Japan distributor closes Beijing office

Movie-eye topper leaves post

TOKYO — Japanese distrib Movie-eye Entertainment will shutter its Beijing office on Friday.

The head of the office, Lim Young Chien, will ankle the company after a six-year stint to what he describes as “new adventures in the industry.”

Shirley Huang will take over Lim’s international sales and co-production duties, while Maya Murata will handle his acquisition chores.

 Based in Tokyo, Movie-eye distribs a varied lineup of U.S. indie and European arthouse films while producing and distribbing Japanese and Asian pics.

Among the latter on its 2007 lineup are Xie Dong’s China-Hong Kong co-production “One Summer With You”; Ye Lou’s France-China co-production “Summer Palace”; and Zhang Yibai’s “The Longest Night in Shanghai,” a romantic drama Movie-eye is co-producing with Avex Entertainment, Yahoo Japan and Beijing-based Megadia. Release is skedded for the fall in Japan.

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