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Jean Noh

Based in Seoul, Jean Noh is deputy Asia editor and Korea correspondent for Screen International. She started her industry career in international film marketing and worked at the Pusan International Film Festival’s projects market PPP as well as in production, and spent several working years at the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). Her freelance work includes annual territory reviews for Cahiers du Cinema in France, previously editing for Cine21 in Korea, and she is also a contributing editor at Korean Cinema Today.

  • Busan’s New Currents Award goes to 'Knife', 'Donor'


    The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped on Saturday with its New Currents Award going to two Chinese debut features - Wang Xuebo’s The Knife In The Clear Water and Zang Qiwu’s The Donor.
  • Top Korean directors, actors on government blacklist


    Park Chan-wook and actor Song Kang-ho are reportedly on a blacklist created by president Park Geun-hye’s office denying them government support.
  • Busan: 'Love And Vengeance' wins $15k market prize


    White Building also among winners at Busan’s Asian Film Market.
  • Asian Film Market wrap: industry upbeat despite controversy


    The Busan festival’s market offering reported a strong increase in attendees this year.
  • Busan: Wide House sells 'Hitler's Hollywood' doc to Sweden


    EXCLUSIVE: Company also inks deals for I Am Not Your Negro and Renzo Piano.
  • Busan Q&A: Boo Junfeng talks 'Apprentice'


    Singaporean director discusses his prison drama, which premiered at Cannes and is Singapore’s submission to this year’s Oscar race.
  • Busan: Pollux Pictures takes film rights to 'Summer, A Corpse From Nowhere'


    Project was participating in Busan’s Book to Film pitching event.
  • Foreign Film Buyer-Distributors Association of Korea launches in Busan


    Organisation will aim to improve business dealings for the country’s importers and distributors.
  • Busan: New Europe closes deals on 'Porto', 'The Last Family'


    EXCLUSIVE: Porto stars Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away in June this year.
  • Busan: Showbox inks 'Luck-Key' and 'Tunnel' deals


    EXCLUSIVE: Both titles have sold to multiple territories including US and UK.
  • Busan: United Pictures sells 'One Day', 'Life Risking Romance'


    EXCLUSIVE: Sales company also launches sports drama Split starring Yoo Ji-tae.
  • Busan Q&A: Ho Yuhang talks 'Mrs K'


    Director discusses his Kara Wai-starring action thriller, which world premieres in Busan.
  • Busan Q&A: Zhang Lu talks festival opener 'A Quiet Dream'


    Director Zhang discusses the project’s origins and shooting on a tight schedule.
  • Busan: Asian Film Market offers deal-making, new opportunities


    This year’s Asian Film Market has been streamlined to keep the focus on business and deal-making, while a spotlight on transmedia projects offers new opportunities.
  • Busan: M-Line picks up Warner Bros Korea drama 'Single Rider'


    Lee Byung-hun (RED 2) stars as a successful fund manager who uncovers a shocking truth.
  • Busan focus: international industry undeterred by controversy


    BIFF matters for everyone doing business with Asia. But will international visitors be affected by the continuing row between the festival and the city authorities?
  • Busan: Kang Soo-youn talks "tough year" and Korean cinema


    In her first edition as solo director, Kang Soo-youn talks to Jean Noh about putting BIFF together in turbulent times.
  • Korean Oscar hopeful 'Age Of Shadows' seals deals for Finecut


    Espionage thriller has gone to Latin America, Australia and Spain, among other territories.
  • 'A Quiet Dream', 'The Dark Wind' bookend Busan 2016


    Festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.
  • Venice buzz title: Kim Jee-woon talks spy thriller 'The Age Of Shadows'


    The Korean film-maker discusses Warner Bros Korea’s first local-language production, and expresses his thoughts on changes in the local industry.
  • South Korea selects 'The Age Of Shadows' as Oscars entry


    Kim Jee-woon’s period thriller stars Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo.
  • Fox’s Korean production 'The Proxy Soldiers' readies shoot


    Fox International Productions’ next Korean production The Proxy Soldiers is set to start shooting on September 5.
  • Strong female presence at Busan's Asian Project Market


    The Busan film fest’s Asian Project Market (APM) has highlighted a “strong presence” of women filmmakers in this year’s line-up.
  • Abbas Kiarostami to be honoured at Busan fest


    Iranian director, who passed away on July 4, will have a retrospective of his works screened at BIFF.
  • Kim Ki-duk’s 'The Net' sells to Japan


    Controversial Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk’s The Net, set to world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, has pre-sold to seven countries including Japan (King Records).
  • Busan’s ACF reveals 22 projects to receive funding


    Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 22 projects to receive Asian Cinema Fund support this year, including Park Kyoung Tae’s Ne Me Quitte Pas and Venice Biennale College project Hotel Salvation.
  • Korean film industry votes 'no' to lifting Busan boycott


    “Intense discussions” have led to a split vote, meaning the boycott of the festival will continue.
  • 'The Wailing' wins top awards at BIFAN


    Na Hong Jin’s fantasy horror took the best film prize and audience award.
  • Warner Bros ramps up Korean production


    The studio is plotting to release two to four films next year, with Joo-young Lee’s A Single Rider set to be the first.
  • Admissions for Korean films up 8.4% in H1 2016


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced that admissions for local films went up 8.4% to 43.8 million in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
  • Netflix seeking global audience for Korean originals


    Netflix is aiming to find an international audience for its Korean-language productions, as well as Bong Joon Ho’s multilingual Okja, according to David Lee, Netflix vice president, international originals.
  • Kim Dong-ho issues apology and promise for Busan future


    Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) chairman Kim Dong-ho has made a public apology and vowed to have BIFF’s articles of association changed by the end of July so that local filmmakers can call off their boycott.
  • BIFAN genre fest appoints chair, reveals line-up


    Captain Fantastic to open festival in South Korea.
  • BIFAN makes a splash


    Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (July 21-31) has a new festival director and an expanded industry event. Jean Noh reports.
  • Michael Uslan partners with Korea's Signal


    KOSDAQ-listed Signal Entertainment Group is partnering with Batman franchise executive producer Michael Uslan to produce global content, including Asia-themed superhero and animation films.
  • Finecut inks key deals on Cannes horror-thriller 'The Wailing'


    Na Hong Jin’s horror-thriller has sold to a host of territories including Japan, Italy and Spain.
  • BIFAN reveals Malaysia spotlight, attendees


    The genre event will host a five-strong line-up of Malaysian projects; Ivanhoe, Huayi, Blumhouse, CJ among BIFAN attendees.
  • Wanda, Dexter to co-produce 'Kung Fu Robot'


    South Korea’s Dexter Studios and Wanda Pictures, the film production division of China’s Wanda Group, are set to co-produce big-budget sci-fi film Kung Fu Robot.
  • 'Operation Chromite' secures raft of pre-sales


    South Korean sales agent Finecut has announced a raft of pre-sales on Korean War action film Operation Chromite, starring Lee Jung-jae, Lee Bum-soo, Jin Se-yun and Liam Neeson.
  • Busan festival head confident of avoiding boycott


    Chairman nominee Kim Dong-ho has told Screen he believes the festival will avoid the boycott.
  • Cannes Q&A: Na Hong Jin, 'The Wailing'


    Director Na Hong Jin talks to Screen about his Out of Competition Cannes 2016 title.
  • Southeast Asia directors line up art-inspired omnibus


    The five award-winning directors will each make a short film inspired by a piece of art from their region.
  • Mirovision reveals Lee Jung-seob biopic


    The Whistleblower director Yim Soon-rye will helm the forthcoming film about the celebrated painter.
  • Cannes: Park Chan-wook talks 'The Handmaiden'


    The new film from Cannes favourite Park Chan-wook is an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Victorian era-set lesbian crime novel Fingersmith, transplanted to 1930s Japan.
  • M-Line sells 'Spirits’ Homecoming


    Cho Jung-rae’s Korean drama has sold to China and Taiwan.
  • S Korea's Showbox hails 'Taxi Driver'


    EXCLUSIVE: Song Kang-ho to star in story of a Korean taxi driver who accompanies a German journalist reporting on the 1980 Gwangju Massacre.
  • Mirovision picks up 'Era' fantasy animation trilogy


    EXCLUSIVE: Sales company picks up films from Korean animation studio Meditation With A Pencil.
  • Mirovision closes 'My New Sassy Girl' deals


    EXCLUSIVE: Romantic comedy is a sequel to 2001’s My Sassy Girl.
  • M-Line sells 'Insane' to Japan, Taiwan, China.


    EXCLUSIVE: Remake rights to mystery thriller also secured in China.
  • Kim Dong-ho to become BIFF chairman


    The announcement comes following news last week that former director Lee Yong-kwan had been indicted on embezzlement charges.
  • Israel's 'Sand Storm' wins at Jeonju festival


    The 17th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) saw its Grand Prize in the International Competition go to Elite Zexer’s Israeli film Sand Storm today (May 5).
  • Former Busan fest director indicted on embezzlement charges; deputy accused of fraud


    In South Korea, the Busan prosecutors’ office has indicted former Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) director Lee Yong-kwan [pictured] and two others on charges of embezzlement. Deputy festival director and Asian Film Market head Jay Jeon has been indicted on charges of fraud.
  • Poet’s Love takes top prize at Jeonju Project Market


    Kim Yang-hee’s The Poet’s Love takes Feature Film Pitching Grand Prize in JIFF’s projects market, while Dongju; The Portrait Of A Poet is among the sold-out screenings at the festival (April 28-May 7).
  • Korea’s Lotte continues expansion in Vietnam


    Major South Korean exhibitor Lotte Cinema is opening two new sites with eight screens in Vietnam this week, bringing its total to 111 screens in the territory.
  • Finecut enters Kim’s 'Age Of Shadows'


    Korean sales company Finecut has picked up Kim Jee-woon’s highly-anticipated The Age Of Shadows, which marks Warner Bros Korea’s first local-language production.
  • Jeonju to open with Chet Baker drama 'Born To Be Blue'


    The independent and alternative cinema showcase (Apr 28 - May 7) will have the world premiere of Choi Seung-ho’s controversial Spy Nation.
  • Korean industry threaten Busan boycott


    Committee of nine major film organisations has issued a set of demands to ensure the festival’s independence.
  • China's Huace dives into remake of 'Canola'


    Director Chang made Cannes title The Target in 2014.
  • Wide scores sales of Indian gay love story 'Loev'


    EXCLUSIVE: France’s Wide has secured a raft of deals on Indian gay love story Loev.
  • Korea's Central Park moves into features with 'The Salt Planet'


    EXCLUSIVE: Firm also compiling shorts into omnibus films.
  • Udine Far East Film Festival partners with Rome to launch market


    First Focus Asia to include screenings, research panels and meetings.
  • New musicials festival to launch in Seoul


    Artistic director Hong-Joon Kim and staff are at Filmart in Hong Kong scouting for the first edition of the Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival (CHIMFF), set to launch July 6-11 in Seoul.
  • Korea’s M-line sends 'Poet', 'Spirits' to US


    EXCLUSIVE: Sales also secured with Japan, Hong Kong.
  • Korea's 9ers unleashes 'A Stray Goat'


    EXCLUSIVE: Drama stars K-pop star Junior and Cart star Ji-woo.
  • Japan’s Village launches 'Asura', 'Midare Uguisu'


    Two productions being introduced to buyers at Hong Kong Filmart.
  • Korea's 'Descendants Of The Sun' prepped for remake


    Korea’s Contents Panda is launching remake rights sales on the hit TV series Descendants Of The Sun.
  • Filmart panel: Hollywood, online key to China growth


    Experts on a “local to global” panel today at Filmart said the next step for the growing Chinese film industry would be to co-produce with Hollywood and start exploiting possible online distribution platforms.
  • Cast revealed for 'Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016'


    Line-up includes Sharifah Amani from Yasmin Ahmad’s Gubra.
  • Berlin title 'While The Women Are Sleeping' sold to China, Spain


    EXCLUSIVE: Toei sells US-based Wayne Wang’s Japanese-language feature starring Beat Kitano.
  • Korea’s Showbox sells 'Violent Prosecutor', 'Man And A Woman'


    EXCLUSIVE: Raft of deals include sales to Japan, China.
  • Documentary on controversial Japanese director Sono Sion wraps


    Nikkatsu has announced The Sono Sion, a documentary about the prolific Japanese director of the title, has wrapped.
  • South Korea's Kakao, China's Huace plot five comic adaptations


    EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Just One Shot and supernatural fantasy Help! Breakup Ghost.
  • Korean Film Council proposes arthouse film quota


    As part of its strategic proposals for 2016-18, KOFIC is looking to introduce a quota to support non-mainstream Korean films.
  • Busan director's fate remains unclear following latest festival drama


    Following a turbulent general assembly meeting festival director Lee Yong-kwan’s position remains unclear.
  • Park Chan-wook's 'Handmaiden' pre-sells to 116 countries


    Amazon Studios has taken US rights to Park’s first Korean-language production since Thirst.
  • 'Sweet 20' breaks Vietnamese box office record


    The remake of Korean hit Miss Granny has become the country’s highest-grossing local film.
  • Busan mayor offers to step down as BIFF chairman


    Busan Metropolitan City mayor Suh Byung-soo has offered to step down as organizing committee chairman of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), while stating BIFF festival director Lee Yong-kwan’s contract will not be renewed after Feb 26.
  • South Korea box office hits record high in 2015


    Theatrical box office was up 3.1% while admissions also grew; local films took 52% of admissions.
  • Busan City accuses festival co-director of fraud


    Festival counters that probe is “retaliation” for screening of controversial film; “I’m consulting with lawyers,” exec tells Screen.
  • From learners to 'Veteran'


    Korean producer Kang Hye-jung of Filmmaker R&K discusses her long collaboration with director husband Ryoo Seung-wan — including their local box-office smash Veteran — and the challenges of finding new Korean directing voices.
  • Busan: ‘London Stories’ wins at Asian Project Market


    Busan’s Asian Film Market closed today with Hana Makhmalbaf’s London Stories picking up the top Busan Award at the Asian Project Market.
  • Busan: Chinese blockbuster producers reveal success tips


    At Busan’s Asian Film Market, producers of Chinese blockbusters shared their secrets to success such as walking their own paths and not trying to emulate Hollywood, Japan or Korea’s systems, even in co-productions.
  • Busan: Mirovision launches sales on ‘Third Way Of Love’


    South Korean sales agent Mirovision has launched sales on Korea-China co-production The Third Way Of Love, directed by Korean filmmaker John H. Lee (A Moment To Remember).
  • China's Huace, Korea's NEW launch joint venture


    Korea’s Next Entertainment World (NEW) and China’s Huace have launched a Beijing-based joint venture and announced their first projects.
  • Busan: O Muel opens 'Eyelids'


    Korean director O Muel is back in Busan with the world premiere of Eyelids in the Korean Cinema Today – Vision section.
  • Finecut sells 'Right Now', picks up 'Fatal Intuition'


    Korean sales agent Finecut has secured a raft of deals on Hong Sangsoo’s Locarno Golden Leopard winner Right Now, Wrong Then and picked up mystery thriller Fatal Intuition at Busan’s Asian Film Market.
  • Kirin sells 'The Cravings' to China


    At Busan’s inaugural Entertainment Intellectual Property (E-IP) Market, Kirin Productions has sold web drama series The Cravings to China’s Beijing Alpha Transmedia, marking the first IP contract signed at the new event.
  • New Busan co-director Kang Soo-youn talks bright future


    As the 20th Busan International Film Festival launches, new co-director Kang Soo-youn tells Jean Noh why the event is stronger than ever despite a year of political turmoil and funding cuts
  • Busan's Asian Project Market: bridging the divide


    Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Project Market will once again bring together the continent’s film-makers with major players from the European industry.
  • Busan: Korea’s 9ers launches sales of 'Making Family', 'Hiya'


    EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s 9ers Entertainment is launching sales on China-Korea co-production Making Family, a rom-com starring Aarif Lee and Kim Hae-Neul, and drama Hiya, starring Ahn Bo-Hyun and Lee Ho-Won (aka Hoya of boy group Infinite), at the Asian Film Market in Busan
  • Busan: Finecut picks up Kim Tae-yong's 'Yeogyosa'


    Korean sales company Finecut has picked up Kim Tae-yong’s sophomore feature Yeogyosa (tentative title which translates to ‘female teacher’).
  • Eric Khoo talks 'In the Room', '7 Letters'


    Singaporean director Eric Khoo has two films in Busan’s A Window On Asian Cinema section.
  • 'Ilo Ilo' director Anthony Chen talks Asian Film Academy and challenges


    Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen is in Busan this year at the Asian Film Academy (AFA) as directing mentor.
  • Makhmalbaf to receive Singapore honour


    The 26th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is set to pay tribute to Iranian filmmaker in exile Mohsen Makhmalbaf with a retrospective and an honorary award.
  • Busan: Japan's Studio Ghibli Named Asian Filmmaker of the Year


    The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is to present its Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award to Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.
  • South Korea submits 'The Throne' to Oscars


    South Korea’s submission to the upcoming Academy Awards’ Best Foreign-Language Film category will be historical drama The Throne.
  • Busan to open with India's 'Zubaan'


    The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its line-up of 304 films from 75 countries with 121 world and international premieres.
  • S Korea's 'Assassination', 'Veteran' continue box office rise


    In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.
  • Busan fest to honour Berlinale's Wieland Speck


    South Korean film festival also announces Wide Angle juries.
  • 'Assassination' beats 'Avengers' record in S Korea


    Korean feature tops 10.5 million admissions.
  • Busan unveils New Currents Jury; top 10 Asian films


    South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.
  • Liam Neeson to play US war hero in Korea's 'Operation Chromite'


    Taken star Liam Neeson is set to play US Army General Douglas MacArthur in John H. Lee’s upcoming Korean War film about the Incheon Landing Operation.
  • ScreenSingapore launches new project market


    ScreenSingapore (SS) has announced the inaugural Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market, which will run Dec 2-4.
  • Busan's new co-director Kang Soo-youn talks censorship controversy


    A month after her appointment as co-director of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Kang Soo-youn was on stage in Seoul speaking with the press alongside her co-director colleague Lee Yong-kwan.
  • Busan unveils Asian Project Market 2015 line-up


    Titles include London Stories from Hana Makhmalbaf [pictured].
  • S Korea's Jeonju names Lee Choong-jik festival director


    Lee previously headed the Korean Film Commission.
  • Korean box office rises 2.6% in first half of 2015


    Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.
  • BiFan awards winners revealed


    Port Of Call wins best feature; Turbo Kid team take Best Director.
  • BiFan It Project winners revealed


    Gun Women: The Patriots scoops top award at NAFF event.
  • BiFan opens as Mers scare fades


    Opening film Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s Moonwalkers sold out 3000-capacity crowd in 8 seconds.
  • Spackman, NEA launch partnership


    Singapore outfit Spackman Entertainment Group teams with Hong Kong-based National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group (NEA).
  • SGIFF announces second Southeast Asian Film Lab


    Terence Chang, Yong Mun Chee, Sherad Anthony Sanchez to mentor at lab event.
  • Wayne Wang, Takeshi Kitano wrap 'While The Women Are Sleeping'


    Director Wang talks to ScreenDaily about working with Takeshi Kitano.
  • Busan fest names actress Kang Soo-youn co-director


    Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Organization Committee has confirmed veteran actress Kang Soo-youn as festival co-director today at a special assembly in Busan City Hall.
  • KOFIC launches reformed arthouse film support initiative


    In reaction to protests from specialist exhibitors, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it is going ahead with the launch of a new support programme for arthouse film distribution.
  • 'Hello Kitty' movie set for 2019 release


    Japanese character and lifestyle business Sanrio is planning to launch a Hello Kitty movie for global release in 2019.
  • Busan, Youku launch masters and newcomers project


    South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and China’s Youku have initiated their Asian collaboration project to nurture new filmmakers with master directors.
  • Korean industry protests KOFIC budget cuts


    Korean film industry representatives visited the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in Busan on Tuesday to protest the organisation’s budget decisions on funding for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and independent and arthouse specialty cinemas.
  • S Korea's Bucheon fest unveils 2015 line-up


    World premieres include closing film The Chosen: Forbidden Cave from Kim Hui; competition line-up includes Coin Locker Girl, which played in Cannes Critics’ Week.
  • BiFan's It Project Spotlight on Chinese, Nordic genre films


    Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea has announced this year’s It Project Spotlight on China and is tentatively launching a new programme titled Nordic Genre Invasion.
  • S Korea's NEW holds film release over Mers outbreak


    In South Korea where concerns over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) have been heightening, distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has postponed the release of Northern Limit Line (aka Battle of Yeonpyeong).
  • Korea's NAFF It Project reveals 2015 line-up


    South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia’s largest genre film fest, has announced 21 titles from 12 countries to be presented during the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) genre film project market.
  • Korea's CJ pacts with Thailand's Major Cineplex


    Korea’s leading film investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s top exhibitor Major Cineplex Group to establish a joint venture for film production and investment.
  • India, South Korea sign copro agreement


    To qualify as a co-production, 20% or more of a film’s production budget must be from the partner country and 30% in the case of broadcast programmes.
  • Shin Su-won, 'Madonna'


    Korean director Shin Su-won is following up her second feature fiction film Pluto - a gritty high school thriller that won a Special Mention at the 2013 Berlinale - with Madonna in Un Certain Regard.
  • Filmmakers protest Busan festival gov't cuts


    In South Korea, filmmakers are protesting a recently announced cut in funding from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) for the beleaguered Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
  • World of Locations: South Korea


    A good film infrastructure and generous rebate has helped attract two high-profile international shoots to South Korea in the past year.
  • World of Locations: Thailand


    Stunning natural locations are attracting many independent productions.
  • China's 'Poet on a Business Trip' wins at Jeonju


    Chinese director Ju Anqi’s Poet On A Business Trip won the 16th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)’s Grand Prize in the International Competition.
  • Jeonju’s growing cinema project


    South Korean festival grows focus on alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema.
  • 'Monk' wins at S Korea's Jeonju Project Market


    Mystery thriller from Park Jung-bum wins pitching prize.
  • South Korea's Jeonju fest opens with 'Partisan'


    Asian premiere for Vincent Cassel feature at new 4,000-seat stadium.
  • More In Group launches sales on 'The Rift'


    EXCLUSIVE: Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller is currently in production in Serbia.
  • Korea's Mirovision takes Japanese drama 'Serenade'


    Korea’s Mirovision has made a last minute pick-up of Keinosuke Hara’s Japanese film Serenade.
  • NYAFF to honour late Japanese film 'legends'


    EXCLUSIVE: The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) has announced a special focus on two Japanese film legends, Ken Takakura (Black Rain) and Bunta Sugawara (Battles Without Honor), who both passed away last November. 
  • Singapore, US firms team for Christian co-pro


    Singapore’s Silver Media Group and LA-based Push To Start Productions have signed a deal at Hong Kong’s Filmart to co-produce faith-based film One Hundred Yards.
  • Tortured Korean pianist doc heads to Filmart


    EXCLUSIVE: PAM Korea Media has launched sales on a documentary about an internationally renowned pianist and North Korean defector at Filmart.
  • Korea's M-Line has 'Wonderful Nightmare'


    EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s M-Line Distribution has picked up three films for international sales.
  • HK's Emperor unveils 15 films on 15th anniverary


    Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) launched a 15-film slate at Filmart to commemorate its 15th anniversary.
  • Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theatre' scares up sales


    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu has sold J-horror master Hideo Nakata’s new film Ghost Theater to Red Pictures Pte. Ltd. for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.
  • Nippon sells sci-fi 'Strayer's Chronicle' to S Korea


    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV has pre-sold Heaven’s Story director Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller Strayer’s Chronicle to NK Contents for South Korea.
  • Korea's UP introduces 'The Priests'


    Korea’s United Pictures (UP) has launched sales at Filmart on new exorcist thriller The Priests.
  • Filmart 2015: Hot titles - Japan


    Japanese companies are at Filmart with a strong line-up of literary adaptations, tear-jerkers and a comedy set in the make-up room of a porn shoot.
  • Filmart 2015: Hot titles - South Korea


    Sales agents from South Korea are in town with a line-up of intriguing character-driven dramas, period action titles and offbeat stories. Jean Noh profiles a selection
  • Filmart 2015: HAF profiles


    Profiles of projects from the 13th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).
  • Japan’s Gaga launches Sion Sono 'erotic terrorism' film


    Japan’s Gaga Corporation is launching sales on a new film based on a comic and TV series from Tokyo Tribe director Sion Sono.
  • Japan's Toho brings 'Cats' to Filmart


    Japan’s Toho Company is launching sales on If Cats Disappeared From The World at Hong Kong Filmart.
  • Korean writers agency partners with HK's Golden Network


    Korea’s Writers Agency of Finecut (WAF) has struck a deal with Hong Kong’s Golden Network Asia for them to be their Chinese agency partner.
  • Korea's Lotte picks up 'Meet The In-laws' sequel


    EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has picked up Meet The In-laws 2 (working title), directed by Kim Jin-young.
  • Korea's 9ers pacts with Daemyung


    EXCLUSIVE: First project together is Clown Of A Salesman.
  • 'Little Forest' planted in Korea, Taiwan


    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Shochiku has sold Berlinale Culinary Cinema title Little Forest to Korea and Taiwan.
  • 'Ode To My Father' sells to LatAm, Spain


    EXCLUSIVE: Sales also made of Salut d’Amour, The Peaceful Island and Empire of Lust by Korea’s CJ.
  • Korea’s Finecut acquires 'Circle Of Atonement'


    EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Finecut has picked up Circle Of Atonement, the feature directorial debut of Park Eun Gyoung and Lee Dong Ha, whose credits as writers include The Terror Live.
  • Third Window takes porn comedy


    EXCLUSIVE: Third Window Films has picked up Japanese porn comedy Make Room for UK distribution and international sales excluding Asia.
  • Korea's Lotte launches $35m film fund


    Fund forms part of a creative innovation drive in Busan.
  • Busan Film Festival in danger of being "ruined"


    Panel held yesterday on the “vision for the future and reform” of the festival in Seoul.
  • Cannes, Venice chiefs support Busan censorship struggle


    Directors of award-winning films including Uncle Boonmee… and Kandahar also back freedom of expression fight.
  • South Korean film groups protest for freedom of expression


    In a show of mass solidarity not seen since the Screen Quota protests nearly a decade ago, 74 South Korean film industry groups together held a press conference today (Feb 13) in Seoul to protest recent encroachments on freedom of expression.
  • 9ers sell Korean strike drama Cart


    EXCLUSIVE: Sales company inks deals to multiple territories on Boo Ji-young’s Cart.
  • South Korean film industry sales hits all-time high


    South Korea’s film industry sales hit an all-time record of KW2.03trillion ($1.85bn) last year.
  • Frozen helps Japan box office rise 6.6%


    Japan’s box office gross rose 6.6% to hit JPY207bn ($1.75bn) last year.
  • Tiger directors: Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Vanishing Point


    The Thai director talks about his feature inspired by his parents car accident, which receives its world premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • Busan director refuses request to step down


    Busan Metropolitan City has asked Lee Yong-kwan to step down as festival director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) ahead of its 20th edition.
  • Tiger directors: Ismail Basbeth, Another Trip To The Moon


    The Indonesian director talks about his magical surrealist film, which receives its world premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • Tiger directors: Lisa Takeba, Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory


    The Japanese director talks about her second feature, which receives its world premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • Ode To My Father tops 10m in S Korea


    In South Korea, CJ Entertainment’s Ode To My Father has topped the country’s landmark 10 million admissions, taking in $72m according to the Korean Film Council’s ticketing database.
  • S Korea's NEW launches int'l sales arm


    Major South Korean investor/distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has launched its own international sales division through subsidiary Contents Panda.
  • South Korean films top 100 million admissions


    Local films in South Korea have topped 100 million admissions for the third consecutive year.
  • Asia's largest cinema shut down


    Seoul Metropolitan City has ordered Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch, housing the Guinness record holder for world’s biggest screen, to shut down.
  • Court wins at Singapore film festival


    Guests include John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, Tong Dawei, Chen Bolin and Nastassja Kinski.
  • Anthony Chen launches Giraffe Pictures


    The Ilo Ilo director’s company will produce one or two films per year.
  • Mosquito Films picks up As You Were


    EXCLUSIVE: Thai sales company Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up Singaporean filmmaker Liao Jiekai’s sophomore feature As You Were.
  • ATF, ScreenSingapore to attract record attendees


    The market, which opens today, is expecting nearly 5000 people from 60 countries.
  • Tembusu, Cheng, Yu launch $100m China Media Fund


    The fund was launched at the Singapore Media Festival.
  • SAAVA pacts with Pozible, MPAC


    At ScreenSingapore where it launched last year, the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) for media content producers today announced partnership agreements with major Australia-based crowd-funding portal Pozible and the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC).
  • Toho plans new Godzilla


    Japan’s Toho has announced it will produce another homegrown Godzilla film by 2016.
  • CJ CGV launches into Myanmar circuit


    South Korean exhibitor will start running Junction Cineplex in Myanmar from Dec 6.
  • Don Hall & Chris Williams, Big Hero 6


    Big Hero 6 co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams tell Jean Noh about building the world of San Fransokyo for their Marvel comic superhero adaptation
  • Spackman to acquire Novus Mediacorp


    South Korean production group signs MOU for acquisition of ancillary distributor.
  • Buzz titles: Korea


    Some of South Korea’s hottest films are being sold at this year’s AFM, from Im Kwon-taek’s 102nd film to the Detective K sequel. Jean Noh reports.
  • Showbox deals Gangnam style


    EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.
  • M-Line picks up Fox’s Enemies


    EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.
  • Roaring Currents makes waves for CJ


    Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.
  • CJ E&M launches VoD service Vingo


    New service specialises in film recommendations and saw CJ E&M join with Dolby Laboratories to provide 5.1 surround sound on earphones and headphones.
  • 9ers' Bride finds partners


    EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.
  • City Lights shines at the Kabukiza


    Jean Noh on Tokyo International Film Festival’s Special Night, which included a kabuki performance and Chaplin’s City Lights.
  • Heaven Knows What takes top Tokyo prize


    Audience Award won by Pale Moon with the film’s Rie Miyazawa named best actress.
  • Singapore Film Festival unveils line-up


    MDA-backed SGIFF (Dec 4-14) is part of Singapore Media Festival.
  • John Lasseter talks about Japanese inspirations


    Walt Disney chief creative officer (CCO) John Lasseter talked about the influences of Japan, its art and Hayao Miyazaki’s animation in particular on his work, Pixar and even in winning his wife’s hand at a talk on “Cool Japan” held by the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.
  • Takeshi Kitano criticises Japanese film industry


    Japanese actor-director slams production companies’ close relationships with cinemas and how this is reflected in the country’s awards.
  • Guardians director hails Japanese heroes


    The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opened today with the premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6, presented by its creators including directors Chris Williams and Don Hall.
  • Tokyo plays it cool


    Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 23-31) adds new venues and an increased focus on Japanese exports and Asian links.
  • Big Hero 6 launches in Tokyo


    Disney’s latest animation received its world premiere in Tokyo, with the directors and producer in attendance.
  • Sales agents slam Tokyo market-festival split


    TIFFCOM delegates complain that uncoupling the Tokyo International Film Festival and its market is having a detrimental impact.
  • Fashion King leads Finecut sales


    TIFFCOM: South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals led by romantic comedy Fashion King.
  • Revamped Kyoto gets glitzy opening


    Actresses Irene Jacob, Fumi Nikaido and Kiki Sugino hit the red carpet at the festival in Japan, which opened with Hiroshi Chono ‘s At Home.
  • Busan wraps record year


    The New Currents Award went to Korean film End Of Winter [pictured], directed by Kim Daehwan, and Iranian film 13, directed by Hooman Seyedi.
  • M-appeal sells Summer to France


    EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of Busan’s Asian Film Market, German sales company M-appeal has secured a deal in France for Colette Bothof’s coming-of-age romance Summer.
  • Busan's Asian Film Market delegates up 23%


    Busan’s Asian Film Market wrapped yesterday with a 23% increase on registered badge holders to 1,566, marked by strong participation from Chinese companies.
  • Busan After Dark


    If you’ve been to the Busan International Film Festival, you’ll probably know about the fish tank bars by Haeundae beach, where they serve all kinds of raw seafood and some cooked.
  • Full-Moon Party, Killer win top APM awards


    Other winners include Joko Anwar’s A Copy Of My Mind, July Jung’s Dora and Davy Chou’s Diamond Island.
  • Korea’s digital market gives industry hope


    Digital revenues have more than tripled in Korea in the past four years, although VOD revenue is driven by theatrical hits and the industry is clamouring for more data.
  • Tetsuya Nakashima, The World Of Kanako


    Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima, known for films such as Confessions and Memories Of Matsuko, has brought The World Of Kanako to Busan’s Midnight Passion section.
  • Lana Gogoberidze, Salome Alexi


    The daughter and granddaughter of Georgia’s first female director talk about their films, Day Is Longer Than Night and Felicita, which are screening in Busan showcase ‘The Power of Georgian Women Filmmakers’.
  • Oppenhemier talks to AND about his docs


    Joshua Oppenheimer spoke at Busan’s Asian Network of Documentary (AND) about his Venice Grand Jury prizewinner, The Look Of Silence, and its preceding companion piece The Act Of Killing.
  • Woo Ming Jin, The Second Life Of Thieves


    Malaysian director Woo Ming Jin is in Busan to present his film The Second Life Of Thieves, which is making its world premiere in the Window on Asian Cinema section.
  • White Light, VS launch regional film fund


    Thai production service and equipment company VS Service and post-production house White Light are launching Open SEA Fund, Southeast Asia’s first regional film fund.
  • Kim Dong-ho busy in his “retirement”


    Supposedly retired, former BIFF director Kim Dong-ho still works with the festival, heads a presidential committee and is running a cinematic graduate school at Dankook University.
  • Toho illuminates Strobe Edge


    Japan’s Toho is launching sales on Vibrator director Ryuichi Hiroki’s Strobe Edge, a live-action adaptation of the hit manga love story.
  • Thailand introduces speed dating to Busan


    Thailand’s DITP has introduced a “sanuk” way of getting to know the Thai film industry through speed dating with an added incentive of free drinks.
  • Asia Argento discusses her father


    The Italian director and former actress talked to a small group of journalists in Busan about her Cannes title Misunderstood, why she no longer wants to act, and the influence of her father, horror director Dario Argento.
  • Mohsen Makhmalbaf talks The President


    Iranian director-in-exile Mohsen Makhmalbaf has The President screening in the Gala Presentation section of this year’s BIFF, while Hassan Solhjou’s documentary Daddy’s School, about him and his filmmaking family, screens in Wide Angle.
  • Showbox unwraps Detective K sequel


    Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex is launching sales on sequel Detective K: Secret Of The Lost Island, starring Kim Myung-min, at Busan’s Asian Film Market.
  • Mosquito creates buzz with Durians, Thieves


    Thailand’s Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up four Southeast Asian titles, including The Second Life Of Thieves, directed by Woo Ming Jin, which is making its world premiere in BIFF’s Window on Asian Cinema section.
  • Korean filmmakers join Sewol protest


    More than 1,000 Korean filmmakers and actors, including Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Park Hae-il, have joined a declaration at Busan urging for legislation to ensure an independent special investigation into the Sewol ferry disaster.
  • Busan’s New Currents jury talks cinema


    BIFF’s New Currents jury, led by A Separation director Asghar Farhadi, discussed cinema and judging strategies, and in the case of Bong Joon Ho, why he wasn’t at the opening ceremony.
  • AFA celebrates 10th anniversary


    Busan’s initiative to nurture new film talent, the Asian Film Academy (AFA), is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with homecoming alumni and special screenings and events.
  • BIFF distribution arm builds debut slate


    EXCLUSIVE: BIFF’s distribution arm CAC (Center of Asia Contents) Entertainment has started picking up titles to launch distribution in Korea in step with BIFF’s 20th anniversary next year.
  • Busan: Asian Project Market 2014


    This year’s Asian Project Market includes a strong showing from China among the 30 projects.
  • Lee Yong-kwan, Busan Film Festival


    Lee Yong-kwan tells Jean Noh about Busan International Film Festival’s role in the international industry, the diverse, new voices of Asian cinema and the festival’s focus on safety and stability
  • Busan Film Festival opens in style


    The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened with a star-studded red carpet and a conciliatory anti-war undercurrent to proceedings, which included the world premiere of Doze Niu Chen-Zer’s Paradise In Service.
  • Korea, Australia sign co-pro agreement


    Screen Australia has announced it will sign an MOU on co-production with the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) Oct 4 at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
  • Busan, Youku to sign MOU


    Busan Film Festival and Chinese video platform Youku to sign MOU on Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project
  • Tokyo reveals competition line-up


    World premieres from Goupil, Li, De La Cruz, Yeo, Yoshida and more.
  • Taipei's Golden Horse projects revealed


    Taipei’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has selected 25 titles this year with filmmakers including Tsai Ming Liang, Midi Z, Zhang Ming and Stanley Kwan attached.
  • Tokyo to screen Big Eyes footage


    The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.    
  • One Japanese film in Tokyo competition


    In an early announcement, the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has revealed Japanese film Pale Moon will be the only local film in Competition this year.
  • Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, Revenge of the Green Dragons


    The co-directors sat down with Jean Noh ahead of the world premiere at Toronto of the gangster drama exec produced by Martin Scorsese.
  • Asia experts discuss China film growth, challenges


    Experts at the Asia Film Summit in Toronto discussed the growth and current issues in Asia and finding the key to cracking the East-West conundrum.
  • Boo Ji-young, Cart


    Boo Ji-young’s sophomore feature Cart is a topical tale of workers at a big-box retail store.
  • Busan unveils 2014 line-up


    Chen-Zer Doze Niu’s Paradise In Service and Lee Bo-Cheung’s Gangster Pay Day to bookend 19th edition.
  • Park Chan-wook's Fingersmith adaptation confirmed


    Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.
  • Busan to host Korean hitmakers forum


    Busan’s Asian Film Market has announced major events including a Korean Producers Forum featuring 10 filmmakers whose hits broke the 10 million admissions landmark at the local box office.
  • Tokyo unveils major Asian push


    The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced a seven-year collaboration with the Japan Foundation that includes co-producing a pan-Asian omnibus series.
  • Omnibus to mark Singapore's 50th


    Seven award-winning directors led by Royston Tan are set to create an omnibus film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore and its people.
  • Asgar Farhadi to head Busan jury


    The Oscar-winning director of A Seperation will oversee jury members including Bong Joon Ho.
  • Busan's Asian Project Market line-up


    Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.
  • Roaring Currents tops Avatar in S Korea


    Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.
  • Busan to honour Jung Jin-woo


    The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its Korean Cinema Retrospective will spotlight veteran director and producer Jung Jin-woo.
  • Korean filmmakers Sewol hunger strike


    South Korean filmmakers have started a hunger strike relay in support of the Sewol Ferry disaster victims’ families.
  • Roaring Currents breaks Korea record


    In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.
  • Japan's Lawson to buy United Cinemas


    Convenience store chain Lawson is set to acquire Japan’s third largest theatre operator United Cinemas in a deal thought to be worth around $100m by the end of the month.
  • Korean filmmakers support Palestine


    Leading Korean filmmakers Park Chan-wook and Ryoo Seung-wan have joined a group of 100 public figures in a petition against Israel’s attack on Gaza and “civilian massacre”.
  • Chapman To, Mark Lee play mahjong rivals


    King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.
  • Dark Valley wins at Puchon


    In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.
  • Big Hero 6 world premiere to open Tokyo


    The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its opening film will be the world premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6.
  • Dead, End wins at PiFan's NAFF


    The 18th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) wrapped tonight with top Bucheon Award going to Dev Benegal’s Indian project Dead, End Or: How I Learned To Stop Living And Love Being Officially Dead.
  • Transmedia talks at PiFan’s NAFF


    At the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), experts discussed transmedia storytelling, where it’s at and where it could go in the near future.
  • Busan unveils Film Academy fellows


    24 participants have been selected for the 10th Asian Film Academy, which will have Hungarian director Bela Tarr as its dean.
  • 18th PiFan opens with Stereo


    The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opens tonight (July 17) with German film Stereo; this year’s Producers’ Choice Awards going to actor Hyun Bin and actress Son Ye-jin.
  • Plans for Fox theme park, Korea


    20th Century Fox and Village Roadshow have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Gyeongsang Province to build a theme park.
  • Singapore launches SE Asian Film Lab


    Mentors at the new writers’ workshop will include Fran Borgia and Tan Chui Mui.
  • Korean admissions down, gross up


    Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.
  • Koreans go Ape over date change


    When 20th Century Fox Korea announced last week that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes would open locally on July 10, one week earlier than previously planned, the South Korean film industry cried foul.
  • South Korea unveils world's biggest screen


    In South Korea, Lotte Cinema’s Super Plex G has qualified as the world’s biggest screen in the Guinness World Records.
  • Korea, China sign co-pro agreement


    South Korea and China have signed a landmark co-production agreement that will allow approved films to be officially classified as local films in both countries.
  • Busan reveals ACF selection


    The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).
  • 108 boards sales on But Life Goes On


    EXCLUSIVE: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
  • PiFan reveals 2014 line-up


    The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) announced its line-up today with Maximilian Erlenwein’s German thriller Stereo [pictured] as the opening film.
  • PiFan's NAFF to spotlight Thailand


    The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced six Thai works from rising filmmakers for this year’s Project Spotlight in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).
  • StudioCanal takes Hard Day for UK


    South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Cannes Directors’ Fortnight thriller A Hard Day to 30 territories led by the UK (StudioCanal) and Japan (New Select).
  • Study: Local fare boosts China BO


    Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting.
  • Buyers visit Mourning Grave


    9ers Entertainment record pre-sales on mystery horror.
  • Third Window picks up Kanako


    EXCLUSIVE: Tetsuya Nakashima’s mystery is set to open in UK cinemas in early 2015.
  • Korea's PiFan unveils It Project titles


    Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the It Project market selection with 21 genre film projects.
  • Shrek 3 co-director on Monster Hunt


    Hong Kong-based Edko Films has announced 3D fantasy adventure Monster Hunt, to be directed by Raman Hui, who co-directed Shrek The Third.
  • Busan names Asian Cinema programmer


    Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has appointed Kim Young-woo as Asian Cinema programmer, to handle documentaries and short films from Asia.
  • CJ to remake Miss Granny for China


    CJ E&M has announced Korea-China co-production Once Again, 20’s (working title), a Chinese-language film based on hit Korean comedy Miss Granny.
  • CJ's The Target hits key sales


    Korean remake of Point Blank sells to Germany and Latin America, among others.
  • Lotte pre-sales on The Pirates


    Lee Seok-hoon’s period adventure [pictured] sells to 15 countries.
  • 9ers ties knot with My Bride


    EXCLUSIVE: Korean sales agent picks up My Love My Bride remake, The Deal and Cart (working title) [pictured].
  • History Of Fear wins at Jeonju


    Benjamin Naishtat’s debut feature picked up the Grand Prize at the festival in South Korea.
  • Jeonju Project unveils market winners


    The 6th Jeonju Project Market (JPM) has announced award winners with Park Jong-keun’s Baby Rose taking the Grand Prize for Feature Film Pitching in the Jeonju Project Promotion (JPP).
  • CJ unveils Peaceful Island co-pro


    South Korea’s CJ E&M has announced Korea-China-Hong Kong co-production The Peaceful Island (working title), directed by Korean Chang Yoon-hyun, whose credits include Hwang Jin Yi and Tell Me Something.
  • Jeonju mourns ferry disaster victims


    The Jeonju International Film Festival opened without a red carpet or outdoor performances as South Korea continues to mourn the victims of the Sewol ferry sinking.
  • Finecut adds three for Cannes


    South Korean sales agent Finecut has secured three new titles for the Cannes Market led by Ha Jung-woo’s Chronicle Of A Blood Merchant, based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Yu Hua.
  • Miike shooting Yakuza Apocalypse


    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu Corporation has announced director Takashi Miike has started shooting Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld as of April 17.
  • Buyers groove with CJ's Make Your Move


    South Korean studio CJ E&M has announced English-language dance romance Make Your Move has sold to 54 countries for a total of $6.3m to date.
  • Jeonju to open with 3D zombie film


    The 15th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced its line-up with Opening Film to be the world premiere of Mad Sad Bad, a 3D zombie omnibus directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, Han Ji-seung and Kim Tae-yong.
  • China to remake Korea's Top Star


    South Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has sold China remake rights to Jong Hoon Park’s Top Star to Beijing-based Aim Media.
  • Screen, NYAFF team on award


    Inaugural award to be presented at the upcoming NYAFF, running June 27-July 14.
  • Indochine director wraps Gate shoot


    First co-production under the Cambodia-France co-production agreement is directed by Oscar winner Regis Wargnier.
  • Jeonju names Competition jury


    Adriano Aprà, Yoon Jong-chan and Mark Peranson make up Korean Film Competition jury.
  • Asia-Euro Producer finalists revealed


    Finalists include five from Asia and five from Europe.
  • Silver, Rock back Khmer Rouge drama


    English-language noir thriller is currently in pre-production.
  • Busan films set for Berlin showcase


    A selection of films from the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) are to be showcased at a Korean festival in Berlin.
  • Third Window to sell Be My Baby


    UK’s Third Window Films has launched sales at Filmart on Japanese film Be My Baby, set to make its international premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival next week.
  • Toronto to focus on Korean cinema


    EXCLUSIVE: Last time TIFF showcased Korean cinema was in 2002.
  • CJ cooks up Final Recipe sales


    Korea’s CJ Entertainment has announced a raft of deals on Final Recipe, starring Henry Lau from the Asian pop group Super Junior – M and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). 
  • Handmade Distribution debuts at Filmart


    Thailand’s Handmade Distribution is making its debut at Filmart with a slate of independent films led by Heaven Or Hell and The Last Executioner.
  • Origin launches sales on Yasmine


    Coming-of-age drama is the first feature to come out of Brunei in several years.
  • Ribbit hops around the world


    EXCLUSIVE: United Studios’ records sales with multiple territories on the 3D animation.
  • Singapore festival reveals 2014 dates


    Umbrella event encompasses the revamped Singapore International Film Festival.
  • Telefilm Vietnam unveils schedule


    Representatives are at Filmart to talk about their upcoming second edition.
  • 9ers Ent digs Grave Mourning


    Korea’s 9ers Entertainment is launching sales on mystery horror film Grave Mourning (working title), produced by JupiterFilm (The Face Reader) and backed by new distribution company Little Big Pictures.
  • HKIFF, Busan, Tokyo expand Academy


    The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) celebrated its inauguration last night (March 23) with Moet-AFA Special Award Rising Star of Asia awardees Chiaki Kuriyama and Kim Nam-gil.
  • Celluloid Dreams acquires Jamie Marks


    EXCLUSIVE: France’s Celluloid Dreams has picked up international rights to Sundance competitor Jamie Marks Is Dead and is launching sales at Filmart.
  • Filmart 2014: destination Hong Kong


    Filmart 2014 is expected to draw record numbers of attendees. Jean Noh looks at the special allure of Hong Kong as a market that works across borders
  • M-line launches Innocent Thing sales


    Korea’s M-line Distribution is launching sales at Filmart on Kim Tae-Kyun’s upcoming suspense melodrama Innocent Thing.
  • Finecut books Night Flight sales


    Korean sales agent Finecut has announced a raft of deals at Filmart led by Lee Su-jin’s award-winning Han Gong-ju and Berlinale queer film Night Flight.
  • Filmart 2014: hot titles: Korea


    Korean cinema continues its strong run at home and abroad. Jean Noh profiles some of the highlights
  • Hong Kong Film Festival: highlights


    The 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) opens March 24 with two films: the world premiere of Pang Ho Cheung’s family drama Aberdeen and the Asian premiere of Fruit Chan’s black comedy The Midnight After.
  • EFP breaks Filmart record


    Tthe European Film Promotion (EFP) through Film Sales Support (FSS) is supporting a record-breaking number of 32 sales agents at Filmart.
  • Filmart 2014: Three eyes on Japan


    With no fewer than three pavilions on offer, Japan is making the most of the opportunities to do business and network at Filmart, writes Jean Noh.
  • Avengers 2 pact signed in Korea


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation on the Avengers: Age of Ultron location shoot to take place in South Korea.
  • KOFIC launches family film fund


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has launched a ?10bn ($9.3m) fund for development and films that will qualify for ratings of all ages or 12+
  • Showbox gets Gangnam Blues


    South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has picked up A Dirty Carnival director Yoo Ha’s upcoming Gangnam Blues starring rising pan-Asian star Lee Min-Ho.
  • Frozen breaks Korea box office record


    Disney feature is the first animation to top 10 million admissions in Korea.
  • Park named Busan world programmer


    Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has named Jin Park a World Cinema programmer starting this month. Park will be responsible for films from Central and South America.
  • Boo Junfeng lines-up Apprentice


    Singapore-France-Germany co-production set to shoot in September.
  • Cathay returns with Our Sister Mambo


    Singapore’s Cathay Organisation has announced the production of Our Sister Mambo to commemorate their 80th anniversary in 2015.
  • PiFan appoints chief programmer


    Current head of Korea National University of Arts’ School of Film, TV & Multimedia will handle European programming.
  • Norio Tsurata lines up Cursed Diary


    EXCLUSIVE: Premonition director’s next project stars Death Note’s Erika Toda [pictured].
  • Toei announces Land’s End Café


    EXCLUSIVE: Chiang Hsiu Chiung’s feature [pictured] is currently in post-production.
  • Buyers hunt down The Suspect


    EXCLUSIVE: Showbox/Mediaplex also seal deals on period action comedy The Huntresses.
  • Finecut seals Haemoo deals


    South Korean sales agent also sells Red Family to Japan and Rough Play to Japan and Malaysia.
  • Gaga launches Nakashima's Kanako


    EXCLUSIVE: Latest film from Tetsuya Nakashima is currently in post-production.
  • Pony Canyon launches distribution arm


    EXCLUSIVE: Japanese company plans to distribute 12-15 films a year.
  • Rotterdam: How to get your film noticed


    At Rotterdam’s CineMart, industry experts advised filmmakers to start early and make marketing and PR an integral part of any production.
  • Lotte sells Steal My Heart


    South Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has announced a raft of sales on Steal My Heart and Hot Young Bloods ahead of the European Film Market.
  • S Korea breaks box office record


    South Korea’s box office hit an all-time record in 2013 of $1.75bn (KW1.88tr),
  • CJ CGV to open 19 more cinemas in China


    The company previously met its goal to open 16 new cinemas in 2013.
  • Well Go USA to release The Attorney


    Current South Korean hit The Attorney is set to hit North American theatres Feb 7.
  • Finecut acquires The Attorney


    Company also picks up award-winning independent film Han Gong-ju.
  • The Attorney surges at Korean box office


    In its third week at the top of South Korea’s box office charts, local political drama The Attorney is set to go past 8 million admissions tomorrow (Jan 7).
  • Hobbit 2 triumphs despite Korean distribution discord


    In South Korea, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug topped the box office its opening weekend in spite of discord between local distributor Warner Brothers Korea and exhibitors CJ CGV and Lotte Cinema about profit sharing.
  • Korean box office breaks 200m record


    South Korea’s box office has topped a record 200 million admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) integrated ticketing website.
  • Numbers up at Singapore market


    The second combined ScreenSingapore/Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) event wrapped with organisners at Reed Exhibitions saying attendance numbers were up by the second day of the three-day event.
  • SE Asian producers launch association


    At ScreenSingapore, a group of producers from the ASEAN region announced the launch of the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) yesterday (Dec 5).
  • Experts: Go for experience, not money, in China


    Having plenty of moneybags isn’t always a good thing, say producers at ScreenSingapore’s conferences this week.
  • Panel: SE Asia should think locally


    At ScreenSingapore/ATF, producers from Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore talked about the rise of regional finance and markets while identifying primary audiences and developing local stories.
  • Ford, Silver partner for East-meets-West filmmaking


    LA-based Ford Movie Group (FMG) and Singapore studio Silver Media Group have signed three MOUs at ScreenSingapore to collaborate on East-meets-West filmmaking.
  • ScreenSingapore kicks off with Firestorm


    As third-annual event kicks off welcoming 4000 buyers and sellers; organisers announce week-long event for 2014 combined with film festival and awards.
  • Singapore’s Infinite and Indonesia’s Screenplay sign six-picture deal


    At ScreenSingapore/Asian Television Forum (ATF) today, Singapore’s Infinite Studios signed an MOU on a joint venture with Indonesia’s Screenplay Productions to produce a slate of six Indonesian theatrical features.
  • Doyle to shoot Goei's Yellow Flowers


    EXCLUSIVE: At ScreenSingapore, local production house 13 Little Pictures has announced cinematographer Christopher Doyle is attached to shoot director Glen Goei’s upcoming Yellow Flowers, a.k.a. The Hangman’s Breakfast.
  • Okuyama to produce Fukada’s Sayonara


    EXCLUSIVE: Fukushima-themed sci-fi drama likely to be French co-production.
  • Estonia, Korea sign co-pro memo


    Two projects in the works are projects from Jeon Kyu-hwan and Lee Yoon-ki.
  • Tom Yoda, Gaga Corporation


    Gaga chairman and CEO Tom Yoda talks to Jean Noh about the changes in Japan’s film industry.
  • Singapore’s attraction


    The third edition of ScreenSingapore and the Asia TV Forum & Market brings pan-Asian buyers and producers together.
  • Ilo Ilo wins top Golden Horse award


    The Grandmaster wins six awards in Taipei.
  • Mary is Happy wins Taipei award


    Cash prizes handed out at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival NETPAC award and FPP awards.
  • RAM picks up Moebius for US


    RAM Releasing has picked up North American rights on the controversial Kim Ki-duk film Moebius from South Korean sales company Finecut.
  • Just Friends? gets Korean court approval


    The Supreme Court of Korea yesterday (Nov 14) overturned a teenager restricted rating given to Kim Jho Gwang-soo’s gay romance Just Friends? by the Korea Media Ratings Board (KMRB).
  • Lotte finds trio for Friend sequel


    Kwak Kyung-taek directs sequel to his 2001 gangster story Friend.
  • M-Line deals led by Marriage Blue


    EXCLUSIVE: Korean sales company’s AFM slate is bolstered by titles including When A Man Loves A Woman and The Fives.
  • Showbox makes Divine Move


    EXCLUSIVE: Jung Woo-sung stars in Jo Bum-gu’s underground gambling thriller.
  • Yamaguchi to direct live-action Ghost Hunt


    EXCLUSIVE: Twins Japan and Kadokawa Shoten have announced the live action version of Ghost Hunt, based on the popular novel and manga series is set to go into production next month.
  • Finecut adds two for AFM


    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced two new additions to their AFM slate, including a foggy thriller set at sea and executive produced by Bong Joon-ho.
  • Moodysson’s 'Best!' wins in Tokyo


    Other winners include Iran’s Bending the Rules while Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson wins best director for Of Horses and Men.
  • Kawaguchi’s 'Peacock' flies at TIFFCOM


    Feature wins new Tallinn Black Nights Japan - Estonia Partnership Award;
  • Third Window unveils Japan, UK, Italy, Taiwan, Germany co-pro


    EXCLUSIVE: Japan-UK-Italy-Taiwan-Germany co-production of Yosuke Fujita’s Fuku-chan Of FukuFuku Flats
  • Hanks kicks off Tokyo IFF


    The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has kicked off with Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks on the fest’s signature green carpet for opening film Captain Phillips.
  • Finecut scores Asian Film Market sales


    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of Asian Film Market deals led by Kim Ki-duk’s controversial Moebius.
  • Lotte reports busy Busan sales


    Hot sellers include Hope and The Terror, Live.
  • Pascha, Remote Control take top prizes at Busan


    The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped with the two New Currents Awards going to Ahn Seonkyoung’s Korean film Pascha and Byamba Sakhya’s Mongolia-Germany co-production Remote Control.
  • Asian Film Market wraps with prizes


    Busan’s Asian Film Market wrapped with a record number of participants and the Asian Project Market (APM)’s top Busan Award going to Kim Jee-woon’s Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade.
  • Pop Pictures sells 36 to UK


    EXCLUSIVE: At Busan’s Asian Film Market, Thailand’s Pop Pictures has sold previous New Currents Award winner 36 to UK distributor Day for Night.
  • International Asian doc fund launches


    Busan’s Asian Network of Documentary partners with Taskovski Film on new fund.
  • Golden Horse unveils line-up


    The 50th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival has announced its line-up with six Chinese-language world premieres including Wan jen’s It Takes Two To Tango and a new series of Q&A events titled Encounters With The Masters.
  • Tokyo's show of support


    As Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 17-25) enters a new era, the focus will be on backing home-grown talent.
  • EastWest makes 'Shirley' sales


    EXCLUSIVE: EastWest sells raft of films; launches English-language Never Die Young.
  • Sundance winner Jiseul sells to Japan


    EXCLUSIVE: O Muel’s Sundance winner heading to Japan.
  • Lotte adds three for Busan slate


    Line-up includes Memories Of The Sword, set to star Lee Byung-hun.
  • Im Kwon-taek plots 102nd film


    South Korean master director Im Kwon-taek launched his 102nd film project today at the Busan International Film Festival, where a major retrospective on his work is underway.
  • ScreenSingapore to welcome Chen, Kapur


    Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore 2013 have announced a four-day conference line-up including a spotlight on the Asian film industry, master classes and workshops.
  • Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominations


    Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts film picks up 11 nominations; A Touch of Sin and Ilo Ilo nominated in six categories apiece.
  • CJ extends 4DX cinemas in China


    South Korean conglomerate CJ Group’s China affiliate has announced it will open a 4DX cinema in Chongqing this Saturday (Sept 28).
  • Taiwan's Golden Horse projects revealed


    Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has unveiled this year’s selection of 25 films chosen from a record 117 submissions.
  • Tokyo Film Festival unveils line-up


    Competition section includes six world premieres and titles from Koji Fukada, Jun Robles Lana and Lee Ju-hyoung.
  • TIFFCOM’s CoPro Connection line-up


    TIFFCOM 2013, which runs during the Tokyo International Film Festival, has revealed its CoPro Connection line-up including projects from Sabu and Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • Korean filmmakers respond to Project Cheonan Ship cancellations


    South Korean filmmakers are protesting major multiplex chain Megabox’s sudden cancellation of screenings for controversial documentary Project Cheonan Ship.
  • Opus spies Cold Eyes sales


    EXCLUSIVE: South Korean sales agent Opus Pictures has locked a raft of deals on surveillance thriller Cold Eyes.
  • Busan reveals 2013 line-up


    The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its full line-up of 301 films from 70 countries with 95 world premieres and 42 international premieres.
  • Bong Joon Ho, Snowpiercer


    Bong Joon Ho makes his English-language debut with $40m sci-fi feature Snowpiercer. Jean Noh meets the acclaimed South Korean director.
  • Hide and Seek tops Korean box office


    Next Entertainment World (NEW) has topped South Korea’s weekend box office with debut director Huh Jung’s horror thriller Hide And Seek.
  • Busan unveils APM line-up


    The Busan International Film Festival has announced its Asian Project Market (APM) line-up for this year with 30 projects including name directors like Kim Jee-woon, Wayne Wang and Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
  • Moebius cleared for release with cuts


    Maverick auteur Kim Ki-duk’s controversial Moebius has finally been given the greenlight by the Korean Media Rating Board (KMRB) for local release - with two and a half minutes cut from the original.
  • Captain Phillips to open Tokyo


    The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is to open with Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.
  • Sightseers wins two at PiFan


    The 17th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers bagging the top Best of Puchon Award as well as the Best Actress Award for Alice Lowe.
  • Baby wins top PiFan project prize


    The 6th Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced its winners with Kei Ishikawa’s Japan-Poland co-production Baby taking the top Bucheon Award with cash prize of $13,500 (KW15m).
  • Eric Khoo to head Puchon Choice jury


    Brontis Jodorowsky, Shinji Higuchi, Choi Yong-bae and Benjamin Illos also on jury
  • Pictures Dept seals US deals


    Sake-Bomb [pictured] and It’s Me, It’s Me are slated for US theatrical release
  • Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund names winners


    The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has unveiled 27 selections for this year’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) in the categories of Script Development, Post-production and Asian Network of Documentaries (AND).
  • South Korean box office hits record high


    Both local and foreign films see admission jumps in the first half of 2013.
  • Korea's Secretly Greatly to get US release


    South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold box office hit Secretly Greatly to Dreamwest Pictures for North America.
  • EIFF hosts focus on Korea


    The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is hosting a Focus on Korea and held a special reception, screening and dinner last night (June 24).
  • Very Ordinary Couple wins at SIFF


    The 16th Shanghai International Film Festival’s Asian New Talent Awards Best Feature went to South Korean director Roh Doek’s debut feature Very Ordinary Couple
  • Shanghai names market award winners


    The Shanghai International Film Festival’s SIFF Project market closed last night (June 19) with Gao Bo’s Fantasy Journey picking up the award for Most Promising Investment Project.
  • PiFan unveils line-up; Congress to open


    The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced its line-up, opening with the Asian premiere of Ari Folman’s The Congress.
  • South Korea, China sign tentative co-pro pact


    South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) has announced that it has signed a tentative accord on co-production with China in Seoul. The accord lays the groundwork for a Korea-China co-production treaty to be signed within the year.
  • Shanghai film market launches


    The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Market kicked off today with approximately 850 film production and distribution companies and 1,617 registered buyers.
  • Korea's CJ to co-pro The Fist


    Korea’s CJ Entertainment has announced a deal with China Film Group (CFG) and Pegasus & Taihe Entertainment on sci-fi fantasy project The Fist.
  • Shanghai to kick off with Monsters University


    Guests will linclude Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford, Oliver Stone, Tom Hooper.
  • PiFan unveils Spotlight on the Philippines


    Fantastic Film School tutors also revealed.
  • Online film piracy costs industry $3.3bn


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has published a report which estimates the online film piracy market to be $3.3bn (KW3.75 trillion won) a year.
  • Kim's Moebius gets "Restricted" rating


    Venice Golden Lion-winning Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s upcoming film Moebius has received a “Restricted” rating from the Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB), effectively banning it from local commercial release unless it is re-cut and re-submitted to the board.
  • Finecut secures Moebius pre-sales


    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of pre-sales on the Kim Ki-duk title Moebius, launched at Cannes.
  • PiFan unveils It Project line-up


    The Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced this year’s It Project line-up of 21 selections from 13 countries.
  • Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son


    Jean Noh talks to Hirokazu Kore-eda about his latest feature, which premieres in Competition at Cannes.
  • Giant to start shooting in July


    Singapore’s Clover Films and G&J Productions are joining forces with China’s Stellar Megamedia International (SMI) to co-produce $1.2m sports drama Meeting The Giant.
  • Matsumoto wraps sex comedy R100


    Japanese director Hitoshi Matsumoto, whose Dai Nipponjin screened in Cannes Directors Fortnight in 2007, has wrapped his latest feature R100, produced by Yoshimoto Creative Agency.
  • Lost Paradise takes top prize at Jeonju


    The 14th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)’s international competition Grand Prize went to Eve Deboise’s French coming-of-age film Lost Paradise at the closing ceremony Friday (May 3). The award comes with a $18,000 (KW20m) cash prize.
  • Rezo picks up Aoyama’s Backwater


    Japan’s Pictures Dept has announced that Shinji Aoyama’s The Backwater has been picked up by Rezo International for worldwide sales.
  • Korea’s UP relaunches sales team


    EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s United Pictures (UP) is re-launching its sales team at Cannes with Eye In The Sky remake Cold Eyes.
  • First Thai Destination fest wraps


    The inaugural Thailand International Film Destination Festival (TIFDF) wrapped yesterday with organiser Thailand Film Office calling it a success with hopes to continue in future.
  • Pee Mak scares up Thai box office


    Thailand’s GTH has announced Pee Mak has become the second highest-grossing local film ever at the local box office.
  • Tokyo plots Asian focus


    Incoming Tokyo International Film Festival director general Yasushi Shiina says he will keep Tokyo’s green carpet theme, but that he is also looking for new initiatives and ways to improve the programme.
  • CZ12 wins grand prix at Okinawa


    Jackie Chan’s treasure-hunting hit CZ12 won the Uminchu Prize Grand Prix in the Laugh Category at the 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival (OIMF).
  • CreateHK launches First Feature Film Initiative


    Pilot programme will spend $1.28m.
  • Lee Chang-dong named Asian Film Academy dean


    Busan’s Asian Film Academy (AFA) has appointed Korean director Lee Chang-dong as dean of the workshop this year.
  • Eugene Domingo joins Barber's Tales


    EXCLUSIVE: Filipino director Jun Robles Lana’s HAF project Barber’s Tales has confirmed actress Eugene Domingo in the lead role.
  • Singapore's mm2 to partner with HK's Smart


    Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment today at Filmart is announcing a partnership with Hong Kong’s Smart Limited to co-produce at least two films a year.
  • Thailand to launch destination festival


    The Thailand Film Office is planning to hold the inaugural Thailand International Film Destination Festival in Bangkok from April 1-10.
  • Buyers take Showbox's Commitment


    EXCLUSIVE: Assassin thriller sells to North America, German-speaking Europe, Hong Kong and further territories.
  • Gaga sells Like Father, Like Son


    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Gaga Corporation has sold Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son to Hong Kong and Macau (Edko) and Taiwan (Filmware).
  • Free Stone takes on trio for Filmart


    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Free Stone Productions is launching sales at Filmart on Yuya Ishii’s human drama Endroll, Masahide Ichii’s comedy Blindly In Love [pictured] and Katsuya Matumura’s contemporary art biopic Tenshin.
  • Finecut spreads Miracle to buyers


    Finecut has announced a slew of deals for Miracle In Cell No. 7 – the record-breaking hit of the year in Korea which is clocking up over 12 million admissions.
  • Sakomoto named UniJapan president


    UniJapan has announced that Junichi Sakomoto will take over as the new president of the promotional organization after Hideyuki Takai leaves on March 31.
  • Finecut sells New World to France, Germany


    Korean sales company Finecut has sold crime thriller New World to TF1 for French-speaking territories and MFA Film Distribution for German-speaking territories.
  • Jeonju names int'l Competition jury


    South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced award-winning Kazakhstani film-maker Darezhan Omirbayev will head its International Competition jury this year.
  • Korean film exports up 8.4% in 2012


    Korean film exports went up 8.4% to a total of $37.8m last year, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
  • CJ announces slew of Snowpiercer deals


    Korea’s CJ Entertainment has announced a slew of pre-sales for Bong Joon Ho’s post-apocalyptic action thriller Snowpiercer, led by deals to Wild Side Films for France and Bitters End and Kadokawa Shoten for Japan.
  • Park Chan-wook, Stoker


    Park Chan-wook talks to Jean Noh about adapting to Hollywood and bringing his unique style to his first English-language film.
  • Finecut bolsters slate ahead of EFM


    EXCLUSIVE: Pickups include Hong Sang-soo’s Berlinale Competition title Nobody’s Daughter Haewon.
  • Korean admissions up 21.9% to 195m


    South Korean box office admissions jumped a massive 21.9% in 2012 compared to the year before, according to a recent Korean Film Council (KOFIC) report.
  • Chong lines up Peas for sophomore outing


    Singaporean actress/director Michelle Chong’s second directorial outing 3 Peas In A Pod has cast K-pop star Alexander Lee Eusebio and Taiwanese pop star Calvin Chen from the boy band Fahrenheit.
  • Kim Ki-duk produces action thriller Rough Play


    Venice Golden Lion winner Kim Ki-duk has written and is producing action thriller Rough Play, directed by Shin Yeon-shik.
  • BIFF shuffles management team for Asian Film Market


    EXCLUSIVE: Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has carried out an organisational reshuffle led by former World Cinema programming head Jay Jeon going over to the Asian Film Market to be its director.
  • Korea's Jeonju fest unveils trio for Digital Project 2013


    The 14th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced Kobayashi Masahiro, Zhang Lu and Edwin as its directors for Jeonju Digital Project 2013.
  • Busan reports 177% location boost


    The Busan Film Commission (BFC) has announced 24 feature films and 37 other works of visual media shot on location last year in South Korea’s second city for a total of 698 days - up 177% year-on-year. Feature films included CJ Entertainment’s summer sci-fi thriller Deranged and Showbox’s mega box office hit The Thieves [pictured].
  • Yash Raj Films to co-produce three with Dibakar Banerjee Productions


    India’s Yash Raj Films (YRF) has announced a three picture co-production deal with Dibakar Banerjee Productions. The studio describes the deal as part of what “promises to be a long term strategy”.
  • Showbox picks up Yoon Jong-bin's Kundo


    Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex will handle international sales on hit director Yoon Jong-bin’s upcoming Kundo: Age Of The Rampant which has recently cast top stars Ha Jung-woo (The Yellow Sea) and Gang Dong-won (Secret Reunion).
  • Showbox takes on Jang Joon-hwan's Hwayi


    Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has announced it is investing in, distributing and selling Save The Green Planet director Jang Joon-hwan’s highly-anticipated second film Hwayi, starring Kim Yun-seok (The Thieves).
  • ScreenSingapore's new format wins industry approval


    The 2nd ScreenSingapore event closed Friday (Dec 7), held in conjunction for the first time with the Asian TV Forum & Market (ATF), with attendees saying it was an improvement on last year’s event, although the market itself was more focused on television than film.
  • Clover sells Boys To Men to Star Chinese Movies


    Singapore’s Clover Films has sold pay-TV rights in multiple Southeast Asian territories to Jack Neo’s Ah Boys To Men to STAR Chinese Movies.
  • MDA unveils grant recipients under new scheme


    Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) has announced the eight local directors who have each been awarded $205,000 (S$250,000) under the inaugural New Talent Feature Grant (NTFG).
  • Mythopolis unwraps Afterimages at ScreenSingapore


    Singapore production company Mythopolis Pictures announced the production of Tony Kern’s horror film Afterimages at the on-going ScreenSingapore conference.
  • Cathay to unleash Red Numbers in Feb 2013


    Cathay-Keris Films announced at ScreenSingapore this week that Singaporean film Red Numbers will be released February 22, 2013.
  • Supernova unveils first Sing-Cambodia co-production


    Singapore production company Supernova Media announced the first Singapore-Cambodia co-production at the on-going ScreenSingapore conference.
  • CJ's Masquerade clocks up 12m admissions


    CJ Entertainment’s period drama Masquerade has clocked up more than 12 million admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), contributing to a record box office haul for local films in Korea this year.
  • An international rendezvous


    With a new December slot running concurrently with the Asia TV Forum & Market, ScreenSingapore is aiming to provide a crossing point for the Asian and international film businesses. Jean Noh reports
  • TWC picks up Bong Joon Ho's Snowpiercer


    Leading South Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has confirmed The Weinstein Company has picked up English-speaking rights to Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming Snowpiercer after a screening of a 10-minute promo reel at the AFM.
  • The Other Son wins top prizes at Tokyo film festival


    The 25th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) wrapped on Sunday with top Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix and best director award going to Lorraine Levy’s French film The Other Son [pictured].
  • TIFFCOM closes with mixed reactions to new venue


    The 9th TIFFCOM market in Tokyo closed yesterday (Oct 25) at its new venue in Odaiba with buyer registration up 120% year-on-year to 983. Organisers announced a total of 12,863 participants with a record 229 exhibitors including 113 first-time exhibitors.
  • Fortissimo picks up world rights to Capturing Dad


    Award-winning film [pictured] stars Japanese actress Makiko Watanabe as a divorced mother of two angst-ridden teenage sisters who she sends on a road trip to find their estranged father.
  • TIFFCOM opens with record number of exhibitors


    229 from 25 different countries and regions attending this year’s market, up from 222 from 20 last year.
  • Masquerade hits 10m admissions at Korean box office


    CJ Entertainment’s historical drama Masquerade [pictured] has clocked up over 10 million admissions, becoming the seventh Korean film to pass that benchmark at the local box office.
  • Tokyo International Film Festival gets underway


    The 25th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opened on Saturday night (Oct 20) with the world premiere of 3D extravaganza Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away, executive produced by James Cameron.
  • Kayan, 36 take New Currents awards at close of Busan fest


    The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped yesterday (Oct 13) with a record of more than 221,000 admissions.
  • Fortissimo's Touch of the Light sells to Cinema de Manon for Korea


    Taiwan’s official submission to the Academy Awards to be released this coming spring in Korea.
  • EFP umbrella companies have busy Asian Film Market


    The European Film Promotion (EFP) has announced a slew of sales deals that were struck by companies under its umbrella at Busan’s Asian Film Market (Oct 8-11).
  • Royston Tan's 69 wins Busan award at close of Asian Film Market


    Busan’s 7th Asian Film Market closed its four-day run yesterday at the Busan Exhibition Convention Center (BEXCO) with Royston Tan’s [pictured] 69 winning the Asian Project Market’s Busan Award.
  • Showbox sells A Company Man to a slew of territories


    Korean sales company Showbox has announced a slew of deals on action drama A Company Man at Busan’s Asian Film Market
  • Korea's 9ers closes two Japanese deals in Busan


    Korean sales company 9ers Entertainment has clinched two sales to Japan during the on-going Asian Film Market in Busan.
  • Asian Film Market opens with sales announcements


    Busan’s Asian Film Market kicked off yesterday (Oct 8) with a patter of business including Thai sales company Gmm Tai Hub (GTH) selling thriller Countdown to Indonesia and Taiwan.
  • Lotte, Happinet to co-produce Kim Sung-soo's Nameless


    Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has announced a Korea-Japan co-production titled Nameless, based on award-winning Japanese sci-fi mystery novel Genome Hazard, written by Tsukasaki Shiro and published by Shogakukan Inc.
  • Busan film festival opened by Lust, Caution star


    The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened today with a star-studded red carpet, fireworks and Hong Kong crime action thriller Cold War.
  • Finecut seals further deals on Pieta


    Korean sales company Finecut has closed further deals on Kim Ki-duk’s Venice Golden Lion winner Pieta, including the sale of rights for French-speaking Europe (excluding Belgium) to Pretty Pictures.
  • South Korea selects Pieta as Oscar submission


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced Kim Ki-duk’s recent Venice Golden Lion winner Pieta as South Korea’s submission for the Academy Awards’ best foreign language film category.
  • Busan to open with Cold War, close with Television


    The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) announced its official line-up today with Bill Kong-produced police drama Cold War to open the fest with stars Tony Leung Ka-fai and Aaron Kwok in attendance. BIFF will close with Mostofa Farooki’s Bangladeshi satire Television.
  • Finecut seals raft of deals on Venice title Pieta


    Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of sales for Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta after its screening at the Venice Film Festival. The competition film was met with standing ovations yesterday.
  • Mordini, Dinslage among Busan Flash Forward competitors


    The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced eight films for its Flash Forward competition, including three world premieres and five international premieres.
  • Busan film festival unveils New Currents line-up


    The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its New Currents competition, which includes six world premieres and four international premieres.
  • Wakamatsu named as Busan's Asian Filmmaker of the Year


    The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced Japanese filmmaker Wakamatsu Koji as Asian Filmmaker of the Year.
  • Finecut sells Pieta to Italy's Good Films


    Korean sales company Finecut has announced that Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta has sold to Good Films for Italy ahead of its premiere in the Venice film festival’s competition.
  • Lilou's Adventure takes Red Chameleon at CinDi


    The 6th Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi) Film Festival wrapped with Lilou’s Adventure, directed by Japan’s Izuru Kumasaka, taking the Red Chameleon Award.
  • Bela Tarr, Arturo Ripstein to head Busan juries


    The 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its upcoming juries to include filmmakers Bela Tarr and Arturo Ripstein, Toronto fest director Cameron Bailey and Nobel laureate Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.
  • Banned Thai film to screen at Korea’s CinDi digital fest


    Banned Thai political drama Shakespeare Must Die, directed by Ing K, will be among the films screening in the Asian Competition section of the 6th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi).
  • Ko Suk-man to head Jeonju International Film Festival


    South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has named Ko Suk-man its new festival director.
  • The Thieves clocks up more than 10 million admissions


    Choi Dong-hoon’s heist movie The Thieves has become the sixth Korean film to clock up over 10 million admissions at the local box office.
  • Wang Xiaoshuai, Lav Diaz among Busan’s APM selections


    Busan’s Asian Project Market (APM) has announced 30 selections for this year, including projects from Wang Xiaoshuai, Lav Diaz, Min Kyu-dong, Royston Tan, and Jeon Soo-il.
  • Korea’s Opus, Zip secure investment from Spackman Group


    New York and Hong Kong-based investment holding company Spackman Group has established a subsidiary to invest in the upcoming slates of Korean production companies Opus Pictures and Zip Cinema.
  • Space Brothers scoops top prize at PiFan


    The 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) closed over the weekend with the Best of Puchon award going to Space Brothers from Japanese filmmaker Yoshitaka Mori.
  • Safebreaker wins top award at NAFF closing


    Puchon’s Network of Asian Fantastic Film (NAFF) wrapped today with the top Bucheon Award going to Ted Chung’s project Safebreaker.
  • PiFan opens with inaugural Producers’ Choice award


    The 16th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan) opened tonight with an inaugural Producers’ Choice Award going to Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won.
  • Bong Joon Ho wraps Snowpiercer in Prague


    The Host director Bong Joon Ho has wrapped shooting what looks to be Korea’s most expensive film to date, Snowpiercer.
  • Busan partners with Al Jazeera on doc support


    The Busan film festival’s Asian Network of Documentary (AND) is partnering with Al Jazeera English (AJE) on documentary scheme Viewfinder: Asia (working title).
  • Korean admissions reach record 83m in first half of 2012


    South Korean cinema admissions have hit a record high in the first half of 2012, increasing by 21% to 82.7 million, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
  • Makhmalbaf among BIFF’s Asian Cinema Fund recipients


    The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 31 Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) recipients this year, including Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The Gardener for post-production funds.
  • Noth to be among international guests at PiFan


    Golden Globe-nominated actor Chris Noth will be on the red carpet at the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) next month.
  • Horror Stories, For Love’s Sake to bookend PiFan


    Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced a line-up of 230 films from 47 countries for its 16th edition.
  • Screen's Filmart panel explores online access to China, rest of Asia


    How to monetize expensive TV and film content online in Asia was the topic in the opening Filmart panel yesterday “New Prospects for Online Distribution Of Entertainment Content” which featured speakers from Chinese web platforms Youku and Qiyi.
  • Lotte picks up sales on Ghastly, Architecture 101


    South Korean sales company Lotte Entertainment is launching sales at Filmart on horror film Ghastly starring Hyo-min of popular girl group T-ara in her acting debut.
  • Memento Mori's Min Kyu-dong directs romcom for M-Line


    South Korean sales company M-Line Distribution is launching sales on romantic comedy All About My Wife at Filmart in Hong Kong.
  • Showbox sends Thieves around Asia


    Showbox seals key Asian territory deals on Macau diamond heist film The Thieves from Korean director Choi Dong-hoon.
  • Finecut calls into Love 911


    South Korean sales company Finecut has picked up the upcoming romance Love 911 ahead of Hong Kong Filmart.
  • Daisy’s Nam spreads Taste of Money


    EXCLUSIVE: South Korea’s Daisy Entertainment has brought in a new director for its nascent International Sales division - Erica Nam, formerly of Mirovision.
  • Finecut acquires Hong Sang-soo's Another Country


    The South Korean sales company will be screening a promo reel at the upcoming European Film Market.
  • South Korea's record 2011 box office up 7.4% year-on-year


    KOFIC reports that gross was $1.1bn for the year.
  • Korea's CJ CGV and Lotte add new cinemas in Vietnam


    South Korea’s two leading exhibitors CJ CGV and Lotte Cinema are adding steam to their launches into Vietnam, a market of increasing interest in the region.
  • Sector 7 becomes highest grossing Korean film in China


    Cosmetic surgery rom-com 200 Pounds Beauty formerly held the record for highest grossing Korean film released in China.
  • Korean hit Leafie sells English-language rights


    Toronto-based 108 Media Group pick up Korean hit for all English-language rights.
  • Finecut closes more post-AFM deals for titles including Leafie


    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced further deals from the AFM led by Leafie, Korea’s highest grossing animation, which sold to Ascot Elite for German-speaking territories and Conquest Filmes for Brazil.
  • Lee Byung-hun to star in Choo Chang-min's Masquerade


    Shooting is due to begin on the $8m costume drama for South Korean studio CJ E&M.
  • Miyake's Beyond The Wave wins TIFFCOM new talent award


    Murayama’s Banapara also gets development award.
  • TIFFCOM kicks off with buyer attendance up 12%


    Exhibitors also up from last year, with overseas exhibitors including BBC Worldwide, Telefilm Canada, Gaumont.
  • KOFIC unveils plans to grow Korean industry to $1.3bn by 2013


    Plans to boost international co-productions as well as promoting Korean locations and other initiatives.
  • Tokyo kicks off post-disaster edition with help from Jovovich, Chan


    The 24th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off Friday [Oct 23] with its ecologically-themed green carpet welcoming international stars such as Jackie Chan, Fan Bing Bing and Milla Jovovich, who starred in the Opening Film The Three Musketeers 3D.
  • Busan closes with admissions jump; new Cinema Center leaking during rain


    Busan’s New Currents Award shared by Mourning and Nino.
  • My Man wins Busan award at Asian Project Market


    The 6th Asian Film Market’s newly renamed Asian Project Market (APM), formerly known as the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), closed with Kumakiri Kazuyoshi’s My Man – Watashino Otoko winning the Busan Award.
  • Asian Film Market closes with 39% rise in attendance; European presence boosted


    Busan’s Sixth Asian Film Market closed today (Oct 13) with a 39% increase of participants since last year.
  • Toei sells Hard Romanticker to South Korea, Hong Kong


    At the 6th Asian Film Market, Japanese sales company Toei has sold the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Midnight Passion title Hard Romanticker to Joy & Contents Group for South Korea and to Sundream for Hong Kong.
  • Finecut sells Poongsan to Japan's Asia Films


    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a slew of deals done at the Asian Film Market and Mipcom which include the Busan festival title Poongsan to Asia Films for Japan.
  • CJ, Sovik, Isu launch new funds at Busan's Asian Film Market


    Leading established investors such as CJ, Sovik and Isu presented their initiatives to a packed hall of filmmakers at the Busan Exhibition Convention Center (BEXCO) yesterday (Oct 11).
  • GTH secures pre sales on The Billionaire


    At the 6th Asian Film Market, Thai sales company Gmm Tai Hub Company Limited (GTH) has presold The Billionaire to CT Chakawara for Indonesia, Bees Factory for Taiwan and GV for Singapore.
  • Busan's Asian Film Market kicks off with registration up 24%


    Busan’s 6th Asian Film Market opened today (Oct 10) in its new venue at the Busan Exhibition Convention Center (BEXCO) with a 67% increase in sales booths and a 24% increase in participant registration year-on-year.
  • Pony Canyon picks up Busan opener Always


    South Korean distributor Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opening film Always, directed by Song Il-gon, to Pony Canyon for Japan.
  • Busan kicks off 16th festival to roars of applause in new cinema center


    The 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened today (Oct 6) in the newly completed Busan Cinema Center with a star-studded red carpet and the world premiere of Song Il-gon’s Always.
  • Finecut's new deals include Arirang to Italy, Day He Arrives to France


    Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off.
  • Busan International Film Festival unveils line-up


    The 16th edition of the festival will open with Song Il-gon’s tragic love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
  • Busan unveils ten titles in Flash Forward competition


    Canadian films have fared well in the competition for up and coming non Asian directors.
  • South Korea submits The Front Line for Oscar race


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced The Front Line, directed by Jang Hun, will be the Republic of Korea’s entry to the Academy Awards’ foreign language film category.
  • Pema Tseden’s Old Dog sweeps awards at Seoul's CinDis


    Tibet-set Old Dog takes the Red, Green and White Chameleon Awards.
  • Busan International Film Festival unveils New Currents line-up


    The 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 13 films from 12 countries for the New Currents competition of up-and-coming Asian directors.
  • Chinese remake planned for Korean hit My Wife Is A Gangster


    Budget of $6.2m will be financed 100% out of China.
  • Busan's Asian Project Market selections include China-set Dangerous Liaisons


    Busan’s Asian Project Market (APM) has announced 30 selections for this year’s edition including projects from Hur Jin-ho, Nonzee Nimibutr, Ryoo Seung-wan, Harada Masato and Lin Cheng-Sheng.
  • Korea's CinDi digital cinema festival to screen Day He Arrives, Arirang


    The fifth Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi) opens today (Aug 17) with Hong Sang-soo’s The Day He Arrives.
  • Lee Jang-ho to head new umbrella Film Korea


    South Korean regional film commissions and entertainment industry groups have organised to launch Film Korea today (Aug 12) at the Jecheon International Music Film Festival.
  • Busan's Asian Cinema Fund backs films including Venice-bound Cut


    The 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 31 selections for this year’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF).
  • Rubber takes top prize at PiFan


    Best director prize goes to Na Hong-jin for The Yellow Sea.
  • PiFan's NAFF gives top prize to Indonesian director Joko Anwar


    The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped its 4th Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) yesterday (July 20) with the main Bucheon Award going to Indonesian director Joko Anwar’s Modus Anomali.
  • Isabelle Huppert now shooting new Hong Sang-soo film


    French actress Isabelle Huppert is starring in Korean auteur director Hong Sang-soo’s next film. In accordance with the director’s fluid working style, the film is as yet untitled and the story is under wraps.
  • CJ CGV buys Vietnam's top exhibitor


    Leading Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has announced it has acquired Vietnam’s top cinema chain Megastar Media Company today (July 8) for $73.6m.
  • PiFan line-up to include Blind, The Yellow Sea


    The 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced it line-up, with the event to open with Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, the documentary which premiered in Cannes recently.
  • ScreenSingapore wraps with Larry Crowne, attracts 700 trade attendees


    6,000 people attended the inaugural ScreenSingapore event which pulled in 700 trade attendees
  • ScreenSingapore panel examines strategies for local-language productions


    At the inaugural ScreenSingapore, speakers discussed the importance of profiting at the local box office with local language productions as global box office matures.
  • China's Zonbo, Singapore's Homerun Asia partner on slate of films


    First project will be a remake of Dangerous Liaisons.
  • ScreenSingapore kicks off with Devil Inside Me; Expo starts tomorrow


    The inaugural ScreenSingapore opened last night (June 5) with the world premiere of the Chinese thriller The Devil Inside Me, directed by Zhang Qi and starring Tony Leung Ka-fai and Kelly Lin.
  • Emperor, Clover sign four-film deal for Singapore


    Announced during the inaugural ScreenSingapore event, Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures and Clover Films have closed a four-film deal for Singapore.
  • PiFan's It Project selects 18 films from 8 territories


    New projects from Joko Anwar, Woo Ming Jin, Daniel Chan and more.
  • CJ heads into Cannes with slew of pre-sales


    EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s CJ Entertainment has announced a raft of presales on its titles in the Cannes market.
  • Jean Gentil wins top award at Jeonju Film Festival


    Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman drama takes top Woosuk Award
  • JIFF gets underway with Golden Bear winner A Separation


    The 12th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) opened on Thursday [28] with the Iranian film Nader And Simin, A Separation.
  • Korean Film Council reveals plan to support local industry


    It will support location shoots and coproductions, invest in contents funds and provide support for labour costs on low-budget films.
  • Busan's Asian Cinema Fund expands


    The Busan festival’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) has added two new funds to support documentary film projects – the DMZ Fund for Asian projects about conflict areas and the Busan Film Commission Fund for documentary post-production support.
  • Kim Eui-suk becomes chairman of Korean Film Council


    His term will run to March 29, 2014.
  • Sidus sells Camellia to Movie On in Japan


    South Korea’s Sidus FNH has announced a raft of deals on its titles, led by the omnibus film Camellia, produced by the Busan film festival and showcasing stories set in the port city of Busan.
  • New era of Busan to give strong launch to Cinema Center, Lee says


    Busan International Film Festival director Lee Yong-kwan and honorary festival director Kim Dong-ho met with Screen at Hong Kong Filmart for an exclusive talk about Lee’s new solo directorship.
  • Tianjin firms up Rabbit distribution, dubbing cast


    Tianjin Film Studio has recruited comedic star Fan Wei (If You Are The One) and Yan Ni (A Simple Noodle Story) to head the dubbing cast of its 3D kung fu animated film Legend Of A Rabbit.
  • Filmart, HKIFF rally behind Japan


    In the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, Hong Kong Filmart and the concurrent Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) are rallying to show support for the Japanese film industry as exhibitors attempt to carry on with business as usual.
  • Drucker bestseller tops TBS sales slate


    Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) is debuting a slate at Hong Kong Filmart led by Drucker In The Dug-Out, the story of how a girl mistakenly uses business consultant Peter Drucker’s Management principles to shape up her high school baseball team.
  • Choi Dong-hoon assembles stars for Macao heist pic


    South Korean director Choi Dong-hoon is putting together a top flight cast for his upcoming The Professionals, led by Kim Yun-seok from The Yellow Sea, Gianna Jun from Blood The Last Vampire, Kim Hye-su from Tazza: The High Rollers and Lee Jung-jae from TheHousemaid.
  • FineCut sells Chaw, Cyrano to Japan


    Korean sales company FineCut has closed two deals for Korean titles Chaw and Cyrano Agency in Japan.
  • Busan IFF pacts with China's Zonbo Media


    Newly renamed Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and Chinese investment and distribution company Zonbo Media have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for industry exchange and greater cinema-cultural business collaboration.
  • Korea's KT&G launches film business division


    KT&G (originally Korea Tobacco & Ginseng and now re-styled as Korea Tomorrow & Global Corporation) Sangsangmadang has launched its Film Business Division with an aim to co-produce, co-finance and find films for its newly updated CineLab as well as to invest in, acquire, distribute and exhibit local and foreign films.
  • Asian Side of the Doc wraps with two project awards, one pitch prize


    Participants up 60% to 340, with two-thirds from Asia.
  • CJ Systems gets leading stake in post house AZWorks


    CJ Group subsidiary CJ Systems buys up majority share in AZWorks, other subsidiaries merge into CJ E&M
  • Showbox has strong EFM sales for Detective K


    South Korean distributor plans to work on North American release via CGV.
  • FineCut sells 71-Into The Fire to Showbox for US, Australia


    Korean sales company FineCut has announced post-EFM deals including Korean War film 71- Into The Fire which the film’s UK distributor Showbox Media Group has picked up US and Australia rights for as well.
  • BIFF announces further changes


    The newly renamed Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced changes in its main venues and the foundation of a subsidiary research lab in addition to changes in official names.
  • Pusan festival changing its name to Busan International Film Festival


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is set to change its name to Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
  • Gold View lands Italian deal for Rising Sex


    Japan’s Gold View has sold 72-year-old pornographer documentary Yoyochu – In The Land Of The Rising Sex to Rai Three for Italy.
  • BKO continues to punch with buyers


    Sahamongkolfilm International secures spate of deals on action film.
  • Singapore’s MDA opens submissions for International Film Fund


    Media Development Authority will invest up to $3.9m in each selected film.
  • AMR strikes VOD deals with Tidepoint, New People


    Asian VOD distributor in North America signs two deals.
  • China's Rabbit goes to France


    Tianjin Film Studio’s Legend Of A Rabbit is hopping along with a sales.
  • Media Asia closes more sales on Bruce Lee, My Brother and Legend of The Fist


    Hong Kong’s Media Asia has done a slew of deals on its titles, including for period biopic Bruce Lee, My Brother, directed by Raymond Yip and Manfred Wong.
  • Times Group makes friends with Hitler


    Rakesh Ranjan Kumar to direct feature on Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Pusan, Mumbai festivals link together


    Pusan and Mumbai festivals sign MOU for mutual support.
  • Beijing festival organisers open for submissions


    Organizers of the inaugural Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) are in Berlin, taking submissions for the fest to be held April 23 - 28 this year.
  • Dadi, Myung partner on animated Leafie


    Chinese Distributor Dadi and Myung Films are partnering to release the Korean production house’s first feature animation Leafie: A Hen Into The Wild.
  • Open Sesame takes on Pyuupiru doc


    Japanese sales agent Open Sesame picks up rights to Pyuupiru 2001 - 2008.
  • Korea's Zamie starts up with 'Uzbek Trainspotting'


    Korean producers Ellen Y.D. Kim and E.K. Heo have set up a new production and acquisitions company, Zamie Pictures.
  • Buyers hopping for hot Chinese animation Rabbit


    Tianjin Film Studio off to a roaring start with Legend Of A Rabbit.
  • Fortissimo kicks off busy year of 20th anniversary celebrations


    Events throughout the year include HKIFF retrospective, MoMA programme and EYE masterclasses.
  • Japan's TBS has a knockout with Tomorrow's Joe


    Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) has done a slew of pre-sales on Tomorrow’s Joe, a live action feature based on a hit boxing manga from the 1960s and 70s.
  • Korean experts launch PIC


    Korean film industry execs E.J. Cho, formerly of United Pictures, and Ji-yoon Lim, formerly of FineCut, have launched an international consulting agency for film and entertainment business, PIC (People In Communications).
  • Finecut thrills buyers with Midnight F.M.


    Korean sales company FineCut has announced a slew deals including last year’s Cannes title Bedevilled, which recently won the Grand Prix at the Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival and sold to Distrib Films for France.
  • Buyers storm The Front Line from Showbox


    Korean distributor Showbox / Mediaplex has pre-sold war drama The Front Line to Showbox Media Group for UK and STG Multimedia for Thailand.
  • Bodyguards team throws Flying Guillotines with We Distribution


    Hong Kong-based We Distribution is launching pre-sales on The Flying Guillotines, from the award-winning hit team who created Bodyguards And Assassins.
  • Buyers struck by Sahamongkolfilm's Bangkok Knockout


    Sahamongkolfilm International has done a raft of pre-sales deals on action adventure Bangkok Knockout: BKO, due for a world premiere in Berlin Feb 12.
  • Distribution Workshop takes on Jet Li project White Snake


    Hong Kong-based sales outfit takes $25m-budgeted The Sorcerer And The White Snake.
  • Eros pacts with Ocher to produce Rana


    Eros International and Ocher Studios team for K.S Ravikumar feature.
  • Buyers ravenous for Sushi from Fortissimo


    Company has busy Berlinale including competition world premiere of Come Rain, Come Shine.
  • CJ Entertainment makes pre sales on Sector 7


    Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has pre-sold the 3D sea creature thriller Sector 7, its projected summer tentpole blockbuster.
  • M-line heats up with Haunters deals pre-EFM


    Korea’s M-line Distribution has done a slew of pre-sales on the action drama Haunters, starring young heartthrobs Gang Dong-won and Koh Soo.
  • Niners slate includes Ronin Pop starring ZE:A


    Korean sales company also working on Mary, Miss Conspirator and Late Blossom.
  • FineCut has busy pre-EFM sales


    Korean sales agent FineCut has sold the recent Rotterdam Tiger Award co-winner The Journals Of Musan to Star Sands for Japan and S.N.R.T. for Morroco TV.
  • Distribution Workshop boards The Flying Machine


    The Hong Kong sales firm has acquired rest of world sales rights together with BreakThru Films.
  • Sidus FNH on board for Im Sang-soo's next film


    Follow-up to The Housemaid will be about a man who is hired by a rich family to take care of their private affairs and business.
  • Straub, Denis, Guerin line up for Jeonju Digital Project


    The 12th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has confirmed the directors for this year’s Jeonju Digital Project omnibus as Jean-Marie Straub, Claire Denis and José Luis Guerin.
  • Korean box office rises 6.5% to record $1.02 billion


    The Korean Film Council has announced its 2010 industry report with box office gross up 6.5% year-on-year to a record $1.02bn (KW1,150,100,000,000) despite admissions dropping 9.6% to 146.8 million.
  • Kang Je-gyu shooting star-studded My Way


    WWII film’s budget is reported to be about $27m.
  • Asian Side of the Doc will welcome 350 participants in Seoul


    As the next leg of the Sunny Side Global Network Tour, the second Asian Side of the Doc (ASD) coproduction market will be held in Seoul, Korea from March 7-10.
  • Korea's box office admissions slip 5% in 2010


    Leading local exhibitor CJ CGV has announced South Korea’s 2010 box office admissions went down 5.1% year-on-year, with an estimated 148,403,921 admissions.
  • Park Chan-wook collaborates on iPhone short to get theatrical launch


    Korean auteur Park Chan-wook has co-directed a 30-minute film with his brother Park Chan-kyong which Korea Telecom (KT) says will be the first short film in the world shot entirely on Apple’s iPhone 4 to be screened in theatres.
  • Secret Sunshine's Jeon set to start shooting Countdown this month


    Cannes award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon (pictured) is set to star in Countdown, a drama/action film produced by the notable South Korean production company B.O.M.
  • Lotte Cinema launches first theatre in China


    Major South Korean exhibitor Lotte Cinema is set to launch its first theatre in mainland China.
  • Iwai Shunji


    Japanese film-maker Iwai Shunji talks about his first English language film Vampire, starring Kevin Zegers and Keisha Castle-Hughes, currently in post production.
  • Korean Film Council chairman resigns


    Cho Hee-moon forced to resign from KOFIC; Pretty Pictures raises transparency issues over The Housemaid.
  • Korea prospects


    From English-language action comedies to local tentpoles and a remake of Ghost, Jean Noh profiles some of the hottest upcoming Korean productions
  • A Cut above


    In just two years, FineCut has established itself as a leading sales agent for hot South Korean and international titles. Jean Noh talks to company CEO Youngjoo Suh
  • Beyond borders


    As it expands into China, Japan and the US, CJ Entertainment’s Mike Suh tells Jean Noh about the company’s mission to become a global studio
  • Korea at the cutting edge


    The production sector in Korea may be adjusting to the new economic reality with smaller budgets — but the territory’s films have impressed at major festivals in 2010. Jean Noh reports
  • Riding the digital wave


    Broadband penetration in Korea may be the highest in the world, but growth of IPTV and VoD has been slow and there is more pressure than ever on theatrical revenues. Jean Noh reports
  • Cool summer


    Admissions are down in Korea so far this year, and exhibitors missed the local hits which made summer 2009 so successful. Jean Noh explores the territory’s appetite
  • "Busy" TIFFCOM sees visitors and exhibitors increase


    The Tokyo International Film Festival’s market reports rise in visitors and exhibitors.
  • Yuya Ishii picks up award as Tokyo Project Gathering wraps


    The director picked up this year’s TPG Award for Hara Ga Kore Nande
  • TIFFCOM panelists give advice to European filmmakers in Japan


    European filmmakers need to be savvy about new media, film festivals and diversified sales models in Japan, according to panelists at a UniJapan Entertainment Forum on European films in the Japanese market today at TIFFCOM.
  • Joint Entertainment gets Memory Loss in Toyko


    The Taipei-based sales agent picks up title touted as Taiwan’s first 3D animation.
  • Hiatus acquires two hot titles at Pusan


    The company has picked up Taiwan rights to Incendies and The Solitude Of Prime Numbers.
  • Pusan New Current Award goes to The Journals of Musan, Bleak Night


    The 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) closed with the New Currents Award going ex-aequo to two Korean films - Park Jung-Bum’s The Journals of Musan and Yoon Sung-Hyun’s Bleak Night.
  • Pusan seminar sees transmedia future


    Transmedia is the future of storytelling, according to panelists at the Pusan International Film Festival’s seminar Transmedia: Maximizing Creativity through Blending Contents, Media and Technologies.
  • Asian Film Market participation jumps 44%


    The fifth Asian Film Market in Pusan, Korea wrapped this week after a four-day run with 108 companies from 26 countries representing a 44% increase in participation.
  • CJ has strong Pusan market with Ghost remake


    South Korean distributor/sales company CJ Entertainment has done a slew of deals at Pusan’s Asian Film Market, including pre-sales on the Paramount Pictures Japan remake of Ghost to Catchplay for Taiwan.
  • FineCut's latest deals include Poetry to Edko


    South Korean sales agent FineCut has sealed a raft of deals at Pusan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Market including Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry which sold to Edko for Hong Kong.
  • Mirovision's Pusan sales include deals with Gaga


    South Korean sales agent Mirovision has announced sales from Pusan’s Asian Film Market, led by sales to Gaga Communications for Japan. The company has picked up Im Sang-soo’s Cannes competition film The Housemaid and sports drama Lifting King Kong.
  • Toei introduces Strangers to Korea's Mountain Pictures


    At Pusan’s Asian Film Market, Japanese distributor Toei has signed a deal with Korean buyer Mountain Pictures for Junji Sakamoto’s mystery thriller Strangers In The City.
  • Pusan Promotion Plan bites for Mushroom Watermelon


    The Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) project market closed today (Oct 13) with top Pusan Award of $20,000 going to Ogigami Naoko’s Mushroom Watermelon.
  • Korean sales agency Panda launches at Asian Film Market


    South Korea-based Panda Media has made its market debut at the Asian Film Market, running parallel to the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).
  • Busan Film Commission, Film Auckland sign agreement


    Film Auckland and the Busan Film Commission (BFC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of increasing cooperation between their respective audiovisual industries.
  • The man behind Pusan: Kim Dong-ho


    Launched in 1996, the Pusan International Film Festival (Oct 7-15) quickly became established as an international hub for Asian cinema. As he prepares for his final festival before retirement, founding festival director Kim Dong-ho speaks to Jean Noh about Pusan’s swift growth ? and its future
  • FineCut secures deals on Hahaha and Poetry


    Korean sales company FineCut has signed new deals in Toronto for two auteur titles - Hong Sang-soo’s Hahaha and Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry.
  • A Barefoot Dream is Korea's surprise Oscar submission


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced Kim Tae-kyun’s A Barefoot Dream will be submitted as South Korea’s candidate for the 2011 Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category nominations.
  • Pusan to open with Zhang Yimou's Under The Hawthorne Tree


    The 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced their line-up with the international premiere of Zhang Yimou’s Under The Hawthorne Tree to open the fest.
  • Park Kwang-su to step down from Busan Film Commission


    Founding director of South Korea’s Busan Film Commission (BFC) Park Kwang-su is to step down from his position as head of the locations services organization. Filmmaker Oh Seok-geun will take his place as of tomorrow (Sept 7).
  • Pusan plans special programme on Kurdish cinema


    Also, festival reveals Tsai Ming Liang will be honoured as Asian Filmmaker of the Year.
  • FineCut has sales spree including two deals for Japan


    South Korean sales company FineCut has sold a raft of films including two to Japan - Korean War film 71 – Into The Fire, which sold to Kadokawa Pictures and Cannes Critics’ Week title Bedevilled, which sold to King Records.
  • Pusan unveils jurors including Wada Emi


    The 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will have Academy Award-winning costume designer Wada Emi heading its New Currents jury while Sundance festival director John Cooper will head the Flash Forward jury.
  • Pusan to launch new online screening service


    Secure site will offer festival and market films as well as Pusan Promotion Plan directors’ previous works.
  • Tokyo Project Gathering's 28 selections include Ryuichi Hiroki, Pen-ek Ratanaruang


    The sixth Tokyo Project Gathering (TPG) has selected an increased 28 projects this year.
  • Pusan Promotion Plan takes on new projects from Tsai, Ovashvili, Trapero, Pang


    The 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced 27 selections for the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) including projects from Tsai Ming Liang, Oxide Pang, Xie Fei, Choi Dong-hoon and Anocha Suwhichakornpong.
  • Kim Dong-ho to step down from Pusan role


    Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) founding director Kim Dong-ho will make this year’s edition his last.
  • Major Korean film-makers plan move to media city in Goyang


    Im Kwon-taek, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Ryoo Seung-wan, Kim Jee-woon, Jang Jin, and Choi Dong-hoon are among those moving to new hub.
  • Korean competitors work together on Im Kwon-taek's 101st film


    Korean master Im Kwon-taek’s 101st film is set to be co-distributed by South Korea’s top three investor-distributors: CJ Entertainment, Showbox Mediaplex and Lotte Entertainment.
  • Pusan Asian Cinema Fund supports Tan Chui Mui, Ashvin Kumar


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has selected 27 winners for this year’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), including Tan Chui Mui’s second feature The Year Without a Summer for post-production support.
  • PiFan top awards go to Bedevilled, Monsters, Fire of Conscience


    At the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), Jang Cheol Su’s graphic thriller Bedevilled snapped up the top Best of Puchon Award, along with the Fujifilm Eterna Award and Best Actress Award for Seo Yeong Hee.
  • Puchon It Project award goes to James Leong's Camera


    Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped its third Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) today with the top Puchon Award for the It Project market going to James Leong’s Camera.
  • Mirovision sells The Housemaid to IFC


    South Korean sales agent Mirovision has sold Im Sang-soo’s Cannes competition title The Housemaid to IFC Films for the US.
  • Korean box-office grosses up 14% thanks to 3D boom


    South Korean box office gross went up 14.6% year-on-year in the first half, despite a 3.9% dip in admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
  • PiFan to open with The Experiment, close with Death Bell 2


    Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) will open with the world premiere of the The Experiment, directed by Paul Scheuring (TV’s Prison Break) and starring Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker.
  • Korea's N.E.W and Gyeonggi Commission form $16m fund


    South Korean distributor Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.) and Gyeonggi Performing & Film Commission have formed a partnership to create a KW20bn ($16.02m) investment fund specializing in visual contents.
  • Korea's CJ CGV to open new Los Angeles multiplex


    Leading Korean exhibitor CJ CGV is set to open a mulitplex in LA on June 11. CGV LA will have three screens, 600 seats and 3D projection.
  • Finecut sells well on Cannes quartet


    Poetry, Hahaha, Carancho, Bedevilled score multiple international sales after festival.
  • PiFan's project market selects 15 genre projects


    The projects from eight countries include AM11:00 by director Shin Terra (Black House) and John Cairns’ Japanese project School Girl Apocalypse, with producer Yukie Kito (Tokyo Sonata) attached.
  • Optimum strikes UK deal with Finecut for I Saw The Devil


    The film also pre-sold to Bir Film for Turkey and Catchplay for Taiwan.
  • Lotte comes on board for 3D animation Outback


    Major Korean distributor Lotte Entertainment has announced that it will become the main investor in Outback, an English-language 3D animated feature. The deal is a first for a Korean company.
  • Georgian film Susa wins top prize at Jeonju


    Korea’s JIFF ran April 29 - May 7, screening 208 films from 48 countries.
  • South Korea


    South Korea’s box office hit a record high in 2009 grossing $940m, up 12.7% year on year. Admissions rose 5.1% to 154.9 million.
  • Jeonju to open with Park Jinoh's Should've Kissed


    South Korea’s 11th annual JIFF will close with Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s To The Sea.
  • Signs of strength at FilMart 2010


    Busy Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FilMart) draws to a close with several deals completed and record attendance.
  • Jeonju lines up eight-film competition of Korean independent films


    The 11th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), which this year runs from April 29 to May 7, has announced its Korean feature film competition line-up of eight independent films, including She Came From, directed by Kim Sung-ho (Into The Mirror).
  • Asian Film Archive to premiere restored Moon Over Malaya


    Singapore-based Asian Film Archive, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, has announced the premiere of its newly restored and digitized version of the only surviving print of 1957 film Moon Over Malaya.
  • Poised to strike


    Thai films are scoring at home and overseas. Jean Noh looks at some of the hottest films from Thailand coming in 2010
  • CTV buys France on CJ's thriller No Mercy


    Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has sold thriller No Mercy to CTV for French-speaking territories.
  • Showgate sells Yukisada's Parade to Taiwan


    Japanese sales agent Showgate has sold ensemble drama Parade, directed by Isao Yukisada (pictured) (Crying Out Love At The Center Of The World) to Bees Factory for Taiwan.
  • Pretty Pictures takes on The Housemaid for France


    Korean producer/distributor Mirovision has pre-sold Im Sang-soo’s (pictured) remake of Kim Ki-young’s classic erotic thriller The Housemaid to Pretty Pictures for France.
  • M-Line seals German, Benelux, Latin presales on Blades Of Blood


    Korean sales company M-Line Distribution has pre-sold Blades Of Blood to Splendid for Germany and Benelux and to VIP888 for South America.
  • Korean stars line up for Grand Prix from Sidus


    Sidus FNH has announced that top Korean stars Kim Tae-heen (pictured) (Iris, The Restless) and Lee Joon-ki (King And The Clown) have been cast in Grand Prix, directed by Yang Yun-ho (Iris, Fighter In The Wind).
  • Showbox in UK goes Into The Fire with Finecut


    Korean sales company Finecut has announced a slew of deals including the big-budget war drama 71 – Into The Fire, directed by John H. Lee and starring Kwon Sang-woo, which pre-sold to Showbox for UK.
  • United Pictures gets Superhuman


    Seoul-based United Pictures (UP) has picked up sales on fantasy action film The Superhuman, starring Gang Dong-won from the recent hits Secret Reunion and Woochi (pictured) and Goh Soo from The White Night.
  • Film industry calls for release of Iranian director


    Film organisations around the world are protesting the arrest of Iranian director Jafar Panahi
  • PiFan names Kim Young-bin as director


    PiFan announces new director ahead of its upcoming edition in July.
  • Korea’s CLP steps up with new KT deal


    South Korean buyer CLP International has announced a deal with the territory’s largest telecom operator Korea Telecom (KT) to supply them with overseas box office hits for KT’s IPTV service Qook.
  • Finecut does deal with Kim Jee-woon's Devil


    Korean sales company FineCut has announced it has picked up I Saw The Devil, the upcoming film from Kim Jee-woon, hit director of The Good, The Bad, The Weird.
  • KOFIC boosts financial support for 3D schemes


    The Korean film industry body has increased its support budget and announced a conversion deal between Stereopictures and Warner Bros.
  • Jeonju reveals directors for annual digital omnibus


    The 11th Jeonju International Film Festival reveals directors for annual digital omnibus.
  • Korean film exports dropped 32.9% in 2009


    Korean film exports fell by 32.9% last year, according to new data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
  • Finecut takes sales rights to John H Lee's $10m Korean war epic


    Seoul-based sales company Finecut has picked up John H. Lee’s $10m upcoming Korean War movie, currently called 71 – Into The Fire.
  • Fox to co-finance Na Hong-jin's The Murderer


    Fox International Productions will co-finance Showbox Mediaplex’s The Murderer, to be directed by Na Hong-jin.
  • Sidus to launch sales for Busan omnibus at Berlin


    Korea-based Sidus FNH will launch sales for the Pusan International Film Festival’s omnibus Busan Project (working title) at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
  • Local films drove 4.8% box office rise in South Korea, says CJ CGV


    South Korea’s 2009 box office admissions rose by 4.8% year-on-year to 156,319,224 tickets, according to estimates by leading local exhibitor CJ CGV.
  • Symphony 3D acquires Korea’s MasterImage


    US-based Symphony 3D Holdings has acquired Korean 3D solution provider MasterImage Co. Infused with a $15m investment, the company has been renamed MasterImage 3D, LLC and moved to headquarters in Burbank, California.
  • Song boards Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow


    The Korean remake of John Woo’s classic Hong Kong noir film A Better Tomorrow (pictured) is set to be directed by Song Hae-sung, with a cast of young stars including Song Seung-hun and Ju Jin-mo.
  • Korea’s Finecut wraps up pre-sales on action thriller Iris


    South Korean sales outfit Finecut has announced a slew of AFM pre-sales deals on the espionage action thriller Iris: The Movie, starring pan-Asian heart-throb Lee Byung-hun.
  • Korea’s CJ CGV opens third multiplex in China


    Major South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV is set to open its third multiplex in China on Nov 19 – the CGV Wuhan – located in the capital of Hubei Province, which will have six screens, 940 seats and 3D projection.
  • KOFIC presents reform plan to culture ministry


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC), led by recently-appointed chairman Cho Hee-moon, reported on a plan for reform today (November 11) to the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Yoo In-chon.
  • PIFF, Chapman University team for Pusan West


    Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has formed a partnership with Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts to launch a filmmaker showcase to bring a selection of Korean films and filmmakers from PIFF to the US.
  • Jeon to star in remake of The Housemaid


    Cannes award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon is set to star in Im Sang-soo’s remake of the Korean classic thriller The Housemaid.
  • South Korea at AFM


    Leading ladies are set to dazzle
  • Haeundae pirates convicted by Korean court


    In a landmark case for South Korea, Seoul Central District Court has convicted three people of pirating CJ Entertainment’s tsunami blockbuster Haeundae.
  • Kwak to direct 3D live-action Battle Of Yellow Sea


    Korean director Kwak Kyung-taek is set to direct a 3D live-action film, tentatively titled The Battle Of Yellow Sea, about the explosive naval engagement between North and South Korea on the second-to-last day of the 2002 World Cup.
  • Showbox picks up Japanese-Korean vampire thriller Higanjima


    Korean sales outfit Showbox Mediaplex has picked up Kim Tae-kyun’s vampire action thriller Higanjima for worldwide sales excluding Korea and Japan.
  • Empire Of Silver, Petition take top awards at Hawaii fest


    The 29th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has awarded its Halekulani Golden Orchid for Narrative Feature to Yao Shuhua’s Empire Of Silver and its Golden Orchid for Documentary Feature to Zhao Liang’s Petition.
  • Japan’s Sedic enters international sales


    Japanese production company Sedic International has launched a sales division at TIFFCOM, with films including Junji Sakamoto’s Zatoichi The Last and 3D erotic film The Perfect Education, Love In Akihabara.
  • NETPAC members launch Asian cinema web-site


    Members of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) have set up an English-language streaming website of award-winning films at
  • Korean sleeper hit Old Partner secures Japanese release


    Korean sales company Indiestory has announced that sleeper hit documentary Old Partner is due to open in Japan this December.
  • Kick Off, Trouble take New Currents Award at PIFF


    The 14th Pusan International Film Festival closes today (Oct 16) with the top New Currents award going to Shawkat Amin Korki’s Kick Off and So Sang-min’s I’m In Trouble.
  • Aoyama’s Decadent Sisters takes top prize at PPP


    The four-day Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) wrapped on Wednesday night, with the Pusan Award going to Japanese director Shinji Aoyama’s Decadent Sisters.
  • Asian Film Market still quiet but busier than last year


    The Asian Film Market closed its four-day run today (Oct 14) with an increase in participants and a general consensus that the market was quiet but still important for setting up deals and networking.
  • Vietnam to launch international film festival


    The city of Hanoi is set to celebrate its 1000th anniversary with the opening of Vietnam’s first international film festival in 2010.
  • CJ launches joint venture with Japan’s T-joy


    Korea’s CJ Entertainment and T-Joy, the theatre chain affiliate of major Japanese studio Toei, are launching a joint investment and distribution venture that will start operations in April 2010.
  • PIFF, EAVE join forces to boost Asian-Euro collaboration


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and Europe’s EAVE organisation have announced the launch of “EAVE Ties That Bind”, a new development workshop for Asian and European film producers.
  • PIFF lines up Asian auteurs for omnibus project


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced the production of an omnibus film about people falling in love in the city of Busan, to be executive produced by festival head Kim Dong-ho.
  • Flynn takes UK rights to Taiwanese drama


    London-based Flynn Entertainment has acquired Ian Lou’s award-winning Taiwanese film A Place Of One’s Own for UK theatrical release in spring 2010.
  • Finecut sells Chaw to Australia’s Madman


    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a slew of Toronto deals, led by black comedy Chaw which has been sold to Madman Entertainment for Australia.
  • PPP opens up the world


    This year’s Pusan Promotion Plan (Oct 11-14) is showcasing new projects from some of Asia’s superstar film-makers, as well as international rising talents.
  • PPP 2009 project list


    Screen International brings you the 2009 Pusan Promotion Plan list.
  • Pusan pulls out all the stops


    Seemingly undaunted by financial gloom, this year’s Pusan International Film Festival (Oct 8-16) boasts a record 355 films and a new cash prize. But will travel-weary buyers and sellers be in town to see them?
  • Meet the neighbours


    International buyers are looking forward to this year’s Asian Film Market (Oct 11-14) as a place to do business with their Asian colleagues.
  • Terracotta takes UK rights to Yang’s Breathless


    Terracotta Distribution has acquired UK rights to Rotterdam Tiger award-winner Breathless from Korea’s Showbox Mediaplex.
  • Hindi film Black scores at Korean box office


    South Korea’s box office is seeing a new phenomenon with Hindi film Black clocking up over 700,000 admissions and staying ahead of all other foreign releases in its third week.
  • Optimum chews on Fine Cut’s Chaw


    South Korean sales agent Fine Cut has announced its first deal at the Toronto festival, selling the man-eating boar comedy Chaw to Optimum Releasing for UK.
  • Pusan film festival to screen record 355 films


    The 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will screen a record 355 films from 70 countries, including with 98 world premieres and 46 international premieres.
  • Cho appointed as head of Korean Film Council


    South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports has named critic and professor Cho Hee-moon as the new chairman of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
  • Chopra named as PIFF’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year


    The 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced that legendary Bollywood director-producer Yash Chopra will receive its Asian Filmmaker of the Year award.
  • The Host 2 to receive funding for CGI development


    The Korea Creative Contents Agency (KOCCA) has announced that The Host 2 is the winner of its Global Projects Technology Development Support Program.
  • Asia prepares for 3D injection


    Producers at Korea’s Naff have highlighted the boost to revenues that local 3D films can bring.
  • Korea selects Mother as foreign-language Oscar entry


    The Korean Film Council has announced Korea’s submission to the Oscars Best Foreign Language Film category as Bong Joon-ho’s mystery thriller Mother.
  • PPP unveils line-up including Bong, Aoyama projects


    South Korea’s Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) has announced its 2009 line-up of 30 projects from 21 countries, which includes Aoyama Shinji’s Decadent Sisters and Bong Joon-ho’s Le Transperceneige, produced by Park Chan-wook.
  • Pusan's Asian Cinema Fund supports 25 projects


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced 25 recipients of its Asian Cinema Fund and has revealed two new funds to support overseas projects and distribution.
  • Haeundae takes South Korean box office by storm


    Tsunami blockbuster Haeundae has taken the South Korean box office by storm clocking up 5 million admissions from 712 screens in less than two weeks.
  • NAFF’s second edition praised by guests


    PiFan’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) wrapped its second edition (July 20-23), with guests applauding the quality of the project meetings, and the impressive roster of decision-makers that it managed to attract.
  • Macrograph, Entourage line up Korea’s first 3D horror


    Korean visual effects house Macrograph and production company Entourage are joining forces on Korea’s first 3D horror film, Soul Mate, to be directed by Kim Ji-hwan.
  • KOFIC to back Im Kwon-taek’s 101st film


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is awarding master director Im Kwon-taek $319,200 (KW400m) in cash and up to $159,600 (KW200m) in services for his 101st film Sanghwaji (working title).
  • Singapore’s Boku Films to co-produce The Host sequel


    Singaporean production company Boku Films has signed an MOU with Korea’s Chungeorahm to co-produce and invest $5m in the Korean sequel to hit monster movie The Host.
  • Amuse Soft steps up for Hur’s Season Of Good Rain


    Korea’s Pancinema has pre-sold Hur Jin-ho’s upcoming romance Season Of Good Rain (working title) to Japan’s Amuse Soft Entertainment.
  • Asian producers embrace 3D filmmaking


    While 3D filmmaking is still in the early stages in Asia, speakers at a forum held today by Korea’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) agreed that the technology is set to broaden the cinema-going demographic and help the Asian industry bust through tough economic times.
  • Hur Jin-ho wraps feature-length Season Of Good Rain


    Korean director Hur Jin-ho has extended his section of pan-Asian omnibus Chengdu, I Love You into a feature entitled Season Of Good Rain (working title), which is scheduled for an autumn release.
  • Prosecution of young offenders reaches record levels


    Jean Noh brings you the South Korean piracy report.
  • SFC awards funds to co-production projects


    The Seoul Film Commission has announced the six winners of its first international co-production grant, which awards up to $15,600 in development funding to projects that will partly shoot in Seoul. 
  • Korean box office surges in first half of 2009


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced that South Korean box office receipts reached a record $375.68m (KW476.8bn) in the first half of 2009.
  • Kang resigns as chairman of Korean Film Council


    South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Yoo In-chon, has announced that he has accepted the resignation of Korean Film Council (KOFIC) chairman Kang Han-sup.
  • Korea’s CJ CGV joins ticket price increases


    Following Korea’s other exhibitors Megabox, Lotte Cinema and Cinus, leading multiplex chain CJ CGV has announced today that it will also raise ticket prices for the first time in eight years.
  • Two more Korean exhibitors increase ticket prices


    Korean exhibitors Lotte Cinemas and Cinus have joined Megabox in raising ticket prices, in an almost industry-wide move that marks the first ticket price increases in eight years.
  • E J-yong starts shooting ensemble drama Actresses


    Untold Scandal director E J-yong has started production on his upcoming film Actresses (working title) with an ensemble cast of six of Korea’s top female thespians.
  • PiFan to open with international premiere of M.W.


    This year’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) will feature 15 world premieres and 15 international premieres, including opening film M.W., a live-action adaptation of the Osamu Tezuka manga of the same name.
  • Michael Bay apologises to Korean fans


    Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen director Michael Bay has been compelled to send a note of apology to press and fans in Korea following controversy on his recent publicity tour.
  • PiFan unveils five projects for KOFIC development lab


    Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the five projects that will take part in the KOFIC Filmmakers’ Development Lab (FDL), which this year will take place during the festival.
  • PIFF launches $20,000 award for non-Asian directors


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has created the $20,000 Flash Forward Award for first or second-time directors from non-Asian countries.
  • M-Line seals German deal on My Girlfriend Is An Agent


    South Korean sales agent M-Line Distribution has announced a raft of Cannes deals including the sale of espionage comedy My Girlfriend Is An Agent to Splendid for Germany and Benelux.
  • Japan’s SPO swoops on Showbox duo


    Korean seller Showbox has announced a slew of post-Cannes sales led by SPO picking up Japanese rights for stock market swindle thriller The Scam and low-budget melodrama More Than Blue.
  • Moon to star in Hong Sang-soo’s next film


    Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo has cast Venice award-winning actress Moon So-ri (Oasis) and Hong regular Kim Sang-kyung in his upcoming film.
  • Korea’s CJ CGV expands arthouse film programme


    Leading Korean exhibitor CJ CGV is establishing a specialty films team and expanding its “Movie Collage” arthouse film programme from seven to ten screens.
  • Ha Jung-woo to star in Lee’s melodrama And Us


    Korean director Lee Yoon-ki has cast The Chaser star Ha Jung-woo and Sunny starlet Su Ae in his upcoming melodrama And Us (working title).
  • Mother has biggest opening of the year in Korea


    Bong Joon-ho’s thriller Mother has beaten Park Chan-wook’s Thirst to become the biggest opener of the year in South Korea.
  • PiFan announces line-up for NAFF It Projects market


    The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), Asia’s largest genre film festival, has announced the line-up for its sophomore Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) It Project market.
  • Overlook turns Macabre for Europe and US


    Overlook Entertainment has picked up Europe and US rights for horror film Macabre, the first feature from new Asian genre label Gorylah.
  • South Korea launches plan to combat online piracy


    File sharing websites and producers in South Korea have developed a three-step plan to combat piracy.
  • Jeonju marks 10th anniversary with record attendance


    Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea’s second biggest festival, celebrated its 10th anniversary edition with a record-breaking attendance and the launch of a new market.
  • Korean Film Council unveils five-year funding plan


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced a five-year policy plan for developing the local industry which includes funds for international co-productions and loan guarantees.
  • Thirst tops Korean box office over holiday weekend


    Park Chan-wook’s vampire film Thirst has topped South Korea’s box office, beating X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and clocking up the biggest opening for a local film so far this year
  • Brand New Life added to Cannes line-up


    The Cannes Film Festival official selection has added Ounie Lecomte’s debut feature A Brand New Life to its Special Screenings category.
  • Market report Korea


    Sumptuous foreign costume dramas are seducing Korean audiences, while action films also work well.
  • Korea’s Showbox picks up trio ahead of Cannes


    Showbox Mediaplex has picked up international rights to art heist mystery Insadong Scandal, hardcore thriller Missing and omnibus film Five Senses Of Eros.
  • Hong Kong's PAM pumps equity into Scandal


    South Korea producer-distributor Ssamzie Entertainment has sold a $500,000 equity stake in up coming heist film Insadong Scandal to Prince Asset Management (PAM).
  • Laila's Birthday takes top honour at Singapore fest


    The 22nd Singapore International Film Festival has awarded its top honour, the Silver Screen Awards’Best Asian Feature Film, to Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi’s Laila’s Birthday.
  • Distant Horizon picks up Butcher for North America


    Upstart Korean production and distribution company INew Entertainment has sold Kim Jin-Won’shorror feature debut The Butcher to Distant Horizon for North American distribution.
  • Imprint dials up Mirovision for US remake of Phone


    Seoul-based sales agent Mirovision has announced that it is teaming with LA-based Imprint Entertainment to co-produce a US remake of Ahn Byung-ki’s Korean horror film Phone.
  • KOFIC selects 29 screens for Artplus Cinema programme


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced that it is providing $795,000 (KW1.08bn) towards the 29 screens that it has selected for its Artplus Cinema Network funding scheme for this year.
  • KOFIC hands out $1.82m under two funding schemes


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it will award a total of $1.82m (KW2.4bn) to the 24 winning projects of its Korean Film Production Support Program and its Korean Film Development Support Program.
  • Korea's Jeonju film festival launches indie projects market


    South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is celebrating its tenth edition with a number of events including the launch of a Korean indie projects market and anniversary screenings of JIFF previous awardees and first films.
  • CJ seals further deals on disaster movie Haeundae


    Seoul-based distributor CJ Entertainment has announced further pre-sales from Hong Kong Filmart on JK Youn's tsunami-attacks-Busan film Haeundae.
  • CJ scores Singapore, Malaysia presales on Haeundae


    Seoul-based distributor CJ Entertainment has pre-sold JK Youn’s tsunami-attacks-Busan filmHaeundaeto VSG for Singapore and Malaysia.’Haeundae is a concept film with high production values - Hans Ulrich who worked on A Perfect Storm, Star Wars 4 and 5, and The Day After Tomorrow is supervising the CGI, and so far it looks great. It’s been attracting buyers since we opened sales for it in Berlin,’ ...
  • Hit Singapore director Jack Neo plans ghost story triptych


    Record-breaking Singaporean hit director Jack Neo (I Not Stupid)has announced a new projectGot Ghost Meh(working title) in development.Neo plans to make a 90-minute feature film made up of three parts - each a 30-minute-long ghost story ...
  • P.A.M. Korea Media enters sales with thriller Bloody Shake


    P.A.M. Korea Media has launched into international sales with the market debut of director Kim Jee-yong’s Bloody Shake, a psychological thriller with visceral and bloody imagery.The film follows seven characters - including a priest, a pickpocket and a lesbian butcher - in a relay of seven murderous stories, which all turn out to be the stress-fueled dreams of a salaryman under pressure at work.
  • Raintree, Wayne Wang prepare Singapore historical thriller


    MediaCorp Raintree Pictures has announced much-anticipated further details on its historical film 1965 - currently in development with Wayne Wang lined up to direct.Based on the turbulent title year that Singapore broke away from Malaysia to become independent, 1965 will be a mainstream political thriller with a projected budget of $15m. It will ...
  • Diaphana, Canal Plus take French rights to A Brand New Life


    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced the pre-sales of Korea-France co-productionA Brand New Life, directed by Ounie Lecomte. Canal Plus has taken French television rights while Diaphana has picked up other French-speaking rights.A PPP 2008 project, A Brand New Life, currently in post-production, ...
  • iHQ picks up sales rights to Joo Ji-Hong's Rabbit And Lizard


    South Korea’s iHQ has picked up sales rights to sell Rabbit And Lizard, directed by Joo Ji-Hong, a Korean graduate of FEMIS who has spent some years in France making shorts.The award-winning director is now working with two pop idols-turned-actors - Jang Hyuk (Volcano High, Windstruck) and Sung Yuri (TV series Hong Gil-Dong).
  • Korea's Barunson acquires majority stake in Sio


    Barunson, the investor/producer of Korean hit The Good, The Bad, The Weird, has acquired a majority stake in Sio Films, producer of hits such as Park Chan-wook's Old Boy.
  • PIFF receives public funding boost to offset downturn


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is set to receive an increase in government funding to offset the effects of the economic downturn anddiminishing corporate sponsorship.
  • KOFIC hands out p&a funding to three companies


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced that it will award p&a funds to LA-based Eleven Arts, Belgium's Cineart and Taiwan's Infinity International in its first p&a funding round of 2009.
  • South Korea's new sexual revolution


    When Sponge Entertainment CEO David Cho picked up John Cameron Mitchell's sexually explicit US indie Shortbus for South Korea back in 2006, he knew he was in for a fight. Now, after more than two years battling the Korea Media Ratings Board (KMRB), Sponge finally opened the film commercially on March 12.
  • Pusan appoints new executives and programmers


    The 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has appointed new executives to the Asian FilmMarket and programmers for the World Cinema and Asian Cinema sections.
  • KOFIC cuts funding, overhauls investment strategy


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has slashed its overall programme budget by 25% from last year's $42.48m (KW65.8bn) to $32.73m for 2009.
  • The secrets to Japanese box-office success


    Japanese cinema-goers paying $18 for a ticket tend to make conservative choices when they reach the front of the queue. This goes some way to explain the 59.5% market share garnered by local films at last year's box office. Audiences know what they will get from the new animation from Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea), the latest theatrical reworking of a TV police series (Partners: The Movie) and a feature adaptation of a popular manga TV series (Boys ...
  • Sonnenfeld to direct remake of Korean hit Scandal Makers


    Korean sales agent M-Line Distribution has announced that Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black) is attached to direct and executive produce the US remake of Korean sleeper hit Scandal Makers.
  • Busan celebrates opening of AZ Works post-production complex


    After five years of work, the city of Busan and the Busan Film Commission (BFC) are celebrating the opening of the 'AZ Works on the beach' post-production complex in Busan's newly developing Centum City.
  • Singapore film festival to open with Sincerely Yours


    The 22nd Singapore International Film Festival (April 14-25) will open with Sincerely Yours from debuting Taiwanese feature director Rich Lee. The film explores the plight of illegal foreign workers in Taiwan with a multi-national cast.
  • CJ Entertainment to invest $60m in local and overseas projects


    Leading Korean investor/distributor CJ Entertainment CEO Katherine Kim has announced that the company will be investing $46.5m - $53.1m this year in 13-15 local releases and another $6.64m in 5-10 overseas projects in the US, China and Japan.
  • Low-budget doc stampedes South Korean box office


    Old Partner, a documentary about an old man and his cow, has topped the South Korean box office with 419,295 admissions from 276 screens this past weekend.
  • Korea's Sponge Entertainment wins Shortbus ratings battle


    After two years, Sponge Entertainment has won the fight to screen John Cameron Mitchell's sexually explicit film Shortbus in South Korea with a 'Teenager Restricted' rating.
  • Hyde Park, Activers to co-produce Korean Mata Hari story


    Korea's Activers Entertainment has announced a deal with Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and investment banking firm Film Financial Services (FFS) to co-produce Against Conspiracy (working title), a $20m film based on 'the Korean Mata Hari story' of Kim Soo-im, a woman accused of and executed for being a North Korean spy in 1950.
  • Kim Ki-duk Film sues Korea's Studio 2.0


    Korean director Kim Ki-duk's production company, Kim Ki-duk Film, has filed suit against distributor Studio 2.0 for suspicion of profits embezzlement from the box office success Rough Cut, directed by Kim Ki-duk protege Jang Hun.
  • Indiestory's Old Partner becomes Korea's top independent film


    Korean film distributor Indiestory's Old Partner, an ultra-low-budget documentary about an octogenarian man, his wife and his loyal, hard-working cow of 30 years has become South Korea's biggest independent film hit on record.
  • Sponge teams with CJ CGV to release indie titles


    Korean importer/producer Sponge Entertainment has announced a deal with leading exhibitor CJ CGV to screen a slate of Sponge's upcoming local independent films.
  • Korean films boost exports but lose local market share


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has reported that export figures for Korean films bounced up 40% year-on-year to total $20.54m, based on minimum guarantees, ending a freefall that started in 2004.
  • Finecut picks up new feature from Hong Sang-soo


    Seoul-based Finecut has picked up worldwide sales rights for Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo's upcoming feature Jal Aljido Mot Hamyeonsuh (original title).
  • Red Cliff II scales Korea's Lunar New Year box office


    The second part of John Woo's action epic Red Cliff topped South Korea's Lunar New Year holiday charts, with the film grossing $2.7m since its release on Jan 22.
  • CJ picks up two KAFA films debuting in the Berlinale


    Leading Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to two Berlinale Forum films - Members Of The Funeral and The Day After - both from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA)'s inaugural cycle of feature-length graduation films.
  • Katharine Kim appointed CEO ofCJ Entertainment


    Katharine Kim has been appointed CEO of leading Korean investor/distributor CJ Entertainment.
  • M-Line Distribution picks up Scandal Makers and A Frozen Flower


    Sales agent M-Line Distribution has picked up international sales rights to top Korean box office hits Scandal Makers (a.k.a. Overspeed Scandal) and A Frozen Flower.
  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird tops nominations for Asian Film Awards


    The Good, The Bad, The Weird - Kim Jee-woon's rollicking Oriental Western -has racked upeight nominations for this year's Asian Film Awards, including those for best film, director and cinematographer.
  • Asia-Pacific Box-Office Round-Up - China in the black as many see red


    China continued its box-office surge in 2008, with a 26.7% rise on the previous year. Box-office receipts in China finished at $617.1m (rmb4.2bn) according to figures from the Film Bureau under the State Administration of Radio, Film And Television (Sarft) - the sixth year in a row the territory has published a growth rate of more than 20%.
  • Naomi Kawase, Lav Diaz join Hong on Jeonju Digital Project


    The 10th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)'s three-part digital omnibus this year will feature short films from Japan's Naomi Kawase and the Philippines' Lav Diaz in addition to the previously announced short from Korea's Hong Sang-soo.
  • Korean admissions down 5.3% according toCJ CGV


    Leading South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has reported that the nation's total admissions for 2008 came to 149.18 million, down 5.3% year-on-year according to in-house tallies which are based on reported figures and estimates.
  • Korea's Lotte Cinema opens third multiplex in Vietnam


    South Korea's Lotte Cinema has today opened its third multiplex in Vietnam. The six-screen, 1,400-seat cinema is located in the Phu My Hung (a.k.a. Saigon South) area of Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Korea's Gyeonggi province retools incentive programme


    South Korea's Gyeonggi province has announced a 10% rebate incentive for film and TV drama productions shooting on location in the region, to replace its previous incentive programme.
  • KOFIC awards Filmmakers Development Lab grant to Danny Lee


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced Danny Lee as the winner of the 2008 KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab (FDL) grant of $15,000 for his feature film script Winter War.
  • Hong Sang-soo to take part in Jeonju Digital Project


    Korean auteur director Hong Sang-soo is participating in Jeonju Digital Project 2009, the trifecta omnibus produced by Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF).
  • Warner Bros to release Dark Knight on VOD before DVD in Korea


    Warner Brothers Digital Distribution in Korea will put Dark Knight out on video-on-demand (VOD) Dec 5 - two weeks before the DVD release, making it the first time a major Hollywood studio gives a blockbuster a 'pre-DVD VOD' release.
  • Showbox Mediaplexpicks up Breathless, The Pot from Pusan line-up


    Korea’s Showbox Mediaplex has picked up for international sales two independent films -Yang Ik-june’s Breathless and Kim Tae Gon’s The Pot - from the recent Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) line-up.
  • Warner Brothers content to go on KTF mobiles in Korea


    Korean mobile internet provider KTF will be offering latest Warner Brothersmovies and TV series in a specialscreening section starting tomorrow (Nov 26).
  • Koreainvests $271m in manga, animation, character-merchandising


    South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is planning to invest $271m (KW410bn) in the manga, animation and character-merchandisingindustries to develop 'one-source, multi-use (OSMU)killer content' by 2013.
  • Forever The Moment wins bestfilm at Korea's Blue Dragons


    South Korean Director Yim Soon-rye's Forever The Moment walked away with the best picture award at the 29th Blue Dragon Awards in Seoul.
  • GTH horror Coming Soon to Eastern Europe


    Thailand's GMM Tai Hub (GTH) has announced a raft of AFM sales led by horror title Coming Soon, directed by Shutter co-scriptwriter Sophon Sakdaphisit, which sold to Mido Films Brno for the Czech Republic, Bir Film for Turkey and Queen Films for Indonesia.
  • Korea's UP sells Frozen Flower to Germany and Japan


    Korea's United Pictures (UP) has sold director Yu Ha's upcoming period piece A Frozen Flower to Splendid for Germany and the Benelux, and to KNTV for Japan - for a cumulative total of $1.5m at the AFM.
  • Serenity Entertainment buys Paco for Taiwan from Showgate


    Japan's Showgate has sold the hit 3D and live action film Paco And The Magical Book to Serenity Entertainment for Taiwan. Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls, Memories Of Matsuko), the film has an all-star cast including Satoshi Tsumabuki (Dororo), Koji Yakusho (Babel), and Anna Tsuchiya (
  • Stylejam sells Fine, Totally Fine to Third Window in UK


    Japanese independent Stylejam has sold director Yosuke (Tora) Fujita's comic love triangle story Fine, Totally Fine to Third Window Film for the UK. Stylejam also sold two films starring Joe Odagiri - humorous wedding feud story Then Summer Came to Cinema Valley for Korea, and Satoshi (In The Pool) Miki's walk-across-Tokyo ...
  • CJ Entertainment sells Mother to France, Thirst to UK


    CJ Entertainment has pre-sold Bong Joon-ho's Mother to Diaphana for France and Park Chan-wook's Thirst to Palisades Tartan for UK. Diaphana previously distributed CJ's Secret Sunshine which it picked up immediately before last year's Cannes - where it took best actress for Jeon Do-yeon, opening it in France on 65 prints. Palisades Tartan is ...
  • Gold View returns to homeland with The Clone


    Japanese sales and production company Gold View has picked up the Wim Wenders executive-produced film The Clone Returns To The Homeland for international sales.When astronaut Kohei Takahara dies in the line of duty he is resurrected as a clone, but he and those around him find they face unexpected spiritual and existential consequences.Kanji Nakajima (Hako-The-Box, Fe) wrote and directed ...
  • Sahamongkol closes deals for Ong Bak 2, Chocolate


    Thailand's Sahamongkol has sold Tony Jaa's upcoming Ong Bak 2 and hit action flick Chocolate to Madman for Australia and New Zealand, CP Digital for Russia/CIS, and Mirax for Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.Star TV also picked up all rights for Chocolate in Taiwan. Magnolia Pictures' genre label Magnet picked up US rights in Toronto.
  • UK, Thailand take on Ip Man from Mandarin


    Mandarin Films has sold biopic Ip Man, about the celebrated kung-fu master of Bruce Lee, to Showbox Media Group for the UK and Rose Media & Entertainment for Thailand.Directed by Wilson Yip Wai-shun (Dragon Tiger Gate), the film stars Donnie Yen - star of recent hit Painted Skin and award-winning action choreographer. Veteran Sammo Hung, who ...
  • Fine Cut picks up sales on Break Away and Searching For The Elephant


    Seoul-based Fine Cut has picked up international sales rights to LeeSong Hee-il's Break Away and SK Jhung's Searching For The Elephant (working title) starring heartthrob Jang Hyuk (Volcano High).Break Away is LeeSong's second feature after the controversial gay drama No Regret, ...
  • Cathay sells classics library to i-Cable for Hong Kong pay-TV, internet


    Cathay Organisation has sold its Cathay Classics Films library to i-Cable Hong Kong for Hong Kong and Macau pay-TV and internet. Separately, Cathay is issuing a DVD box set with musicals starring Grace Chan aka Ge Lan, one of the foremost actresses of her era - Wild Wild Rose, Mambo Girl and June Bride - in January 2009 when the stage remake of Wild Wild Rose ...
  • Korea's Studio 2.0 sells film package to Rose Media in Thailand


    Korea's Studio 2.0 has sealed a raft of deals led by Rose Media picking up melodrama Heartbreak Library for Thailand. The film stars Lee Dong-wook, whose TV series My Girl has raised his popularity in that country. Rose also snapped up the post-Korean War boys drama Once Upon A Time In Seoul, starring two other pretty boys Song Chang-Ui and Lee Wan;
  • Magnolia takes US rights to food industry doc Food Inc


    Magnolia Pictures has picked up US rights to Participant Media's and River Road Entertainment's feature documentary Food, Inc. The film world premiered at Toronto and is due to screen at the Berlinale, with a US release scheduled for the first half of 2009. Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment negotiated the deal on behalf of Participant and River Road, with Tom Quinn on behalf of Magnolia Pictures.Producer-director ...
  • Mirovision, M to partner on Youth Is Reckless


    Korea's Mirovision is partnering with M Production to produce Youth IsReckless, by Lee Myung-se, the director of the visual extravaganza M,martial arts mystery Duelists, and crime action film Nowhere To Hide.Youth Is Reckless is based on the Book ...
  • M-Line pre-sells Kitchen to Japan's Showgate


    New Korean sales outfit M-Line has pre-sold romantic drama Kitchen to Showgate for Japan.The $1.2m film is due for a February 2009 release in Korea. Starring Ju Ji-hun, from the pan-Asian TV series Princess Hour, the film follows members of a suicide club who end up in a gruesome survival game against a faceless murderer.Showgate also previously acquired Ju-starrer
  • Shochiku sells Tadashi Mori's Panda Diary to Wild Bunch


    Japanese entertainment conglomerate Shochiku has sold documentary PandaDiary to Wild Bunch for France, Benelux, Germany and Italy.Directed by Tadashi Mori, the documentary follows the lives ofendangered pandas who have never lived in the wild forest. Shot in theChendu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China and AdventureWorld in Japan, the film also features first-time footage of a newbornpanda cuddling with its mother.
  • CJ sells Bong Joon Ho's Mother to Bitters End for Japan


    CJ Entertainment has sold The Host director Bong Joon Ho’s upcoming Mother to Bitters End for Japan.The $6m thriller is aiming for Cannes and a June 2009 release. Hot interest from Japanese buyers got the film a significant pre-sales price, according to CJ. The film stars young, popular actor Won Bin (Taegukgi) with TV veteran Kim Hye-ja who plays a mother on a desperate mission ...
  • Fortissimo announces pre-market sales on Gigantic, Food Inc


    Fortissimo Films today announced a raft of pre-market sales to major territories, including Matt Aselton's Gigantic starring Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel to BIM Distribuzione for Italy. Robert Kenner's food industry expose, Food, Inc. which saw its international premiere at Toronto, was picked up by Svensk Filmindustri for Scandinavia, United King Film Distribution for Israel, CMC Entertainment ...
  • Showbox takes on Ski Jump, library, from KM Culture


    Korea's Showbox Mediaplex has picked up KM Culture's upcoming sports action film Ski Jump (tentative title) directed by Kim Yong-hwa, who previously directed the hit 200 Pounds Beauty. Showbox has also made a deal to handle all KM Culture's upcoming and library titles for international sales, which include 200 Pounds Beauty and
  • AFM buzz - South Korea


    The South Korean investment/production bubble has popped and the local industry is suffering from the after-effects of an injection of too much blind and eager money into the sector. But the few new films that have managed to struggle through are worth checking out.
  • KOFIC unveils Korean film industry rescue package


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced a plan to revitalise the ailing local film industry, starting with the creation of film funds worth a combined $55.5m - including a $3.4m fund for international co-productions and another of the same amount for 'diversity films' (ie arthouse films).
  • TIFFCOM wraps successful edition despite competition


    Tokyo's TIFFCOM (Oct 22-24) wrapped Friday night with delegates agreeing the market was good for meetings involving Japanese counterparts, and was getting bigger and better.
  • Canada's Evokative picks up Korean drama Crying Fist


    Evokative Films has picked up Canadian rights to Ryoo Seung-wan's boxer drama Crying Fist, following negotiations at the recent Asian Film Market in Pusan.
  • TIFFCOM: Asia strives for regional, multi-platform content


    Asian territories need to work together to create content that can work across national borders and different distribution platforms, said delegates at a TIFFCOM seminar organised by UniJapan and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC).
  • Taiwan's Cape No. 7 scoops Golden Orchid in Hawaii


    The 28th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has awarded its Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for best narrative feature to Taiwanese comedy Cape No. 7, directed by Wei Te-Sheng.
  • Korea's Fine Cut sells ET, Beastie Boys to Japan


    South Korea's Fine Cut has closed a slew of deals in the aftermath of Pusan's Asian Film Market, led by recently-released comedy Our School's E.T., directed by K.C. Park (She's On Duty), which sold to Fine Films for Japan.
  • Scarecrows, Naked Of Defenses pick up Pusan awards


    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) wraps tonight (Oct 10) with the top New Currents Award going ex aequo to Roh Gyeong-tae's Land Of Scarecrows and Masahide Ichii's Naked Of Defenses.
  • Festival talk - Tokyo at the cutting edge


    Which festivals do you particularly rate and enjoy'
  • Tiffcom - Autumn window for Japanese productions


    Although it falls in a crowded autumn calendar between Toronto, Pusan, Mipcom and AFM, Tiffcom is still a good place to source increasingly strong Japanese content such as manga and animations, as well as films for remakes, TV dramas and music properties.
  • KOFIC chairman declares Korean film industry in crisis


    At the Korean Film Industry: Status And Vision conference over the weekend in Pusan, Korean Film Council (KOFIC) chairman Kang Han-sup took fire as he proclaimed the local industry in a 'great depression' while refusing to speak upon any detailed plans for overcoming the crisis.
  • Mirovision sells remake rights to Driving With My Wife's Lover


    South Korea's Mirovision has announced the sale of US remake rights for Kim Tai-sik's Driving With My Wife's Lover to Circle of Confusion at Pusan's Asian Film Market.
  • Zhang Ziyi to star in China-Korea co-production


    Zhang Ziyi is set to star in a big-budget romantic comedy, Sophie's Revenge, which is being made as a China-South Korea co-production. The Chinese-language film will be shot entirely in China with a local director.
  • CJ scores further sales on The Good, The Bad, The Weird


    CJ Entertainment has announced a raft of sales from the Asian Film Market in Pusan.
  • Pusan opens with fanfare but mourns death of local star


    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) opened tonight (Oct 2) at the Outdoor Theatre of the Haeundae Yachting Center with fireworks and fanfare, a star-studded red carpet, opening film Gift To Stalin and an announcement of a death and an absence.
  • Asian Film Finance: Asia opens up


    How can international projects access the region's slowly increasingnumbers of subsidies and incentives' JEAN NOH explores the key entrypointsFilm industries in Asia are comparatively young and less developed than their Western counterparts, where government subsidies and tax incentives are available more readily.Therefore the major reasons for shooting in Asia have usually had more to do with tapping into growth markets ...
  • Asia Film Finance: Korea opportunities


    Now the local bubble has burst, Korean funds are starting to invest in foreign films. JEAN NOH reportsInthe late 1990s, South Korea's government came to the realisation thatit takes a comparatively vast number of Hyundai car exports to equalthe profits of a single Hollywood hit. Economic motivation to createemployment, coupled with a cultural policy to develop national cinema,spurred the government to create several film funds ...
  • Asian Film Finance: Korea opportunities


    Now the local bubble has burst, Korean funds are starting to invest in foreign films. JEAN NOH reportsIn the late 1990s, South Korea's government came to the realisation that it takes a comparatively vast number of Hyundai car exports to equal the profits of a single Hollywood hit. Economic motivation to create employment, coupled with a cultural policy to develop national cinema, spurred the government to create several film funds ...
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    How can international projects access the region's slowly increasingnumbers of subsidies and incentives' JEAN NOH explores the key entrypointsFilmindustries in Asia are comparatively young and less developed thantheir Western counterparts, where government subsidies and taxincentives are available more readily.Therefore the major reasons for shooting in Asia have usually had more to do with tapping into growth ...
  • Madman takes Oz rights to The Good, The Bad, The Weird


    Leading Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has announced the sale of the international version of Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad, The Weird to Madman for Australia.
  • Eleven Arts indulges in Daytime Drinking


    Ahead of the upcoming Asian Film Market, South Korea's Fine Cut has announced deals for Toronto Discovery section film Daytime Drinking, which sold to Eleven Arts for North America, and horror film Hansel And Gretel, which went to Terracota Media for the UK and MFA+ Distribution for Germany and Austria.
  • South Korea, New Zealand sign co-production treaty


    South Korea and New Zealand have signed a co-production treaty that will allow films from both countries to enjoy the same benefits for financing, incentives and support programmes.
  • Korea's Gwangju Citygets promotionboost from October,Metafive


    Hong Kong-based October Pictures and Korean visual effects company Metafive Art, Science And Magic have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOU) with South Korea's Gwangju Metropolitan City to promote Gwangju as an Asian hub for international CGI projects.
  • Pusan tips Korean producers' projects, co-production conference


    Pusan's Asian Film Market has announced five projects for its Korean Producers In Focus (KPIF) and events for the Busan 2008 International Co-production Conference, in partnership with the Producers Guild of Korea (PGK).
  • Interview: Pusan festival director Kim Dong-ho


    Which festivals do you enjoy'
  • Profile: Pusan Promotion Plan


    The Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) co-production market has long been one of the main draws at Pusan. This year it is showcasing 30 projects from 17 countries (the Co-production PRO, launched last year, has been absorbed into PPP).
  • Pusan Special: Asia's Sundance'


    Is Pusan becoming the Sundance Film Festival of Asia' South Korea's leading film event certainly takes pride in showcasing independent discoveries from the region.The Hong Kong International Film Festival and Filmart in April have the Chinese-language market covered, and next month's Tokyo International Film Festival and Tiffcom, although growing in clout, are firmly rooted in the local Japanese market.
  • Pusan's Asian Film Market to host Asian Film Funds Forum


    The Pusan International Film Festival's 3rd Asian Film Market will be holding a three-day film financing event, the Asian Film Funds Forum (Oct 3-5), which is being co-hosted by Screen International.
  • Son quits Show East to launch M-Line Distribution


    South Korean film company Show East's head of international business Michelle Son has left to launch a new sales outfit, M-Line Distribution.
  • Fine Cut's Hansel And Gretel heads to Canada


    Canadian genre film distributor Evokative Films has picked up local rights for Korean horror film Hansel And Gretel from Fine Cut.
  • Kazakhstan's Gift To Stalin to open Pusan film festival


    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will be presenting a record 315 films this year from 60 countries, with a total of 85 world and 48 international premieres.
  • Karina to head Pusan's New Currents Award jury


    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced its juries for the New Currents Award and Wide Angle awards.
  • BIFCOM's Film Policy Plus to discuss Asian incentives


    The Busan Film Commission (BFC) has announced the inaugural Film Policy Plus (FPP), an Asia Pacific film policy forum for high-level policymakers and industry professionals to be held Oct 4-5 during the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and concurrent Asian Film Market's BIFCOM.
  • Fine Cut picks up Lee Chang-dong's Poetry


    South Korea's Fine Cut has picked up worldwide sales rights for Lee Chang-dong's upcoming film, tentatively titled Poetry.
  • Survival Song takes Red Chameleon award at CinDi fest


    The 2nd Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi) closed with a screening of Yu Guangyi's Survival Song, which won the International Directors Jury's Red Chameleon award yesterday (Aug 26).
  • PIFF names Gulnara Sarsenova as Asian Filmmaker of the Year


    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced that Gulnara Sarsenova from Kazakhstan will be the recipient of its Asian Filmmaker of the Year award.
  • Chung exits Taewon to launch non-listed production outfit


    Korean producer Chung Tae-Won has sold his shares in KOSDAQ-listed production company, Taewon Entertainment, and is launching a new production outfit, Taewon Productions.
  • Pusan Promotion Plan reveals line-up of 30 projects


    The 11th Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) has announcedthe official line-up for this year's projects market - 30 projects from 17 countries selected from 200 submissions. The line-up includes work from China's Zhang Yuan, Japan's Sabu and Chinese-Korean filmmaker Zhang Lu.
  • Showbox pre-sells Rough Cut to Japan's Pony Canyon


    Korean sales agent Showbox has pre-sold action film Rough Cut to Pony Canyon for Japan.
  • Pusan's Asian Cinema Fund awards funding to 27 projects


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) Committee has announced the 27 films selected to receive backing from the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) this year.
  • Gyeonggito supportUS-Korea ventures with $100m fund


    South Korea's Gyeonggi province has launched an entertainment initiative to promote co-ventures with Hollywood, which includes a $100m fund for films, animation and games projects with global appeal.
  • KOFIC submits Crossing as Korea's Oscar entry


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced North Korean refugee drama Crossing as its entry to the 81st Academy Awards best foreign-language film nominations.
  • KOFIC awards p&a cash to Dutch, Hong Kong distributors


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced that its second P&A Fund for Korean Films Abroad will be awarded to Stichting Nederlands Filmmuseum and Hong Kong's Golden Scene to distribute five films in total, including Secret Sunshine and The Chaser.
  • Hong Sang-soo starts shooting low-budget HD film


    Korean auteur director Hong Sang-soo has commenced shooting his ninth film, which is a high-definition (HD) project with a budget of less than $100,000, according to his production house Jeonwonsa.
  • KTH launches legal download service Fine Movie


    South Korean internet portal, gaming service and contents provider KTH has announced deals with several major webhard and P2P sites to launch a legal download service called Fine Movie (FM).
  • Korea's constitutional court rules against restricted rating


    South Korea's Constitutional Court has ruled against the Korea Media Rating Board's 'Restricted' classification, effectively compelling the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to create a revised law proposal for the legislative body.
  • Korean government to introduce completion bond scheme


    The South Korean government has announced plans for an inaugural completion bond system in order to back the development of local cultural content.
  • SK Telecom, Hanaro invest in new production fund


    South Korean mobile telecommunications operator SK Telecom, and its recently acquired subsidiary Hanaro Telecom, are investing $10m in the Benex Culture Contents Investment Fund.
  • Seoul's CinDi fest increases prize money, unveils line-up


    The 2nd Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi 2008) has announced its full line-up which will include competition films from last year's top award-winners Yu Guangyi and Woo Ming Jin - each bringing their second and third films Survival Song and Days Of The Turquoise Sky, respectively.
  • Chaser takes top awards at Korea's PiFan fest


    The 11th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) awarded Na Hong-jin's serial murderer thriller The Chaser with its top Best of Puchon prize and the European Federation of Fantastic Films (EFFF) Asian Award. The film also took best actress for Seo Young-hee.
  • Korean film exportsup by37% in first half of 2008


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) hasreported local box office and export figures for the first half of the year, which show that film exports bounced up by 37% to $10.2m, after steep declines since 2005.
  • PiFan's genre projects market has successful first edition


    The Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF)'s inaugural projects marketwrapped today (July 23), with participants agreeing that it had been an 'energy cluster' of an event.
  • The Good, The Bad sprints past two million admissions


    Leading Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has announced that Kim Jee-woon's Oriental Western The Good, The Bad, The Weird has had a smash opening with 2,186,000 admissions on 821 screens as of this morning (July 21).
  • North Korean refugee drama crosses into Japan


    South Korean distributor/investor Big House Vantage Holdings has announced the sale of North Korean refugee film Crossing to Cinequanon for Japan.
  • Korea's Jecheon fest launches competition, support programme


    South Korea 's 4th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) has announced the line-up for its inaugural competition section and a new pre-production support programme for music films.
  • IFC Films picks up US rights toThe Good, The Bad, The Weird


    Major Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has sold Kim Jee-woon's self-described 'Oriental Western' The Good, The Bad, The Weird to IFC Films for the US.
  • Korean film market share slides to 38% in first half


    Leading South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has reported first half statistics that bring local film market share to 37.6% - the lowest since 28.4% in 2000 and down 9.7% from last year.
  • Chaser sprints off with top awards at Korea's Grand Bells


    Na Hong-jin's The Chaser scooped up six prizes at Korea's 45th Grand Bell Awards on Friday night (June 27), including three major awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Kim Yoon-suk's performance
  • Korea's Chungeorahm announces Chinese sequel to The Host


    Korea's Chungeorahm Film, producer of Bong Joon-ho's The Host, has announced it will be co-producing a China-based sequel to the mutanthit with Chinese director Ning Hao's newly-established Stoneman Films.
  • NAFFgenre projects marketannounces full line-up andagenda


    The 12th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)'s newNetwork of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced its full line-up and agenda,to run July 19-23, concurrent to the festival.
  • PiFan to open with Waltz With Bashir


    The 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced its line-up and projects market agenda, with the festival to open with animated Cannes competition title Waltz With Bashir making its Asian premiere on July 18.
  • Five Korean webhards prosecuted for copyright infringement


    Five heads of Korean webhard (online storage) sites were arrested yesterday (June 17) by the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office for alleged copyright infringement.
  • Ji appointed as head of Korea Media Ratings Board


    The Korea Media Ratings Board has named Ji Myung-hyok as its new chairman for the next three years.
  • Korea, China, Japan producers call for integrated Asian market


    Held by Joongang Culture Media and Yonsei University's business school, the inaugural Asian Film Producer Forum took place yesterday (June 5) with leading producers Iseki Satoru (Assassin, The Battle Of Wits), Yu Dong, head of China's most prolific independent player Polybona Films, Peter Chan (The Warlords), Tcha Seung-jae, co-CEO of Sidus FNH, and Lee Jooick (The Battle Of Wits).
  • Sulwades into big-budget tsunamiproject Haeundae


    Top Korean actor Sul Kyoung-gu (Silmido) is set to star in the big-budget tsunami film Haeundae, directed by Yun Je-kyun (Miracle On 1st Street, My Boss, My Hero).
  • KOFICDevelopment Lab announces mentors and fellows


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC)'s Filmmakers' Development Lab (FDL) has confirmed its mentors, including Warner Brothers executive Lauren Craniotes, and five fellows who will be developing their English-language projects for presentation at the IFP's Independent Film Week in New York and the Asian Film Market in Pusan.
  • Asia Culture Technology Investment launches $15m content fund


    Korean venture capital firm Asia Culture Technology Investment (ACTI) has completed a $15m fund for films, TV drama series, performing arts, animation, and games.
  • CJ Entertainment wraps further Good Cannes deals


    South Korea's CJ Entertainment has announced a raft of further deals from a busyCannes, led by the UK deal for Kim Jee-woon's 'Oriental Western' The Good, The Bad, The Weird to Icon Film Distribution.
  • Hato set sail on Korea-Japan co-production Boat


    South Korea's Kraze Pictures has announced a co-production Boat with Japan's IMJ Entertainment to star Ha Jung-woo from recent Cannes thriller The Chaser and Satoshi Tsumabuki from arthouse favorite Josee, The Tiger And The Fish.
  • Kang to head KOFIC


    South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has appointed Kang Han-sup as the new chairman of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
  • CM Entertainment takes Darabont thriller and rom-com


    South Korean buyer CM Entertainment has snapped up two films from LA-based production and sales company The Film Department - serial killer thriller Law Abiding Citizen and rom-com The Rebound.'A lot of buyers from our territory were interested. Thrillers are the trend in Korea these days, and we snapped up Law Abiding Citizen on that basis, as well as on ...
  • CJ Entertainment sells The Good, The Bad, And The Weird


    Korean sales agent CJ Entertainment has reported sales on its Out of Competition film The Good, The Bad, And The Weird, directed by Kim Jee-woon. The film had its first screening yesterday in the market and sold to Splendid for Germany and Benelux. Deals to other Asian territories and the UK are pending.
  • Toei tastes success with Flavour Of Happiness


    Japanese seller Toei has closed a slate of deals including Flavour Of Happiness to Zootrope Films for France and Emphasis for Hong Kong. The film stars Tatsuya Fuji (Bright Future) as an aging Chinese chef and Miki Nakatani (Memories of Matsuko) as the office lady who frequents his small restaurant and eventually becomes his apprentice. ...
  • Fine Cut/Cineclick does roaring sales on Leonera


    Fine Cut / Cineclick has closed a slew of deals starting with Competition film Leonera, (Lion's Den), to Halcyon for the UK, MFA+ for Germany, Alta Classics for Spain, Ad ZVitam for France, A-Film for Benelux, and AMA for Greece. Fine Cut is currently in discussions with buyers from Italy, Taiwan, and US companies. Midnight Screening thriller The Chaser has also sold to MFA+ for Germany, ...
  • Typhoon whips up pre-sales


    Japan's Nippon Television Network Corp. (NTV) has done a raft of pre-sales on Takashi Kaneshiro starrer K-20 and typhoon disaster film 252. K-20 sold to Tiberius for Germany, Festive Film for Singapore, and M Pictures for Thailand. Based on the original story by Kitamura Soh, K-20 featured Kaneshiro as a legendary phantom thief with 20 faces. Matsu Takako and Nakamura Toru also star.The film is being directed ...
  • Buyers wake up to Kim Ki-duk's Dream


    Showbox has clinched a slew of deals headed up by Kim Ki-duk's Dream, selling to Film Sans Frontiers for France, California Filmes for Brazil, Spentzos for Greece, CP Digital for Russia, Golden Scene for Hong Kong, and Lietuvos Kinas for the Baltics.
  • CJ purrs with deals on Gu Gu, The Cat


    Korean sales company CJ Entertainment has closed a flurry of deals led by its most recent international pick-up, Japanese drama Gu Gu, The Cat, directed by Inudou Isshin (La Maison De Himiko) and starring Koizumi Kyoko (Bayside Shakedown) and Ueno Juri (Josee, The Tiger, And The Fish).
  • Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival launches market


    Korea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) is launching a projects market specifically for genre films during its upcoming 12th edition (July 18 - 27).Dubbed the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), Pifan's market is modeled on Rotterdam's Cinemart and Pusan's PPP and will run July 19 - 23.NAFF will comprise four parts: the It Project - a program for films in all stages of production to match up with co-producers and financiers. It will run ...
  • Showbox Mediaplex takes cut of $1.5m Jang Hun action film


    Korean sales company Showbox Mediaplex has picked up action film Rough Cut (working title) to be directed by latest Kim Ki-duk protege Jang Hun.
  • Lotte Cinema enters Vietnamese exhibition market


    South Korea's Lotte Cinema, affiliate of major local distributor Lotte Entertainment, has announced that it has become the first major Korean multiplex owner to buy into the Vietnamese exhibition market.
  • Argentinian film steals top prize at Jeonju


    Matias Pineiro's Argentine film The Stolen Man picked up the $10,000 top Woosuk Award at Korea's 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF).
  • South Korea - Korea starts to act global


    Even in the absence of a film the size of Oldboy or The Host, Korean sellers are discovering they are hardly back to square one.
  • South Korea - Weeping all the way to the bank


    An impressive 411 non-Korean films received certification from South Korea's Media Ratings Board for local release in 2007, compared with only 293 in 2006. But while some might see this as the flood gates opening to imports, local distributors believe it is just a temporary measure to fill space at the cinemas.
  • Chungmuro fest partners with Cannes Directors' Fortnight


    Korea's 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival In Seoul (CHIFFS) has announced an inaugural competition section angled at 'classics of the future', as well as a special retrospective partnered with Cannes ' Directors Fortnight celebrating 40 years of the sidebar's films.
  • SPTI signs day-and-date VoD deal with KT Corp


    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has signed a day-and-date video-on-demand (VoD) licensing deal with South Korea's KT Corporation (KT). Films covered by the deal willbe shownon KT's internet protocol TV (IPTV) service MegaTV on the same day as local home video/DVD release.
  • Korean admissions drop by 10% in first quarter


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced first quarter figures that show an estimated 10% drop in admissions year-on-year. South Korea saw 35.58 million admissions to the tune of $233.13m (KW231.2bn) from Jan 1- March 31, 2008.
  • Mediaplex to shut down Motion 101 production arm


    Major Korean entertainment company Mediaplex is set to close down its upstart production arm Motion 101, giving rise to speculation regarding its parent company Orion Group's future intentions for the film business.
  • Hanhwa launches second fund as Korean IPTV market hots up


    Hanhwa's second Daisy Cultural Content Investment Fund, specialising in content such as films, animation and performances, will invest $10.2m (KW10bn) over five years.
  • Korea Telecom, Softbank launch $41m content fund


    Korea Telecom (KT) and Japanese IT investment company Softbank have announced a $41m (KW40bn) content fund called the KT Global New Media Investment Fund.
  • Jeonju to kick off ninth edition with Kunitoshi's The Kiss


    Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival announced the line-up for its ninth edition, to open with the international premiere of The Kiss, by Manda Kunitoshi (The Tunnel, Unloved) from Japan.The fest will close with the world premiere of the omnibus If You Were Me 4, produced by the National Human Rights Commission with directors Lee Hyeon-seung (Il Mare), ...
  • Ten Korean cultural orgs launch federation


    Led by the Korean Film Producers' Association (KFPA), ten cultural content-related organisations gathered to launch the Korea Federation of Culture Industries in Seoul today, for the strategic development of their industries.
  • Studio 2.0 seals deals on Epitaph, Highway Star


    Korean sales agent Studio 2.0 has announced a slew of deals from Filmart led by Hong Kong 's Celestial Movies Channel picking up four titles including recent horror hit Epitaph and romantic comedy Highway Star.
  • Jeonju fest launches work in progress section


    Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is launching a one-day showcase called 'Work In Progress' for independent films currently in production.
  • De Niro, Garcia and Choi on Hyun Jin's street


    Korean production company Hyun Jin Cinema has announced a $40m Japan-Korea-US co-production, Street of Dreams, about legendary Asian-American gangster Montana Joe to star Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia, and Choi Min-soo.
  • Japan off blocks with Run! Run! Run!


    J-Pitch and UniJapan have represented five Japanese projectssupported by HAF, led by Run! Run! Run!, a Gaga Communications film to be directed by Hanawa Yukinari and produced by Hiromi Honoki.
  • Korea 's Activers sells Dream and Diary


    South Korean sales agent Activers has sold two Japanese films - You Are My Dream and 26 Years Diary to Ram Indo for Singapore and Malaysia.
  • NTV seeks pre-sales on manga story


    Nippon Television Network (NTV) is pre-selling Twentieth Century Boys, a three-part film based on Naoki Urasawa's popular manga, at Hong Kong's Filmart.The story concerns Kenji and his friends who have to combat the mysterious realisation of a 'world destruction plan' they had playfully made up as children.Buyers flew in to Filmart to check out an exclusive screening of clips today from the first episode which is due out August 31st.
  • Theron plots return of Lady Vengeance


    Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron is to produce and star in a remake of Korean director Park Chan-wook's hit thriller Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.
  • Activers brings Korean classics to market


    South Korean sales agent Activers Entertainment is debuting a classics library of Korean films at Filmart.
  • UniKorea picks up Majidi's Sparrows from Fortissimo


    Fortissimo Film Sales has sold Majid Majidi's Iranian film The Song Of Sparrows (Avaze Gonjeshk-ha) to UniKorea.Fortissimo's senior vice president of sales & acquisitions Winnie Lau brokered the deal with Unikorea acquisitions exec Yura Kwon.Fortissimo picked up worldwide rights to the film directly after this year's Berlinale where it won the Silver Bear for Best Actor for Reza Najie.
  • Oldboy star Yoo says Hello to rom-com


    Oldboy villain Yoo Ji-tae is to star in M&FC's tentatively titled Hello, Schoolgirl, a romantic comedy based on a hugely popular South Korean manga by Kang Full.
  • Terminator finds Korean future with Mars


    South Korea's Mars Entertainment has made a number of acquisitions including a deal for The Halcyon Company's Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.
  • Guard posts pre-sales to UK and Thailand


    South Korea's Showbox Mediaplex has pre-sold mystery thriller The Guard Post to the UK's Showbox and J-Bics for Thailand.
  • Lotte's Show goes on to Germany


    South Korea's Lotte Entertainment has sold gangster drama The Show Must Go On to Splendid Film for Germany.
  • Han Yan film first on Fantasy slate


    Beijing-based Fantasy Pictures Entertainment has moved into production business with a mission to develop young generation film-makers.
  • Head of KOFIC An Cheong-sook resigns


    Chairperson of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) An Cheong-sook has tendered her resignation to newly appointed minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism Yu In-Chon, citing personal reasons.
  • Fine Cut seals The Chaser remake deal with Warner Bros


    Korea's Fine Cut has announced the $1m sale of remake rights for Na Hong-jin's thriller The Chaser to Warner Brothers.
  • Fine Cut seals slew of deals for The Chaser, Hansel And Gretel


    Seoul-based sales agent Suh Young-joo's newly launched Fine Cut has announced a raft of deals from the European Film Market (EFM).
  • Buyers gobble up Showeast's Le Grand Chef


    South Korean sales company Showeast has announced a raft of deals on Le Grand Chef post-EFM.
  • Rain to return to Berlin for Wachowski Brothers


    Pan-Asian mega star Rain (aka Jung Ji-hoon) is set to star in the Wachowski Brothers' next film Ninja Assassin which is set to shoot in Berlin this year. Joel Silver is attached as producer on the Warner Brothers film.
  • Seven Days director Won to tackle Robot Taekwon V


    Fresh off the success of kidnap thriller Seven Days - to which Summit Entertainment recently acquired remake rights - Korean director Won Shin-yeon is gearing up to work on a live-action version of iconic Korean animation Robot Taekwon V.
  • Seven Days director Won to tackle Robot Taekwon V


    Fresh off the success of kidnap thriller Seven Days - to which Summit Entertainment recently acquired remake rights - Korean director Won Shin-yeon is gearing up to work on a live-action version of iconic Korean animation Robot Taekwon V.
  • Korea's Sponge enters sales with Beautiful, Chungking


    Major South Korean arthouse distributor Sponge Entertainment is launching international sales at the European Film Market (EFM) with Panorama title Beautiful - directed by Kim Ki-duk protege Juhn Jaihong - and Cannes and Berlin director Zhang Lu's upcoming Chungking.
  • Pusanfestival co-directors to oversee Asian Film Market


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced that festival co-directors Kim Dong-ho and Lee Yong-kwan will now head up the Asian Film Market.
  • Golden Network signs seven-picture deal with Sidus FNH


    Hong Kong-based sales agent Golden Network Asia has signed a deal with major South Korean production house and start-up local distributor Sidus FNH for worldwide rights excluding Korea to seven pictures.
  • Korea's Showbox sells M, Happiness to Japan


    South Korean distributor Showbox Mediaplex has announced the sales of director Hur Jin-ho's Happiness and Lee Myung-se's M to Avex for Japan.
  • Jeonju unveils African trio for digital shorts project


    South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced three African directors - Idrissa Ouedraogo, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Nacer Khemir - for its Jeonju Digital Project 2008, the festival's trademark shorts troika showcase.
  • Korean admissions up by 3.5% according to KOFIC


    Korean admissions increased by 3.5% to 158.8 million in 2007, according toa year-end report by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), contradicting earlier figures released by exhibitor CJ CGV which estimated a 5.5% dip in admissions.
  • Showbox picks up world rights to Kim's Dream


    Seoul-based distributor/investor Showbox Mediaplex has picked up worldwide sales rights excluding Japan for celebrated Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s upcoming film Dream.
  • Korea Fair Trade Commission clamps down on local majors


    The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) today announced it is clamping down on major multiplexes and distribution companies that are using their industry positions to end film releases early, and for altering profit-sharing rates.
  • In focus - Korea on the World Stage


    As much as the Korean film industry is dependent on theatrical profits, for several years it has also anticipated making money back on films from sales abroad - literally sending everything it produces to be sold internationally.
  • South Korea - The profitability factor


    South Korea is no stranger to talk of a crisis in the film industry, even in the midst of years of swollen admissions, record-breaking local hits and rising exports.
  • The home run


    As communist Vietnam opens up to foreign and diaspora film-makers, the state-driven local film industry is looking to benefit from exposure to foreign film crews and investment. Yet ghosts remain and US directors are often refused entry on arrival. Not so The Rebel director Charlie Nguyen, who grew up in California after his family emigrated from Vietnam following the fall of Saigon in 1975.
  • Bae TV series set for Korean theatrical release


    Korea's most expensive television series, Taewangsashin-gi, aka The Four Guardian Gods Of The King, featuring Korean Wave mega-star Bae Yong-joon, is due to hit local theatres in May.
  • Korean admissions down for first time inadecade


    Leading South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has announced its year-end statistics for 2007, with nationwide admissions taking a dip for the first time in 11 years. Total admissions numbered 157,525,412, down 5.5% since 2006, but still the second highest on record.
  • Kim to replace Shin as CJ international chief


    Leading Korean investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has announced that head of International Business, David Shin, has stepped down.
  • KOFIC and KEIC move toward new film insurance plan


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and the Korea Export Insurance Corporation (KEIC) today signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) towards the creation of a Cultural Export Insurance specifically for films.
  • Korea's Doosabu pacts with Polygon Entertainment


    Korea's Doosabu Film has announced a deal for two effects-laden films with US-based Polygon Entertainment, headed by former ILM computer graphics supervisor Hans Uhlig.
  • Fox, Vertigo line up untitled thriller to shoot in Seoul


    Producers Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment and Bill Choi and Peter Kiernan of Management 360 are in Seoul scouting locations for an as-yet-untitled LA-cop-goes-to-Seoul project.
  • The Show Must Go On takes best film award at Korea's Blue Dragons


    Han Jae-rim's gangster drama The Show Must Go On nabbed Best Film and Best Leading Actor for Song Kang-ho at Korea's Blue Dragon Awards in Seoul on Friday.Hur Jin-ho picked up the Best Director award for his melodrama Happiness which portrays a love story between two terminally ill patients, starring Lim Soo-jun and Hwang Jung-min.Jeon Do-yeon took Best Actress for her performance ...
  • Park Kwang-su to step down as head of Asian Film Market


    Asian Film Market head Park Kwang-su is to step down from his position before the next edition.
  • Korea's CJ CGV, Lotte join forces for d-cinema


    Leading Korean exhibitors CJ CGV and Lotte Cinema are setting up a 50:50 joint venture called D-cinema Korea to increase the use of digital projection in theatres.
  • Jang to direct Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow


    Veteran Korean filmmaker Jang Hyun-soo is attached to direct the Korean remake of John Woo's classic 1980s Hong Kong action film A Better Tomorrow.
  • Showbox snaps up Konchalovsky's Nutcracker


    Major Korean distributor Showbox Mediaplex has bought Andrei Konchalovsky's Nutcracker: The True Story from Odyssey Entertainment.
  • Home Song Stories wins top prize at Hawaii fest


    The 27th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented its awards today with the Golden Orchid for best narrative feature going to Tony Ayres' The Home Song Stories.
  • Crossing joins Cineclick Asia's multinational slate


    Seoul-based sales agent Cineclick Asia has picked up Crossing, a film from Volcano High director Kim Tae-kyun, for its multinational AFM slate.
  • Hawaii film fest opens with Flight Of The Red Balloon


    The 27th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) kicked off its 11-day programme with Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Flight Of The Red Balloon on Oct 18.
  • PUSAN: New Currents Awards presented to three films


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF)gave awards tothree films in its New Currents section of up-and-coming Asian directors, which is the only competitive section of the festival.
  • PUSAN: Cineclick sells package to Middle East


    Seoul-based sales agent Cineclick Asia has announced a flurry of sales to three territories - the Middle East, Japan and Hungary - at the Asian Film Market, headlined by Kim Ki-duk's Breath, which looks set to be the first Korean film theatrically released in the Arab regions.
  • PUSAN: CJ strikes four-film deal with Splendid


    In the midst of a subdued Asian Film Market, Seoul-based distributor CJ Entertainment has clinched a four-film deal with Splendid Film for German-speaking territories and the Benelux.
  • PUSAN: b.o.m. to handle sales on Hong's Night And Day


    Renowned Korean arthouse director Hong Sang-soo (Woman Is the Future Of Man) wrapped production on his eighth film Night And Day last week (Oct 2), with major Korean production company b.o.m. Film Productions repping the film internationally.
  • PUSAN: Casting directors discuss cultural differences


    International casting directors, including Tokyo-based Yoko Narahashi and Susan Shopmaker from the US, talked about the differences in casting practices between their respective territories in a seminar at Pusan on Monday.
  • PUSAN: iHQ unveils Korea-Taiwan co-production Island


    Seoul-based sales agent iHQ has announced an English-language Korea-Taiwan co-production, Island, to be directed by Taiwan's Leste Chen (The Heirloom).
  • PUSAN: Motion 101 makes first strike with The Fist


    Showbox Mediaplex affiliate Motion 101 has announced its first production will be The Fist (working title) by Park Kwang-hyun, the director of 2005 hit Welcome To Dongmakgol.
  • PUSAN: Irving, Baek to star in Fire Circle's Hanji Box


    US actress Amy Irving is to star in the first US-Korea co-production to shoot in Seoul with funding and support from the Seoul Film Commission (SFC).
  • PUSAN: Asia Pacific Actors Network launches at PIFF


    The Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN) saw its launch today (Oct 5) at the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).
  • PUSAN: Busan City breaks ground on $35m post facility


    Marking the second day of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Busan Metropolitan City has broken ground for the Busan Post-Production Facility - to be built in the Centum City complex in Haeundae.
  • PUSAN: PIFF hasrain-soaked but star-studded opening


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) kicked off its 12th edition last night with a rain-soaked but star-studded audience and Feng Xiaogang's Assembly as opening film.
  • Cannes winner Jeon to star in low-budget Muttjin Haru


    Amid a flurry of offers after her Cannes Best Actress Award win for her performance in Secret Sunshine, top Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon has opted to star in Lee Yoon-ki's upcoming low-budget drama Muttjin Haru (which roughly translates to A Fine Day.)
  • Showbox, CM Entertainment team for Blueberry Nights


    Major Korean distributor Showbox Mediaplex has acquired Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights for South Korea, in tandem with CM Entertainment, formerly known as Inmoa Entertainment.
  • Jun returns to Korean film with Chung's Superman


    Pan-Asian Korean star Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), formerly known as Jun Ji-hyun, is making her local comeback in the upcoming film from Chung Yoon-chul, director of the hit Marathon.
  • CJ, China Film to co-produce Cheung's Tangka


    Leading Korean investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China 's largest film company, China Film Group, to co-produce Tibet-set drama Tangka.


    The Pusan International Film Festival (Piff), Asia's most dynamic cinema showcase, is growing up fast. Celebrating its 12th edition this year, it is expanding broadly with new events and initiatives, while also increasing the premieres in its main sections. A record 92 films (out of 275 films from 64 countries) in this year's line-up are world or international premieres.




    JEAN NOH, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL: You are one of PIFF's founding members. How did it all start'


    One of the most beloved and colourful figures in the South Korean industry, Kim Dong-ho can take some of the credit for putting Korean cinema on the international map.
  • Bong Joon-ho leads campaign against online piracy


    Led by The Host director Bong Joon-ho and the Korean Directors' Network, 13 film-related organisations yesterday in Seoul declared the launch of a campaign against illegal film downloads.
  • Asian Film Market unveils Star Summit Asia line-up


    As part of the Pusan International Film Festival's Asian Film Market, Star Summit Asia has selected 14 actors to participate in the second year of the talent showcase (Oct 8 -11).
  • Korea selectsSecret Sunshine as foreign-language Oscar entry


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has chosen Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine as South Korea 's submission to the Academy Awards' best foreign-language film category.
  • Asian Film Market launches mainstream financing event


    The Asian Film Market has announced participants and events for its upcoming sophomore edition - including the launch of Co-production PRO, a new international financing event.
  • Sony acquires US ancillary rights to D-War


    Shim Hyung-rae, director and producer of Korean fantasy actioner D-War, has announced a deal with Sony Pictures for US video, DVD and TV rights to the film.
  • Pusan boasts premiere-packed programme


    The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (Oct 4-12) has announced a 275 film line-up from 64 countries - with 193 world, international or Asian premieres.
  • Pusan to open with Assembly, close with Evangelion


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced that the world premiere of mainland Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's Assembly will open this year's edition. The closing film will be Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, directed by Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki.
  • Mehruji to head Pusan's New Currents jury


    The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced the jury for its New Currents award, which will be headed by Iranian cineaste Darjush Mehruji (The Cow).
  • Cineclick Asia picks up Pang Ho-cheung's Exodus


    Korea-based sales agent Cineclick Asia is repping Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung's new thriller Exodus - recently announced in the Toronto and San Sebastian film festival line-ups.
  • China - Felling tales in the digital age


    In the winter of 2004, Yu Guangyi entered the snowy forests of Black Bear Valley to record the lives of some of China's last lumberjacks. He spent four months, shooting with a single Sony PD150, a documentary that captures the dangerous and arduous nature of their work as well as their traditions and camaraderie.
  • Bong Joon-ho begins shoot on his part of Tokyo omnibus


    The Host director Bong Joon-ho this week started shooting Shaking Tokyo, starring Japanese actress Aoi Yu as his segment of the multinational Tokyo omnibus.
  • Korea's nTorino scores $2m pre-sale to Japan


    Korean investor nTorino Corp has announced the $2m pre-sale of the film Sookmyung (original title) to Japan's Formula Entertainment.
  • Yang named as PIFF Asian Filmmaker of the Year


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has named the recently deceased Taiwanese director Edward Yang as Asian Filmmaker of the Year.
  • Pusan unveils slate of 27 projects to receive ACF backing


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced the 27 projects that will receive backing from its recently-established Asian Cinema Fund (ACF).
  • Pusan Promotion Plan selects 35 projects for 10th edition


    The Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) has announced the line-up for its tenth anniversary edition. 35 projects from 18 countries have made the final cut, out of more than 200 submissions.
  • Showbox boards Lee Jun-ik's Vietnam War drama


    Major Korean investor and distributor Showbox Mediaplex has signed with hit director Lee Jun-ik to back and distribute his upcoming Nimeun Mon Gotsae (original title), a $7.5m film set during the Vietnam War.
  • Korean ad agency Hancomm launches content fund


    Korean advertising agency Hancomm, a subsidiary of Korea 's 16th-ranked conglomerate Hanhwa Corp, has announced a $13m fund for cultural content - 70% of which will be used for films.
  • Korean film exports down by 57% in first six months


    Korean film exports in the first half of the year dropped by 57% compared to the same period in 2006, according to figures from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
  • CinDi fest gives top prizes to Lumberjacks, Elephant


    The inaugural Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi), which has a focus on discovering new Asian talent, closed July 27 with both the Directors' and Critics' juries giving the best film award jointly to the same two films - Yu Guangyi's The Last Lumberjacks and Woo Ming Jin's The Elephant And The Sea.
  • Korean film orgs pledge to co-operate as investment falls


    Ten Korean film industry organisations, headed by the Korean Film Producers' Association (KFPA), issued the 'Korean Film Industry's Great Compromise Declaration' in Seoul this week.
  • Japan's Avex signs on for Korean comedy Highway Star


    Korea 's Studio2.0 has sold musical comedy Highway Star to Avex Entertainment for Japan.
  • Korea's Sidus FNH to move into distribution


    Major Korean production house Sidus FNH has announced it will start distributing its own films late this year.
  • Lynch's Empire kicks off Korea's inaugural CinDi film festival


    The first Cinema Digital Film Festival (CinDi) opened on Friday (July 20) with a screening of David Lynch's Inland Empire.
  • Thai thriller 13 takes top prize at PiFan


    South Korea 's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) held its closing ceremony yesterday (July 19), with the top award going to Thai film 13 by Chookiet Sakveerakul.
  • Macquarie consortium acquires Korea's Megabox circuit


    Major Korean studio Mediaplex has announced the $159m sale of the country's third most successful multiplex chain Megabox to a consortium, Korea Multiplex Investment Corporation (KMIC), led by Australian banking group Macquarie.
  • International box office - Local Figures on the slide


    Leading South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has released statistics for the first half of the year, which place the market share of local films at 47.3%, the lowest since 2001 and down from 59.5% for the same period last year.
  • Korean cable company takes control of MK Pictures


    South Korean producer-investor-distributor MK Pictures has sold a controlling stake to regional cabler Kangwon Networks.
  • Korean films lose market share in first half of 2007


    Leading South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has released statistics for the first half of the year, which place the market share of local films at 47.3%, the lowest since 2001 and down from 59.5% for the same period last year.
  • Korea's Megabox opens its first cinema in Beijing


    Major South Korean exhibitor Megabox Mediaplex opened its first multiplex in Beijing yesterday (July 4).
  • KOFIC unveils participants for Development Lab


    The Korean Film Council has announced the list of fellows and mentors for the second KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab, along with a new $40,000 award.
  • Pony Canyon acquires Korean romance Hwang Jin Yi


    Seoul-based CJ Entertainment (CJE) has sold period romance Hwang Jin Yi to Pony Canyon for Japan.
  • PiFan to open with For Eternal Hearts and close with Kala


    Korea 's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) announced the line-up for its 11th edition today. The festival will open with the world premiere of Korean director Hwang Qu-dok's For Eternal Hearts - a love story that travels through time, and close with the international premiere of Indonesian director Joko Anwar's Kala, a mystery thriller.
  • Korea's SK Telecom to enter film investment, distribution


    SK Telecom (SKT), one of Korea's leading telcos, has announced that it plans to enter film investment and distribution next year at the earliest.
  • Busan Film Commission expands support programme


    The Busan Film Commission (BFC) has announced changes in its Busan film development support fund programme. The organisation will award a total of $32,300 to two films in development to shoot in Busan, without any conditions attached.
  • Korea's SM Entertainment launches production outfit


    Seoul-based SM Entertainment, talent management agency for pan-Asian pop stars such as BoA, TVXQ, and Kangta, has set up its own production unit SM Pictures.
  • Makhmalbaf to head Pusan's Asian Film Academy


    The Asian Film Academy (AFA) has named Mohsen Makhmalbaf as its dean for the year. Run jointly by the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and Dongseo University, the intensive Talent Campus-style workshop is in its third year.
  • Family Ties, The Host triumph at Korea's Grand Bell awards


    Kim Tae-yong's Family Ties won Best Film at South Korea 's Grand Bell Awards on Friday night (June 8).
  • Cineclick Asia announces slew of Cannes deals


    Seoul-based seller Cineclick Asia has announced a raft of Cannes sales including a UK deal on Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad And The Weird which went to Tartan Films. The film was previously sold to France's ARP during the market.
  • Pusan film festival to launch financing, distribution arms


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is set to start its own production venture capital firm and a distribution arm.
  • Showbox and Freestyle unveil plans for D-War's US release


    South Korea 's Showbox Mediaplex has announced plans to release the effects-laden creature feature D-War on 1,500 screens in the US, through Freestyle Releasing.
  • Studio 2.0 takes two from Summit


    Korean distributor Studio 2.0 has picked up City of Amber and Step Up 2 from Summit Entertainment. 'We previously picked up the original at last Cannes and saw good box office with it, so we decided to pick up the sequel as well,' says Choi Eun-Young, head of international. The company has also sold the animation Aachi & Ssipak for German-speaking EU territories to Film Verleih Gruppe, ...
  • Korea's Sponge makes most expensive Cannes deal


    Korean arthouse specialist Sponge Entertainment has made its most expensive pick-up to date, with the $20m Death Note spin-off L from NTV. The film, which saw heated bidding, is due for release this coming February across Asia. Sponge has picked up three more Competition titles - Sokourov's Alexandra from Rezo, Kursturica's Promise ...
  • Seoul Commission works with Landed on Anti Hero


    Seoul Film Commission has announced Canadian-based production company Landed Entertainments will be shooting a $7m feature in Seoul early next year. Casting is in progress for the Canadian-Korean co-production Anti Hero, to feature stars from Hollywood and Korea. Korean-Canadian director Junga Song is to make her feature debut with the project, written and produced by Ali Mashayekhi. Although the production company ...
  • Inmoa kicks up Bright Star and Get Some


    Korean importer/distributor Inmoa Entertainment has picked up Bright Star from Pathe Pictures International and Get Some from Summit Entertainment.Thomas Kim, president of international business at Inmoa, said he picked up Bright Star because 'it's directed by Jane Campion, who does love stories well, and it stars Ben Whishaw from
  • Asia Pacific awards recruite Cheah and Hong-Joon


    The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, a collaboration with CNN International, UNESCO and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), announced nine members of its nominations council yesterday (May 20).They included Philip Cheah, head of the Singapore International Film Festival, Azize Tan, director of the International Istanbul Film Festival, Anne Demy-Geroe, artistic director of the Brisbane International Film Festival, and Kim Hong-Joon, associate professor ...
  • Pusan announces Asian Cinema Fund


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced the Asian Cinema Fund, a new production support programme for emerging Asian filmmakers. In addition to $860,000 in funds for projects in all stages, the Asian Cinema Fund also offers support in the way of post-production services in Korea. 'PIFF has always focused on promoting Asian cinema and discovering new talent,' says programmer Hong Hyo-sook. 'The Asian Cinema Fund aims to further build a network ...
  • Cineclick's Eastern western conquers France


    Cineclick Asia has closed a flurry of deals headed by the sale of Kim Jee-woon's Oriental Western The Good, The Bad, and The Weird to ARP for French-speaking territories. After screening footage of the $11 million film, ARP pacted with Cineclick for a high-six-figure deal - relatively high for an Asian film in France.Three top Korean stars - Song Kang-ho (The Host), Lee Byung-hun (A Bittersweet Life), Jung Woo-sung (A Moment ...
  • Pretty Pictures turns a page for North Korean Diary


    North Korean film A Schoolgirl's Diary had its debut screening in Cannes Market yesterday.
  • Heavyweight sales for KM's 200 Pounds Beauty


    Korean sales company KM Culture has sold cosmetic surgery romantic-comedy 200 Pounds Beauty to Amuse, Inc. for Japan, M Pictures for Thailand, Vietnam Media for Vietnam, and AOE for Malaysia.
  • Pop star Rain drops into Speed Racer cast


    Pan-Asian pop star Rain has joined the cast of the Wachowski brothers' upcoming Speed Racer, Warner Bros announced here.
  • Barunson producer team to support foreign shoots in Korea


    South Korean production house Barunson has announced it is launching a consortium of Korea's hottest producers and line producers to work on productions from overseas.Lewis Kim, head of international at Barunson, has drawn together a stellar group which includes Lee Sung-hoon (Taegukgi, Shiri), Han Jae-duk (Old Boy), Park Bong-soo (The Host, R-Point), Jang ...
  • Korea's Showbox picks up Planet One and Stopping Power


    Major Korean distributor Showbox Mediaplex has picked up animation Planet One from Handmade Pictures and the high-octane Jan de Bont action film Stopping Power from IM Global.Made by former Pixar talent, the animation project featuring green aliens is written by Joe Stillman (Shrek 1, 2, 3). Chris H. Lee, vice president of acquisitions at Showbox ...
  • Prime Entertainment adds two to Cannes slate


    Korean seller Prime Entertainment has announced two additional titles for its Cannes line-up - Face/Off-like thriller The Devil's Game, and kickboxing drama Punch Lady. The Devil's Game stars Shin Ha-kyun (No Mercy for the Rude) opposite veteran actor Byun Hee-bong (
  • MK adds two womens films to their Cannes slate


  • Mirovision sells Japan and US remake rights to Kim


    Seoul-based Mirovision has announced the sale of Japanese and US remake rights to Kim Tae-sik's Driving With My Wife's Lover to Kuzui Enterprises in Japan. Producer Kaz Kuzui picked up the rights after seeing the film at Sundance. 'Kim is a talent to watch and we hope to work with him in the future. As for the remake to his film, we feel Driving With My Wife's Lover has a particularly ...
  • CJ signs French deal with Diaphana for competitor Secret Sunshine


    After heated pre-market bidding on Official Competition title Secret Sunshine, Korean sales agent CJ Entertainment has sealed a local distribution deal to Diaphana for France. Ama Film has also come on for Greece.
  • Yoon Jong-bin to shoot Beastie Boys for iHQ


    Korean sales agent iHQ has announced Beastie Boys as the upcoming sophomore title from Yoon Jong-bin - whose The Unforgiven was in Un Certain Regard last year. Yoon is re-teaming with lead Ha Jung-woo, who is also in the Cannes Competition title Breath by Kim Ki-duk
  • Sponge cleans up


    One of Korea's leading independent distributors tells Jean Noh how he is transforming the local market and why he considers himself a partner, not simply a buyer.
  • Korea to host Cinema Digital Seoul film festival in July


    A new film festival was unveiled in Seoul today - the Cinema Digital Seoul 2007 Film Festival (CinDi 2007) - which has secured sponsorship from the CJ Culture Foundation and Korean Culture & Arts Foundation.
  • Jeonju's top award goes to Ying Liang's The Other Half


    The eighth Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) wrapped its nine-day run today with the top Woosuk Award going to The Other Half, directed by Ying Liang. Local distributor Sponge also picked up Koji Hagiuda's Genius from Bitters End at the fest's industry screenings.
  • Cineclick Asia picks up Lucky Miles, Misencounter


    Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia, newly incorporated into Fantom Co Ltd, has today announced additional foreign pick-ups from Argentina and Australia for its Cannes market line-up, as well as the crank-up of Afghan title Opium War and other title updates.
  • SPTI, Daum seal free VoD licensing deal for Korea


    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) and Daum Communications (Daum) announced today the first free video-on-demand (VOD) licensing deal between a Hollywood studio and a Korean company.
  • AFCNet takes on Bowling, Lake as advisors


    Warner Brothers' Bill Bowling and Warner Roadshow Studios' Michael Lake have joined the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) as advisors.
  • Koreasigns first film industry labour agreement


    The Korean Motion Picture Producers' Association and the Federation of Korean Movie Workers' Union have announced they will sign Korea's first film industry labour agreement tomorrow (April 18) in a ceremony at the Korean Film Council's headquarters.
  • Fox signs letter of intent to invest in Showbox films


    Leading Korean investor and distributor Showbox Mediaplex announced on the KOSDAQ today (April 17) that major US studio 20th Century Fox has signed a letter of intent (LOI) regarding co-financing and international distribution of Korean films.
  • Korea's Showboxshuffles international teams


    Leading Korean investor and distributor Showbox Mediaplex has re-organised its international teams by creating a new 'International Business and Development Division' to focus on co-productions and co-financing.
  • Set report: Kim Ki-duk's Breath


    Kim Ki-duk's eyes gleam with concentration as he surveys his actors taking their places for the final scene of Breath, the director's 14th film. It is a freezing cold day in Seoul and Kim is shooting in a former Japanese colonial prison where Korean independence movement fighters were once tortured in their cells.
  • Korean film companies join forces to fight piracy


    The Korean film industry has formed a coalition of 78 film companies which have banded together to fight piracy.
  • Korean film industry angered by free trade agreement


    Amidst heated protests, South Korea and the US yesterday completed talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) which will have significant effects on local film and media if ratified. The local Ministry of Culture and Tourism also quickly announced contingency plans.
  • Jeonju fest to open with Offroad, close with Exiled


    The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) today announced the line-up for its eighth edition, which will kick off with the world premiere of Offroad by Han Seung-ryong and close with Johnnie To's Exiled.
  • Seoul unveils first foreign production incentives


    Seoul Metropolitan City Government has announced its first incentives for foreign film and television shoots to take place in the South Korean capital.
  • Mongolia - Making the long walk to freedom


    Shot entirely on location in the Mongolian steppes, Desert Dreams is written and directed by Zhang Lu, a Chinese film-maker of Korean descent. He takes on the story of a mother and son who escape from North Korea and journey to Mongolia. There they encounter a man battling desertification by planting trees.
  • Lost star Yunjin Kim joins cast of Prime's Seven Days


    Korean crossover actress Yunjin Kim is attached to star in Prime Entertainment's crime thriller Seven Days (working title).
  • Cineclick Asia seals raft of deals at Hong Kong Filmart


    Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia has announced a slew of sales concluded at Hong Kong Filmart last week, led by deals on Kim Ki-duk's upcoming title Breath and recent Berlinale Golden Bear winner Tuya's Marriage.
  • Robot romance is a walk in the Park


    From Park Chan-wook, the director of the brutal 'Vengeance' trilogy - Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, Old Boy and Sympathy For Lady Vengeance - comes a surprising twist: a light-hearted comedy romance.
  • Virgin Snow leads sales charge for Korea 's CJ


    Leading Korean company CJ Entertainment has announced a raft of sales concluded at Hong Kong Filmart, led by CJ-Kadokawa co-production Virgin Snow.
  • Lotte Entertainment sells three to Thailand, Malaysia


    Korean sales agent Lotte Entertainment has sold three films to Thailand and Malaysia at Hong Kong Filmart.
  • Lotte sells three films to Thailand and Malaysia


    Korean sales agent Lotte Entertainment has sold three films to Thailand and Malaysia at the HK Filmart.
  • iHQ scores Singapore, Malaysia deals on Sword with India's Viswas


    Korean sales agent iHQ has sold martial arts fantasy Shadowless Sword to Indian distributor Viswas Film, Ltd. for the territories of Singapore and Malaysia.The period costume film is directed by Kim Young-jun and shot in China as was his first feature Bichunmoo, starring Shin Hyun-jun and Kim Hee-sun.Shin Hyun-jun, who is also well-known for his roles in gangster comedy franchise films ...
  • Korea Telecom starts DVD room distribution initiative


    Korea Telecom (KT) has started distributing films in DVD Rooms across South Korea. A peculiarly Korean phenomenon, DVD Rooms are establishments easily compared to those with karaoke booths, where customers can choose a film to watch on a large screen in a private room with comfortable chairs or sofas.KT's new service is called Moviespot, supplying new releases to 85 DVD Rooms so far since the beginning of the month.KT is acquiring rights to films that ...
  • Korea's Inmoa announces high-profile EFM deals


    New Korean importer/distributor Inmoa Entertainment has announced a slate of deals following their debut at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin last month. Isaac Kwon, chief executive officer, and Thomas Kim, president of international business, hit the ground running and sealed four deals on the Academy Award-nominated mystery thriller The Black Dahlia, starring Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson, from Nu Image;
  • Thai Rose buys Kadokawa's animated Keroro 2


    Japanese sales agent Kadokawa has sold the animated sequel Sergeant Keroro The Movie 2 to Thai distributor Rose Media & Entertainment.The theatrical frog animation movie is the latest in the franchise based on the hugely popular Sergeant Keroro manga series by Mine Yoshizaki with a television series directed by Junichi Sato.In Sergeant Keroro the Movie 2, the alien frog and his corps ...
  • Activers makes Friends with NCN


    New Korean sales agent Activers Entertainment is presenting a slate of New Cinema Network (NCN) HD films, led by the recently completed film The Friends.Directed by Lee Young-jae, whose hit Harmonium In My Memory starred Jeon Do-youn and Lee Byoung-hun, The Friends is based on a best-selling children's story of the same title.Written by Yumoto ...
  • Korean Film Council expands criteria for filmmakers lab applicants


    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced that it is opening up its candidacy for the Filmmakers Development Lab (FDL) from Korean-Americans and Korean nationals to all ethnic Koreans who can work in the English language.Last year, the inaugural FDL, modeled on the Sundance labs, paired five emerging writer-directors like Mora Mi-ok Stephens with mentors from the US and Korea like hit producer Jonathan Kim (Silmido). They ...
  • Korea's Cineclick Asia merges with Fantom Entertainment Group


    Major Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia has merged with the KOSDAQ-listed Fantom Entertainment Group.Originally a purveyor of golf equipment and clothing, Fantom in the past two years has expanded its businesses to include film, TV and music production and distribution. Its talent management stable includes actors like Lee Jung-jae (Typhoon) and Shin Ha-kyun (No Mercy for the Rude), ...
  • Korean Film Council reorganises in wake of new ticket tax


    With a 3% ticket tax going into effect July 1, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is reorganizing its in-house structure to manage the new funds.Initially, concerns were voiced over who would shoulder the burden of the tax - filmgoers, exhibitors or producers - but 'the industry realizes that taking on the tax themselves will be better than passing it on to the film-goer,' says Kim. 'The industry will in return receive more benefits from broader government support.'As ...
  • Studio 2.0 pacts for eight titles with VOD outfit RealNetworks


    Korean investment and distribution company Studio2.0 has pacted with RealNetworks on multiple internet video-on-demand (VOD) deals for eight of its titles including recent horror film Cello.The deals see RealNetworks acquiring internet VOD rights to Studio2.0's films for Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand.'By partnering with Real Networks, Studio2.0 rides on the fast ...
  • Shochiku picks up worldwide rights to Vexille


    Leading Japanese entertainment company Shochiku announced today that it has acquired worldwide rights to the CG animated feature Vexille.
  • Korea's T-Entertainment buys stake in Sio Film


    KOSDAQ-listed T-Entertainment has announced it is buying into production company Sio Film. The entertainment conglomerate has acquired a 29.3% stake in the company that produced Park Chan-wook's Old Boy among other hits.
  • Sony signs TV distribution deal with Korea's CJE


    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has signed a long-term distribution agreement with leading Korean film distributor CJ Entertainment (CJE).
  • Prime racks up pre-sales on Kwak's Mighty Princess


    My Sassy Girl director Kwak Jae Yong's My Mighty Princess has been notching up pan-Asian sales and is due for a simultaneous pan-Asian release outside Korea.
  • Korea 's b.o.m. Film Production promotes Cho to CEO


    Leading Korean producer b.o.m. Film Production has promoted entertainment lawyer Cho Kwang-hee, who is currently chief financial officer in charge of productions, to the position of chief executive officer.
  • Golden Bear winner finds new buyers


    Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia has closed EFM wrap-up deals for Golden Bear winner Tuya's Marriage to Maywin Media for the ex-CIS territories and Arsenal for Germany.Wang Quan'an's third feature, the film portrays a Mongolian woman in search of a new groom who will take care of her family - including her ailing ex-husband.Pretty Pictures made an early deal for France, Indonesia, and Benelux at the Beijing Screenings last ...
  • Reshuffle at Pusan brings in Lee as co-festival director


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced a major reshuffle of its organisation. Twelve-year festival head Kim Dong Ho is taking on a co-festival director - former co-deputy director Lee Yong Kwan. Kim (70), whose globe-trotting, hard-working personality has come to personify PIFF, will continue steering the festival's international work, while Lee (51) will take charge of domestic affairs. Currently also director of Seoul Youth International ...
  • Fortissimo enjoys documentary sales


    Fortissimo Films has seen a healthy first market for its documentary Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens. The film sold to Haut et Court for France and Lucky Red for Italy, with deals to Germany, Japan, Australia and Benelux pending. 'Berlin is always a good market for us. We've done well with new films and have cleaned up others from Venice, Toronto, and AFM,' says Wouter Barendrecht, co-chief of Fortissimo. Panorama title ...
  • Cyborg sold to Tokyo Theaters in Japan by CJ Entertainment


    CJ Entertainment has sold Berlinale competition title I'm a Cyborg but That's Okay to Tokyo Theaters for Japan, and Generation title Like a Virgin to Amuse for Japan. 'Japan's become difficult - not like 2004 or 2005 - but we're still doing steady business,' says Tom Oh, senior vice president, head of international sales at CJ. The company also pre-sold Soo, ...
  • Han named new festival director at PiFan in Korea


    The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), Korea's second-largest, has announced former head programmer Han Sang-joon as the new festival director.Han was also previously a programmer at the Pusan International Film Festival, professor of film at Chung-Ang University, and a journalist at the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper.His predecessor PiFan director Lee Jang-Ho has been elected to Vice Chairman of the festival, while award-winning actress Kang Soo-yeon ...
  • M&FC takes Woo/Chang production Brothers for Korea


    Korean producer/distributor M&FC has bought the John Woo and Terence Chang produced Blood Brothers for Korea.B.K. Cha, head of M&FC's film division, signed with CMC Entertainment production marketing manager Joseph Liao.Fortissimo Films hold worldwide rights for Blood Brothers outside of Asia.M&FC, originally a music rights company - whose president Sungwoo Cho is also ...
  • I'm A Cyborg to open 31st Hong Kong Film Festival


    Jacob Wong, curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) has announced Park Chan-wook's Berlinale competition title I'm a Cyborg, but That's Okay is to open the 31st HKIFF March 19. The festival runs March 20 - April 11.The film is nominated for two Asian Film Awards (AFA) - pan-Asian pop star Rain for Best Actor and Lim Soo-jung for Best Actress. The AFAs, honoring the best of Asian cinema from the past year, will be ...
  • Cineclick Asia finds sales for Tuya's Marriage


    Cineclick Asia has sold Berlinale competition title Tuya's Marriage toGolem for Spain, Frenetic Film for Switzerland, and Discovery Film forthe former Yugoslav territories. Golem has also bought Kim Ki-duk's yet-to-be-released Breath, starring Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).Cineclick has made additional sales of less recent titles, ...
  • iHQ sells Daisy to Germany


    iHQ has sold Jeon Ji-hyun-starrer Daisy to Splendid Film for Germany. Featuring Jeon with other pan-Asian stars Jung Woo-sung and Lee Sung-jae in a love triangle, the film is a police thriller directed by Andrew Lau in a solo flight - apart from Infernal Affairs co-director Alan Mak.Jenny Kim, iHQ sales team manager, did the deal with Splendid's head of distribution Andrea Klein.Daisy is also to see a US remake by Gold Circle, which is also involved ...
  • Kino takes US rights to North Korea documentary Crossing The Line


    Panorama documentary title Crossing the Line, about the last US defector to North Korea, has sold to Kino in the US and Madman in Australia.Narrated by Christian Slater, the film was directed and produced by Dan Gordon, and co-produced by Nick Bonner - the latter two documentarians have focused on the isolationist North with other projects such as The Game of Their Lives and State of Mind.
  • Shochiku sells over 50 territories on Genghis Khan at EFM


    Shochiku has sold epic drama Genghis Khan - To The Ends of the Earth and Sea to over 50 countries at EFM including a multi-territory sale for Germany, Austria and Benelux to Splendid Film.The $30m Japan-Mongolian co-production, directed by Shinichiro Sawai (W's Tragedy), commemorates the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Mongol Empire. The film shot for four months on location in Mongolia ...
  • Aachi & Ssipak sold to Studio Canal for France


    Studio2.0 has sold comic animation Aachi & Ssipak to StudioCanal for France.Studio2.0's head of sales Choi Eun-young signed the deal with StudioCanal's Laurent Campagne. The animation is set in a futuristic world which is powered by human faeces and the government regulates its citizens by keeping them addicted to popsicles.The film was previously pre-sold to Italy's AB Film, Russia's Alpha Motion, and Israel's ...
  • Martial arts duck flies for Golden Network Asia


    Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has sold the comic Thai martial arts animation Duck Fight to three territories - Global Motion Picture's Luxor brand for Eastern Europe including Russia, Golden Films for Brazil, and Gulf Film for the Middle East.Billed 'the ultimate under-duck movie,' the animated film is set during a time when the world is in the grips of bird flu and cock-fighting is suffering. The Crazy Hero duck disguises ...
  • Fortissimo sells Lost Children to Zeitgeist, Red Envelope for US


    Fortissimo Films has sold US rights for award-winning documentary Buddha's Lost Children to Zeitgeist Films for theatrical and Red Envelope Entertainment for DVD. Catherine Le Clef, newly appointed senior vice president, TV and ancillary, brokered the deal with both companies. Directed by Mark Verkerk, Buddha's Lost Children has won multiple awards including the Grand Jury Award for International ...
  • Megabox targets women with new acquisitions label


    Major Korean exhibitor Megabox Mediaplex debuts a new acquisitions label in EFM. The Megabox label will acquire foreign films for theatrical release in its multiplexes, then to go to cable on sister company On*Media's new film channel Movie OnStyle.Megabox owns 10 theaters with a total of 91 screens nationwide, and operates with 9 partner 'Megaline' theaters which comprise a total of 62 additional screens in the provinces.On*Media currently has 10 channels which ...
  • Three Dots closes key Asian territories on Spider Lillies


    Taiwan's Three Dots Entertainment has sold Panorama title Spider Lilies to CNS Entertainment for Korea, Sahamongkol for Thailand, and Passion Entertainment for Singapore. The sole Taiwanese feature in this year's Berlinale official selection, the film is Zero Chou's second feature drama. Her debut Splendid Float won Best Taiwan Film at the Golden Horse Awards in 2004.
  • Jeonju selects film-makers for digital shorts showcase


    The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced Pedro Costa, Harun Farocki, and Eugène Green have been selected for Jeonju Digital Project 2007, formerly known as Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers. JIFF, which has a focus on independent and digital films, has been sponsoring short film projects annually since 2000 to promote digital cinema. Three film-makers receive about $50,000 to produce a short with a running time of 30 minutes. The films ...
  • Karlovy Vary pick for Min Boung-hun's Grapevine


    Korean director Min Boung-hun's Pruning The Grapevine has made it into the 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) as an early selection.Min previously directed Let's Not Cry in 2001, winning multiple awards at the 37th KVIFF and the 43rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and The Flight of the Bee (1998) which also won awards, including ...
  • Dongsoong sets up production and distribution subsidiary


    Korean arthouse distributor and exhibitor Dongsoong Art Center has set up a subsidiary, JinJin Pictures, to handle production and distribution, with a new additional focus on commercial films.JinJin Pictures chief executive officer Nan-sook Kim is at the EFM shopping for films with Tae-Won Jung from her Business Strategy Plan & Distribution department. 'We buy about eight films a year, so we'll probably pick up a couple at this market as well. It's Berlin, so more ...
  • Cineclick sells rights to two features in Berlin


    Cineclick Asia has closed deals on Berlinale competition film Tuya's Marriage to Italy and Forum title Ad Lib Night to Japan.
  • New Korean buyer Inmoa launches at Berlin


    New Korean importer/distributor Inmoa Entertainment has made its market debut at EFM this week.
  • Stars announced for Kim Ji-woon, Yim Pil-sung features


    Cineclick Asia has announced top-tier casting locked for two of its pre-sales films, Kim Ji-woon's The Good, the Bad, and the Weird and Yim Pil-sung's Hansel and Gretel, both from new production house Barunson.
  • Korea's Core Studio picks up Singaporean Untold Beauty


    Korean sales agent Core Studio has picked up worldwide sales rights for Singaporean writer-director Roy Lim's horror film Untold Beauty from Rebel Production Pte Ltd.
  • Easternlight opens in Singapore, schedules Dance Of The Dragon


    Easternlight Films has opened a production and distribution arm in Singapore. Easternlight Film Productions' pictures will be sold internationally through partner company Easternlight/Arclight Films.
  • Fortissimo to sell LIVE! worldwide


    Fortissimo Films is handling worldwide sales rights excluding North America for Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag's LIVE! which is produced by Mosaic Media Group.
  • Cineclick Asia picks up Berlin competitor Tuya's Marriage


    Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia has announced Berlinale competition film Tuya's Marriage as the latest addition to its EFM slate.
  • Fortissimo takes on non-Asian sales for Blood Brothers


    Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide sales rights excluding Asia for Blood Brothers from CMC Entertainment and John Woo and Terrence Chang's Lions Rock Productions. Fortissimo will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market.
  • Korean Film Commission plans US office led by Sun-young Moon


    The Korean Film Commission (KOFIC) has announced plans to open an LA office within the first half of the year, as part of an initiative to step up support for Korean films and filmmakers in the US.
  • New chairman for Korea Film Producers' Association


    The Korea Film Producers' Association (KFPA) has voted in a new chairman - Tcha Seung-jai, head of leading production company Sidus FNH. He replaces Guardtec president Jonathan Kim, whose four years in the position have expired.
  • Korea's Showbox signs up for Confession


    Hong Kong 's Media Asia Distribution has sold Korean rights to thriller Confession Of Pain to Showbox Mediaplex.
  • CJE to invest $85m in local productions in 2007


    Leading Korean distributor CJ Entertainment (CJE) has announced its 2007 business plan which includes investing $85m in more than 20 local productions this year, while at the same time expanding its global ties.
  • Hwang Jin Yi gains permission to shoot in North Korea


    South Korean production Hwang Jin Yi, based on a North Korean novel dramatising the life of Korea 's most famous courtesan, has been granted permission to shoot in North Korea 's Diamond Mountains for a week starting Jan 28.
  • MK Poly Cinemas to open first multiplex in Zhengzhou


    Korean producer-distributor MK Pictures has announced that the first multiplex to emerge from its joint venture with Beijing-based Poly Group will open in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Jan 26.
  • Kim Ki-duk returns to the Korean fold with Breath release


    Reversing his declaration that he would leave the Korean film world, controversial director Kim Ki-duk has announced a deal with Korean arthouse distributor Sponge to release his 14th film Breath in local cinemas.
  • Korean exports dip after five years of growth


    After five years of growth, Korean film exports dropped 68% year-on-year in 2006. Exports totaled $24.5m - down from $75.9m the year before, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC)'s year-end statistics.For the first time, Korean sales saw a slump in its main Asian markets, where its $17m takings represented a 74.3% drop on 2005.Exports to Japan, Korea's biggest customer, are down by 82.8% to $10.3m - accounting for most of the decrease. The fall ...
  • Violin to be played as Korean-Chinese co-production


    Korean entertainment company Vision Link Global is developing a $50m co-production entitled Melanie's Violin, based on Chinese author He Ning's novel of the same name, dubbed the 'Asian Schindler's List'.
  • Korean admissions up by 15% marking tenth year of growth


    Korean cinema admissions increased by 14.6% to 166 million in 2006, marking the tenth year of growth, according to figures released by leading Korean exhibitor CJ CGV.
  • Korea 's CJ CGV appoints Charles Kim as CEO


    Leading Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has appointed Charles Kim as CEO, replacing Park Dong-ho who has been moved up in position to sister company CJ Foodville, a family restaurant chain with global ambitions.
  • Kim draws Breath with Ha, Chang Chen


    Maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk started shooting his 14th film, Breath, over the weekend (Jan 5).
  • Korean cinemagoers to face new ticket tax in July


    Korean theaters willface a 3% tax levied on tickets starting July 1. The funds from the tax will beused to finance half of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism's '$4.3m-size' FilmIndustry Mid-to-long-term Development Plan, announced in October. South Korea's National Assembly passed the Bill forthe Partial Amendment for the Promotion of Film and Video in late December,stating ...
  • CJ Entertainment appoints Shin as head of international


    Leading Koreaninvestor/distributor CJ Entertainment (CJE) has appointed David Shin asexecutive vice president and head of international business, replacing MarkShaw, who recently left for a job in the US financial sector. Most recently senior vice presidentin charge of commercial development at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore, ...
  • The Host sweeps Korea's Blue Dragon Awards


    Bong Joon-ho's monster film The Host swept Korea's 27th Blue Dragon Awards this Friday (Dec 15),scooping six awards including Best Picture.
  • Lotte Cinema to sell movie tickets through ATMs


    Major Korean exhibitor LotteCinema has announced it will start selling film tickets at automated tellermachines (ATMs) in subway stations and convenience stores starting in March ofnext year.
  • Lewis Kim joins growing Korean upstart Barunson


    LewisKim, formerly head of international at TheHost production company Chungeorahm Film, has moved to upstartproducer/investor Barunson. Kim will report directly to Chief Executive OfficerJae-won Choi.
  • CJ Entertainment wraps AFM business with flurry of sales


    Wrapping up post-AFM, Korea's CJ Entertainment has announced a slew of deals for Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg But It's OK, martial arts fantasy The Restless, and gangster film A Dirty Carnival to Asia and Europe.
  • Korean production house creates $31.8m media fund


    Major Korean production house Sidus FNH has created a $31.8m media fund with technology company Vanex, giving rise to speculation that the powerhouse film-maker has taken the first step towards self-distribution and international sales.
  • Record Asian pre-sales for My Wife Is A Gangster sequel


    Korea's Showbox has closed a raft of Asian pre-sales deals for My Wife Is A Gangster 3, claiming a record high for any Korean film sold at AFM to Asian territories excluding Japan.
  • Cineclick sells Kim Ki-duk's Time to North America


    Korea's Cineclick Asia has announced a raft of deals signed during the recentAmerican Film Market, including the sale of North American rights to Kim Ki-duk'sTime to Lifesize Entertainment.
  • Song Kang-ho gets batty with Park Chan-wook


    The Host star Song Kang-ho will reteam with Park Chan-wook onhis next film Bat (workingtitle).
  • South Korea signs co-production agreement with France


    South Korea has signed its first international filmco-production agreement with France. The agreement letsco-produced films enjoy domestic film status in distribution and when applyingfor government support in both countries.Korea's Minister ...
  • Hawaii festival awards top honours to Love For Share


  • TWC has No Mercy for North America


    Korean investment and salescompany The Core Studio has sold North American rights to No Mercy For The Rude to The Weinstein Company.
  • Korean Ministry of Culture announces support plan


  • Hawaii fest gets underway with Asia-focused line-up


    The 26th HawaiiInternational Film Festival (HIFF) opened over the weekend with a screening of AlejandroGonzalez Inarritu's Babeland a programme that has a strong emphasis on Asianfilms.
  • Asian Film Market has promising first edition


    The first Asian Film Marketwrapped today after a four-day run (Oct 15-18), concurrent to the 11thedition of the Pusan International Film Festival. The event was held mainly inthe Grand Hotel on Haeundae beach, with a total of 3,500 participants.
  • Pretty Pictures buys North Korean hit Schoolgirl's Diary


    French distributor PrettyPictures has bought North Korean hit TheSchoolgirl's Diary, marking the first commercial deal for a North Koreanfilm to a Western country in recent decades.
  • PUSAN: Cineclick Asia sells horror duo to Wild Side


    On the third day of theAsian Film Market, Cineclick Asia has announced a raft of sales to France's Wild Side Films and Thailand's J-bics.
  • PUSAN: Indonesia's Queen Films on buying spree


    Indonesia's Queen Films, the distribution arm of start-upexhibitor Blitz Cinemas, has snapped up four Korean titles from iHQ, as well asGhost Game from Hong Kong's Golden Network Asia.
  • PUSAN: CJ CGV to open Shanghai multiplex this week


    Leading Korean exhibitor CJCGV has announced that its first mainland China multiplex will open in Shanghai on Oct 22.
  • PUSAN: FDL participants pitch new projects at Pusan


  • PUSAN: Taewon unveils Resurrection at Asian Film Market


    Korea's Taewon Entertainment took advantage of the firstday of the Asian Film Market to promote its upcoming project Three Kingdoms - Resurrection Of The Dragon.MaggieQ has joined Andy Lau in the cast of the epic actioner, which Taewon isco-producing with Hong Kong's Visualizer Film Production.
  • PUSAN: Keyeast strikes investment deal with CJ


    Korean media contents firmKeyeast has announced a production investment deal with major distributor CJEntertainment for three films, including Park Chan-wook's I'm A Cyborg, But It's OK.
  • PUSAN: Pan-asian star power lights up Pusan opening


    The 11th Pusan InternationalFilm Festival (PIFF) opened last night with a star-studded turnout and the worldpremiere of Kim Dai-seung's Traces OfLove.
  • Pusan 2006 - a Screen guide


  • Pusan Promotion Plan


    Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP)has announced 36 projects for its ninth edition, to be held Oct 15-18 duringthe Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).
  • PUSAN: Korean sellers out in force at first Asian Film Market


    As the inaugural Asian FilmMarket (Oct 15-18) gets underway on Sunday, sales companies from the hostterritory will be laying out strong slates reflecting the current state of the boomingSouth Korean production industry.
  • Korea's Screen Quota alliance to stage Pusan protest


    Korea's Screen Quota Action Alliance has announced it will hold a silentprotest in the hour before the opening ceremony of the Pusan International FilmFestival (PIFF) tomorrow (Oct12).
  • War Of Flowers tops Korean holiday box office


    Local films headed by cardshark drama War Of Flowers took thetop four spots at the Korean box office over the four-day Chuseok holidayweekend.
  • German film takes top prize at Pyongyang festival


  • German film takes top prize at Pyongyang festival


  • Prime, CJ CGV to collaborate on multiplexes


    Start-up Korean studio, PrimeEntertainment, has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading exhibitorCJ CGV for a strategic partnership to collaborate on multiplexes.
  • Feng enlists Korean expertise for war epic


    Chinese director FengXiaogang, whose latest film The Banquetis currently topping the box office across Asia, is working with crew membersfrom Korea's MK Pictures on his upcoming war epic, tentatively entitled The Assembly.
  • King And The Clown selected as Korea's Oscar entry


    The Korean Film Council(KOFIC) has announced Lee Joon-ik's KingAnd The Clown as Korea's official entry for best foreign-language film inthe 79th Academy Awards.
  • Korean train office launches first-run cinema scheme


    Korea's office of railroads,Korail, has announced it is to screen films that are on release in itshigh-speed KTX trains starting December. The cinema train patent belonging toKorail is the first in the world.
  • Gang to star in Lee Myung-se's M


    Korea's Core Studio has announced that Gang Dong-won will star in M, the next project from Lee Myung-se,director of Duelist and Nowhere To Hide.
  • Korean telco to install 100 digital cinema systems


    Korea's leading telco KT Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding withexhibitors Lotte Cinema, Cinus and MMC to install 100 digital cinema systems intheir theatres by the end of the year.
  • Bong and Park to team on comic book adaptation


    Old Boy directorPark Chan-wook is to produce a film directed by Bong Joon-ho, whose latestmovie The Host recently became Korea's top-grossing local film of all time.
  • Pyongyang festival opens with international line-up


    North Korea's 10th Pyongyang International Film Festival (Sep13-22) opened yesterday with a programme of more than 70 features films fromaround 30 countries and 50 organisations.
  • Medavoy, Foster invest in Korean production house


    Korea's Guardtec Inc hasannounced that Phoenix Pictures head Mike Medavoy and Mr & Mrs Smith producer Lucas Foster have bought into the firm,marking the first time that Hollywood players have directly invested in alisted Korean production company.
  • Pusan to present record 64 world premieres


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) announced itsline-up today with a record 64 world premieres. A total of 245 films from 63countries will show at the festival's 11th edition, running Oct 12 - 20.
  • Pusan to present record 64 world premieres


    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) announced itsline-up today with a record 64 world premieres. A total of 245 films from 63countries will show at the festival's 11th edition, running Oct 12 - 20.
  • Pusan to screen long-lost Shin Sang-ok classic


    This year's PusanInternational Film Festival (PIFF) will present Bound By Chastity Rule, a long-lost film directed by recentlydeceased Korean master Shin Sang-ok.
  • Maundy Thursday set for April release in Japan


  • The Host smashes record for Korea's biggest local film


    Bong Joon-ho's The Host smashed Korea's all-time box office admissions record over theweekend, racing towards the record faster than any previous release.
  • Korean Screen Quota Action Alliance to hold Venice campaign


  • Korea's Mediaplex sets up production outfit


    Korean major investor,distributor and exhibitor Mediaplex is stepping into production with a new unitcalled Motion 101, which will produce four to five films a year while also handlinginvestment and distribution.
  • Kim Ki-duk stirs controversy in Korean film world


  • Korean court clears banned footage from President's Last Bang


    Seoul CentralDistrict Court dismissed the defamation suit against ImSang-soo's ThePresident's Last Bang to be screened in its full version yesterday (Aug 10).
  • Im Kwon-taek recruited for Asian Film Academy


  • Korean film exports down 58% on last year


  • The Host breaks Korean box-office records


  • City Of Violence star set to make Comeback


    Korea's LJ Film has announced plans for its first English-language actionfilm Comeback to be the directorialdebut of Jung Doo-hong, who also stars in recent The Weinstein Company pick-up The City OfViolence.
  • King And The Clown rings Korea's Grand Bell


    Korean box officerecord-holder King And The Clown,directed by Lee Joon-ik, swept Korea's 43rd Grand Bell Awards on Friday (July21).
  • Adam's Apples takes top prize at Puchon


    The Puchon InternationalFantastic Film Festival (PiFan) held its closing ceremony yesterday with thetop Puchon Choice award going to Adam'sApples from Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen.
  • Hanbando, Sinking Of Japan both score on home turf


    Korea and Japan came out of rainy three-day weekends with nationalistic blockbusters Hanbando and Sinking Of Japan topping their respective box office charts.
  • Korea's Puchon festival wins back industry support


    The 10th PuchonInternational Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opened yesterday amid signs thatit's winning back industry support.
  • The Host generates advance bookings fever


    Bong Joon-ho's sci-fithriller The Host is already whippingup unprecedented advance bookings in Korea, selling more tickets in a shorterperiod than ever before, according to producer Chungeorahm Film.
  • CJ's Gwangju Massacre pic starts production


    Production started July 7 onKim Ji-hoon's $10m drama, Hwaryuh-hanHyuga (lit trans: Splendid Holiday),about South Korea'sGwangju Massacre.
  • Korean admissions up by 29% in first half of the year


    Admissions in South Koreaincreased by 28.7% to 80.8 million from Jan-June 2006, compared to the sameperiod last year, according to local exhibitor CJ CGV, marking the biggestincrease since 2001.
  • Korean filmmakers protest as new quota becomes reality


    An estimated 10,000protestors rallied in Seoul todemonstrate against the reduction of Korea's Screen Quota and the US-Korea free tradenegotiations on Saturday (July 1), the day that the reduced quota wasintroduced.
  • PIFF steps up support for documentaries


    The Pusan International FilmFestival (PIFF) is launching five film funds to invigorate Asian documentaryproduction.
  • Revitalised PiFan to open with Ghost Theatre


    Resurfacing from last year'scontroversy, Korea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) willkick off July 13 with opening film GhostTheatre (working title), a Korean musical directed by Jeon Gye-soo.
  • Winter Sonata set for big-screen adaptation


    Asia-wide hit TV series Winter Sonata, which is widelyaccredited for fuelling the Korean Wave and launching Bae Yong-joon and ChoiJi-woo to stardom, is to be made into a film.
  • KOFIC to support overseas filmmakers


    The Korean Film Council(KOFIC) is launching an initiative to offer funds to overseas Korean filmmakersthrough three support programmes - Low Budget Production Support, a ScriptContest and an Independent Film Contest.
  • TWC picks up Korean action title City Of Violence


    The Weinstein Company (TWC) hasacquired all North American rights to Korean action film The City Of Violence, directed by Ryoo Seung-wan.
  • Lau linked to Chinese classic


    Korea'sTaewon Entertainment and Hong Kong's Visualizer Film Production areco-producing $15m-$20m epic Three Kingdoms - Resurrection of the Dragon.Hong Kong star Andy Lau Tak Wah is attached to the project with other castingto be confirmed.
  • Korea's YedangOnline acquires ShowEast


    KOSDAQ-listed games companyYedangOnline Corp has acquired a 54.6% share in Korean production anddistribution house ShowEast.
  • States and Stories take top prizes at Korea's Jeonju festival


  • Bubble set for multi-platform release in Korea


    Steven Soderbergh's Bubble is set to be the first film in Korea to receive a day-and-date multi-platform release onmobile phones as well as theatrical, cable TV, DVD and video-on-demand (VoD).The film is to open on May 11.
  • KOFIC to send Korean filmmakers overseas


    The Korean Film Council(KOFIC) is setting up a series of international training programmes, startingin China, to help Korean filmmakers to work more easily overseas.
  • Korean director Shin Sang-ok dies aged 80


  • Group tries to stop Korean release of The Da Vinci Code


    Fundamentalistgroup the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) has applied for aprovisional injunction to stop the local theatrical release of The Da Vinci Code.
  • Kwak to adapt controversial Japanese novel


    Korean director KT Kwak,whose credits include Typhoon, Korea's most expensive film to date, is set to direct a film based on famousJapanese novelist Murakami Ryu's Hanto ODeyo (Get Out Of The Peninsula).
  • Korea's Nabi Pictures moves into Chinese production


    Korea's Nabi Pictures is establishing a branch in China, Beijing Nabi Pictures, to produce aChinese-language film.
  • Korea's Jeonju film festival kicks off with Offside


  • Innotz/Prime Entertainment buys Korea Entertainment


    Koreanfilm conglomerate Innotz/Prime Entertainment has taken over more established productioncompany Korea Entertainment, producer of commercial hits My Tutor Friend, Mapado, and The Art ofFighting.
  • Korea's Tube Entertainment merges with media companies to form Mediacorp


    Koreaninvestor/distributor Tube Entertainment has merged with stock exchange-listed publisherYoungjin Dotcom and entertainment-related firms Media 2.0 and Oi Music tocreate a "total media" enterprise called Mediacorp, which will be listed on thestock market.
  • Adrift finds safe harbour with Korean distributor


    Summit Entertainment hasclosed a deal with Korean major distributor Showbox Mediaplex forEnglish-language thriller Adrift. About a groupof holiday-makers who get stranded in the water without a ladder to get back upinto their yacht - with a baby alone on board, the film was all but sold out inBerlin.
  • Chinese TV's biggest film channel grabs MK trio


    Korean producer/distributor MK Pictures has announced a deal with China's government-run film channel CCTV-6 for broadcast rights to three films.
  • Lotte makes first move into international sales


    LOTTE EMBARKS ON INTERNATIONAL SALESBy Jean NohLeading Korean exhibitor Lotte Entertainment is getting its feet wet in international sales with A Millionaire's First Love, selling the teen romance to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand at this Filmart, and is currently looking at deals for Hong Kong/China and Vietnam.
  • Thailand's M Pictures gets Restless


    Korea's CJ Entertainment has pre-sold swordplay fantasy Restless to Thailand's M Pictures.
  • Korea primed for novel entertainment


    Korea's Prime Entertainment is poised to sign with Japanese novelist group Osawa Office to adapt an Arimasa Osawa novel for the screen, potentially leading to a partnership between the two companies for adaptation, production, and distribution.
  • Showbox sounds out dub-only release


    In a bold marketing stratagem,leading Korean investor/distributor Showbox Mediaplex is considering releasing the animation Hoodwinked! inits locally dubbed version only.
  • Biopic spies North Korean location shoot


    A biopic about a Korean composer who was found guilty of spying for the North while in Germany is about to become the firstSouth Korean film to shoot on location in North Korea's capital city.
  • Chinese studio start-up hires sales veteran


    Korean sales executive Bill Hwang has moved to Meridian Pictures Group(MPG) as Director of International Distribution.
  • Korea to say hello to MGM, Hallyuwood


    South Korea is in line for its first two entertainment themeparks - a Korean Wave-themed "Hallyuwood" and a Hollywood-themed MGM Studio City.
  • Busan boosted by spring shoots


    For years the southern South Korean cityof Busan (also spelt "Pusan")was known as something of a cultural backwater, more so when compared to its biggermetropolitan rival Seoul.Then five years ago director KT Kwak shot his 1980s-set feature Friend back in his hometown, taking advantage of its distinctive characteristicssuch as the old-time fish markets, railroad tracks ...
  • Korean DVD market springs to life for US studios


    The US studios can expect DVD sales in South Korea to reach a record high this year, according to localIT trade publication The Electronic Times.
  • Im's Thousand Year Crane cranks up with Prime backing


    Korean maestro ImKwon-taek's 100th film has started production with backing from start-up studioPrime Entertainment which is contributing 40% of the $3.8m budget and willdistribute the film.
  • Korean film King and the Clown rules the box office


    Sleeperhit King and the Clown became Korea's biggesthit of all time with a tally of 11.8 million admissions yesterday (March 5), toppingprevious record-holder Taegukgiwith 11.7 million.
  • Korean theatres opt to keep screen quota intact


    In a new twist in the on-goingsaga of Korea's screen quota system, the Seoul Theatre Associationhas announced it will maintain the current quota for local films irregardlessof the recent government decision to cut it by half.
  • Korean star takes lead role in new entertainment venture


    Koreansuperstar Bae Yong-joon is taking a leading role in an ambitious new Asian entertainment venture.
  • MK Pictures teams with Japanese animation house


    Korean studio MK Picturesand Japanese animation group GDH KK have signed a memorandum of understandingfor mutual co-operation in the Asian market, including Korea and Japan.
  • Korean filmmakers and farmers stage protest against screen quota


    Korean filmmakers havejoined with rice farmers to protest the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA)in a mass rally entitled Candlelight Culture-fest "Rice and Cinema" to Maintainthe Screen Quota and Block the FTA. - US trade pressure for FTA negotiationsdemanding the halving of the screen quota and the opening of the rice market.
  • CJ CGV to build multiplexes with Shanghai Film Group


    Major Korean exhibitor CJCGV is forming a joint venture company with Chinese state-owned studio ShanghaiFilm Group (SFG) to build multiplexes in China.
  • Lee and Shin to oversee Korea's Prime Entertainment


    Lee Seung-jae, CEO of Korean production company LJFilm, has confirmed that he will oversee film production at rising Koreanstudio Prime Entertainment, formerly known as Innotz.Lee brings with him CJ Entertainment's former head offilm business Shin Sang-han who will head up distribution and exhibition.Prime ...
  • Korean filmmakers stage screen quota protest


    SouthKorean filmmakers across the nation put a stop to production for the day, andstaged a large-scale protest rally against the government's recent announcement- bending to US tradepressure - that it would half the 146-day screen quota. A turn-out of approximately 3,000protestors including filmmakers, actors, students, and citizens' group members,rallied this afternoon (Feb 8) in Seoul, despite the -9 degree Celsius weather.
  • Korea's CJ CGV to open cinema in Los Angeles


    Leading Korean multiplexchain CJ CGV plans to open a three-screen, 650-seat cinema in Los Angeles.
  • Korea's CJ sells its DreamWorks stake to Paramount


    Following the completion of Paramount's acquisition of DreamWorks, Korean conglomerate CJCorporation has sold its 4.95% stake in the studio to Paramount for $35.8m.
  • Sleeper hit becomes Korea's third biggest ever film


    Korean sleeper hit King And The Clown has clocked up morethan 8.2 million admissions, making it Korea's third biggest box office hit of all time after Taegukgi with 11.7 million admissionsand Silmido with 11 million.
  • Korean government unveils $400m film support fund


    Korea's Ministry of Culture and Tourism is establishing a $400m Korean FilmDevelopment Fund to run over five years.
  • Korea set to cut screen quota in half


    South Korea's government is to cut its 146-day screen quota forlocal productions in half starting July 1.
  • Korean law firm to take action against online piracy


    Korean law firm Ilsong LawOffice and film portal site have announced an initiative to tackleillegal internet distribution which is estimated to cost the local film industry$300m a year.
  • Megabox finds new backer following Loews pullout


    Major Korean multiplex chainMegabox has secured investment from the private equity arm of StandardChartered Bank which has acquired a 45% stake in the company for $73m.
  • Korean conglomerate acquires LJ Film


    Korean conglomerate Prime Industrialhas acquired Seoul-based production company LJ Film in a move to expand intothe entertainment sector.
  • Korea's CJ Entertainment to be restructured


    Korea's major film industry power player, CJ Entertainment, is being delistedand split into two in a move by its parent company to increase investment inthree core growth businesses.
  • Korean master's 100th film saved from shutdown


    Korean master director ImKwon-taek's 100th film has been saved from the verge of shutdown bystart-up production company Kino2 and funding from Centurion TechnologyInvestment Corp and the Korean Film Council.
  • Korean 2005 box office hits 30-year high


    South Korea's box office hit a 30-year high in 2005, ratchetingup over 145 million admissions nationwide.
  • Korea's MK Pictures plans Chinese multiplex expansion


    Finalising a recent memorandum of understanding on film businessdevelopment, Korean producer/distributor MK Pictures has signed with China'sEastern Dragon Film and Beijing Bona Culture Media International to partner ina multiplex development enterprise. The deal was signed on December 27 in Beijing.The equity investments from the three partners totals ...
  • Korea's MK Pictures signs second China deal


    Korea's MK Pictures has signed a deal to provide China's largest internet protocol TV (IPTV) serviceprovider, Zhejiang Huaying Media, with video-on-demand and pay-per-view content.