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    Bangkok World Film Festival to open with Blue Wolf


    The 5th World Film Festival of Bangkok (October 25 - November 4) will open with Japanese director Shinichiro Sawai's The Blue Wolf: To The Ends Of The Earth And Sea about legendary Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan. Shinji Aoyama's Sad Vacation, Semih Kaplanoglu's Egg, Royston Tan's 881, Nina Menkes' Phantom Love, ...

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    Batman sequel to touch down in Hong Kong


    Hong Kong is set to join London and Chicago as a filming location for Warner Bros' latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight. The Hong Kong Film Services Office (FSO), which provides location support to foreign productions, said the picture is expected to shoot in the territory this November. The Central ...

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    Donsol, 881 join foreign-language Oscar race


    The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) has selected Royston Tan's 881 as the country's official entry for best foreign-language film for the 80th Academy Awards. 'The film presents a part of the rich and colourful street culture of Singapore which is hardly seen by the world and provides a window to ...

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    Turkey's Eurasia fest to close with Elizabeth: The Golden Age


    Turkey's 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival, which will be held concurrently with the 44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Oct 19-28), has selected Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett, as the closing film and also unveiled its competition line-up. Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, which won the top ...

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    Rule Number One starts shooting with change of investors


    Kelvin Tong's horror thriller Rule Number One is set to start principal photography in Hong Kong next Wednesday (September 19), making him the first Singapore director to cross over to mainstream Hong Kong cinema. Two Singaporean production outfits - MediaCorp Raintree Pictures and Scorpio East Pictures - and Hong Kong ...

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    MegaStar Media opens Vietnam's biggest multiplex


    MegaStar Media last night officially opened its first cinema in Ho Chi Minh City, which is also the biggest in Vietnam, as part of its continuous efforts in redefining the country's exhibition landscape. Vietnam's minister of culture, sports and tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, was among the guests at the gala ...

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    Australia, Singapore sign co-production treaty


    A new film and TV co-production pact has been inked between the governments of Australia and Singapore, with promises of greater creative exchange and incentives to producers. Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, and Australia's Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis, signedthe agreement last Friday in ...

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    Easternlight picks up Tan's box office hit 881


    Easternlight Films, the Asian label of Gary Hamilton's international sales outfit Arclight Films, has acquired worldwide rights to Royston Tan's 881. The deal was concluded by MediaCorp Raintree Pictures' Daniel Yun and Scorpio East Pictures' Lim Teck with Hamilton and Ying Ye, director of Easternlight, who were in Singapore to ...

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    Thailand selects Naresuan Part 2 as Oscar entry


    Thailand has selected The Legend Of King Naresuan Part 2 as its official entry for the best foreign-language film category of the 2008 Academy Awards. The selection was made by a committee of 22 members from Thailand 's Federation of National Film Association, including president Chaiwat Taveewongsangthong. The lavish historical ...

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    Taiwan - Eros as a labour of love


    Lee Kang-sheng has walked the Venice red carpet three times as the leading man of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang's Vive L'Amour (1994), Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003) and most recently, I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (2006). This year, however, will see him there as not just an actor but as ...

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    Andy Lau's Focus plans Brothers and new Fight series


    Following on the successful launch of Focus First Cuts in 2005, Andy Lau's Hong Kong-based production company Focus Films is gearing up for a new Focus Fight series and is in production on a new gangster drama, Brothers, to star Lau.Focus Fight aims to produce a new wave of action ...

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    New Thai production outfit Extra Virgin kicks off with media documentary


    Thai film-maker Pimpaka Towira has set up a new Bangkok-based production outfit Extra Virgin with former Bangkok International Film Festival programmer Mai Meksawan and former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) executive Ruengsang Sripaoraya.'The company aims to start with independent and low-budget productions and branch out to a more diverse range ...

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    Be Wild takes Japanese rights to Royston Tan's musical drama 881


    Be Wild has taken on all Japanese rights to Royston Tan's new musical drama 881, making it the first pre-sale ever of a Singapore film to Japan. The deal also marks the first international acquisition for Be Wild, a producer of Japanese films such as Kaza-hana, What the Snow Brings, ...

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    Cinta takes top best film honours at Malaysian Film Festival


    Khabir Bhatia's Cinta, an omnibus of five love stories set in modern-day Kuala Lumpur, was named best film at the 20th Malaysian Film Festival awards ceremony on Saturday night. It also took best supporting actor (for Haji Rahim Razali), best screenplay and best editor. A total of 29 awards were ...

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    Malaysian box-office boom continues as Transformers sets new record


    Transformers has emerged as the biggest film of all-time in Malaysia, raking in a total of $4.9m (RM16.9m) as of July 29. This is the third new box-office record being set in Malaysia within a three-month period, a testament to the country's extraordinary performance in an unprecedented record-breaking year. First, ...

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    Korea's Jang Hyuk joins Dance Of The Dragon cast


    Korean sensation Jang Hyuk and Singapore actress Fann Wong have joined Jason Scott Lee in the cast of Easternlight Films' inaugural project, Dance Of The Dragon, which began shooting today in Singapore. In his first English-speaking role, Jang (last seen in Korean smash hit Windstruck) plays a Korean country boy ...

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    Bangkok wraps amid rumours that event may fold


    The 5th Bangkok International Film Festival closed on Sunday night with the world premiere of Thai action drama Muay Thai Chaiya amid widespread rumour that it was the last time the curtain would fall on the event. 'It is not definite that we won't have another one,' says Chattan Kunjara ...

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    Celestial Movies launches on Indonesia's TELKOMVision


    Celestial Movies launched today on the cable and DTH satellite platform operated by Indonesian pay-TV operator TELKOMVision. This positions Celestial Movies as the only Chinese movie channel available on all four major pay-TV platforms in the country. The Jakarta-based TELKOMVision is Indonesia 's only pay-TV operator that provides both DTH ...

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    Bangkok Market closes with a whimper due to poor attendance


    The fourth Bangkok Film Market quietly came to a close today (Wednesday) in much the same manner as it opened softly two days ago.As in past years, the market is still plagued by the poor attendance of buyers. The situation has worsened this year when no free flights were given ...

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    BANGKOK: GMM's Kung Fu Tootsie tops Thai box office


    GMM Tai Hub's Kung Fu Tootsie has become the first Thai film to top the box office chart in July which is overwhelmed with Hollywood blockbusters. Opening last Thursday on 129 prints, the action comedy grossed $1.3m (40m baht) over its first four days and knocked last week's number one ...