Korean film has always been an important player on the World cinema scene with many of the most acclaimed and successful directors and films coming from the country. Over the last ten years the industry has exploded with films from directors, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), Bong Joon-ho (The Host) and Kim Jee-woon (I Saw The Devil) finding success in America and Europe with their gritty, box office films while Hong Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk have found acclaim in Europe and the festival circuit for their soulful stories.
The three-minute film Thuoc La va Nguoi Lon (Tobacco & Adults), made by ninth graders from the Le Quy Don Secondary School, won first prize at the fifth filmmaking contest for Vietnamese students. This is the second time that Nguyen Lam Tuyen, Nguyen Hoang Du, and Tran Nguyen Tuong Vi have received awards after their film Mot Ngay Cua Than Dong Tuong Lai (A Day of a Future Genius) won second prize last year.
Singapore’s official censor, Media Development Authority (MDA), has approved and rated all six films submitted for Singaporeans For Democracy’s (SFD) annual human rights event – Freedom Film Fest. Three films were rated M18 (Mature 18) and another three NC16 (No children under 16). The event will be held at 7pm on Oct 28, at The Substation.
After more than a decade in show business, Vancouverite Andrew Ooi has become one of the most influential personalities in Asia’s expanding entertainment world. Working out of his unassuming offices on Oxford Street, the thirtysomething manager and film producer has been promoting Asian acting talent in Hollywood and putting together film deals in North America and some of Asia’s most vibrant movie markets.