Monday, July 23, 2007

The Golden Rock - July 22nd, 2007 Edition

Yet another Podcast done, will be up in a little bit.

- Perhaps the Korean Wave hasn't quite disappeared in Japan, as the drama Maundy Sunday opened last weekend on 7 screens in Japan, grossing 8.7 million yen over three days for a not-too-bad per-screen average of 1.24 million yen. The most promising news about that opening is actually the fact that word-of-mouth is so good that audiences are buying up the pamphlets at the theatres after they watched the film, with more than 30% sold from each theatre. This means people might be showing the pamphlets to other people, driving a healthy final gross in the long run. Then again, best we don't get all excited over the results of just one film.

US $1=121 yen

- The final satisfaction ranking for last season's Japanese television drama is out, and as expected, Kaetta Kita Jikou Keisatsu and Liar Game take the top two top spots. The biggest news, however, is that only 6 dramas got a satisfaction rate of over 70%, showing how crappy dramas were this past season.

- Speaking of TV dramas, the Daily Yomiuri has reviews for a few more of the dramas this season, this time focusing on the female-oriented dramas such as the politically incorrect Yama Onna Kabe Onna.

- EastSouthWestNorth translate a post explaining why Hong Kong's Television and Entertainment Licensing Authroity is destined to fail now that it's under so much scrutiny.

- Japan's public broadcaster NHK is planning to put their programs online....but only for people who pay their mandatory subscription fee. 1) Shouldn't NHK hold the rights to all the shows, and 2) How will they be able to tell who's paying the fee or not?

- Proving that there is not such thing as double jeopardy in China, Chinese search engine site Baidu has been sued yet again for the same crime by another company. The popular search engine was once sued by record companies for providing links to illegal downloads of music, and now it has been sued for the same thing by another record company. If four internationally-renowned record companies couldn't win, what makes this company think it would?

- How can Japanese films, even blockbuster films, manage to come in at such a low budget? Simple, according to produce Taka Ichise - just underpay everyone.

- As a amateur music critic, I know i shouldn't indulge in having an idol and all, but I admit it - despite my criticisms for her recent work, J-pop artist Hikaru Utada is my idol, which is why I am pretty happy to know that she has been voted as Japan's favorite artist once again after a few years off the popularity wagon. Too bad it was due to her most mediocre single ever released.

- Korea Pop War's Mark Russell has a review of the new big Korean film May 18, which is one of the few final hopes for Korean cinema this summer amid the Hollywood invasion.

- Carol Lai's Hong Kong horror film Naraka 19 was originally slated to open on August 2nd, only to get pushed back to September...except that there was an ad up in an Hong Kong subway station stating that it'll be out in August. Nevertheless, promotion is fully under way, and even promotional activities such as cast appearances are stating its delayed September release. It will also have a screening at the summer edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival days before its release.

- The Pia Film Festival in Japan, known for launching many young talents, has wrapped successfully, with one particularly warped tale of bullying and terrorism standing out.

- Lastly, file this under "movie ideas that i have no interest in" today from Japan. Yes, yet another time-traveling romance.


YTSL said...

On the subject of HK movies that have got pushed back: Ditto re THE DRUMMER -- now scheduled to be released some time in mid October.

GoldenRockProductions said...


Thanks, that would explain why its showings were cancelled at the HKIFF.