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HK Filmart 2013: BLIND DETECTIVE Press Conference

Ah, the excitement of a press conference! Actually, though it may sound dry and boring -- and I'm sure the repetition would dilute the impact quickly -- the first press conference I attended in Hong Kong a couple of weeks... More »
By Peter Martin   

Get Your First Look at Dante Lam's MMA

Among the eye-catching productions at Hong Kong Filmart earlier this week were no less than two films boasting the winning partnership of director Dante Lam and actor Nick Cheung. First was Emperor's The Demon Within, but also Distribution Workshop has... More »
By Al Young   

HK Filmart 2013: Top HAF Prizes Doled Out To DOOMSDAY - PARTY And BARBER'S TALES

The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum wrapped up on Wednesday and handed out its awards. The major prizes were picked up by Ho Hong and Jun Robles Lana. 25 projects took part, whittled down from 250 submissions, and the two... More »
By Pierce Conran   

EXCLUSIVE Clip And Poster: Lee Jung-Jae Bleeds For Justice In This Clip From NEW WORLD

Ah, the drama is thick in this one. New World is the gangster thriller from director Park Hoon-Jung (2011's The Showdown, he also wrote I Saw the Devil), starring Lee Jung-Jae and Oldboy star Choi Min-Sik as an undercover cop... More »
By Charles Webb   

Character Posters Revealed for Sexy Period Action Comedy THE HUNTRESSES

Not long now before Showbox reveals its period action comedy The Huntresses, which stars some of the most popular young actresses in the business. Following the first teaser that launched earlier this month, five new character posters featuring the trio... More »
By Pierce Conran   

First Peek at Pang Ho Cheung's SDU: SEX DUTIES UNIT

Hot off the success of last year's riotous sex comedy Vulgaria, Pang Ho Cheung re-unites with his onscreen alter ego, Chapman To, for SDU: Sex Duties Unit. Centering on Hong Kong's Special Duties Units (essentially the city's answer to SWAT),... More »
By James Marsh   

7th Asian Film Awards Winners Show Depth of Talent in Region

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) got underway this past weekend but that wasn't the only game in town as Monday saw both the opening of this year's Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) and the glitzy... More »
By Pierce Conran   

Get Behind the Scenes of Korean Gorilla Baseball Comedy MR. GO

Just yesterday, Showbox unveiled the first teaser for their major summer title Mr. Go via Naver and now, there is a behind-the-scenes video via Daum that features the technical process of creating this CG character and integrating it in a... More »
By Al Young   

HK Filmart 2013: Donnie Yen, Media Asia Create Super Hero Films

There was an air of mystery surrounding Tuesday night's "Donnie Yen: Super Hero" press conference at Hong Kong Filmart, but all quickly became clear once the actor took to the stage with Media Asia chief, Peter Lam. Together they unveiled... More »
By James Marsh   

Get Behind The Scenes With Vidyut Jammwal In COMMANDO - A ONE MAN ARMY

A new action star is rising in Bollywood and his name is Vidyut Jammwal. From his stunt performances to busting out some spectacular moves without the assistance of CGI or cables, the martial artist/model-turned-actor turned many heads when the Commando... More »
By Al Young   

HK Filmart 2013: Why Aren't Rich Asians Investing in Movies?

"There are so many rich Asians. Why are they not investing?" Wilfred Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong Film Festival Society Limited, asked the question in his remarks during a conference this morning at Filmart. The discussion, centered on the... More »
By Peter Martin   

HK Filmart 2013: The Wild, the Crazy, and the Hopeful -- In Pictures

While my Twitch colleagues Todd Brown, James Marsh, and Pierce Conran have been spending their time watching movies and talking with distributors, sales agents, and filmmakers, I've been free to attend thematic conferences arranged by Filmart and roam the exhibitor... More »
By Peter Martin   

More 3D Horror From Thailand With THE SECOND SIGHT And GHOST COINS

Thailand's Five Star Production is continuing its recent foray into 3D horror with a pair of new projects announced at the Hong Kong Filmart, both of which come with familiar names at the helm.Up first is Ghost Coins, a new... More »
By Todd Brown   

Xing Yu Battles Deadly Cult In THE WRATH OF VAJRA Promo

At the Hong Kong Filmart today, Golden Network Asia Limited held a press conference to unveil the promo for The Wrath Of Vajra, a martial arts film from the producers behind the Painted Skin series. This marks Xing Yu's (aka... More »
By Al Young   

Johnnie To Sees Red in First BLIND DETECTIVE Teaser

Hong Kong's Johnnie To is showing no signs of restraint in the wake of his violent mainland-based thriller, Drug War, which has its domestic at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival later this week. The first teaser trailer for... More »
By James Marsh   

Could Benny Chan's METAMORPHOSIS Spell Change For Universe?

Scouring the booths at Hong Kong Filmart, I saw that local production house Universe was teasing a couple of upcoming projects. The main focus is on the Pang Brothers' Inferno 3D, starring Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Lee Sinje,... More »
By James Marsh   

HK Filmart 2013: Selling Chinese Films Internationally Is Hard Everywhere

And you thought it was just North America. Or Europe. Nope, turns out that, even in other parts of Asia, Chinese-language films face huge barriers to wider exhibition. On the first day of Hong Kong Filmart 2013, a conference was... More »
By Peter Martin