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Netflix Takes Global Rights to Taiwanese Horror Blockbuster ‘Incantation’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has scooped up the global streaming rights to Taiwanese horror blockbuster Incantation, which it will release worldwide on July 8. The film was released theatrically in Taiwan in March and has been described as the “scariest Taiwanese film ever.” So far, it has earned $5.7 million (TW$170 million) in cinemas, making it the highest-grossing […]

Taiwan’s Screen Industry Booms as Streamers Provide Global Platform

The film and television scene in Taiwan is flush. Scores of projects are in production, while local investors — some veterans of the industry, some newcomers from different sectors — are pouring money into new titles even without distributors attached. Taiwanese film and television content creators are eyeing the global market with renewed ambition and […]

‘The Batman’ Headed for Weak China Opening Amid COVID Outbreak, Cinema Closures

Hollywood can’t seem to catch a break in China lately. Just as U.S. studio tentpoles were beginning to return to the country at scale, a COVID outbreak spanning two thirds of China’s provinces is shuttering cinemas and casting a pall over local consumer activity all over again. Approximately 30 percent of all Chinese movie theaters […]

Hong Kong Filmart: Streaming Giants Expected to Drive Sales and Industry Discussion

“The world has changed in the last two years, and the entertainment industry has changed enormously,” says Peggie Liu, associate director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the organizer of the Hong Kong Filmart. As is by now overwhelmingly familiar to the industry, arguably the biggest beneficiaries of the changes brought on by the […]

Hong Kong Filmart Puts on Brave Face for 3rd Virtual Edition Amid Local Omicron Wave

For the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, organizer of Asia’s largest content market, Filmart, the default mode in the pandemic era is to devise an array of contingency plans to ensure that the convention will proceed without a hitch no matter how the situation changes, Peggie Liu, associate director of the HKTDC, tells The Hollywood […]

Shanghai: Asian Auteurs Apichatpong, Jia Zhangke Talk Collaboration, Pandemic Experiences

During a Shanghai International Film Festival master class this week, celebrated Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul was full of praise for acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, who produced his most recent feature Memoria, which stars Tilda Swinton and is set to premiere in competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Apichatpong participated in the master class […]

Shanghai: Donnie Yen Describes Shooting Fight Scenes with Mike Tyson as a Near-Death Experience

Speaking at a Shanghai International Film Festival masterclass this week, Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen recounted how one of Mike Tyson’s hooks almost knocked him out with the force of “a head-on truck” during the shooting of Ip Man 3 (2015). The actor has taken on triple duties at this year’s SIFF. In addition to sharing […]

Stephen Chow Inks Deal to Produce Online Movies for Tencent

Beleaguered Hong Kong comedy auteur Stephen Chow has inked an online film deal with China’s Tencent Video, following his recent commitment to produce an animated Monkey King feature for Netflix. Chow’s announcement was made during the annual Tencent Video conference, on the eve of the Shanghai International Film Festival, just days after updates of his […]

Hong Kong Star Josie Ho Teaming With Luc Besson on Two Action Films (Exclusive)

Hong Kong actress/producer Josie Ho is teaming with Luc Besson on two action films and 'American History X' director Tony Kaye on a musical feature.

Hong Kong Protestors Call for Disney Boycott After ‘Mulan’ Star Voices Support for Police Crackdown

Backlash against Chinese-American ‘Mulan’ lead actress Crystal Liu was sparked after she posted her support for the Hong Kong police force, which has been criticized by international bodies for its excessive use of force in confrontations with protesters against the controversial extradition bill.

‘Wu Assassins’ Director Stephen Fung Talks Netflix’s First Martial Arts Original Series

Veteran Hong Kong action director Stephen Fung promises that 'Wu Assassins,' Netflix’s first martial arts-focused original series, will immerse the audience in the “down-and-dirty” action style of silat, an Indonesian and Malay fight discipline made famous by cult action franchise 'The Raid.'

German Soccer League Bundesliga Looks to Expand U.S. Viewership

As Bundesliga International’s five-year U.S. TV rights contract with Fox Sports approaches its expiration date in 2020, the German soccer league is weighing options to find the right balance between broadcast TV and streaming that will help its U.S. viewership grow.