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Patrick Brzeski

Asia Bureau Chief

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China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Tops $150M, ‘The Lost City’ Scores Release Date

Hong Kong crime thriller Detective vs. Sleuths again topped China’s theatrical box office, taking $14.2 million during what was altogether a downbeat weekend of moviegoing in the country. The market generated just $40.6 million in total revenue during the frame, a modest total for what’s usually China’s busy summer blockbuster season. Ongoing Covid-19 controls across the country […]

Don Lee Returns for Korean Action Sequel ‘The Roundup: No Way Out’

South Korea’s biggest blockbuster of 2022, The Roundup, is already getting the sequel treatment. A new, third film in the series, The Roundup: No Way Out, reuniting director Lee Sang-yong and Ma Dong-seok (aka Don Lee), officially began production late last week, the sequel’s sale agent K-Movie Entertainment tells The Hollywood Reporter.  The new project […]

Netflix Sets K-Drama Revenge Series ‘The Glory’

Korean screenwriter Kim Eun-sook and actress Song Hye-kyo, who last teamed on the wildly popular K-drama Descendants of the Sun, are pairing up again for revenge series The Glory, produced by Netflix. Rising star Lee Do-hyun, best known from Sweet Home, will also take a lead role in the new show. Song plays Moon Dong-eun, […]

Former Warner Bros. Exec Launches Production Company Big Owl Pictures in Australia

Shaun Murphy, former head of television at Warner Bros Australia, on Wednesday announced the launch of television and film production company Big Owl Pictures. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, the venture has received backing from private equity group, Balance Vector. Murphy will serve as CEO and executive producer at the new outfit. He says Big Owl Pictures will […]

Steve Nash’s CTRL Media to Co-Produce Reality Series About East Asia Super League’s Inaugural Basketball Season

The inaugural season of the East Asia Super League, the startup basketball league featuring competition between clubs from across mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, is set to receive the reality TV treatment. The groundbreaking longform series will be directed by Korean filmmaker John H. Lee (Battle For Incheon: Operation Chromite). The […]

Netflix Greenlights Japanese Thriller Series ‘Burn the House Down’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has lined up its next Japanese original series, a mystery thriller adaptation of the hit manga Burn the House Down. Created by up-and-coming artist Moyashi Fujisawa, the original manga began serialization in Kodansha’s Kiss magazine in 2017 and became an immediate hit, attracting multiple adaptation offers in the year’s since. The Netflix series, like […]

Korean Streamer TVING to Acquire Rival Seezn to Better Compete With Netflix, Disney+

Two of South Korea’s leading domestic streaming services, TVING and Seezn, have unveiled plans to merge, forming a single platform that’s better equipped to take on global rivals like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. Powerhouse Korean entertainment company CJ ENM, which holds the controlling stake in TVING, confirmed the merger via a regulatory filing, […]

China Box Office: ‘Detective vs. Sleuths’ Wins Weekend, ‘Mozart From Space’ Disappoints

Hong Kong crime thriller Detective vs. Sleuths surged to the top of China’s box office in its second weekend of release, earning $18.4 million. Chinese hitmaker Chen Sicheng’s much anticipated sci-fi comedy Mozart From Space, meanwhile, made a disappointing start in second place, taking $16.6 million. Slipping just 20 percent from its opening frame, Detective […]

Disney to Produce Three Projects Featuring K-Pop Supergroup BTS

Disney and K-Pop supergroup BTS are getting into business together. The Walt Disney Co. and BTS’ studio home Hybe revealed a new global content partnership Tuesday that will see the companies work together to produce five titles for Disney’s streaming services, including three exclusive projects featuring BTS or BTS members. Aligning itself with the world’s […]

China Box Office: ‘Lighting Up the Stars’ Wins Weekend, ‘Thor 4’ in Limbo Over Suspected LGBTQ Censorship

Local drama Lighting Up the Stars easily won a third consecutive weekend at China’s box office, selling $27.8 million worth of tickets for an impressive total of $186.3 million and counting. But the sentimental Chinese film, which tells the story of a surprising bond formed between a funeral director and an orphaned little girl, didn’t […]

CineAsia to Return in December for First Edition in Four Years

CineAsia, the exhibition and distribution industry conference usually hosted every fall somewhere in Asia Pacific, is set to return for an in-person edition for the first time in four years. Organizers said Friday that CineAsia will take place in Bangkok from Dec. 5 to 8. The event will be hosted in the cinemas and convention […]

108 Media Buys Majority Stake in Singaporean Animation Studio Robot Playground Media

U.K. production and distribution company 108 Media said Wednesday that it has acquired a majority stake in Singapore-based animation studio Robot Playground Media (RPM). Co-founded and run by Ervin Han and Bernard Toh, RPM has developed and produced animation projects for clients including Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney Southeast Asia, MediaCorp, StarHub and Viacom. In 2019, Toh directed Mickey […]