South Korea and China Look for Closer Collaboration in the Film Industry

on June 18, 2013

China and South Korea are building important bridges in the film industry. The Chinese Film Festival opened in Seoul on Sunday with a screening of Wong Kar Wai's martial-arts epic The Grandmaster.

The five-day festival will include screenings of eleven Chinese films in a market where the Chinese film industry has yet to make an impact. Eight of the films at the festival have not been previously screened in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Korean production company CJ Entertainment has organized the Chinese Film Festival in South Korea since 2006 with support from the Korean Film Council and China's State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television.

CJ Entertainment recently announced a deal to co-produce and distribute The Fist, an upcoming sci-fi/action spectacle directed by Park Kwang-hyun. The deal is in partnership with China Film Group, according to a report from Screen Daily.

China continues to expand its influence in co-productions and domestic distribution deals by aligning itself with another major box office market in the region. Growing collaboration between the countries is yet another signal of China's increased role in the global film industry.

Tags: The Grandmaster, The Fist, South Korea


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