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Director of Netflix’s ‘Yellow Door’ Doc Talks Bong Joon-ho’s Early Days, Evolution of Korean Film 

For Korean cinema completists, Netflix’s forthcoming documentary Yellow Door: ’90s Lo-fi Film Club will arrive like manna from heaven when it launches worldwide on Oct. 27.  Among the film’s many pleasures is the depiction of Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho’s previously unknown first film, a stop-motion animated short titled Looking for Paradise that he made in […]

Busan Film Festival’s Market Notches Record Attendance Despite Reduced Budget, Headwinds

The Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Contents and Film Market wrapped up its 2023 edition with record attendance from over 2,479 industry representatives, according to organizers. Despite industry-wide headwinds, attendees from sales and licensing companies, buyers, producers and investors gathered in Busan in an expanded exhibition hall at BEXCO, the main venue, to trade content […]

Busan: Korean Film Legends Kim Ji-woon, Song Kang-ho Discuss ‘Cobweb’ and the Essence of Cinema

For veteran Korean director Kim Ji-woon, his latest feature Cobweb was an exploration into the aesthetics and meaning of cinema. A satire about a film director who is convinced that a reshoot of his film’s ending could make it a masterpiece, the film delves into the beauty of cinema and the emotional journey of those […]

Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Makes Comeback With Expanded Selection, Ambitious Focus on South Asian Cinema (Full Lineup)

Following a three-year pandemic hiatus, India’s Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is returning in expanded form this fall with a bumper selection of 250 films and an ambitious focus on South Asian cinema. The festival, which runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 in Mumbai, revealed the bulk of its lineup Monday and the chair […]

Tokyo Film Festival: Zhang Yimou to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Chinese filmmaking icon Zhang Yimou will receive the Tokyo International Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award, the event’s organizers revealed Tuesday. Zhang will be presented with the honor at the Tokyo festival’s opening ceremony on Oct. 23 in “recognition of his extraordinary career and long-standing contributions to the film industry.” The director will later participate in […]

Disney’s ‘Moving’ Sweeps Busan Film Festival’s Asia Contents Awards 

Disney’s Korean fantasy drama Moving was the big winner Sunday at the Busan International Film Festival’s Asia Contents Awards, which honors excellence in content creation for TV and streaming services across the region. Moving, which has become Disney+ and Hulu’s most-watched Korean series both in Asia and globally, took home the first-place best creative award, best writer […]

Japanese Anime ‘The Concierge’ Set for North America Theatrical Release Via Crunchyroll

Anime specialty company Crunchyroll revealed Thursday that it has acquired all North American rights to the upcoming Japanese animated feature The Concierge. The company, a subsidiary of Sony, plans to release the film in North American theaters early next year. The film is a feature adaptation of Tsuchika Nishimura’s beloved manga series The Concierge at Hokkyoku […]

The Korean Wave Comes Full Circle at the Busan Film Fest

Keen eyes will have spotted a slight tweak to the usual mission championed by the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) when it announced the program for its 28th edition. While there are plenty of opportunities for international visitors to tap into current trends in the Asian cinema scene across the board — the foundation on […]

China Box Office: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Under the Light’ Wins Mid-Autumn Holiday Race With $63M Opening

It’s turning into the year of Zhang Yimou at China’s box office. The venerable 73-year-old director’s 26th feature, crime drama Under the Light, topped ticket sales during China’s Mid-Autumn Festival holiday over the past four days, opening to $62.6 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway. This comes after Zhang’s previous feature, the historical mystery thriller […]

Oscars: Singapore Selects Anthony Chen’s ‘The Breaking Ice’ for International Feature Category

Singapore has picked Ilker Anthony Chen’s coming-of-age Chinese drama The Breaking Ice as its submission to the 2024 Oscars in the best international feature category. The film made its world premiere in May in Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, with The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics later selecting it as one of the 20 best films screened at the prestigious French festival […]

‘Alice in Borderland’ Lands Season 3 Renewal at Netflix

It’s official: Netflix has renewed its hit Japanese sci-fi thriller drama Alice in Borderland for a third season. Fans of the show noticed late Wednesday that Netflix had unceremoniously dropped a teaser for a third season, leading to online speculation that more episodes of the live-action show were officially in the works. At the APOS […]

Tokyo Film Festival Aims to Boost Global Relevance With Bumper 2023 Edition

The Tokyo International Film Festival undertook a series of bold changes in 2020 to enhance its international reach, including a location change and major shakeups across staffing and programming. For the global film community, however, much of the overhaul went unfelt due to the travel restrictions of the pandemic. The Tokyo festival’s chairman, Hiroyasu Ando, emphasized […]