May 8th, 2012


Case Study: Chinese Zodiac

A wave of filmmakers from China and Hong Kong, including chopsocky legend Jackie Chan, are spending more time than ever shooting in France -- lured there by some of the world's most recognizable icons as they also take advantage of juicy incentives.

Chan says "Chinese Zodiac," aka "CZ12" which opens in December, is the "most authentic kung fu Jackie Chan movie." His 100th picture is a globe-trotting actioner, so setting part of the film in France was a no-brainer.

The shoot took the filmmakers to Paris and to the Chateau de Chantilly in Picardy.

Nearly 800 films were made in China last year, and there's a boom in the number of local TV stations generating their own content. In looking for locations, a growing number is turning to France as a place to shoot.

In addition to its other enticements, Chinese filmmakers find Gaul's regulatory environment refreshing.

China is also making a major play as a co-production venue, but there are still many bureaucratic hurdles to cross, not to mention issues like censorship.

Wong Kar-wai's latest movie "The Grandmasters" has entrusted its vfx work and a big part of post-production to the Paris-based BUF shingle.

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Source: Clifford Coonan


Chapman To diagnosed with a mild case of rare disorder

Chapman To, who was diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS) in April, has confirmed that he is suffering from a mild case of the disease.

MFS is a rare disorder which affects the peripheral nervous system and causes weakness and dysfunction of the limbs of its patient. In serious cases, it can lead to suffocation if the breathing muscles are affected.

On Sunday, Chapman's wife, actress Kristal Tin, shared the good news on her microblog that tests on Chapman's blood samples that were sent to America in April, had confirmed that the actor is suffering from a mild case of the illness.

"The affected antibodies are less than 20% and so he [Chapman] is diagnosed as a mild case of the disease," the actress wrote, expressing her relief and thanked everyone for their concern and encouragement. Chapman, who had been resting a home for the past two months, is expected to recover after another two months of rest and treatments.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong singer, Joey Yung and her mother paid Chapman a visit yesterday and expressed that the actor was looking good and posted a photo of them.