Category: Asia

Korean Vengeance Miniseries ‘The Tyrant’ Launching on Disney+

“I Saw the Devil” screenwriter and director of “New World,” Park Hoon-jung has written and directed Korean espionage-revenge-drama series “The Tyrant.” Production is by Goldmoon Pictures. The four-part miniseries which launches on the Disney+ streaming platform next month (Aug. 14), centers around a cutting-edge virus that is stolen during a secret handover between Korean and […] Go to Source

Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Out 2’ Reaches $48 Million After Strong Fourth Weekend

Disney’s “Inside Out 2” held very strongly in its fourth weekend of release in South Korea to reach a cumulative score of $48 million. It earned $6.30 million between Friday and Sunday, earned from 906,000 ticket sales, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic). That represented a […] Go to Source

Alia Bhatt, Sharvari-Led Yash Raj Spy Universe Film Reveals Title (EXCLUSIVE)

India’s Yash Raj Films (YRF) has unveiled the title for its first female-fronted instalment in the studio’s successful spy universe franchise. Titled “Alpha,” the film stars Alia Bhatt and Sharvari as super agents. “This is a clear take by YRF to highlight a societal misinterpretation that only men can be Alphas,” said a source close […] Go to Source

Huma Qureshi, Chandrachur Singh to Star in ‘Bayaan’ From Indian Indie Stalwarts Bikas Mishra and Shiladitya Bora (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian indie producer Shiladitya Bora is set to begin production on “Bayaan,” a new drama featuring Huma Qureshi (“Gangs of Wasseypur,” “Leila”) and Chandrachur Singh (“Maachis,” “Josh”). The film, by writer-director Bikas Mishra (“Chauranga”), is slated to start shooting this month in Rajasthan. Additional cast members include Sachin Khedekar (“Sita Ramam”), Avijit Dutt (“Piku”), Shampa […] Go to Source

Taiwanese Rockers No Party for Cao Dong Feted With Triple Prizes at Golden Melody Awards

Taiwanese rock group No Party for Cao Dong won triple prizes for best band, album of the year and best Mandarin album over the weekend at the Golden Melody Awards. Taiwanese rapper MC HotDog won the best Mandarin male singer award, while the best Mandarin female singer award went to Shi Shi Sun. The Taiwan-based […] Go to Source

Peter Farrelly’s ‘Balls Up’ Comedy With Mark Wahlberg to Shoot in Australia

“Balls Up,” an action comedy film from “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly and starring Mark Wahlberg, will shoot this month in Queensland, Australia. The picture is backed by Amazon MGM Studios and Skydance. The film follows two American marketing executives who are fired for blowing a client sponsorship opportunity and decide to use their free […] Go to Source

Australian Media Groups Are Rocked by Job Cuts, Following Lapsed Meta Deal, Slowing Economy

Nine Entertainment, Australia’s largest media conglomerate last week announced plans to cut 200 jobs. It blamed a weak advertising market and the non-renewal of a news content deal with Meta, the U.S. giant that operates Facebook and Instagram. It also follows scandals over alleged misbehavior by staff. That is a pattern that follows other media […] Go to Source

Final ‘Demon Slayer’ Anime Films to Launch as Theatrical Trilogy

Crunchyroll has acquired “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Infinity Castle,” which will debut in theaters globally as a trilogy of films. The three films will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment worldwide, excluding some Asian territories and Japan. No release dates have been disclosed. The three-part cinematic movies represent the final arc and […] Go to Source

Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed’s ‘Barzakh’ Unveils Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Series “Barzakh,” starring top Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed, has unveiled a trailer. Set in the Hunza Valley, “Barzakh” centers on a 76-year-old man who surprises his estranged children and grandchildren by announcing his engagement to the ghost of his first love. This revelation triggers a series of emotional confrontations as the family gathers, unsure how […] Go to Source

Vijay Sethupathi Talks ‘Maharaja’ Magic, Fatherhood and Cross-Industry Leap: ‘Life Is a Beautiful Script’ (EXCLUSIVE)

From accountant to acting powerhouse, Indian actor Vijay Sethupathi’s 50-film journey has been anything but ordinary. The actor’s 50th film, the Tamil-language “Maharaja,” written and directed by Nithilan Saminathan (“Kurangu Bommai”), is an action-packed saga that blends thriller elements with family drama and has a father-daughter relationship at its core. It has emerged as one […] Go to Source

Kinky Sex No Problem as Taiwan’s Wu Kang-ren Is Willing to Shred His Celebrity and Clothes in Service of ‘The...

Maximum secrecy – including an omerta about the cast – was observed during the filming of “The Chronicles of Libidoists,” a Taiwanese film fable that is pitched as a modern-day retelling of “The Little Mermaid” fairy tale. A work-in-progress teaser in Cannes, however, disclosed that major Taiwan star Wu Kang-ren was the protagonist of the […] Go to Source

Creativeland Studios Taps Jio Content Chief Shobha Sant as CEO (EXCLUSIVE)

Creativeland Studios has tapped industry veteran Shobha Sant as its new CEO, Variety can reveal. In her new position, Sant will lead Creativeland’s filmed entertainment division and oversee the talent business of AIG-India, the joint venture between Creativeland Studios and Artist International Group. The joint venture seeks to provide Indian talent with opportunities to achieve […] Go to Source

Sony Pictures Networks India Confirms Disney+ Hotstar Content Chief Gaurav Banerjee as Managing Director and CEO

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has confirmed Gaurav Banerjee as its new managing director and CEO. He will take the reins on or before Aug. 26, pending approvals. Banerjee will step into the shoes of N.P. Singh, who’s signing off after a 25-year run at the company. Singh will move into the role of non-executive […] Go to Source

‘The Divorce’ Wins Shanghai Golden Goblet Best Film Prize

A jury headed by French Vietnamese director Tranh Anh Hung awarded its Golden Goblet (Jin Jue) prizes for the Shanghai International Film Festival’s main competition. The top prize for best feature went to “The Divorce,” directed by Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Salamat. The jury praised the film for its sophisticated story-telling which mixes comedy, farce and tragedy, […] Go to Source

Zhang Xinyang’s ‘Cold Water’ is Hot Pick at Shanghai Film Project Market

The 17th edition of the SIFF Project Market, held on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, wrapped this week with the awarding of various prizes and an early evening party. In the juried section prizes were determined by a panel including Lu Chuan, Luca Liang and Yao Chen. Others were decided by individual […] Go to Source

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Lost Album ‘Chain of Light’ to be Released by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records

Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records is set to release “Chain of Light,” a previously unheard album by Pakistani qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The recordings, discovered in the label’s archives in 2021, date back to April 1990. The album features Khan with his eight-piece ensemble performing four traditional qawwalis (Sufi Islamic devotional songs), including […] Go to Source

Malaysian Filmmakers, Academics Slam Expanded Censorship Rules: ‘Filmmaking is Now a Dangerous Vocation’

Filmmakers in Malaysia are predicting more arrests and criminal investigations if the government pushes through proposed guidelines to the country’s censorship system and expands the remit of the Film Censorship Board (LFP). Malaysia has in recent years gained itself an intolerant reputation after numerous bans or restrictions on Hollywood and Asian films that have been […] Go to Source

Feng Xiaogang, Xu Zheng and Guan Hu Tentpole Films in the Works as Alibaba Pictures Unveils Blockbuster Slate at Shanghai

Leading Chinese film studio, Alibaba Pictures has announced a slate of seven tentpole movies that it hopes will reinvigorate the mainland China box office. The titles straddle martial arts, drama, history, sci-fi and comedy and are presented as the first elements of the company’s second five year plan. They were revealed on Monday at a […] Go to Source

‘Hearsay’ Is Biggest Winner at India’s Inaugural Doc Film Bazaar

India’s Doc Film Bazaar, which is part of the Mumbai International Film Festival, has unveiled the winners of its inaugural edition. The awards, sponsored by Prasad Lab, are aimed at supporting post-production efforts, particularly in digital intermediate (DI) services. “Hearsay” by Sraman Chatterjee and Meghla Dasgupta received the top honor with a free DI and […] Go to Source

‘The Commandant’s Shadow,’ True Account of Holocaust Horrors Fictionalized in ‘The Zone of Interest,’ Unpacked by Filmmakers at Mumbai Festival...

After Jonathan Glazer’s Cannes, Oscar and BAFTA-winning “The Zone of Interest,” Daniela Volker’s “The Commandant’s Shadow” tackles the same subject – what it was like to live next door to a WWII concentration camp. While Glazer’s film was a work of fiction, based on Martin Amis’ novel, Volker’s film is a documentary. Exploring the legacy […] Go to Source

Producer of Cannes Prizewinner ‘The Shameless’ Boards Female Freedom Fighter Doc ‘Legend of Abbakka’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Mohaan Nadaar’s The Production Headquarters Limited, one of the producers of Cannes-prizewinning film “The Shameless,” has boarded Indian documentary “Legend of Abbakka.” “The Shameless” was directed by Bulgarian-American filmmaker Konstantin Bojanov and appeared in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival this year. There, Anasuya Sengupta won the best actress award. Rani Abbakka […] Go to Source

China Box Office: ‘Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle’ Notches Another Chinese Win for Japanese Animation

Japanese animation film “Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle” took a clear lead at the mainland China weekend box office – despite only being available for two of three days. Data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway showed the film scoring $9.8 million (RMB69.4 million) in China, more than double that of second placed film “Be My Friend.” […] Go to Source

Asia Streaming Analysis: U.S. Content Is Losing Ground, But Remains Important for Subscription Trends, Report

U.S-produced film and TV content has maintained leadership in terms of reach among Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) users in nine major markets in Asia-Pacific. And it remains important for acquiring and maintaining subscriptions, a new report finds. New research from consultancy firm Media Partners Asia is based on passively-collected data from 40,000 digital users amassed by […] Go to Source

Why Are Japanese Anime Films Enjoying Outsized Success in China? The Answer Is a Combination of Culture, Politics and the...

Reminiscent of the outsized Chinese box office success once enjoyed by a certain genre of Hollywood movie – think “Expendables 3,” Pacific Rim” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” – some Japanese anime films are now earning more in China than they are in their native Japan. Last year, “Suzume” (pictured above) earned $117 million in […] Go to Source

They left NYC for Bali with their teenagers. 7 years later, their sons are fleeing the nest, and they’re selling...

The main hallway features a curved staircase. Amanda Goh/Business Insider Gabi Bondor and Zoltan Kaman moved from New York City to Bali seven years ago with their teenage sons. During the pandemic, they built a six-bedroom eclectic home for their family. Now, they’re becoming empty-nesters and selling the Canggu villa for $1.895 million. Seven years ago, Gabi Bondor and Zoltan Kaman packed up their lives…

Gainax, Japanese Anime Firm Behind ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ Files for Bankruptcy

Gainax, the iconic but latterly tarnished, Japanese animation producer behind anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” has filed for bankruptcy. It had been in operation for nearly 40 years. The company made the announcement on Friday, via its own website, and said that it had filed its petition with the courts on May 29. The problem […] Go to Source

Amitabh Bachchan Plays God Cameo in Sequel ‘Fakt Purusho Maate’: ‘His Enduring Stardom Is a Phenomenon’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian cinema acting legend Amitabh Bachchan has shot a cameo in upcoming sequel “Fakt Purusho Maate.” The Gujarati-language film is a sequel to 2022 hit “Fakt Mahilao Maate,” where he had a leading role. In that film, a young man finds himself able to read the thoughts of all women and he decides to use this […] Go to Source

Amitabh Bachchan Plays God Cameo in Sequel ‘Fakt Purusho Maate’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian cinema acting legend Amitabh Bachchan has shot a cameo in upcoming sequel “Fakt Purusho Maate.” The Gujarati-language film is a sequel to 2022 hit “Fakt Mahilao Maate,” where he had a leading role. In that film, a young man finds himself able to read the thoughts of all women and he decides to use this […] Go to Source

Anil Kapoor to Host Indian Reality Show ‘Bigg Boss OTT’ on JioCinema – Global Bulletin

HOST WITH THE MOST After playing the host of “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” in “Slumdog Millionaire,” Indian star Anil Kapoor will be the new host of “Bigg Boss OTT,” a Hindi-language adaptation of the “Big Brother” format. The third digital edition of the reality show will […] Go to Source

Kep1er, Enhypen Head to Stage as KCON LA Sets 25 K-Pop Acts for July Edition

Leading K-pop acts including Enhypen, INI and Kep1er, which this week released new album “Kep1ergoing,” are all set to appear next month at KCON LA 2024. The CJ ENM-backed event in Los Angeles, comprising a convention and multi-act concert series, will feature at least 25 group and solo acts from South Korea. It runs over […] Go to Source