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Eat Drink sequel is joy for Hsu, Taihe

Sidus’ Camellia

sells to Japan South Korea’s Sidus FNH has announced a raft of deals on its titles, led by the omnibus film Camellia, produced by the Busan International Film Festival and showcasing stories set in the port city of Busan. The shorts which comprise the

film are respectively directed by Wisit Sasanatieng from Thailand, Yukisada Isao from Japan and Jang Jun-hwan from Korea. Movie On bought Camellia for

Japan, and Toei will distribute it in that territory. In addition, Manchuria-set

period action thriller The Showdown sold to FIP for French- speaking Europe and J Bics for Thailand. Grand Prix, the horse-racing

drama starring Kim Tae-hee, sold to AV Jet International Media for Taiwan and STG for Thailand. The same two companies also took the mother-daughter drama Wedding Dress for their respective territories. BINCI Media picked up the

family drama A Long Visit and the romantic comedy Kiss Me Kill Me for China.

Jean Noh

Zhang Ziyi (left) and Aaron Kwok were at Filmart yesterday for a press conference for Gu Changwei’s Til Death Do Us Part, a love story set in a village in rural China which is battling Aids. The film will be released in China on May 10.

Jia urges China to revise technical demands

BY SCREEN STAFF Chinese film-maker Jia Zhangke has called for the Chinese govern- ment to abolish the country’s tech- nical qualification requirements which mean that only fi lms of a cer- tain technical quality can be sub- mitted for the censorship process. At a Master Class during the

Hong Kong International Film Festival, Jia claimed the process effectively blocks young fi lm-mak- ers making low-budget fi lms from entering the system. “They have a strict technical requirement even

for digital films,” he said. “But most young film-makers in this country use a low-cost camera sys- tem when they start out. This tech- nical qualification censorship blocks many film-makers from entering the market. That’s why I have been calling to cancel this section of the censorship.” Jia also shared his experience

while he was struggling as a so- called underground fi lm-maker. “I used to have very serious

arguments with the censorship officials,” he recalled. “And I was

banned from making films between 1999-2004. They sent documents and photos of me to major fi lm post-production com- panies, saying this man is not allowed to do any post-production work in your company. At that time, I had to work with fi lm-mak- ing friends in Hong Kong.” Meanwhile, Jia’s documentary

Yulu, a fi lm sponsored by Johnnie Walker, featuring the life stories of 12 Chinese entrepreneurs and pro- fessionals, is screening in the festi- val here.

BY SCREEN STAFF Taiwanese producer Hsu Li-kong, whose credits include Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and his Tangmeng Films are team- ing with mainland fi lm outfi t Taihe Film and TV Co to co-fi nance Joyful Reunion, the long-mooted sequel to Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, which Hsu also produced. Taiwanese fi lm-maker Tsao Jui-

yuan (Love’s Lone Flower) will direct the $3m (RMB20m) drama which, like the original, centres on an old master chef and the love lives of his three daughters. This time the chef is from mainland China, based in Hangzhou City in East China. Separated from his first love

during the 1949 Chinese civil war, the retired chef tries to track down his former love who now lives in Taiwan. Meanwhile, one of his daughters falls for a young entre- preneur who has moved to main- land China from Taiwan. Kenneth Tsang (Memoirs Of A

Geisha) will play the chef while Rose Kuei (Eat Drink Man Woman) plays his former lover. Taiwanese actor Blue Lan, main- land actress Huo Siyan and Jiang Mengjie are also in the cast. Shooting will start in Hangzhou

on April 6 and will move to Taipei in early May. The fi lm should open in Taiwan and the mainland in November.

Ananda Everingham


NEWS Bridging worlds Producers in China and Europe need to grasp each other’s markets before working together, agree panelists » PAGE 4

Apichatpong flies to Clouds

BY LIZ SHACKLETON Thai director Apichatpong Weera- sethakul, winner of best film at Monday’s Asian Film Awards and the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year, has boarded Lee Chatametikool’s Concrete Clouds as a producer. Apichatpong’s Bangkok-based

production outfit Kick The Machine is co-producing the fi lm with Hong Kong-based Far Sun Films and two other Thai outfi ts — Electric Eel Films and Lee’s own Vertigo Films. Thai star Ananda Everingham will head the cast. Set in Bangkok during the Asian

fi nancial crisis of 1997, the fi lm fol- lows two couples who are drawn together by a suicide. “There will be a comparison between the growth of the country and how the main characters grow,” Lee said. The project was previously

called Past Love and took part in the Hong Kong Asia Film Financ- ing Forum (HAF) in 2010. Producers on the film include

Apichatpong, Sylvia Chang and Electric Eel’s Anocha Suwichakorn- pong and Soros Sukhum. Debut director Lee is also an acclaimed edi- tor who has worked on all Apichat- pong’s fi lms since Blissfully Yours.

REVIEWS Honey sweet Chen Hung-i’s Honey PuPu, a portrait of young people in Taipei, is a hip, low-budget affair » PAGE 6


Gold Harbour to produce Five in 3D

BY SCREEN STAFF Hong Kong’s Gold Harbour Inter- national Films is to produce $1.92m (HK$15m) Give Me Five, to be shot in 3D with a cast led by Josie Ho, Tai- wan’s Jiro Wang and mainland actors Siqin Gaowa and Sun Li. Some 25% of the fi lm’s budget,

$480,000 (HK$3.75m), will be fi nanced by the Hong Kong Film Development Council (HKFDC), according to Wellington Fung, sec- retary general of the HKFDC. Casey Chan will direct the fi lm,

about a Mongolian wrestler, which is set in Inner Mongolia and Shen- zhen in southern China. Shooting is scheduled for July, with most of the 3D filming to take place in Inner Mongolia.

Euro sales agents’ united front

A group of European sales agents has got together to launch Europa International, an organisation designed to represent and defend the interests of European film exporters. The group launched as part of the public hearing at the European Commission in Brussels related to the future of the MEDIA programme. The Match Factory’s Michael

Weber is president of the Brussels- based group; Frederik Stege of TrustNordisk, Thorsten

Schumacher of HanWay Films and Daniela Elstner of Doc & Film International are vice-presidents; and Nelleke Driessen of Fortissimo, Francois Yon of Films Distribution and Sasha Wieser of EastWest Filmdistribution are deputies. The sales agents say they joined

forces “to face the important challenges of the actual market, in particular the transition to the digital world and the emergence of new media and business models.” Mike Goodridge


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