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Malaysian film a highlight of Busan Film Fest

Published September 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Malaysian film a highlight of Busan Film Fest

Sep 13. 2019
By The Nation

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The film adaptation of critically acclaimed novel, “The Garden of Evening Mists”, will have its world premiere at the 24thBusan International Film Festival (BIFF) under the ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ category, next month.

The movie, which is presented by Astro Shaw and HBO Asia with support from the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) in association with CJ Entertainment, has also been selected to close out the 56th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November. 2019. “The Garden of Evening Mists” is an adaption of the novel which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, and also won the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2013 Walter Scott Prize and is produced by an international team from Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Australia and the UK.

This global production is helmed by award-winning Taiwanese director Tom Shu-Yu Lin and adapted by Scottish BAFTA-winning screenwriter Richard Smith. It boasts a star-studded international cast including Sinje Lee (“The Eye”), Hiroshi Abe (“After the Storm”), Sylvia Chang (“Love Education”), David Oakes (“Cold Skin”), Julian Sands (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and John Hannah (“The Mummy”).

The film tells the story of Teoh Yun Ling (Lee) who, embittered from atrocities of World War II in Malaya, seeks solace in the rolling hills of Cameron Highlands. There, in her quest to build a garden in homage to her late sister, she embarks on a forbidden love affair with the mysterious gardener, Nakamura Aritomo (Abe).

“Our belief in Malaysian storytelling led us to initiate the production of this film adapted from Penang-born author Tan Twan Eng’s wonderful book. We feel validated and so proud to be recognised by our peers with the film’s global premiere at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival and to close for the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival,” said Astro’s Agnes Rozario.

Jonathan Spink, chief executive of HBO Asia agreed, saying: “HBO Asia is thrilled that the feature film we partnered with Astro Shaw on, “The Garden of Evening Mists”, will screen at both the Busan International Film Festival and the Golden Horse Film Festival. HBO Asia is not only committed to bringing quality and award-winning Asian Original series but feature films to our audiences across 23 territories in Asia and beyond.”

“We are immensely delighted that The Garden of Evening Mists will be screened during the Busan International Film Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Over two thirds of the cast and crew are Malaysian. This signifies our potentials and capabilities in producing an International Film and we pride Astro Shaw for its commitment to nurture local talents for international exposure. Thus, we are excited to have a film which FINAS has supported to be showcased to the world,” added Hans Isaac, chairman of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia.

“The Garden of Evening Mists” will go on general release in Malaysia in January.

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Animation industry still has room for growth

Published September 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Animation industry still has room for growth

Sep 10. 2019
Photo by China Daily

Photo by China Daily
By China Daily
Asia news Network

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first animation film, was released in 1937. Four years later, the Wan Brothers screened the first Chinese animation feature, Princess Iron Fan, a fictional character from the Chinese classic Journey to the West.

Princess Iron Fan, which highlighted the Chinese style of animation, laid the foundation for China’s animation industry.

The pursuit of Chinese style of animation led to the creation of The Monkey King in 1964, a classic animation film well known both at home and abroad. The broad reach and mass appeal of Chinese animations can be gauged from the fact that even Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of manga (the Japanese term for impromptu pictures), was inspired by the works of the Wan Brothers such as Princess Iron Fan and The Monkey King. In fact, during reconstruction of postwar Japan, China’s animation style offered a cultural reference to Japanese artists.

The biggest achievement of the generation represented by the Wan Brothers, Te Wei and Ma Kexuan, in the mid-20th century was the successful adoption of the basic Western rule of picture composition and using it to create Chinese-style animations. Especially, ink-wash animations such as Where is Mama (1960), The Cowboy’s Flute (1963) and Feeling from Mountain and Water (1988) gave shape to the Chinese style of animation.

In other words, after decades of exploration, Chinese painting found motion on screen. Yet since Lotus Lantern reached the peak of Chinese animation style in 1999, Chinese animation films have rarely created waves at the international level.

Compared with the pioneers who successfully integrated traditional images with cinematic techniques, the later generation of Chinese animators simply applied new techniques to create animations without taking into consideration the contents. For example, since 3D graphic designs are not only about putting on layers of pictures using advanced technology, Chinese animators have to apply Chinese aesthetics and different modern techniques to create animations.

That’s why the adaptation of classics using 3D techniques such as The Monkey King and The Magic Brush in recent years has met with some success but never achieved the past glory.

Since 2016, the Chinese government has taken measures to boost the country’s animation industry which has seen a rapid increase in productions and consumer demand.

The introduction of the development plan for China’s animation industry in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) lifted the industry to the central strategic level from 2012. It has since seen about 30 percent annual growth and is worth 100 billion yuan ($14.05 billion) today. A series of animations have been created during this period with some excellent examples being the Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Boonie Bears, Kuiba and The Legend of Qin.

However, the application of Hollywood and Japanese techniques and values to Chinese animation features has not only failed to increase box office returns but also compromised the Chinese characteristics.

Luckily, China’s animation industry has learned a lesson from its failures and is trying to change its approach. Ne Zha, for example, has become the top-grossing film next only to Wolf Warrior 2.

The reason why Ne Zha has been welcomed by Chinese audiences is that it has applied a range of traditional aesthetic elements, from Taoist, Peking Opera and Lunar New Year paintings to Chinese animation techniques. Actually, China’s animation movies are finding the right rhythm, achieving box office returns of about 60 billion yuan in the country.

But despite Ne Zha breaking several box office records, China’s animation industry still faces many challenges. Ne Zha achieved almost unprecedented success because of the cooperation of more than 70 enterprises, indicating how decentralized China’s animation industry is. It also shows why the producers of The Monkey King: A Hero’s Return and Big Fish& Begonia have not been able to make sequels or new animation films despite the relatively easy access to capital, and have sought foreign enterprises’ help to make new animation movies.

There is still room for the Chinese animation industry to improve its filmmaking techniques and boost the country’s cultural industry including the animation industry and bring them to international level.

The author is a researcher at the Chinese National Academy of Arts. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.

Streaming giant Netflix faces ban in India

Published September 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Streaming giant Netflix faces ban in India

Sep 07. 2019
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By The Statesman/Asia News Network

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Following the controversy, #BanNetflixInIndia became a Twitter trend with many netizens supporting claims made by Solanki, while others challenging his stance.

Streaming giant Netflix has come under criticism for ‘defaming Hindus’ in India.

Ramesh Solanki, member of the Shiv Sena’s IT cell has filed a police complaint at Mumbai’s LT Marg police station against the OTT giant.

Solanki shared a copy of the letter on his official Twitter handle calling for a ban on the popular content platform.

His complaint alleged that shows like “Sacred Games”, “Leila”, “Ghoul” and the comedy talk show “Patriot Act” hosted by Hasan Minhaj “attempt to paint Hindus and India in bad light.”

Further stating that “almost, every series on Netflix India is with the intention to defame the country on a global level. It is with deep-rooted Hinduphobia that the platform is portraying the nation in a bad light.”

Solanki even cited reasons for making such claims. Drawing on Anurag Kashyap’s directorial “Sacred Games Season 2”, he said that it shows Hindus responsible for all crimes happening in the world, including US killings.”

The letter accused the Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi starrer to have demeaned the “Guru-Shishya parampara with overtly sexual gestures.”

Giving examples from “Leila”, “Ghoul” and “Patriot Act”, Ramesh asked that the licenses of teams’ responsible for such content be cancelled.

He signed off by stating, “One cannot allow an incorrect generalisation based on bogus rhetorics trying to defame a religious minority i.e. Hindu in countries other than India. (sic)”

Solanki sent a copy of the complaint to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai’s police commissioner.

Following the controversy, #BanNetflixInIndia became a Twitter trend with many netizens supporting claims made by Solanki, while others challenging his stance.

Earlier, Delhi spokesperson for the BJP, Tajinder Singh Bagga, had files a police complaint against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap for “intentionally hurting Sikh sentiments by adding a scene which disrespects Sikh religious symbol Kada” in “Sacred Games Season 2”.

Cave rescue film set for November release

Published September 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Cave rescue film set for November release

Sep 05. 2019
By The Nation

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Tom Waller, the Thai-born director of “Mindfulness and Murder” and “The Last Executioner”, is bringing his most anticipated Thailand-based project to date to cinemas on November 28 – his retelling of the dramatic rescue of a youth football team from a Chiang Rai cave.

A first trailer has just been released for “The Cave”, which is titled “Nang Non” in Thai.

The movie coming to cinemas in November recounts the story of the 12 boys and their team’s assistant coach who got trapped by rising floodwaters while exploring Tham Luang Cave on June 23, 2018. 

But the focus quickly zeroes in on the rescuers who battled doubts, uncertainty and daunting physical obstacles to find and then extract the whole “Wild Boars” team safely after more than a fortnight while the world followed the mission on television and online.

Waller seized on the perspective of foreign rescuers like Jim Warny, an expert cave diver who assisted with the mission and understood both the Thai context and the international attention riveted on Chiang Rai.

Tom Waller (on the right)

Tom Waller (on the right)

“This is most certainly the biggest film I have directed,” Waller told an interviewer at this spring’s Cannes Film Festival, where a trailer was screened.

“But, having provided production support for Hollywood films, I knew it was quite possible for Thai crews to create that sense of scale. We had hundreds of extras and an extensive art department, and I think we were able to give an accurate impression of what it was actually like to be at that cave at that time.

“But of course, this was also a very personal and very human story of the heroes who risked their lives, not even knowing for a long time whether the kids were still alive. And, while the story ended happily, it was not without tragedy. The former Thai Navy Seal, Saman Kunan, made the ultimate sacrifice, losing his life while engaged in the rescue.”

Asked if he felt great pressure in tackling such an emotionally charged story, Waller acknowledged there was “a lot of interest from Hollywood”.

“Hollywood does what it does very well, but I was worried that, if it was left entirely to Hollywood to tell the story, it would probably be dramatized in a way that might not be entirely authentic to the real events. I really wanted to be able to keep the authenticity and reality.

“The true story was so emotive, so exciting and so dramatic that it didn’t need the addition of Hollywood stars and effects. For this reason, we used some of the original divers in the film. We stuck very closely to the truth. If you really want to see the real story, our version certainly delivers this.”

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First ‘talkie’ film clips recorded in Siam to be shown by Thai Film Archive

Published September 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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First ‘talkie’ film clips recorded in Siam to be shown by Thai Film Archive

Sep 04. 2019
By The Nation

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Four historical film clips with recorded sound will be unveiled on September 9 as the Thai Film Archive shares the first time that live sound was captured on 35mm film in this country.

The clips were shot by the crew of Fox Movietone around 1929, during the reign of King Rama VII. In addition to their historical importance due to the inclusion of sound, the four clips also show rare images of a royal puppet performance and a traditional Thai music ensemble. They also captured a lively, eccentric scene of a woman dancing to accordion music while children watch on.

The last clip shows a navy private sweet-talking to a young woman, before cutting to a scene of what looks like a party in an elegant mansion where young couples danced to jazz music.

The clips were preserved at the archive of the University of South Carolina. The Thai Film Archive, a public organisation, found out about them last year and requested a new digital scan of the clips from the US archivists for preservation in Thailand. The clips to be shown on September 9 feature high-quality image and sound.

The screening will be accompanied by a talk featuring music historians.

The sound technology introduced to Siam by the crew of Fox Movietone would later lead to the development of sound film in Siam. The first Thai sound film – a feature film – was “Long Tang” (“Going Astray”), made by the Wasuwat brothers in 1932.

“The First Sound Recorded on Film in Siam” will take place on September 9 at 3.15pm at the Thai Film Archive, Buddha Monthon Sai 5 Road, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom. Admission is free.

Low blows and high kicks

Published September 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Low blows and high kicks

Sep 03. 2019
By The Nation

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There’s plenty of exciting action coming up on the small screen with the premiere tomorrow (September 4) of HBO Asia’s new martial arts film “Master of the Nine Dragon Fist: Wong Ching-ho” at 7pm.

Co-produced with China Movie Channel (CMC), “Master” is the fourth installment in the Chinese language martial arts anthology that made its debut back in 2016.

Directed by Si Xiao Dong (“Detective” and “State Mission”),it stars Shi Junzhe (“Tycoon”), as the titular lead, China’s National Martial Arts Champion Fan Weipeng as Mun Sing and Yin Ran (“The Next Magic”) as Ching-Ho’s wife, it was shot in Mandarin in Xiangshan though viewers in Asia will be able to watch it dubbed in English with local language subtitles when it premieres on HBO.

The film is set in the early 19th century at a time when Britain encouraged Chinese opium use to turn around the trade deficit with China. In Canton, Wong Ching-ho, the head of a Guangzhou martial arts alliance decides to take action and burn down an opium warehouse. Local officials turn a blind eye or fear of causing a public riot. Mun Sing, a Kung Fu master from out of town, is recruited by the opium suppliers to challenge the local martial arts houses. Eventually Wong Ching-ho develops the “Nine Dragon Fist” and defeats Mun Sing. Wong Ching-ho become a hero and helped locals build rehabilitation facilities in Guangzhou.

Trailer released for Apple’s ‘Dickinson’ film for the millennial era

Published August 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Trailer released for Apple’s ‘Dickinson’ film for the millennial era

Aug 27. 2019
By The Nation

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Apple on Tuesday released a trailer for its upcoming “Dickinson”, and “Apple Original” film.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, “Dickinson” audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson (played by Steinfeld).

Set in the 19th century, “Dickinson” is a coming-of-age story that finds Emily Dickinson to be an unexpected hero for our millennial era.

Created, written and executive produced by Alena Smith and executive produced by Hailee Steinfeld, “Dickinson” also stars Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe.

“Dickinson” will debut this fall exclusively on Apple TV+, which the company is billing as a new home for the world’s most creative storytellers.

Reflection on Malaysia

Published August 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Reflection on Malaysia

Aug 27. 2019
By The Nation

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The RCB Film Club’s 2019 Movie Series returns next month with the Malaysian film “Rise”, one of the activities being organised by the Malaysian embassy in Bangkok to make the country National Day. It will screen on September 14 at 4pm at RCB Forum on the second floor of River City Bangkok

The film follows the lives of six characters of different ethnicities, cities, professions and social status. What binds them together is their love for their homeland, especially at the time of their crucial Elections in 2018. The highlight of the film is the reporting on the last Malaysian elections and in particular, the sensational win of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who appears at the end of the movie

It is a unique film that combines politics, patriotism and personal choices in a multi-racial, multi-lingual country.

The wide array of characters in the drama includes a Muslim-Malay student in London, a Chinese-Malay restaurant worker in Singapore, a classical Indian dancer and polling agent at odds with her rigid father, a policeman confused by the lure of corruption, a businessman moved by the plight of illegal workers and a journalist trying to uncover the truth.

The film is directed by three filmmakers from different ethnic communities: Malaysia-Malay, Chinese and Tamil/Indian. Many issues are dealt with and cover the fields of education, business, politics and an inter-racial society. The characters not only represent their independent cultures but also speak their own languages with dialogue switching between Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil, which add to the unique flavour and strength of the film.

“Rise” was one of last year’s most eagerly anticipated movies and was well-received by the multi-ethnic country. It offers ample proof that a diverse nation can be a homogenous one.

The film screening is courtesy by WebTVAsia and supported by the Embassy of Malaysia, Bangkok who will provide Malaysian snacks and drinks after the screening.

Dato Jojie Samuel, Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand, will introduce the film.

Admission is free.

For reservations, email clubmovie2019@gmail.com.

Old tales told in captivating new ways

Published August 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Old tales told in captivating new ways

Aug 23. 2019
Photo by China Daily

Photo by China Daily
By China Daily
Asia News Network

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TICKET SALES FOR NE ZHA, a recently released domestic animation film, had reached 4.24 billion yuan ($599 million) by Wednesday, exceeding that of Avengers: Endgame. Indeed, all the Top 3 performers at the Chinese box office are domestic films. China Daily writer Zhang Zhouxiang comments:

The two films that rank first and second are Wolf Warrior 2 and The Wandering Earth. All three are totally “Made in China”: they are directed by Chinese directors, shot by Chinese video teams, as well as based on novels written by Chinese authors. And they have made the most money in the Chinese market.

That phenomenon reflects, first of all, that Chinese audiences are increasingly more interested in their own stories than in foreign ones.

The three Chinese films are familiar and the tale of Ne Zha is among the most popular stories in China. In an age when people can easily gain access to foreign culture, it is natural for stories of their own domestic culture to be more appealing.

Besides, unlike the ticket sales champion and its runner-up, Ne Zha tells a story that is an integral part of traditional Chinese culture. But instead of simply telling the story once again with modern technology, the new film has rewritten the story so it better reflects the values of modern society.

The somewhat violent parts in the old story, as well as the parts that promote personal revenge, have been deleted and replaced by scenes that promote sincerity toward each other.

That’s partly why Ne Zha’s daily ticket sales rose day by day in the first few days. It has appealed to the hearts of the modern audiences with values acceptable to them. No wonder they have given it high-approval and are willing to recommend it to others.

In other words, Ne Zha’s success lies, to a large extent, on its ability to make traditional Chinese culture relevant to modern society. Ne Zha has not been screened overseas yet, but there is ample reason to believe the film will be able to move the hearts of overseas audiences, as on social media networks there are already comments anticipating its arrival.

There are plenty of stories like that of Ne Zha which can appeal to modern audiences if well told in a modern way.

‘The Divine Fury’ eyes start of occult-themed film universe

Published August 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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‘The Divine Fury’ eyes start of occult-themed film universe

Aug 21. 2019
Woo Do-hwan (left), Park Seo-joon (center) and Ahn Sung-ki pose in this file photo. (Lotte Entertainment)

Woo Do-hwan (left), Park Seo-joon (center) and Ahn Sung-ki pose in this file photo. (Lotte Entertainment)
By By Yoon Min-sik
The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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Director Jason Kim’s upcoming film “The Divine Fury” seeks to break ground in Korean cinema by starting a cinematic universe, though the concept has not arrived here yet.

Even more daring is Kim’s attempt to do so with an occult film — a genre that has been a hit and miss when it comes to Korean movies.

“During my visit to France, I saw a statue of an angel suppressing the devil. (The statue) embodied an enormous struggle, which got me thinking (about the possibility) of making a (film) universe in Korea like Marvel or the “Conjuring” universe, in which (characters) can fight,” the director said during a press conference for the film in Seoul on Wednesday, explaining how he came up with the idea for the flick.

Kim said he discussed the possibility with Park Seo-joon, the main lead of the film, with whom he had worked on the 2015 hit “Midnight Runners.” They shared the vision of starting a cinematic universe.

Park plays the role of a mixed martial arts fighter, Yong-hu, who has lost faith in the world after losing to his father in his youth.

He discovers a scar of unknown origin on his hand and seeks help from Father Ahn, an exorcist and priest from the Vatican, played by Ahn Sung-ki. They team up to find a “bishop of the evil,” Ji-sin, played by Woo Do-hwan.

Playing his first big screen role in two years, Park, 30, said he put a lot of thought into playing Yong-hu, a character with a dark side.

“I’ve played many characters that are upbeat and positive, but this is a type of character I’ve always wanted to play. … There were a lot of question marks on how I would appear on screen visually, and in terms of portraying (the character),” he said.

Ahn, whose acting career spans over six decades, joked that this role was one that “only he could play,” perhaps a nod to the role of an exorcist priest he played in the 1998 “The Soul Guardians.”

Coming out of a years-long hiatus, he said he wanted to meet as many viewers as possible through the new film. “I felt like I could demonstrate a tremendous energy for my age,” he said.

Playing his first big screen role, Woo said his character has a “reason for being evil.”

“The most charming thing (about my character) was that he is quick to figure out what other people are like, because it is his job to dazzle and deceive them,” he said.

Whether the film will go on to build a cinematic universe remains to be seen.

“I think there are plenty of elements in our movie to create a universe. But we still need characters, or heroes. This movie sets up a lot of the necessary characters,” said the director.

One such element could be the presence of Ahn. “Ahn is like Nick Fury (of the MCU),” Kim said, hinting that the veteran actor would continue appearing in his film universe to be built up in upcoming movies.

“The Divine Fury” opens in theaters tomorrow (August 22)ใ

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