The Year of the Tiger got off to a roaring start for Chinese cinemas, with B.O. more than doubling during the three-month period between Nov. 20 and Feb. 20 to three billion yuan ($440 million).
Thailand is gearing up for a busy and successful year as B.O. continues to rise for both domestic fare and imported movies. There is also a growing niche for indie fare.
Malaysia's top independent filmmakers created 15 political short films for the project 15Malaysia and have caused a sensation in a country where critical political commentary is generally impossible.
Intl. Film Fund, launched in Cannes last year, bears first fruit.
Archie Kao will join Hugh Jackman, Korean Jeon Ji-Hyunand and Chinese thesp Li Bingbing in helmer Wayne Wang's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan."
The boffo run for "Avatar" in China underlined the growing importance of the growing legion of multiplexes to the bottom line.
There is a palpable buzz about the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese film biz these days, and China is sure to figure in many a conversation at the European Film Market.
Buzz bin: A sampling of Chinese pics at the EFM
WE tv will launch in Hong Kong on PCCW's pay-TV operator, now TV, its latest foray into the Asian market after announcing two deals in Korea and Singapore in recent months.
A Chinese court has jailed a man for 13 years for running a pornographic website.
One of China's top animators, Te Wei, best-known for his traditional style of artwork, has died of respiratory failure in Shanghai. He was 95.