Celestial hooks up movie channels


HONG KONG -- Celestial Pictures will launch the two movie channels on Now TV, one of Hong Kong's largest IPTV platforms, on April 15, the companies said Thursday.

Owned by diversified Hong Kong media group PCCW, Now TV will add Celestial Movies Asia and Celestial Classic Movies to 150-channel offerings now available to its 882,000 subscribers.

Each month, CMA on Now TV will broadcast 100 films from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Singapore, including the samurai hit "Love and Honor" by Japanese master Yoji Yamada and "Two Guys," starring Korean star Cha Tae-hyun. Some CMA titles will be shown in Hong Kong for the first time on the platform.

The mainstay of CCM will be the Celestial-owned Shaw Brothers library, the largest collection of commercial Chinese-language films in the world. CCM also will draw on Chinese-language classics from Taiwan and Hong Kong, including "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" starring Liu Chia-Hui, whose performance led to a role in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies.