October 8th, 2012


Asian Filmmakers Discuss How to Compete with Hollywood in Busan

Filmmakers from China, South Korea and Japan gathered at a seminar yesterday during the Busan International Film Festival to discuss cooperation between the three countries, the Qilu Evening News reports.

South Korean producer Lee Joo-ick, Japanese producer Satoru Iseki and Chinese director Wang Ping were present at the event to share their understandings of filmmaking. Among the topics they discussed was how to compete with Hollywood blockbusters.

Lee, who produced "The Warrior's Way" and "Late Autumn," confidently said the center of the world's film market would shift to Asia within five years.

"Hollywood films are like a very popular restaurant," Lee said. "We are a restaurant with more than 1 billion potential customers. Most of all, our chefs (filmmakers) are getting better and better."

Iseki, producer of Akira Kurosawa's "Ran," warned Chinese filmmakers that imitating Hollywood films was not a solution.

"Chinese films can hardly compete with Hollywood because Chinese filmmakers are copying their ways," he said. "The difficulties you are facing are what we had to deal with 20 years ago. I hope our Chinese peers can learn from us. The only thing we can depend on is the great characterscharacteristics of our culture."

Director Wang agreed that Chinese filmmakers had a lot to learn from Japan and South Korea and that the three countries should stick together in their filmmaking endeavors.



Storming oscar's language barrier

The end of September is when countries submit their representatives for the Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film, the only category the rest of the world can take part in for Hollywood's mostly self-celebratory awards show.

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Thailand. Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

- The entry from Thailand is a crime noir involving a hitman who wakes up from a coma and sees everything upside-down _ a great inconvenience in his line of work. He joins a secret band of assassins specialising in whacking corrupt politicians, but the red dot from a rifle is soon pointing at him.

Caught in the Web (Chinese: 搜索) is a 2012 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige. In September 2012 it screened as a special presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.[1] The film has been selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.[2]

Life Without Principle is a 2011 Hong Kong crime drama film produced and directed by Johnnie To[1] and starring Lau Ching Wan, Richie Ren and Denise Ho. This film was screened in competition at the 68th Venice Film Festival on 9 September 2011.[2][3] The North America distribution rights to Hong Kong director Johnnie To's Life Without Principle (夺命金) was picked up by Indomina Group shortly after the film premiered at 68th Venice Film Festival. The deal was made between Indomina and the film's sales agent Media Asia Group.[4]

The film has been selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.[5]

Touch of the Light is a 2012 Taiwanese drama film directed by Chang Rong-ji. The film has been selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.[1]

The Scent of Burning Grass (Vietnamese: Mùi cỏ cháy) is a 2012 Vietnamese film directed by Nguyễn Hữu Mười. The film has been selected as the Vietnamese entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.[1]

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Wei Yin Chen Starting Against the Yankees RIGHT NOW

According to ESPN announcers, the pressbox is full of representatives from Taiwan who have said that this is such a huge deal there that people are taking off work to watch Chen pitch in his first MLB postseason game.

BALTIMORE -- When it came to his starting rotation, Orioles manager Buck Showalter found himself in a constant state of crisis. Sometimes injuries forced improvisation. Other times the culprit was ineffectiveness.

Either way, by the end of his team's improbable 93-win regular season, Showalter had given the ball to a dozen different starting pitchers. But only one emerged as a constant.

In Wei-Yin Chen, the 27-year-old Taiwanese lefty signed out of Japan, the Orioles discovered their only true rotation stalwart.

"I'm from Taiwan, I pitched in Japan and I'm a rookie here,'' Chen, who will start ALDS Game 2 against Andy Pettitte Monday night, said through an interpreter. "And I never thought of pitching in a postseason, and this is really a big dream for me. I have to give credit to my teammates. They were all behind me and support me. They are the best.''

Those teammates also can thank Chen, who answered the bell for 32 starts and 192 2/3 innings, both of them team highs. In his first big-league season, Chen finished 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA, all while taking on the role of staff workhorse.

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