All posts by Patrick Frater

China Box Office: Quiet Weekend as ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins With $20 Million

Hong Kong crime thriller, “Project Gutenberg” held its lead to win a second weekend at the Chinese box office. However, overall numbers remain weak. Starring Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun-fat, “Gutenberg” earned $20.6 million in its third weekend of release, according to data from Ent Group. That was down 45% on its previous winning weekend, […]

Busan: ‘Yesterday Will Be Perfect’ Heads Project Market Awards

Timothy Yeung’s Hong Kong-Canada co-production project “Yesterday Will Be Perfect” led the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Project Market awards, winning the new MAS award of $20,000. The winners included four Korean projects: Jang Woo-jin’s “The Final Print” won the Busan award that provides $15,000; the Lotte award that provides $8,800 (KRW 10,000,000) to a […]

The One Championship Confirms $166 Million Capital Injection

Sports franchise operator, The One Championship has secured an additional $166 million of funding. The financial injection expands its capital base to more than $250 million. The Series D funding round was led by Sequoia Capital, a previous investor. New investors include Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek, alongside Greenoaks Capital, and other institutional investors. Financial […]

Sony Unveils Japan-China Manga Adaptation ‘Kingdom!’

Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan is readying “Kingdom!,” an epic period drama based on Yasuhisa Hara’s best-selling manga of the same name. Set in China during the Warring States Period, the film tells the story of an orphaned peasant boy who encounters another boy destined to become the Qin emperor. Serving as the key general, the […]

Busan: KOFIC to Propose Launch of Asian Film Center

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is expected Monday to unveil ambitious plans for an Asian Film Center. The new organization is envisaged as a policy-making body that would promote the region’s film industry. The proposal is expected to be made at a round table conference being organized by KOFIC on the margins of the Busan International […]

Vesoul and Cinemarket Team up for Sales on Mongolian Film Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

A slate of 15 restored Mongolian films will be launched on blockchain-powered rights platform Cinemarket. The restoration and sales project is the initiative of France’s Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas. Vesoul – whose founders Martine and Jean-Marc Therouanne were honored Thursday at the Busan International Film Festival for their contribution to Korean cinema […]

Celina Jade to Star in ‘Mojin X’ Chinese Tomb Raiding Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Celina Jade, the breakout actress from “Wolf Warrior II,” is set as the star of big-budget Chinese tomb raiding action film “Mojin X.” The film is a sequel to 2015 hit “Mojin: The Lost Legend.” Directed by Li Yifan, “Mojin X” also stars Zhang Hanyu (“Assembly”) and Jiang Wu. Working through Saints Entertainment, the producer […]