All articles by Darcy Paquet – Page 3

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    Top Korean director in talks to sign with CAA


    South Korean director Kang Je-gyu is inthe final stage of negotiations to sign on with Creative Artists Agency (CAA),which would make him the first Korean filmmaker to work through one of themajor Hollywood talent agencies.According to production/sales company MKB, Kang isalso fielding multiple offers from major Hollywood studios regarding his ...

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    Korean Brother raises $1.8m from online investors


    Within a space of 25 hours, South Korean production houseMKB has raised the entire budget of its upcoming $1.8m project Hello AndGoodbye, Little Brother from online investors.A total of 430 participants purchased one or more $910 (WON1m) shares in the film, which tells the story of a young boy whose ...

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    Korean talent looks to international break-out


    2005 may end up being a breakout year forseveral Korean directors who are well-known at home, but yet to fully establishthemselves abroad. Festivals in anadventurous mood, not to mention foreign distributors, should have much tochoose from in the coming year.One of the biggest buzz projects to emergein recent months is ...

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    Charming Girl wins top Pusan prize


    Korean feature This Charming Girl took home the top prize in the PusanInternational Film Festival's New Currents section for first and second-timeAsian directors.The film by LeeYun-ki is a restrained portrait of a socially isolated woman who works in asmall post office. Probably the most well-received among a small handful ofKorean ...

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    Pan-Asian network to promote location shooting


    The Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet), a linking oforganisations in Asia that provide shooting support services, received itsofficial launch on Sunday at the Pusan International Film Festival.The network's major goals are to encourage information sharingamong members, to collaborate in marketing the Asian region as an attractiveshooting location, and to encourage ...

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    Korea's film investors assess future options


    South Korea's film financing sector faces grave challenges,yet paradoxically may rank as the world's most vibrant, according to opinionsexpressed at a panel discussion at the Pusan International Film Festival.Titled "A Study on Korean Film Financing", the seminarcanvassed the opinions of local industry representatives including KimJangwook, Executive VP of Show East ...

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    Phillippe linked to Korea-set thriller Expats


    American actor Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions) is in active discussions to take the lead role in the first ever NorthAmerican production to shoot entirely in Korea.Unveiled on Saturday at the Pusan International FilmFestival, Expats tells the story of ayoung American who comes to Korea on an English teaching contract, looking ...

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    PPP shares top prizes between Butter and Help


    Projects byKorean-American director Grace Lee and Taiwanese actor/director Lee Kang-shengwill share the top award bestowed by the 7th Pusan Promotion Plan(PPP).Held inconcert with the Pusan International Film Festival, Asia's biggestproject market showcased 23 films this year from directors throughoutAsia.Other filmsto receive awards include Korean film Thou Shall Cut Off A ...

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    Pusan kicks off with massive outdoor 2046 screening


    The 9thPusan International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday night with the firstfestival screening of Wong Kar-wai's re-edited version of 2046.The film, which receives its commercial release in Koreaon October 15, was shown on a massive outdoor screen with Wong and lead actorTony Leung in attendance. The 5000+available seats reportedly ...

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    Korea's 'star directors' aim to shoot to thrill


    Korea's cinematic boom, that started in the late 1990s, hascreated a diverse group of star directors who, thanks to their reputation atthe box-office and at international festivals, now wield an enviable degree ofcreative control compared to their younger colleagues. The latter half of this year will see alarge number of ...

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    Korea resolves foreign Oscar controversy


    Afterprotracted deliberation which has caused considerable controversy at home,South Korea has chosen Kang Je-gyu's Korean War film Tae Guk Gi torepresent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition.A special5-person jury appointed by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) decided on Sept 22to conditionally recommend Kim Ki-duk's award winning ...

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    Re-edited 2046 to open Pusan Festival


    The new re-edited version of Wong Kar-wai'slong-gestating 2046 has been selected as the opening film of the 9thPusan International Film Festival.2046 firstplayed at Cannes in May. A re-edited version was destined to screen atEdinburgh last month. But it was pulled at the last minute because Wong wasstill completing work on ...

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    Pusan project market shortlists 23 Asian features


    New projects byThai director Nonzee Nimibutr (Jan Dara), Taiwanese actor-turned-director Lee Kang-Sheng (TheMissing) and Korean BongJoon-ho (Memories Of Murder) are among the 23 Asian features that will compete for financing atthe 2004 Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP).Asia's biggestproject market has cast its net particularly wide in its latest edition,encompassing projects from ...

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    Exhibition deal to boost arthouse films in South Korea


    Koreanfilm import company Sponge and venture capital firm KTB Network are teaming upin a new venture known as 'Cinehue' to give quality non-Hollywoodproduct an enhanced presence on South Korean screens.Thenew distribution line matches the experience of Sponge - which has purchasedKorean rights to over 50 foreign titles including Dogville, Zatoichi,and ...

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    Korean exhibitor to become producer and distributor


    Lotte Cinema, operator of one of Korea's largest exhibitionchains, has announced a new andambitious drive to become a major player in the fields of exhibition,distribution, and film finance.The company's plans foresee its current circuit of 10multiplexes -- mostly housed in upscale Lotte department stores - swelling to45 by the end ...

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    Korean majors finalise separation


    After a well-publicised and contentious struggle, SouthKorean major Cinema Service has reached an agreement to secure its formalseparation from the rival CJ Group.Nevertheless, it paid a much higher price than originallyhoped for, as CJ is poised to take over 70% of Cinema Service's exhibition armPrimus.Although Cinema Service will be guaranteed ...

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    Korea's Kim Jee-woon unveils 'action noir' feature


    Rising Koreandirector Kim Jee-woon (A Tale Of TwoSisters) has lifted the veil on his highly anticipated fourth feature, an"action noir" that is set to start shooting in mid-August.Dalkomhan Insaeng (English title to be decided) is produced by b.o.m.Film Productions, and tells the story of a gangster whose boss asks him ...

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    Hou Hsiao-hsien named Asian Filmmaker of the Year


    The PusanInternational Film Festival (PIFF) has announced that Taiwanese filmmaker HouHsiao-hsien (City Of Sadness, MillenniumMambo) will be presented with its Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award.This is the secondtime that the festival has bestowed this honour, following the inaugural awardgiven to Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf last year. It recognises a ...

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    Top Korean directors launch production outfit


    Nineof Korea's top directors including Park Chan-wook (Old Boy) and BongJoon-ho (Memories Of Murder) have established a new film companyto finance the cost of developing future projects.NineDirectors, Ltd. is being launched with individual contributions from eachdirector, and will provide filmmakers with the freedom to plan and write thescreenplay for new ...

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    Arahan dominates at Puchon Fantastic festival


    Local hit Arahan proved to be the big winner at SouthKorea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), taking home theBest of Puchon grand prize as well as the Audience Award.The festival jury,led by U.S. director Stuart Gordon, also presented a Jury Award to Japanesedrama The Taste Of Teaand a Best ...