Kim Dong-ho, co-founder and former chairman of the Busan festival, will head the jury that decides this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
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Taipei-based production and sales company Double Edge Entertainment brings two new titles to the Asian Film Market. Director Sunny Yu’s “The Kids” is a teenage drama about a high school boy struggling to make life after figuring out that his girlfriend became pregnant. Recently picked up by the upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival and the Hawaii International Film… Read more »
Technicolor announced Friday Luis Martinez Amago as president of its Connected Home division for North America. Martinez Amago will work on the division’s position in the cable, telecom, satellite and OTT markets. Martinez Amago comes to Technicolor after 27 years at Alcatel-Lucent. Technicolor and Alcatel-Lucent have a close relationship, as some members of Technicolor’s board of directors work for Alcatel-Lucent. Technicolor… Read more »
Carnivorous rats are mickey mouse compared with the heinous humans in “The Piper,” South Korean helmer-scribe Kim Gwang-tae’s chilling transposition of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” to a Korean hamlet in the early ’50s.
CJ Entertainment, which enjoyed juicy box office success this year with JK Youn’s nostalgic melodrama “Ode to My Father” and the Ryoo Seung-wan directed action comedy “Veteran,” unveiled its powerhouse slate for 2015-16 at its 20th anniversary bash in Busan Saturday night. In the past two decades, CJ has distributed 505 titles and sold some 500… Read more »
Valerie Joseph, a veteran TV post-production supervisor who most recently worked on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” has died after a brief illness. Joseph died Sept. 21 in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia native was known for her love of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL franchise and for the warmth that she displayed with colleagues. She hosted a… Read more »
Korean filmmaker Lee Joon-ik has an eventful career. He rose to fame with critically and commercially achieved Joseon-set drama “King and the Clown,” which was South Korea’s submission for the 2006 Oscar race. In 2011, disappointed by a string of films that underperformed at the box office, he declared retirement, which he reversed two years… Read more »
Makever-owned Vema Production has acquired French rights to David Wolstencroft’s crime thriller “The Escape Artist” (pictured above) from Red Arrow International. Commissioned by leading commercial network TF1, the French redo will be helmed by Pierre Aknine and will comprise two 90-minute episode. The Gallic cast is led by Gregory Fitoussi (“Spiral,” “World War Z”), Joey… Read more »
“The only reason that I came to Busan after so many years is to meet my audience and express my gratitude as sincerely as I can,” said actress Lee Eun-sim, the heroine of the late Kim Ki-young’s “The Housemaid.” The beloved thesp returned to Korea Friday night for the film’s screening. It was her first time back… Read more »
South Korean distributor, Company L has acquired Korean rights to “Men & Chicken,” the new film by Denmark’s Anders Thomas Jensen. The comedy, which stars Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal,” “Casino Royale”) recently won the director award at the Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film has been a hot seller for LevelK, the Denmark-based sales agency which… Read more »
“The Daughter,” the Australian-made drama that is a retelling of Ibsen’’s “The Wild Duck,” has been picked up for the U.K. by distributor Metrodome. The film is the feture directing debut of well-established theater director Simon Stone, and stars a panoply of Australian and international stars, including Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Anna… Read more »