AS­PI­RANTS’ AV­ENUE

Young film­mak­ers in China look to­ward South Korea’s in­dus­try for sup­port of their ideas.

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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.”

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a Chi­nese adap­ta­tion of a South Korean pro­duc­tion, has per­formed well in the Chi­nese box of­fice early this year.

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