‘212 Warrior’: Indonesian Martial-Arts Book Series to Hit the Big Screen

  Indonesian actor Vino G. Bastian will star in “212 Warrior,” a film version based on his father’s popular martial-arts novels. Fox International Productions and Lifelike Pictures will co-produce the film, which is due for release next year. Mr. Bastian will portray Wiro Sableng, or 212 Warrior, a character from a series of Indonesian martial-arts … More ‘212 Warrior’: Indonesian Martial-Arts Book Series to Hit the Big Screen

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

Hong Kong Producer Nansun Shi to Be Honored by Berlin Festival

BERLIN — Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi will be awarded the Berlinale Camera at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival this week. Ms. Shi is one of Asia’s most prominent and successful film producers and film distributors, with a career spanning more than three decades. Her many credits include director John Woo’s “A Better Tomorrow” … More Hong Kong Producer Nansun Shi to Be Honored by Berlin Festival

Hong Kong’s ‘Port of Call’ Selected as Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

Hong Kong’s Motion Picture Industry Association has submitted “Port of Call” by director Philip Yung to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as it entry in the foreign-language film category. The gritty psychological thriller – inspired by a grisly real-life murder in Hong Kong of a teenage girl from mainland China – premiered … More Hong Kong’s ‘Port of Call’ Selected as Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

Singapore Submits ‘Apprentice’ for Foreign-Language Film Oscar

The Singapore Film Commission has selected director Boo Junfeng’s film “Apprentice” as the country’s official submission to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the best foreign-language film category. Mr. Boo’s film is a psychological drama about a young correctional officer who is transferred to Singapore’s top prison, where he develops a friendship … More Singapore Submits ‘Apprentice’ for Foreign-Language Film Oscar

Kaori Momoi: The Art of Playing a Prostitute

Japanese actress Kaori Momoi is in Hong Kong this week to present her film “Hee” at the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival. “Hee” had its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, and the Hong Kong screening marks the film’s Asian premiere. Ms. Momoi both directed the film and took the lead … More Kaori Momoi: The Art of Playing a Prostitute

‘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