A flowering of Asian cinema

Chinese director Jia Zhangke. Photo: Xinhua

Asian movies fared so well at this year's Cannes International Film Festival that it is tempting to say the region's cinema has come of age. Chinese director Jia Zhangke headed the list with the best screenwriting prize for A Touch of Sin, followed by awards for entries from Japan, Singapore and Cambodia.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am

Get Reel: cinema as window to the world

Cinematic work can be a window into another society or culture, a work of art and even educational.

"It's only a movie." This is a phrase I've heard on more occasions than I care to remember, usually in the context of someone dismissing the idea that films can be anything more than entertaining fluff.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Government film venues behind in digital revolution, says festival boss

Roger Garcia, Hong Kong International Film Festival executive director. Photo: Gary Mak

The Hong Kong International Film Festival says its ability to grow audience numbers and help foster the city's film culture is handicapped by the lack of government-run auditoriums that can screen digital movies - the bulk of its offerings. It's forced to use smaller commercial venues, where fewer tickets are available.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

China spurs global box-office record

Christopher Dodd says China adds 10 cinema screens a day.

Chinese movie fans helped push worldwide cinema sales ahead 6 per cent to a record US$34.7 billion last year, as the world's most-populous nation passed Japan to become the No 2 film market.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:59am

Now showing at a cinema near you - if you're lucky

The box office was up 12 per cent last year despite the dwindling number of cinemas. Photo: Warton Li

Struggling to get a ticket for the latest blockbuster? It could be because there are proportionately far fewer cinema seats here than there are in other cities in the region - such as Taipei, Singapore, Seoul, or Kuala Lumpur.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:17am