time Will Come’ Wins Hong Kong Critics Prize
Ann Hui’s “Our Time Will Come” was named as the best local film of 2017 by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. The film charts the resistance efforts of indigenous Leftist guerrillas during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong between 1941 and 1944.

The critics association announced that Sylvia Chang is to receive the prize as best director, for “Love Education.” The film premiered as the closing night movie at the Busan film festival.

God of War,” a war epic directed by Gordon Chan, was named the winner in two categories. It won for best screenplay and for best actor (Japan’s Yasuaki Kurata). Stephy Tang won the best actress award for “The Empty Hands,” a martial arts drama.

Our Time Will Come” was produced with the backing of mainland Chinese firm Bona Film Group and was considered sufficiently politically correct to be selected as the opening title for the Shanghai International Film Festival in June last year. However
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The 10 Best Chinese Language Movies of 2017 (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

2017 has been a very interesting year for the Chinese-speaking world (allow me not to dwell on the politics of the matter). The collaborations between China and Hong Kong have resulted in a number of blockbusters, Chinese filmmakers continue to produce unique (original if you prefer) films, Hong Kong is trying to reinstate its former status with the help of governmental initiatives, while Taiwan keeps producing masterpieces of all genres.

Here are ten of the best samples of the aforementioned, with a focus in diversity. Some of the films premiered in 2016, but since they circulated mostly in 2017, I took the liberty of including them. (By clicking on the titles, you can read the full reviews)

10. Wolf Warrior 2 (Wu Jing, China)

Granted, this does feel more of the same of what came before it, but the film’s sense of fun overall makes it a more than worthy effort overall. On the whole,
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'Legend Of The Demon Cat' leads Asian Film Awards nominations

Angels Wear White, Youth and The Third Murder also score multiple nods.

Source: 21st Century Shengkai Film

‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’

Chen Kaige’s lavish period drama Legend Of The Demon Cat racked up the most nominations for this year’s Asian Film Awards, with six nods in all, including best director.

The co-production between Hong Kong, China and Japan was also nominated for best supporting actress (Kitty Zhang Yuqi), cinematography, costume design, production design and visual effects. However, the film wasn’t nominated in the best film category.

Three films scored five nods apiece and were all nominated for best film – Vivian Qu’s Angels Wear White and Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, both from mainland China, and Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder.

Rounding out the best film category are Newton from Indian filmmaker Amit V. Masurkar and The Day After from South Korea’s Hong Sangsoo, which both racked
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‘Demon Cat’ Leads Chinese-Dominated Asian Film Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 12th edition of the Asian Film Awards were dominated by Chinese-language films. “The Legend of the Demon Cat” narrowly led the field with nominations in six categories.

A larger-than-life historical fantasy that was released shortly before Christmas, “Demon Cat” was shut out of the best picture category but earned Chen Kaige a best director nomination. The nominations were announced Thursday in Hong Kong.

The prizes will be decided by a jury headed by veteran action director and stunt coordinator Tony Ching Siu-tung. They will be presented at a ceremony at the Venetian Hotel in Macau on March 17, two days before the beginning of the FilMart convention and the Hong Kong Film Festival.

Four films garnered five nominations each. “Angels Wear White,” a topical drama on sexual abuse, will compete for best picture and earned Vivian Qu a nomination for best new director. Mainland Chinese veteran Feng Xiaogang earned a best director nomination and saw
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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Rushes. George A. Romero & Martin Landau, Choreographing Rape, Latest Trailers

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSOver the weekend we lost two greats: Filmmaker George A. Romero, best known for inventing the modern version of all things zombie, and actor Martin Landau. Patton Oswalt has pointed out that a 19-year-old Romero worked as a pageboy on North by Northwest, Landau's second movie.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has again added more names to its membership, and this latest batch includes even more unexpected additions from the world of international art cinema, including directors Pedro Costa, Lav Diaz, Ann Hui, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kira Muratova, Johnnie To and Athina Rachel Tsangari.Did you see that the lineup of the Locarno Film Festival has been announced? With a huge retrospective devoted to Cat People director Jacques Tourneur and a competition including new films by Wang Bing, F.J. Ossang, Ben Russell,
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Interview with Yuhang Ho: We wanted the fights to be realistic and nothing too flashy

Yuhang Ho was trained as an engineer but went into film-making due to his love for vintage films. He began his career by shooting commercials in the mid 1990’s. In 2000, he co-directed a Malaysian documentary “Semangat Insan: Masters of Tradition” highlighting the need to preserve Malaysia’s traditional art forms. He then made his feature film directorial debut in the 2003 film “Min”.He went to receive international recognition for his film “Rain Dogs”, won the New Talent Award at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2006 and also named best director at the Festival of the Three Continents in 2006.

His 2009 revenge drama “At The End of Daybreak” revived the career of the veteran actress Kara Hui, who was an action star of the Shaw Brothers era. “Daybreak” earned her seven best actress awards. She has since gone on to star in “Wu Xia,” “Rigor Mortis,” and “The Midnight After.”

On the
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China Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Opening Is Franchise High

China Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Opening Is Franchise High
The delayed release of “Despicable Me 3” comfortably dominated the box office in China over the weekend, running off with $63.5 million according to Ent Group, a Chinese box office tracker, and $66 million according to Universal.

Those numbers were a record opening for an animated film in China and the fifth-biggest opening weekend of any film in China this year. It was also the biggest animated opening in China for IMAX. The film earned $4 million of its weekend total from 417 IMAX screens in China.

The score was achieved from 97,000 screenings Friday and 115,000 on each of Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend total is also bigger than the lifetime score achieved by “Despicable Me 2,” which was the first film in the franchise to be released in China.

Second place belonged to the strongest of a large bunch of Chinese-made new releases. Horror franchise movie “The House That Never Dies II” scored $20.8 million in four days, having
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The Academy Continues to Diversify with 774 New Members

Leslie Jones, seen here in “Ghostbusters,” has been invited to join the Academy: Hopper Stone/Columbia Pictures

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, best known as the body behind the Academy Awards, has invited 774 new members to join its ranks — topping last year’s record-setting 683 invitations. This new high reflects the Academy’s commitment to diversifying its organization as well as the films it honors every year at the Oscars.

The new roster continued last year’s large inclusion of international members. The new members represent 57 different countries, comparable to 2016’s 59 nations. As the La Times observes, the new class shows that the Academy “is figuring out what it means to have standards in the first place: namely, by fostering a membership that can genuinely be described as world class.”

While the Academy’s attempt to think globally is admirable, this year’s raw numbers are something of a let down after the 2016 class. Women represent 39 percent of the new class, as compared to last year’s 46 percent. Thirty percent of the new members this year are people of color, while 2016’s class was 41 percent non-white.

In addition, there hasn’t been a significant change in the macro sense. The number of all female Academy members has shifted from 25 percent in 2015 — before the greater push for gender equality and diversity — to 28 percent this year. Similarly, non-white members have only slightly increased from 2015’s eight percent to 2017’s 11 percent. It’s progress, but there’s obviously still a long way to go.

In the directing branch, 18 of the 64 new members are women — about 28 percent. That’s makes for total of 109 female filmmakers in the Academy’s directing branch, so women represent approximately 19 percent of its directors overall. Among the new class are Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), Jocelyn Moorhouse (“The Dressmaker”), Emmanuelle Bercot (“Standing Tall”), Patricia Cardoso (“Real Women Have Curves”), Jessica Hausner (“Amour Fou”), Joanna Hogg (“Archipelago”), Ann Hui (“A Simple Life”), and Cate Shortland (“Berlin Syndrome”).

Kristen Stewart (“Personal Shopper”), Elle Fanning (“The Beguiled”), Leslie Jones (“Ghostbusters”), Janelle Monaé (“Hidden Figures”), Betty White (“The Proposal”), Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), and Sanaa Lathan (“Love & Basketball”) are among the new U.S. members of the Academy’s acting branch. International performers like Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Fan Bingbing (“I Am Not Madame Bovary”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson”), Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Melancholia”), Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”), and Paz Vega (“Sex and Lucía”) are also on the 2017 roster.

While it looks like the Academy is sincere in its attempt to increase the number of non old, white men, it still has a lot of work to do.

Go to The Hollywood Reporter to check out the full list of new Academy members.

The Academy Continues to Diversify with 774 New Members was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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China Abuzz Over Local Talent Invited to Join Academy

China Abuzz Over Local Talent Invited to Join Academy
Chinese media were abuzz Thursday over the record number of Chinese filmmakers and actors who have been invited to become new members of the Academy, with some commentators saying that it could boost the country’s chances of winning an Oscar.

But others said that the Academy’s decision to include more Chinese and Asian faces was an effort to boost diversity rather than a bow by Hollywood to China, and that the new Chinese additions would have a negligible impact on Chinese films’ Oscar prospects.

Fourteen industry heavyweights from mainland China and Hong Kong are among the 774 new invited members. The news made headlines throughout Greater China.

“China raves over record number of Chinese filmmakers to join the Academy,” one headline declared.

The 10 invitees from Hong Kong are actresses Maggie Cheung (“In the Mood for Love”) and Carina Lau (“Days of Being Wild”); actors Tony Leung (“In the Mood for Love”) and Donnie Yen (“Ip Man
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