Thursday, January 25, 2007

Back to normal

Back from a very long vacation to find a few shocking things happened in the Asian film world:

- The death of Grady Hendrix's Kaiju Shakedown. This is probably one of favorite sites on the net, and major news outlet for this blog. Grady, I hope you're on the way to bigger and better things as I type. Rest assured, though, the news reported on this website should not decrease by much, thanks for strong sites such as Twitch and the newly discovered Variety Asia. The link section will be duly corrected.

- The choices for This year's Hong Kong Critics Society Awards seems rather strange, with a Mainland sweep of the acting awards, and some strange omissions of excellent films such as Isabella and My Name is Fame (for Confession of Pain and Wo Hu instead?)

- Marie Antoinette getting second place in the first weekend's box office in Japan with the highest per-screen average for a wide release (The Departed may be the box office winner, but it's in a limited 61-screen release). It's also doing very well in limited release in Hong Kong, where I watched a 2:50 pm show on a tuesday afternoon in an almost-full house. As of Tuesday the 23rd, it's earned HK$440,000 after 4 days of release on 4 screens.

That's it for now. Tomorrow, some reviews of the 8 movies I saw on this trip, and some more number crunching.

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