Young filmmakers in China look toward South Korea’s industry for support of their ideas.
film adapted from CJ E&M’s original production by the same title in English, made nearly 400 million yuan from Chinese cinemas.
“But this film was only a transitional test,” Cho explains, saying this is the reason local expertise in China is urgently needed by his company.
“We will produce two to three films targeting Chinese filmgoers in the next few years.”
CJ E&M will possibly cooperate with Chinese film conglomerates to produce history-themed and sci-fi films in the near future, he says. But he doesn’t give information on any specific project.
CJ E&M entered the Chinese market in 2006, andnow runs 48 cinemas in 26 cities on the mainland.
Cho predicts there will be 100 cinemas by the end of 2016, and 200 more to be built within the next three years. He believes that will help South Korea’s biggest film company to gradually climb to the top of the Chinese market.
“The similar cultural backgrounds of China and South Korea, like the common homage for Confucius, has nurtured similar values among film audiences in both countries. That creates more possibilities for the big screen,” Cho says. Contact the writer at wangkaihao@ chinadaily.com.cn
Arnold Schwarzenegger may be older but that doesn’t stop him from destroying his younger self, as the former governor of California returns to one of his most recognizable roles in Terminator: Genisys.
The film, out in theaters on Wednesday, opens a new chapter for the Terminator franchise, with a slew of new cast membersjoiningSchwarzenegger, includingGame of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and Divergent star Jai Courtney.
The story follows resistance fighter Kyle Reese (Courtney) traveling back in time to 1984, the year of the first Terminator film, to save Sarah Connor (Clarke) from a cyborg humanoid assassin, the Terminator.
But he soon finds the events of the past have already been altered, taking him and Connor on a new mission to fight the killer artificial-intelligence entity Skynet, with help from Schwarzenegger’s older, grayer Terminator, Connor’s protector.
“I said, I’d be delighted to play the Terminator again, especially after 30 years of having starred in the first one, butwehave to have a great story and a great script. Otherwise, it won’t work,” says Schwarzenegger, 67.
In the opening of Genisys, Schwarzenegger’s aging Terminator comes face-to-face with his Terminator from 31 years ago. Thanks to specialeffects trickery, the two engage in a fight as a tonguein-cheek throwback.
“It’s very easy to underestimate what he’s doing with that character and what he’s done throughout this entire franchise, because we see he’s a machine, so there’s a rigidity to it, but its very carefully crafted,” Courtney says.
Viacom Inc-owned Paramount Pictures’ Genisys was made for $155 million and is projected by BoxOffice.com to open with $28 million in US and Canadian theaters this weekend.
For Clarke, playing out Sarah’s father-daughter relationship with the Terminator allowed Schwarzenegger to bring something new to his now iconic role.
“He’s brought newwisdom, new experience, a new sensitivity to the role that he is reprising of himself,” she says.
Courtney says he found a new way to approach Kyle Reese.
“We were really interested in finding the vulnerability with that character, and there’s great relationships to explore, not only with his fascination with regards to Sarah and his responsibility to her,” he says. “You’ve got this very interesting, twisted family world.”
a Chinese adaptation of a South Korean production, has performed well in the Chinese box office early this year.