Singapore 

5 spooky tales from Singapore film sets that will give you the chills this Hungry Ghost Festival , Lifestyle, Entertainment, Singapore News

If you’re interested in the dead, don’t be surprised to find out that the dead are just as interested in you — especially if you work in the entertainment industry. Anyone who has ever worked on the set of an Asian movie will tell you that there are rituals and ceremonies that precede the official filming in order to precipitate a smooth shoot. According to one producer I spoke to, film sets are often haunted because spirits in the area are drawn to these sites of entertainment since they lead an otherwise mundane…

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Vietnam 

MoIT initiates anti-dumping investigation on imported BOPP film – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  MoIT launches anti-dumping investigation on BOPP film imported from China, Thailand and Malaysia. — Photo baomoi.com HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on Monday launched an anti-dumping investigation on Biaxial Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film originating from China, Thailand and Malaysia.  The investigation was initiated based on requests submitted by four domestic producers on April 26. Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Ltd Company and Youl Chon Vina Plastic JSC submitted the petitions, claiming that BOPP film products imported from China, Thailand and Malaysia were being dumped in the Vietnamese market, causing…

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Home 

Chinese film studios expected to report losses, face further decline as audiences cut spending amid economic slowdown

Chinese home-grown film studios are expected to report losses for the first half of 2019, as box office numbers and attendance decline for the first time in a decade amid a wider slowdown in the economy.Box-office revenues across the country were down 2.7 per cent to 31 billion yuan (US$4.5 billion) in the first half, with home-grown movies contributing with only half, down from 60 per cent in 2018, according to Entgroup, China’ box office portal.And the rot may afflict the second half too.“I… Source link

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Singapore 

PUB’s Hari Raya short film about family ties turns on the water works for netizens, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A short film by national water agency PUB about cherishing family ties and brotherhoood ahead of Hari Raya Puasa has turned on the water works for many social media users. The six-minute film, titled Kinship, was shared on PUB’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Thursday (May 30). Since then, it has garnered more than 2,600 likes, 2,700 shares and 240 comments. PUB’s first festive short film tells the story about two orphaned brothers, Din and Zul, who grow up in an orphanage in the 1960s and are…

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Singapore 

ciNE65 film competition draws more than 100 entries on meaning of ‘Singapura’, Singapore, Entertainment News

Two days to make a film. They almost didn’t make it, but writer-director Lan Yu, 24, and video editor Danial Razak, 28, submitted theirs in time for the ciNE65 Movie Makers Awards (MMA). An impressive feat for the first-time filmmakers who rushed to shoot and edit their three-minute short, $ingapura. The theme for ciNE65 MMA 2019, a film competition organised by Nexus, Mindef’s central agency for National Education and Total Defence, in partnership with film and entertainment company mm2 Entertainment, called on budding filmmakers to reflect on what “Singapura” means to them and…

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Singapore 

Dad’s NS experience inspires Merdeka Generation film, Singapore News

When Martin Hong’s father enlisted in the 1970s, he had a slight problem. Boasting a Higher School Certificate, the equivalent of A-level in those days, he was supposed to be conscripted with peers of a similar educational background. But he encountered some delays and ended up joining a Hokkien-speaking platoon. It was an era when a single Singaporean identity was still some distance away and National Service (NS) could mean the man beside you did not speak your language. “He was probably the most educated,” the younger Hong said. “So…

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Home 

Chinese film industry coughs up US$1.7 billion in back taxes after Fan Bingbing scandal triggers crackdown

China’s domestic film industry has paid more than 11.5 billion yuan (US$1.69 billion) in back taxes since authorities cracked down on tax evasion in the wake of the Fan Bingbing scandal, reported Xinhua on Tuesday. The figure represents a whopping one third of China’s domestic box office revenue, which reached 37.9 billion yuan (US$5.57 billion) last year. Authorities were demanding payment of 11.7 billion yuan (US$1.72 billion) in taxes from production studios as 2018 ended, the report said. The mass tax collection was in response to a government demand in…

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Singapore 

You Do…What? Episode 4: Film Archivist, Singapore News

He races against time to save filmstrip rolls that are poorly taken care of – and gives them a new lease of life. Movies were recorded on filmstrips in the early days, and they have since become an important part of cinematography history. But preserving them is no easy task, especially in hot and humid Southeast Asia. 34-year-old veteran film archivist Chew Tee Pao has been working for nine years at the Asian Film Archive (AFA), a non-profit organisation founded in January 2005 to promote the appreciation of cinematography art…

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Money 

Beijing cracks down on Chinese film stars’ massive paychecks – but only after online storm over Fan Bingbing’s salary

China’s influence in the global film market continues to grow, and the country is on pace to top North America in box office receipts by 2020. But with that growth has come a more pernicious side, in the eyes of Beijing officials. In an effort to lure idol-struck audiences, Chinese studios are chasing A-list stars with eye-popping salaries, something that the government has said cannot be morally justified. Authorities announced last week that actors’ compensation would be capped at 40 per cent of production costs – but only after uproar…

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