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Australian Film Academy Makes China Awards Outreach

Australian Film Academy Makes China Awards Outreach
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is to introduce an award for Asian film excellence as part of its annual prize ceremony.

Aacta’s Asian engagement program was unveiled at a banquet event Wednesday on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Actors Sam Neill and Rachel Griffiths were on hand to introduce the new award. Films from 17 countries will be eligible.

The final prize will be decided by a jury, headed by Russel Crowe. It also includes Chinese director Lu Chuan, Korean writer, director and producer Kim Ki-Duk, Indian actor Anupam Kher Indian actress Shabana Azmi, Chinese actor Liu Ye, American producer Gary Kurtz, British producer and distributor Adam Torel and veteran Australian film critic Margaret Pomeranz.

The Aacta awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on Dec. 6, 2017 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

“We want to encourage more co-production and more co-operation,” said Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella. “As the Asian screen industry continues to grow and the traditional borders to content distribution are breaking down, audiences across the world are discovering what other regions have to offer.”

Aacta will also develop a range of film forums in Australia and regionally as part of the Asia engagement program.

China and Australia have had an official film co-production treaty for the past ten years. This year will see the release of the largest Australia-China co-production to date, the Kimble Rendall-directed “Guardians of the Tomb,” starring Li Bingbing.

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Media Asia marches to Chinese army project from 'Infernal Affairs' director

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Media Asia marches to Chinese army project from 'Infernal Affairs' director
Exclusive: The Founding Of An Army is the third in a trilogy of historical propaganda films.

Hong Kong-based Media Asia Films has picked up international rights to The Founding Of An Army, directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and starring Liu Ye and Zhu Yawen.

Produced by China Film Group (Cfg), Bona Film Group and other Chinese companies, the historical propaganda film is the third installment in a trilogy that also includes The Founding Of A Republic (2009) and The Founding Of A Party (2011). Scheduled for Chinese release on July 29, it tells the story of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (Pla).

Like other recent propaganda-driven Chinese films, such as The Taking Of Tiger Mountain and Operation Mekong, the film has been made in a commercial style with a star-studded cast so that it has genuine appeal for audiences. “The film boasts some of the most spectacular war scenes that the director has ever done on
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Andy Lau Injured on Set After Falling From Horse

Andy Lau Injured on Set After Falling From Horse
Andy Lau, star of “Infernal Affairs” and the recent “The Great Wall,” has been injured while filming in Thailand.

“Mr Andy Lau was shooting a commercial in Thailand on Jan. 17, 2017 when he had a little accident and fell off a horse, resulting in a pelvic laceration. A medical team took care of him and and everything is fine now Please do worry,” said a statement from Topman Global, one of Lau’s companies.

Hong Kong media first reported the story and have identified different degrees of injury. The South China Morning Post said that a horse that Lau (aka (Lau Tak-wah) had been riding, took fright, threw him and stepped on his back. The same paper also reported that Lau is to be flown back to Hong Kong Wednesday on a medical flight.

Lau is one of Hong Kong’s most successful actors and singers. HIs film credits include Wong Kar-wai
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Afm: The Exchange Closes Credit Line With Pacific Mercantile (Exclusive)

In a move that signals future growth, The Exchange has closed a revolving line of credit funded by Pacific Mercantile Bank to be used for future acquisitions.

The self-funded company is celebrating its five-year anniversary at the American Film Market.

The Exchange’s Afm line-up includes the documentary “Gleason,” “King Coba,” “A Street Cat Named Bob,” “Kickboxer: Vengeance,” “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” “Shimmer Lake” and a pair of upcoming films: Stephanie Laing’s “Irreplaceable You” and Justin Chadwick’s historical drama “The Lady and the Panda,” starring Rebecca Ferguson and Chinese star Liu Ye.

“This line of credit with Pacific Mercantile Bank will tremendously increase our acquisitions power and allow us to take the company to the next level with an even stronger line-up at each market,” said Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange.

“The Lady and the Panda” centers on Ruth Harkness, the first person to bring a live panda
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Us Briefs: 13 Films strikes North American deal on 'Extortion'

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Tannaz Anisi, selling Extortion to worldwide buyers at Afm, has closed a North American deal on the thriller with Grindstone Entertainment Group.

Extortion stars Barkhad Abdi, Eion Baily, Bethany Joy Lenz and Danny Glover in the tale of a family that falls victim to kidnappers while on holiday in the Bahamas.

Phil Volken directed the film, which Lionsgate Home Entertainment will distribute.

13 Films recently completed international sales for France (Fip), Italy (Eagle), South Africa (Ster-Kinekor), Poland (Kinoswiat), Middle East (Eagle Films), Brazil (TV Globo), Bulgaria (Bulgaria) Film Vision, Czech Republic (Foxx New Media), former Yugoslavia (Star Media), and pan-Asian pay TV (Fox TV).

Deals closed earlier in the year with Signature for the UK, Ascot Elite Entertainment for Germany, and Interfilm Co for Japan.

Double Dutch International president Jason Moring said on Thursday Samantha Bee and Martin Short are attached
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Ye Liu Joins Rebecca Ferguson in Historical Drama ‘Lady and the Panda’

Ye Liu Joins Rebecca Ferguson in Historical Drama ‘Lady and the Panda’
Chinese star Ye Liu has come on board the historical adventure “The Lady and the Panda” opposite Rebecca Ferguson.

Filming is expected to begin this month in China in the Sichuan region in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Exchange is launching sales at the American Film Market.

The Lady and the Panda” is a U.K./Chinese co-production, produced by Laura Bickford and Michelle Qi, CEO of Europe China Picture Group. The executive producers are John Lambert of Europe China Picture Group, Joe Simpson and D. Todd Shepherd of Miscellaneous Entertainment, Christopher Brough from Pandamotion Picture Company, Andrew Mann, and Fiona Druckenmiller.

Ferguson is portraying Ruth Harkness, the first person to bring a live panda from China to the United States. She was a New York socialite whose wealthy, explorer husband died unexpectedly in 1936. She took over his expedition to China, joined forces with a Chinese guide, and traveled into the uncharted Himalayas,
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Asian Films Looking to Cast More Hollywood Names

Asian Films Looking to Cast More Hollywood Names
As China is eager to export its soft power to the world, more Hollywood faces have been cast in Chinese blockbusters in the hope of scoring global releases and winning the hearts of international audiences.

Despite China’s box office slowing down by 21% in the first half of 2016, the country’s film market saw a staggering rise over the past five years on its way to challenge the North America’s position as the world’s No. 1 movie market.

Chinese money is also set to reshape Hollywood through various acquisitions, such as Dalian Wanda Group’s 2012 buy of the AMC theater chain and purchase of Legendary Entertainment in January.

But there is only so much that money can buy. Chinese productions earned little recognition abroad in recent years. The only Chinese-language film that has ever won a foreign-language Oscar was 2000’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but the Ang Lee film
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Relive a Real-Life Nightmare with Saving Mr. Wu (Well Go USA)

Saving Mr. Wu is one of the most uniquely terrifying movies you will watch this year. Step into a real-life nightmare as kidnappers drag Mr. Wu (Andy Lau) from the safety of his cushy lifestyle into a hell hole like he has never known before. As death looms dangerously close, Mr. Wu has to utilize every instinct in his body to save himself.

Face an outer body experience with Wu Ruofu as he switches from the true-life victim of a deadly kidnapping ring to Cao Gang, a police captain working feverishly to find Mr. Wu alive. Feel the chills run down your spine as Qianyuan Wang delivers a bone-chilling performance. He plays the emotionally void Zhang who orchestrates Mr. Wu’s abduction. Beside Wu Ruofu is Liu Ye as the intense vice-captain by the name of Xing Feng. Even more convincing is Andy Lau. Lau is at full perfection in
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Cock And Bull: Watch The Slick Trailer For Liu Ye Anchored Crime Comedy

Chinese superstar Liu Ye anchors the cast of Baoping Cao's upcoming crime comedy Cock And Bull. And true to the title this one appears to be a fairly silly affair, the sort of dark comedy that wouldn't be entirely out of place in the Coen Brothers' catalog. Finding an even remotely coherent English synopsis for this one is proving difficult but the story revolves around a tow truck driver in a rural community in western China caught up in the swirling chaos around a murder. Building a comedy around a killing is not a simple thing in China, where the censorship laws put strict limits around how crime and its consequences can and cannot be portrayed on screen but this looks to be a really...

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Exclusive: Watch an action-packed clip from Police Story: Lockdown starring Jackie Chan

Ahead of its UK home-entertainment release this coming Monday, July 25th, we’ve got an exclusive clip from Police Story: Lockdown, which sees martial arts icon Jackie Chan doing what he does best; check it out here…

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Action icon Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, Shanghai Knights, The Karate Kid, The Forbidden Kingdom) returns to one of his most famous franchises in this fast-paced, breathtaking action-thriller. Police Captain Zhong Wen (Chan) knows all about sacrifice. He s always been too busy chasing bad guys to be a father to his daughter, Miao. Tonight however, he s seeing her for the first time in years, and meeting her fiance, club owner, Wu Jiang (Liu Ye, Curse of the Golden Flower). But, Wu has a dark side, and a secret score to settle with his soon-to-be father in law, and plans to take Zhong,
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Exclusive Saving Mr. Wu Trailer: Being Alive or Dead Makes All the Difference

Based on actual events, Saving Mr. Wu asks the deadly serious question: If a celebrity is kidnapped, what will it take to get him back alive? In a bit of type casting, Andy Lau plays a movie star who is snatched by a gang of four criminals and threatened with death if ransom demands are not met within 24 hours. The thriller opened in Asia last year and is coming to North America via Well Go USA on digital July 5 and on Blu-ray and DVD August 2. Bonus materials include a 4-part Making Mr. Wu featurette plus deleted scenes Directed by Sheng Ding (Police Story: Lockdown), the film also stars Liu Ye (The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel), Wu Ruofu (Da yue bing), and...

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'De Lan' wins best film at Shanghai film festival

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Chinese director Liu Jie’s De Lan won best film at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, while Vito Palmieri’s See You In Texas won the grand jury prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Liu’s rural tale revolves around a loan officer who travels to a remote village and strikes up a complicated relationship with a Tibetan woman. The director is currently working on Hide And Seek, a Chinese adaptation of a Korean thriller, co-financed by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia.

Palmieri’s See You In Texas tells the story of a young Italian woman who has to make difficult decisions when she is offered an opportunity to perfect her horse-riding skills on a ranch in Texas.

Among other winners, Finnish filmmaker Antti Jokinen picked up best director for Flowers Of Evil; Liu Ye won best actor for his performance in Cao Baoping’s Cock And Bull; and Naomi Fujiyama took best actress
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Hong Kong, China Trio Seek Stock Market Explosion With ShiFang Investment

Hong Kong, China Trio Seek Stock Market Explosion With ShiFang Investment
Three old-guard filmmakers from Hong Kong and China have given themselves a new stock market-listed vehicle with which they plan to ride the bubble in Chinese entertainment investment.

China’s Shi Jianxing has teamed with Hong Kong’s Ng See Yuen and Tsui Siuming (aka Hsu Hsiao-ming) to take control of money-losing shell company ShiFang Holding.

The Hong Kong-listed company is planning to reverse itself into Shanghai Hehe Film, a company which owns 55% of the net theatrical revenues in mainland Chinese from martial arts sequel “Ip Man 3.” The film starring Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson was released in Hong Kong shortly before Christmas and scored a stellar Hk$60.5 million (Us$7.84 million).

The old ShiFang was a bombed-out newspaper and magazine publisher that had struggled to shift to an online business model. In the first half of 2015 the company lost Hk$55 million (Us$7.10 million) on revenues of Hk$41.7 million (Us$5.38 million).

Despite a Jan.
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Trailer: In Saving Mr. Wu Andy Lau Is Going To Die

Ding Sheng, director of Little Big Soldier and the lacklutre yet highly lucrative Police Story 2013 (aka Police Story: Lockdown in the Us), trades Jackie Chan for Andy Lau in Saving Mr. Wu, a high-stakes hostage thriller based on real events that went down in Beijing. Wealthy Mr. Wu (Andy Lau) is targeted by a gang of phoney cops and before he knows what is going on he has been kidnapped. Liu Ye is the legit copper looking to save the day, while Wang Qianyuan is chief bad guy. Lam Suet and Wu Ruofu also appear.Here's the official synopsis:Mr. Wu (played by acclaimed film star Andy Lau) is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua (Wang Qianyuan) and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom...

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Mel Gibson to serve as creative adviser on World War II film The Bombing

Variety is reporting that Mel Gibson has signed on to serve as a creative adviser on the upcoming big-budget Chinese World War II epic The Bombing, which is set to star Bruce Willis.

“Mel is interested in what happened during that period of time, and provided relevant suggestions on how to make the movie,” said Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Kuailu, during a press conference announcing Gibson’s role. “He is very insightful.”

The Bombing revolves around Japan’s bombardment of the Chinese city of Chongqing, with Willis playing a United States Air Force pilot who volunteers to help defend the people of the city. The $65 million budgeted film is being directed by Xiao Feng (Hushed Roar), and also features Asian actors Song Seung-heon, Nicholas Tse, William Chen and Liu Ye.
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Mel Gibson Confirmed as Art Director of China’s ‘The Bombing’

Mel Gibson Confirmed as Art Director of China’s ‘The Bombing’
Mel Gibson has been confirmed as joining big-budget Chinese film “The Bombing” as art director. Bruce Willis is part of the cast of the 3D WWII movie.

Gibson’s role was announced at a press event held by Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group at the movie’s Xiangshan production base on July 7.

“Mel is interested in what happened during that period of time, and provided relevant suggestions on how to make the movie,” said Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Kuailu. “He is very insightful.”

The film is directed by Xiao Feng, who previously shot another war actioner, “Hushed Roar,” in 2012.

Korean actor Song Seung-heon, Hong Kong star Nicholas Tse, and leading Chinese character actor Liu Ye also star.

The producers pegged the film’s production budget at $65 million. Previous reports had put it at $90 million.

The story focuses on the World War II bombing of the city of Chongquing by Japanese forces.
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Mel Gibson Now Art Director On "Bombing"

Mel Gibson has been confirmed to be serving as art director on the $65 million budget, 3D Chinese film "The Bombing" for Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group.

Xiao Feng ("Hushed Road") helms the film which focuses on the World War II bombing of the city of Chongquing by Japanese forces. The city served as the provisional capital of forces commanded by Chiang Kai-Shek.

Song Seung-heon, Nicholas Tse and Liu Ye star in the film which also has a role for Bruce Willis. Production will take place in Xiangshan.

Source: Variety
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Siff opens with stars, controversy

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Siff opens with stars, controversy
Stars including Mike Tyson, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan walked the red carpet at the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff) last night, along with three Korean jury members who are attending the festival despite the controversy surrounding Mers.

Many Koreans cancelled their trip to Shanghai earlier this week after the festival sent out letters advising them to stay away due to concerns over the Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus that has hit South Korea. Cj Entertainment, Showbox and Finecut are among the companies that decided not to show, along with Busan International Film Festival (Biff) director Lee Yong-kwan.

However the three Korean jury members – Kim Hee-jae (Golden Goblet competition), Kim Han-min (Asian New Talent) and Kim Dong-won (Documentary) – attended the opening ceremony, as did Korean actor Song Seung-heon who is shooting The Bombing, also starring Bruce Willis, Liu Ye and Nicholas Tse, in China.

Yen and Tyson put in an appearance to promote
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Bruce Willis to star in Chinese World War II epic The Bombing

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Bruce Willis has signed on to appear in the Chinese-language World War II epic The Bombing, which is based upon Japan’s bombardment of the Chinese city of Chongqing.

The site reports that Willis has already started filming on the $56 million project, which is being directed by Xiao Feng (Hushed Roar), and will feature several big name Asian actors including Song Seung-heon, Nicholas Tse, William Chen and Liu Ye.
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Casting: Snipes, Elba, Willis, Searcy, Noble, Otto


Wesley Snipes, Dave Chappelle and Nick Cannon have all reportedly joined the cast of Spike Lee's upcoming musical comedy "Chi-Raq" for Amazon's Original Movies.

The story is said to be a modern re-imagining of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata. In the original, women withheld sex from their husbands until they agreed to end a war. Lee will make parallels to the play as he attempt to tackle the very real problem of Chicago gang violence. [Source: Consequence of Sound]

The Alchemist

Laurence Fishburne and Idris Elba are in talks to direct and star, respectively, in the long-gestating film adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s bestselling novel "The Alchemist" at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin next year.

Brazilian author Coelho’s book centers on a young Spaniard who embarks on a quest to find a hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids, and has sold over 65 million copies. [Source: Deadline]

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