Asian in Focus as Berlin International Film Festival Opens

BERLIN — The 67th Berlin International Film Festival opened on Thursday with the premiere of the French film “Django,” set in 1943 during the German occupation of France, from director-writer Etienne Comar. Four films from Asia will appear in the festival’s main Competition section: The animated film “Have a Nice Day” from director Liu Jian … More Asian in Focus as Berlin International Film Festival Opens

‘The Assassin’ Wins Big at Asian Film Awards

The martial-arts drama “The Assassin” took top honors at the 10th Asian Film Awards on Thursday, winning eight prizes including best film, director and actress. Taiwan director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s sword-play art-house film stars actress Shu Qi as an expert assassin in 9th-century China. The film also won awards for best supporting actress (Zhou Yun), cinematography (Mark Lee … More ‘The Assassin’ Wins Big at Asian Film Awards

Raman Hui Named Director of the Year

Hong Kong filmmaker Raman Hui was named director of the year by movie-industry group CineAsia. Mr. Hui directed the 3-D fantasy-action hit “Monster Hunt,” China’s biggest blockbuster this year. The film, which opened in July, went on to earn 2.44 billion yuan (US$383.9 million) and claimed the title of China’s No. 1 box-office hit of all time.  “CineAsia is … More Raman Hui Named Director of the Year

‘The Assassin’ Gains an Audience in China

Filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin” continues to gain a steady following at the mainland China box office since its opening on Aug. 27. In its first nine days of release, the Taiwanese director’s art-house sword-play film starring actress Shu Qi has earned 54.91 million yuan (US$8.62 million), according to website ChinaBoxOffice. The film, which earned Mr. Hou … More ‘The Assassin’ Gains an Audience in China