September 30th, 2007
- I guess I should start off and tell you that there’s a new review/observation post at the spin-off about Maiko Haaaan!!! and Beauty and the 7 Beasts. I can give you a preview and say that Beauty and the 7 Beasts is the worse HK mainstream movie I’ve seen this year…and I saw Contract Lover.
- It’s reviews time! Twitch has a review of India’s best foreign film Academy Award contender Eklavya, and Japan Times’ Mark Schilling has a review of the Japanese indie film Baum Kuchen, which is currently playing at one Tokyo theater for one show a night.
- Stephen Chow’s A Hope has finally locked a release date of January 31st, 2008, although I’m not sure if that opening date also applies to Hong Kong. As for the alien, Chow reportedly told Oriental Daily that the design is a homage to Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, not a rip-off. You can probably only use the word “homage” for films more than 20 years old.
- Under “Korean actress casting” news today, Gianna Jun (the artist formerly known as Jeon “My Sassy Girl” Ji-Hyun) is done with her first non-Korean film Blood the Last Vampire and back in Korea for the mid-budget comedy drama The Guy Who Was Once Superman. Meanwhile, Cannes best actress winner Jeon Do-Yeon has already decided on her next film, A Fine Day by director Lee Yoon-Ki (who last made the quiet gem Ad-Lib Night.) Guess which one I’m looking forward to more.
- Satoshi Kon’s Paprika picked up the Theatrical Film Award at the 12th annual Animation Kobe Award.
- Also, Wayne Wang’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayer picked up the prizes for best film and best actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival. If you remember, Wang admitted that a Chinese investor pulled out of the film because the director refused to take out a line that was critical of the Chinese communist government.
- With it crashing and burning in Chinese theaters, the distributor for Jiang Wen’s The Sun Also Rises is trying hard to boost business for the weeklong public holiday period.