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The Hollywood Reporter released its first Hong Kong Filmart daily issue, featuring news of the Russo brothers’ new startup studio, a chat with the CEO of Wong Kar Wai’s Jet Tone film shingle and a look at Wayne Wang’s latest film.
Setting Up Shop in China
Anthony and Joe Russo, the sibling director duo behind Marvel’s Captain America franchise, are setting up shop in China. In a hush-hush deal last week, the brothers secured financing for Anthem & Song, a startup studio to be based in Los Angeles and Beijing, which will develop and produce Chinese-language films for the country’s booming theatrical market.
Working With Wong Kar Wai
Jacky Pang, the CEO of the Jet Tone film shingle, began her career as an assistant director and production assistant, later becoming a successful director. Her collaboration with Jet Tone began in 1990 when she was a production assistant on Days of Being Wild. Since then, she has been an indispensable part of the Jet Tone organization, eventually rising to become the company’s CEO. She discussed with THR the company’s 25th anniversary, why she gave up directing and how she became a trusted collaborator with one of the world’s most celebrated auteurs.
Inside While the Women Are Sleeping
Wayne Wang’s While the Women Are Sleeping is based on the eponymous short story by Spanish writer Javier Marias. The tale of a novelist with writer’s block and a mysterious older man-young woman couple, the setting for the story has been relocated from Barcelona to Japan, and U.S.-based Wang directs a Japanese cast. Wang spoke to THR about switching the still photography documentation of the sleeping woman in the original story to video, transporting the story from Spain to Japan, and how his own melting pot of cultural experiences helped him make the film.
Desktop users can view the entire Day 1 issue below.
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