Stephen Cremin covers Taiwan for Screen.
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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 ...
Quickie Express wins best Indonesian film at JIFFest
A three-member international jury awarded Dimas Djayadiningrat's Quickie Express $2000 as the best Indonesian feature of the past year for 'its mixture of lively irreverent humour expertly matched with a firm narrative structure and a professional sheer that compares with the best of international commercial cinema.' The box office hit ...
Warlords wins best film anddirector at Golden Horse awards
Chan's epic was a frontrunner with twelve nominations this year, securing three including best visual effects. Taiwan blockbuster Cape No. 7, the second most nominated film with recognition in nine categories, only received minor awards including best supporting actor, best score and best original song.
Lin, Pan share top prize at Taipei projects market
Lin's film is about a father and son who embark on a 51-day-long walking trip around the coast of Taiwan, reminiscent of Satoshi Miki's festival hit Adrift in Tokyo. Pan's film, to be produced by China Film Group, parallels high-concept Thai thriller 13 Beloved in which an anonymous phone call ...
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 ...
Warlords heads the pack forTaiwan's Golden Horse Awards
Also competing for the best film award are Feng Xiaogang's Assembly, Wei Te-sheng's Cape No. 7, Liu Fendou's Ocean Flame and Gilles Yang's ORZ Boyz. Unusually, only Wei and Chan are represented in the best director category where they are joined by Pang Ho-cheung for Trivial Matters and Sylvia Chang ...
Wenders helps toturn First Page in Taipei
The German filmmaker, introduced as 'the master of road movies', will executive produce the debut feature of Taipei-born and San Francisco-raised director Arvin Chen. Wenders stated that he and his director have two things in common: aSilver Bear and a love of films about cities.
Queens of Langkasuka tops Thai box office
The action-packed film has grossed 34.2m baht ($980,000) over five days in Bangkok, boosted by a public holiday on Thursday. The film has a chance to become the first local feature to break the psychological milestone of 100m baht ($2.86m) at the box office this year.
Cape No. 7 becomes Taiwan's top-grossing film of the year
Wei Te-sheng's debut film surged ahead of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and The Dark Knight at the weekend, but figures were not immediately available as Taiwan endured its biggest typhoon of the year. Nationwide figures now exceed $8m.
Parking to open Taipei Golden Horse film festival
Taiwan's main film festival will introduce crowd pleasers alongside award-winning art house titles from the Berlin, Cannes and Venice film festivals under new programming director Patrick Jia, formerly a senior marketing publicist at the Taipei branch of 20th Century Fox.
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 five-member jury headed by Michael Cimino also presented a Special Jury Prize to Aida Begic's Bosnian drama Snow and its Discovery Award to local director Hur Jin-ho's melodrama Happiness.
Local comedy Cape No. 7 tops Taiwanese box office
Over the three-day weekend, the film grossed $240,000 representing a 77% boost on last weekend's numbers. It leap-frogged You Don't Mess With The Zohan and Mama Mia!, which dropped by 64% and 45% respectively.
Hidden Fortress kicks off Korea's Chungmuro fest
Local stars that climbed the red carpet included Jang Dong-gun, Ha Ji-won and Kim Jung-eun. Asian stars in attendance with films in the festival included Japan's Chizuru Ikewaki and Hong Kong's Lau Ching-wan. Sean Penn was a last-minute cancellation after he changed plans to visit New Orleans in the wake ...
Taiwan selects Cape No. 7 as foreign-language Oscar entry
The character comedy and love story, set on Taiwan's southern coast, revolves around the forming of a local warm-up band to support a touring Japanese musician. It opened the Taipei Film Festival in June where it took the jury's top prize and audience award.
Taiwan's NDF to back Hou Hsiao-hsien's Assassin
The script is based on a fantastical Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.) short story about female assassin Nie Yinniang who can conjure horses out of folded paper and transform her hairpin into a flying spear. Hou has stated that the film will be more in the style of Japanese animator Hayao ...
Chow teams with Cathay United Bank group on Taiwan fund
The Cathay Global Entertainment Fund was announced at a seminar in Taipei on Friday (July 4) attended by Chow who is a senior advisor in the entertainment division of American Pegasus, the investment advisor of the fund. His most recent film CJ7 is the biggest hit at the Taipei box ...
Taipei fest ups glamour but suffers from falling ticket sales
The festival, which has recruited several former staff of the Golden Horse Film Awards, upped the glamour of its own Taipei Film Award, which was televised for the first time with performances from singers Shino Lin and Fish Leong. Its nine-member jury included actress Rene Liu, director Martin Duffy and ...
Lionsgate, CJ Entertainment join forces for Korean Wedding
The project is based on the real-life experiences of scriptwriter Jason Filardi's cousin who married into a Korean family. The story, which will be predominantly shot in South Korea, follows an American groom and his family who travel to Korea to meet their prospective in-laws before the wedding.