- Even though it played on only half as many
screens as Steve Martin's latest, it's still disturbing to read that
for Vendettawas beaten to the top of the
international box office by the dreadful The
Pink Panther. Now showing in countries including Germany, Hong Kong, and Australia, the comedy made a total of
$12.3 million for the weekend to only $8.5 million for Vendetta, which nevertheless dominated the charts in
the Asian markets in which it opened.
- If anyone needed a sign that relations between
North and South Korea are thawing, this is it: a South Korean film about a Northern spy is expected to be shot in Pyongyang, the capitol of the
North. The movie, tentatively titled Yun Isang, The Wounded Dragon, will be shot in both Pyongyang and
Germany, which is where Yun, a well-known composer, both spied and ended up living after he was released from
- Hong Kong's Media Asia announced its slate for the next year this weekend, and among the eight-to-ten projects in the works are a pair from Infernal Affairs directors Andrew Lau (the director, not the actor) and Alan Mak. The first, Behind the Sin, stars Tony Leung #1, and is about "a cop and...a private detective - who investigate the murder of the cop's father-in-law." The second, meanwhile, is an untitled period piece set in 1940s Hong Kong which "revolves around a trader from mainland China who moves to Hong Kong, attempts to set up a business and inevitably gets mixed up with local gangsters."