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Stephen Cremin

Stephen Cremin covers Taiwan for Screen.

  • Taiwan enacts controversial "three strikes" copyright law


    Taiwan’s legislature has passed an amendment to the Copyright Act to authorise a controversial”three strikes and you’re out” policy for online intellectual property violations.
  • Thailand's Mono Entertainment returns to market after restructure


    Thailand’s Mono Entertainment returns to Filmart this year under the banner of motif+ after a major corporate restructuring. The company is now divided into production division motif+, headed by successful director and producer Pantham Thongsang, and home entertainment division Command N, headed by Jirun Ratthanaviriyachai, managing director of Mono Entertainment.The first film to carry the motif+ branding is Pongpat Wachirabunjong’s Happy Birthday, which has ...
  • Quickie Express wins best Indonesian film at JIFFest


    Indonesian sex comedy Quickie Express and psychological thriller Fiksi. took top honours at the tenth edition of the Jakarta International Film Festival (JIFFest).
  • Warlords wins best film anddirector at Golden Horse awards


    Peter Chan's Warlords secured best film and best director at this year's Golden Horse Awards held in Taiwan on Saturday night (Dec 6).
  • Lin, Pan share top prize at Taipei projects market


    Lin Yu-hsien's road movie 2menwalking and Pan Baochang's thriller Parkour Boys shared the $15,000 top prize at the fourth edition of the Film & TV Co-Production Meeting (formerly called the Taipei Film & TV Project Promotion) held from December 2-4.
  • Distribution - Warm embrace in Taiwan


    Something is brewing in Taiwan. In the past 12 months it has become a more active buying market for international films, home to new distributors with deep pockets, while Hong Kong companies, such as Filmko, are launching local production offices to benefit from government subsidies and local talent. At the heart of the new optimism is the success of local film Cape No. 7, the biggest hit in Taiwan since James Cameron's Titanic.
  • Warlords heads the pack forTaiwan's Golden Horse Awards


    Peter Chan's The Warlords leads the race for the 45th Golden Horse Awards with nominations in 12 categories, including best feature film, best director and best actor for Jet Li.
  • Wenders helps toturn First Page in Taipei


    Wim Wenders formally announced his new project, First Page Taipei, in Taiwan's capital today.
  • Queens of Langkasuka tops Thai box office


    Nonzee Nimibutr's fantasy action epic Queens of Langkasuka topped the box office charts in Thailand this weekend.
  • Cape No. 7 becomes Taiwan's top-grossing film of the year


    Taiwan's Cape No. 7 has become the number one film at the Taipei box office in 2008, grossing over $4m.
  • Parking to open Taipei Golden Horse film festival


    The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival is stepping outside the art house for its 30th edition.
  • Taiwan starts subsidy for film-makers with box-office hits


    Taiwan's Government Information Office (GIO) has announced a new production subsidy for film-makers who score box-office success.
  • Serbia's The Trap takes top prize at Chungmuro fest


    The 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHIFFS) awarded its Grand Prize to Srdan Golubovic's Serbian thriller The Trap on Thursday night.
  • Local comedy Cape No. 7 tops Taiwanese box office


    On its third weekend on release, Wei Te-sheng's character comedy Cape No. 7 is the first local film in six years to climb to the top of the Taipei box office charts.
  • Hidden Fortress kicks off Korea's Chungmuro fest


    The 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul opened last night with some of South Korea's biggest stars in attendance and the screening of Japanese director Shinji Higuchi's Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess.
  • Taiwan selects Cape No. 7 as foreign-language Oscar entry


    Wei Te-sheng's Cape No. 7 has received official notice that it is Taiwan's submission in the category of best foreign-language film at the upcoming Academy Awards.
  • Taiwan's NDF to back Hou Hsiao-hsien's Assassin


    Hou Hsiao-hsien's long-awaited martial arts fantasy The Assassin has become the first film to secure direct investment from Taiwan's National Development Fund.
  • Chow teams with Cathay United Bank group on Taiwan fund


    Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow is advising Taiwan's Cathay Securities Investment Truston an investment fund which aims to pump $65m into listed film companies.
  • Taipei fest ups glamour but suffers from falling ticket sales


    The tenth anniversary edition of the Taipei Film Festival (June 20 - July 6) ended Sunday with an attempt to reinvent itself as a competitive event for local films amid plummeting ticket sales.
  • Lionsgate, CJ Entertainment join forces for Korean Wedding


    South Korea's CJ Entertainment has partnered with Lionsgate and Vertigo Entertainment, best known for re-making Asian films, on original cross-cultural comedy Korean Wedding.
  • Festival report: Shanghai International Film Festival


    Shanghai-born Wong Kar-wai heads up the international competition jury for this year's Shanghai International Film Festival(SIFF), replacing the late Anthony Minghella.
  • Shanghai announces line-up, Wong Kar-wai to head jury


    The 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced its line-up, with Wong Kar-wai as president of its main competition jury.
  • China's Chengtian buys controlling stake in Golden Harvest


    Mainland China's Chengtian Entertainment Group has picked up a 55.9% majority stake in Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Group.
  • Portico pacts with Vividas to bring streaming to Taiwan


    Taipei-based Portico Media has signed a deal with Vividas Group to become the exclusive agent of its internet video streaming technology in Taiwan. Portico also has a non-exclusive licensing deal for the Greater China region.
  • Lust, Caution sweeps Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards


    Ang Lee's Lust, Caution dominated the 44th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei with seven wins including best feature, best director, best actor and best adapted screenplay. The film had received eleven nominations.
  • Dream, Nanking share top prize at Taipei projects market


    Clara Law and Yim Ho shared the top award at the 3rd Taipei Film & TV Project Promotion (TFTPP) held Dec 4-6, dividing the cash prize of $15,500. Ironically, runner-up Sherwood Hu walked away with $9,300.
  • Golden Horse Awards announces new nominations


    The Golden Horse Organising Committee has announced additional nominations for the Golden Horse Film Awards to be held on Dec 8 in Taipei.
  • Taipei Film & TV Project Promotion unveils line-up


    The Golden Horse Organising Committee has announced the 17 feature films and television series selected for the third edition of the Taipei Film & TV Project Promotion (TFTPP).
  • Lust, Caution leads nominations for Golden Horse awards


    Ang Lee's Lust, Caution dominated the nominations for Taiwan's 44th Golden Horse Film Awards with nods in eleven categories including Best Feature Film.
  • Lust, Caution rejected as Taiwan's Oscar entry


    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles has rejected Taiwan's submission of Lust, Caution as its official nomination for the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
  • Taiwan gears up for 5th Film & Television Expo


    Details have started to emerge about the 5th Taiwan International Film & Television Expo (TIFTE) which will take place from Nov 17 and culminates with the Golden Horse Awards on Dec 8.
  • Lust, Caution has Oscar-qualifying opening in Taiwan


    Taiwan's Government Information Office (GIO) is expected to imminently announce Lust, Caution as the country's official bid for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards.
  • Thai horror Alone finds company in Taiwan


    Thai horror film Alone has scored the biggest opening ever for a Thai film in Taiwan.
  • BANGKOK: Right Beyond launches first Taiwanese-Thai co-production


    At the Bangkok Film Market, Right Beyond Films has launched international sales of The Fatality, billed as the first ever co-production between Thailand and Taiwan.
  • Fortissimo seduced by Lee's Help Me Eros


    Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide sales rights outside Taiwan and Malaysia to Help Me Eros, directed by Taiwanese actor-turned-filmmaker Lee Kang-sheng.
  • Tsai Ming-liang takes top prize at Taipei Film Festival


    The Taipei Film Festival has awarded its $30,000 grand prize to Tsai Ming-liang's I Don't Want To Sleep Alone.
  • Edward Yang dies of cancer aged 59


    Director Edward Yang, who ignited the Taiwan New Wave with his debut feature That Day On The Beach, died on Friday afternoon at his home in Beverly Hills from colon cancer, aged 59.
  • Chou's Secret directorial debut set for summer release


    Hong Kong's Edko Films officially unveiled Taiwanese star Jay Chou's directorial debut Secret in Shanghai today. The shooting of the film, budgeted at $2.5m, was as tight-lipped as the film's title.
  • Taiwan's Gay Pride


    Taiwan can stake its claim as the gay movie capital of Asia in 2007. Internationally, its position was crowned in February when lesbian drama Spider Lilies won the Teddy Award for best feature at the Berlin International Film Festival. At home, the three local releases of the year to date have all had a gay theme with Lilies becoming that rare thing, a Taiwanese box-office success.
  • Taiwanese drama Spider Lilies blossoms in home market


    Zero Chou's idol drama Spider Lilies had a strong opening this weekend in Taipei, securing $71,400 on four prints for independent distributor Atom Cinema, and clinching fifth position in the chart.
  • Golden Scene takes Hong Kong rights to Blood Brothers


    On the first day of Filmart, Taiwan's CMC Entertainment has sold gangster epic Blood Brothers to Hong Kong distributor Golden Scene. The debut film by Alexi Tan will open across Chinese-language territories in August.'Golden Scene is known for distributing high quality commercial pictures,' said producer Terence Chang. 'I look forward to working with Winnie [Tsang] to turn Blood Brothers into ...
  • Chang's Butterfly reborn with CMC backing


    Taiwan's CMC Entertainment has boarded Chang Tso-chi's gangster drama Butterfly. The long-gestating film has been a regular participant at project markets since it was first announced in 2003. Chang is attending Filmart's HAF with his forthcoming feature, The Dream.Production of Butterfly halted one year ago when funds ran out. CMC's cash injection allows ...
  • Emperor, Kadokawa board Chu Yen-ping's Slam Dunk


    Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) has acquired rights for Hong Kong and Macau to Chu Yen-ping's $10m kung-fu basketball movie Slam Dunk. Kadokawa Herald Pictures had previously stepped up for Japanese rights last November.
  • Turning tide in Hong Kong Affairs


    When William Monahan accepted his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar this week for The Departed, he thanked Felix Chong and Alan Mak, the writers of its source material, Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs. But he could have also paid homage to Media Asia's chairman Peter Lam who greenlit the high-concept thriller.
  • Data - Market focus - Turning tide in HK affairs


    When William Monahan accepted his best adapted screenplay Oscar for The Departed, he thanked Felix Chong and Alan Mak, the writers of its source material, Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs. But he could have also paid homage to Media Asia's chairman Peter Lam who greenlit the high-concept thriller.
  • Dragon Fruit wins top prize at Taiwan projects market


  • Exile , Love share top honours at Golden Horse Awards


    Aaron Kwok secured best actor for the second consecutive year at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday night for his role in Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile.
  • Dragon Fruit wins top prize at Taiwan projects market


    Ivan C. Shih's ambitious 3Danimation fantasy project The Adventures Of Dragon Fruit took the main prize at the second TaiwanFilm & TV Project Promotion (TFTPP) event in Taipei yesterday.
  • Exile, Love share top honours at Golden Horse Awards


    Aaron Kwok secured best actorfor the second consecutive year at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday night for his role in Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile.
  • Tsai Ming-liang withdraws Sleep from Golden Horse


    Taiwan auteur TsaiMing-liang has withdrawn his new feature IDon't Want to Sleep Alone from the Golden Horse Film Awards, declaring thathe would no longer participate in the event.
  • Perhaps Love leads the pack in Golden Horse race


    The nominations for the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language cinema were announced today in Taipei. Titles competing for Best Feature Film are Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile, Ning Hao's Crazy Stone, Johnnie To's Exiled, Peter Chan's Perhaps Love and Su Chao-pin's Silk.
  • Perhaps Love leads the pack in Golden Horse race


    Thenominations for the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language cinema wereannounced today in Taipei. Titles competing for Best Feature Film arePatrick Tam's After This Our Exile, Ning Hao's Crazy Stone, Johnnie To's Exiled, ...
  • Taiwan gears up for five-pronged Film & TV Expo


    The second TaiwanInternational Film & Television Expo was officially unveiled at a pressconference in Taipei today.
  • Billionaire Gou plans new Chinese studio


    Taiwan-based billionaire Terry Gou isinvesting $200m to build a film studio in northwest China. Gou announced theproject on a visit to his ancestral hometown of Jinchengin Shanxi province, near to where the new studio isplanned in Zhezhou county. Upto 40% of the investment is expected to come ...
  • Taipei film festival wraps with record ticket sales


    The 8th edition of theTaipei Film Festival closed this weekend with ticket sales of $300,000, almost50% up on last year's box office record.
  • White knight rides in to save Taiwan's oldest studio


    Taiwanese businessman GouTai-chiang is acquiring a majority stake in Taiwan's oldest film studio, the Central Motion PictureCorporation (CMPC), which was facing closure following its sale to the ChinaTimes Group at the end of last year.
  • Lin launches Taiwan's first venture capital film fund


    Taiwanese entrepreneur AlanLin has launched Media Vantage, Taiwan's first venture capital company specialising in the entertainmentand cultural industries.
  • Taiwan's oldest studio closes


    Taiwan's oldest film company, the Central Motion Picture Corporation (CMPC), hasofficially closed its studio lots and once-popular theme park in northern Taipei marking the symbolic end of an era for local cinema.No recent films have shot at the studio lots, although Jay Chou's music videofor Jet Li's Fearless was recentlyfilmed there.
  • Water takes best picture at Bangkok


    DeepaMehta's Water took the best pictureaward at last night's Golden Kinnaree Awards, held during the BangkokInternational Film Festival which comes to a close on Monday.
  • Thailand and Malaysia to collaborate on digital content


  • Government subsidy supports Hou Hsiao-hsien project


    Taiwan's award-winning director Hou Hsiao-hsien has raised $450,000 in government subsidies for the production of Nie Yinniang, his long-cherished martial arts film about a female assassin.
  • Five Golden Horses for Kung Fu Hustle


    Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle was the clear winnerat Taiwan's 42nd Golden Horse Award in Keelung, picking up fiveprizes, including Best Feature Film and Best Director. Benny Chan's Divergence was another to enjoymultiple successes with three key awards for acting, photography ...
  • Taiwan announces selections for new film and TV event


    Taiwan'sGovernment Information Office (GIO) has announced the 21 film and televisionseries selected for the inaugural 2005 Taiwan Film and TV Project Promotion(TFTPP).
  • Election leads race for Taiwan's Golden Horse


    Johnnie To'sElection leads the nominations for this year's Golden Horse awards with11 nods, followed by Stephen Chow's Kung-Fu Hustle with 10 nominationsand Hou Hsiao-hsien's Three Times with nine.
  • Asian Film Industry Network launches at Pusan


    The Asian Film IndustryNetwork (AFIN) - an initiative that aims to promote Asian film industriesinternationally - was officially launched at the 10th Pusan International FilmFestival this morning (Oct 11).
  • Golden Horse to kickstart strong Chinese film awards season


    While film industries aroundthe globe are busy selecting their foreign-language Oscar entries, the Chinesefilm awards season got underway this week with submissions for Taiwan's GoldenHorse, which claims to be the leading awards ceremony for Chinese-language film.
  • Olympian bounty for winning Taiwanese film-makers


    Taiwan's GovernmentInformation Office (GIO) yesterday announced new financial rewards foraward-winning local directors. Film ...
  • Documentaries shine at Taipei Film Festival


    The 7th Taipei Film Festivalconcluded today (July 9) with an awards ceremony weighted towards localdocumentary features.The ...
  • CMC to adapt 1940s classic Love In A Fallen City


    Taiwan's CMC EntertainmentGroup is to adapt Eileen Chang's classic 1940s novella Love In A Fallen City.The $6m production is set to shoot next July from a script by Ang Lee's CrouchingTiger collaborator, Wang Hui-ling.
  • Lau revs up debut First Cuts project in Taiwan


    Hong Kong star Andy Lau flewinto Taiwan yesterday with three directors to promote the first production inhis Focus: First Cuts project, six features shot on HD in collaborationwith Star Chinese Movies Network.Lau's company Focus Films will oversee the series' production andinternational ...
  • Taiwan's CMC unveils big-budget Silk


    Taiwan's CMC Entertainment Group has unveiled Silk (Guisi),Taiwan's biggest film since Chen Kuo-fu's Double Vision in 2002.
  • Oscar titles do box-office battle in Taiwan


    All five Academy Best Picture nominees went head-to-head atthe Taiwan box office in February to benefit from media buzz during the awardseason.
  • festival honours Man Without A Head


    With Taiwanese film production at a record low, there was some speculation whether this year's Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards would even take place.
  • Infernal Affairs dominates Golden Horse Awards


    Hong Kong crime epic Infernal Affairs won the major prizes at this year's Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and the People's Choice Award.