Two records have been broken by Korean directors at the China box office this weekend. [Film Business Asia]
Bruno Wu and former Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Middlehoff are partnering to create a China-based entertainment joint venture. [Hollywood Reporter]
Hong Kong college graduate becomes one of Hollywood's youngest screenwriters. [China Daily]
Tiny Times heads to North America this month after $80 million performance at Chinese box office. [Variety]
Script control relaxation "nothing new," says industry official. [China Daily]
Office Kitano Inc. to produce a Kids Return sequel after seventeen years. [Film Business Asia]
A 4-minute trailer has been released for The Wind Rises, Miyazaki Hayao's first film in five years. [Twitch]
China’s State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film, and Television announced it will ease restrictions on 20 of its responsibilities. This movement includes a stipulation to allow film scripts that deal with “general topics.” Beijing News reported earlier this morning that general topics include anything that does not discuss “religion, ethnic groups, foreign affairs and other special topics,” quoted from “a source close to SARFT.”
The red-tape cutting also officiates the need to submit a synopsis of the production for approval. Prior to this movement, productions were required to submit entire scripts for approval. Industry site FilmBusinessAsia reports that this has been an informal practice for at least three years, which has now been made official.
Other rule relaxations include simplified approval processes for co-production film equipment. Local branches can now approve film festivals with single-nation focuses rather than having to be approved by the central Beijing branch. Equivalently, regional branches may now approve DVD manufacturing.
This move could also expand possibilities for more foreign productions.
Key names in China's entertainment industry declare Hong Kong as the "gateway" to China at Think Asia, Think Hong Kong event. [Film Business Asia]
Is the hyper-materialism in Tiny Times a step backward for women? [The Atlantic]
China's Huading Awards partner with leading U.S. company Don Mischer Productions. [China Daily]
French comedy heading to Chinese theaters Wednesday. [China]