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Daniele Vicari shooting his first “smart film”, Il giorno e la notte - Production / Funding - Italy

Daniele Vicari shooting his first “smart film”, Il giorno e la notte - Production / Funding - Italy
Vicari is directing nine actors inside their own homes, after having sent them a filming kit; the movie explores the emotions of four couples confined to their abodes. The sets may still be closed owing to Covid-19, but Daniele Vicari has found a way to shoot his new film while simultaneously complying with all of the health and union regulations: he is doing so remotely, using smart working. And so the shoot has begun for Il giorno e la notte (lit. “Day and Night”), the ensemble, omnibus film that the man behind Diaz – Don’t Clean up This Blood and The Human Cargo will direct online, from home, in conjunction with his actors, who, in turn, have been provided with a filming kit. “We’ve constructed a story that remains within the confines of the regulations that are being imposed, but without feeling restricted by them. On the contrary, we are.
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The 20 Best Japanese Films of 2019

Despite some major issues in the Japanese movie industry, mostly having to do with the lack of a middle ground between independent and blockbuster movies and continuous denial of some major companies to allow their movies to screen outside Japan, 2019 has been quite a good year for local cinema. The international festival circuit gave a lot of films the opportunity to both screen and find some source of funding outside Japan, while creativity (despite the fact that it derives from manga and novels mostly) remains one of the most significant traits of Japanese cinema.

Without further ado, here are the best Japanese films of 2019, in reverse order, with the focus being, as always, on diversity. Some films may have premiered in 2018, but since they mostly circulated in 2019, we decided to include them.

20. Okinawan Blue (Tsukasha Kishimoto)

At the same time, one could say that the film also deals with four
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Funko Toys to Become Animated Movie at Warner Bros.

  • The Wrap
Warner Bros. has optioned the film rights to Funko, the toy company that specializes in the collectible Funko Pop! figurines and bobblehead dolls, and Warner Animation is planning to develop and produce an animated feature film based on the toys, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Funko has a long history of licensing pop culture characters, creating thousands of toy action figures across dozens of toy lines. They’re arguably most famous for their Pop! figures, which all share the distinctive blocky heads and round, dark eyes and have become a craze in recent years for collectors.

The company also has a rich relationship with Warner Bros., having licensed brands and franchises such as Harry Potter, Batman and many more.

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Teddy Newton, an Oscar-nominee for the Pixar short “Day and Night,” and Mark Dindal,
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Film Review: Day and Night (2019) by Michihito Fujii Screening at Fantasia 2019

Revenge might be said to be a dish best served cold, but Michihito Fujii’s new film “Day and Night” questions if it needs to be served at all. The film, produced and co-written by Japanese superstar Takayuki Yamada, will be screening at Fantasia International Film Festival 2019.

Day and Night” is screening at Fantasia International Film Festival

Koji Akashi returns home from Tokyo following the suicide of his father, a whistleblower for a large automobile company. As his father’s extreme step has left the family debt-ridden and hounded by debtors as well as workers of the automobile company, Akashi decides to stay back to help his mother and young sister and to find the truth about the mystery that surrounds his father’s death. In his search for truth, he meets Kenichi Kitamura, a suave man who alleges that he has a debt of gratitude towards Akashi’s father
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Japan 2011 earthquake, tsunami drama 'Fukushima 50' leads Kadokawa slate (exclusive)

Japan 2011 earthquake, tsunami drama 'Fukushima 50' leads Kadokawa slate (exclusive)
Ken Watanabe and Koichi Sato star in the film.

Japanese studio Kadokawa Corp is arriving in Cannes with a busy slate headed by action drama Fukushima 50, starring Ken Watanabe and Koichi Sato, and also including new titles from Takahisa Zeze, Koji Fukada and Michihito Fujii.

Directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu (The Unbroken), Fukushima 50 tells the story of the courageous group of workers who remained on site to stabilise the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant during its meltdown following the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Based on Ryusho Kadota’s book On The Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi, the
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Netflix Buys Chinese Drama Series ‘I Hear You’ From Youku

  • Variety
Global streaming giant Netflix has licensed rights to Chinese series “I Hear You” from Chinese streaming platform Youku. The 24-part romantic comedy will play out from May 15 to Netflix subscribers in 190 countries.

Directed by Sunny Hsu, the series is based on a popular Internet novel “The Most Pleasant Thing to Hear,” written by Shi Xiao Zha. It is a story about the romance between a cold and aloof violinmaker and a sweet girl next door who aspires to become a voice actor, as they find themselves unexpectedly starring in a reality-dating show.

The series was produced by Zhou Mo, Huang Jin Ming, and is jointly owned by Youku, part of e-commerce leader Alibaba’s Digital Entertainment Group, and Chinese film studio Sugarent Film & TV. It began airing in China from late January on Youku and on Mango TV.

Netflix previously bought Youku detective thriller series “Day and Night,” in 2017. Youku
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Netflix acquires 'I Hear You' from China’s Youku

Romantic drama, produced by Youku and Sugarent, will start streaming on Netflix on May 15.

Netflix has acquired exclusive streaming rights to romantic comedy series I Hear You, produced by leading Chinese Ott platform Youku, outside of China.

Youku and Chinese film studio Sugarent jointly own rights to the 24-episode series, which will start streaming on Netflix on May 15.

Based on the popular Chinese novel of the same name, it revolves around the romance between a cold and aloof violin maker and a sweet ‘girl next door’ aspiring to become a voice actor, as they find themselves unexpectedly starring in a
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China Plans Remake of BBC Time-Travel Cop Show ‘Life on Mars’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
A Chinese “Life on Mars” is in the works after BBC Studios and Phoenix Entertainment inked a deal to create a Mandarin-language version of the time-travel cop series. BBC Studios will officially unveil the format deal at Showcase, its annual programming market for international buyers, which is now underway in Liverpool, England.

“Life on Mars” was created by Endemol Shine-owned producer Kudos and initially aired on BBC One in the U.K. in 2006. ABC aired a U.S. version, which had a pilot from David E. Kelley and a cast that included Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli.

Phoenix will start production on a 24-episode season of the scripted show this year. The original version saw a cop (John Simm) transported from the present day to the 1970s after a near-fatal accident. He finds himself working with Gene (Philip Glenister), a no-nonsense colleague and unreconstructed male. The Chinese version will
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Interview with Wang Chao: “The film seems like a last salute to nature, a last gaze with melancholy”

Wang Chao is a Chinese film director and screenwriter, sometimes considered part of the loosely defined “sixth generation. After graduating, he worked for a number of years as a factory worker. In 1994 he received his university diploma from the Beijing film academy. From 1995 to 1998 he was the assistant to the film director Chen Kaige, working with the elder director on epics like Farewell My Concubine and The Emperor and the Assassin. At this time, he was also a cinema critic specializing in foreign films and he began to write fiction including several short stories and novellas, one of which would later go on to serve as the basis of Wang’s directorial debut, The Orphan of Anyang.

With Orphan, Wang Chao would begin what was the first film of a trilogy of films based on modern life in China. He completed the trilogy with 2004’s Day and Night and 2006’s Luxury Car.
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Nikkatsu Unveils Youth-Driven Slate at Tokyo Film Market

  • Variety
Japan’s Nikkatsu is poised to be one of the busiest sales companies at the Tiffcom market this week. In addition to local hit “One Cut of the Dead” and festival favorite “Killing,” the company has a slate of titles in post-production that it is pitching at the autumn festivals and markets.

Youth drama, “We Are Little Zombies” is set for an early summer release in 2019. Written and directed by Makoto Nagahisa, who last year won a grand prize at Sundance for his short film “And So We Put Goldfish in The Pool,” the film is a story of four youngsters who all lose their parents around the same time. Realizing that they are devoid of emotion, they put together a kick-ass band to try to recover their ability to feel.

Written and directed by Indonesia’s Kimo Stamboel – one half of the so-called Mo Brothers – “Dreadout: Tower of Hell
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Internet Consumption Outpaces Traditional TV in China

  • Variety
Across the globe the TV industry is being disrupted and turned upside-down by the explosive rise of Ott content consumption — and China is no exception.

As high-speed internet continues to roll out in the country, and 5G transforms the mobile universe, China’s Ott growth is forecast to soon be double that of traditional television.

The astonishing increase not only continues to fuel the power and market shares of China’s Ott streaming giants, but also helps to export Chinese drama serials abroad, as online series of high production value by companies including Tencent, iQiyi and Youku are being acquired by overseas online streaming platforms.

According to PwC’s forecast, China’s Ott sector is expected to see a 16.3% growth in revenue from 2017 to 2022, almost twice the growth rate of traditional television and home video, which are estimated to have a growth rate of 7.9%. Ott will take share from TV
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Filmart: ​Chinese streaming giant iQiyi launches four new drama series (exclusive)

The four 24 x 45-minute series are the first to be produced by iQiyi’s Taiwan production team.

Chinese streaming giant iQiyi is launching four new drama series at Filmart today (20 March), tapping into the trend for Chinese-language TV drama to find an audience overseas.

The four 24 x 45-minute series – Meet Me @ 1006, Befriend, Plant Goddess and Re-play – are the first to be produced by iQiyi’s Taiwan production team. The shows involve leading Taiwanese film and TV actors, such as Guo Shu-yao (The Teenage Psychic), who stars in Befriend, about a debt collector who helps people solve relationship conflicts.

Li Guo-yi
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