Post Archive

April 2011

A Malaysian Islamic preacher, Mohammed Daud Che Ngah, has warned that locally produced horror movies and TV dramas could turn Muslim viewers into ‘polytheists’ (people who worship multiple deities or Gods). “I think the producers are bent on making horror dramas and films because these shows generate good returns,” The Star quoted Ngah, as saying.

After a four year interval, the Asian Buddhist Film Festival (ABFF) returns and this time around a portion of its proceeds are set to go to Japan earthquake and tsunami victims. Ambassador K. Kesavapany, director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) said that helping people is in line with Buddhist teachings of compassion and giving to the Japanese victims will do just that.

Comedy flick Bye Bye Bangkok is already into its 14th week and heading towards wrapping at least a 100-day run. Along with Aniket Chattopadhyay’s movie, a clutch of other Bengali movies like Gautam Ghosh’s Moner Manush, debutant director Srijit Mukhopadhyay’s Autograph all notched up at least a 100 days. Not to mention that viewers turned up in hordes, everytime a Feluda film released. Tollywood, is making a habit of hits. From a mere two-film industry in 2001, to 96 in 2010 is enough proof for the revival of the Bangla film industry as well as the thumping applause it has …

Brightcove, the leading online video platform, today announced that Screen Media Ventures LLC, a leading worldwide independent motion picture distribution company, has chosen Brightcove to support its new online digital movie platform, The new Web service, launched in late March 2011, provides free access to hundreds of theatrically released and independent movies and is initially available in the U.S. with Canada and international to follow.

KUALA LUMPUR: Scenic Kuala Lumpur will soon be featured in Hong Kong director Dante Lam’s new action thriller, tentatively titled Against War and starring Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou (pic). Among locations slated for shooting, due to start next month, are the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Dataran Merdeka, KLCC, Sunway Lagoon, and the Maju Expressway. Sources told The Malay Mail Lam, who was in KL on a scouting mission recently, had also chosen the Golden Triangle for some downtown scenes. Jordan was also slated for filming but it has been put on hold due to political unrest there.

Festival Opinion The 1st Beijing International Film Festival (北京國際電影季, 23-28 April) closes tonight at the Beijing Olympic Centre. It began five days ago at a red-carpet ceremony that borrowed imagery, music and lyrics from the city’s 2008 Olympics. The first edition has featured problems that have beset ambitious new festivals throughout Asia in the past decade, notably in Hanoi and Bangkok. There is a lack of information in either English or Chinese, events have been cancelled or rescheduled at the last minute, catalogues have been published late if at all, and there is still no printed festival schedule.