Film Business Asia: Moveable Feast lands in Taipei box office zone

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Moveable Feast lands in Taipei box office zone

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By Stephen Cremin
Mon, 19 August 2013, 18:45 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast(總舖師) had the second biggest opening of the year for a Chinese-language film in Taipei, securing NT$8.13 million (US$272,000) over three days on 23 screens.

The comedy is about a failed model who, after returning to her hometown, finds the family business of arranging huge banquets has been reduced to a single noodle stand. She sets out to rejuvenate the business with the help of a former customer.

The film markets the return to feature film directing of CHEN Yu-hsun(陳玉勳) after a decade-and-a-half. In recent years, he shot shorts as part of the portmanteau films Juliets (茱麗葉) (2010) and 10+10 (十加十) (2011).

In February, local comedy David Loman (大尾鱸鰻) made NT$16.0 million (US$534,000) in its first three days. Three years ago, young gangster drama Monga (艋舺) (2010) opened on NT$26.0 million (US$879,000).

Like Loman and Monga, the film was distributed in Taiwan through Warner Bros (Taiwan) Inc (美商華納兄弟 (遠東) 股份有限公司臺灣分公司) who also invested. Marketing was by Steve WANG (王師)’s Activators Marketing Co Ltd (牽猴子整合行銷股份有限公司).

Yesterday, Wang claimed on Facebook that Zone Pro Site had taken NT$14.5 million (US$484,000) in its first two days in cinemas nationwide, but the number can’t be independently verified.

The Taiwan-produced film was runner-up to another new release, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, which made NT$10.5 million (US$349,000) on 20 screens. Elysium 엘리시움 (2001), The Conjuring and The Purge took the third, fourth and fifth slots.

Still on release, Pacific Rim and Monsters University have now taken NT$120 million (US$4.01 million) and NT$101 million (US$3.36 million) respectively.

World sales of Zone Pro Site is represented by the recently-launched Ablaze Image Ltd (光在影像股份有限公司) in Taipei.

Cannes 2013: Screen Daily

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Wu teams with producers to launch Taiwanese sales outfit

14 May, 2013 | By Liz Shackleton

Former Edko Films’ sales chief June Wu has launched a Taiwanbased sales company, Ablaze Image, which has picked up Jay Chou’s kungfu musical The Rooftop. The company has also secured strategic investment from two of Taiwan’s leading production outfits – Liu Weijan’s Atom Cinema and Lee Lieh’s One Production Film Co.

Originally a distributor, Atom Cinema stepped into production in 2008 with films such as Arvin Chen’s Au Revoir Taipei and Yache Yang’s Gf*Bf. One Production Film Co has credits including Doze Niu’s Monga and Arvin Chen’s latest film Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Ablaze has Australian and Asian rights, excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, to Chou’s film. The company will also be taking over sales responsibilities for upcoming features and library titles from Atom Cinema and One Production Film Co. Former Atom Cinema sales exec Desmond Yang will focus on acquisition.

“As Taiwanese, we are thrilled to see the growth and commercial success of Taiwan cinema in the past few years. We share the vision that it is time for Taiwan to have a truly professional and independent sales company dedicated to the commercial success and international acclaim of Chineselanguage films in the international marketplace,” said Lee Lieh, Liu Weijan and June Wu in a joint statement.

Cannes 2013: Film Business Asia

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Ablaze launches with hot Chou title

By Patrick Frater and Stephen Cremin

Wed, 15 May 2013, 02:10 AM (HKT)

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New Taiwan sales company Ablaze Image is launching at the Cannes market with Jay CHOU 周杰倫’s second film as a director, romance kung-fu comedy musical The Rooftop 天台.

The new Taipei-based company, headed by June WU 吳蕙君 (pictured), has Asian rights to the highly-anticipated title including India and Australia but excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Wu previously headed sales at Edko Films Ltd 安樂影片有限公司 and worked in distribution at both Media Asia Film Distribution (HK) Ltd 寰亞影視發行(香港)有限公司 in Hong Kong and Group Power Workshop Co Ltd 群體娛樂有限公司 in Taiwan.

In a statement, Wu says that the companies activities will span international sales and domestic distribution within Taiwan and that it is dedicated to bringing quality Chinese language films to a worldwide audiences.

Ablaze has strategic investment from LIU Wei-jan 劉蔚然’s Atom Cinema Co Ltd 原子映象有限公司 and LEE Lieh 李烈’s 1 Production Film 影一製作所股份有限公司 whose titles they will now represent.

Desmond YANG 楊鎧宇, former sales head at Atom, will remain with the company but will now handle film acquisitions. He takes the new position in June when Ablaze has become fully operational.

“We share the vision that it is the time for Taiwan to have a truly professional and independent sales company dedicated to the commercial success… of Chinese language films in the international marketplace,” said Lee, Liu and Wu.

In The Rooftop, popular musician Chou co-stars with Gary YANG 楊瑞代 and Alan KO 柯有倫. The film is currently in post-production and is scheduled for release simultaneously in Taiwan and China on 7 July.

Ablaze has also acquired Taiwan rights of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard title Bends 過界, by first time Hong Kong director Flora LAU 劉韻文.