SEOUL – Chinese movies accounted for a tiny percentage of South Korea’s box office last year, but China’s film industry is hoping to change that.
The 2013 Chinese Film Festival in Seoul kicked off Sunday, opening with the first South Korean screening of martial-arts film “The Grandmaster
.” Wong Kar-wai
, the movie’s director, stepped out onto the red carpet for the event along with its stars, Tony Leung
and Zhang Ziyi
Set against the backdrop of tumultuous 1930s China, the film explores the life of martial-arts fighter Ip Man, who famously taught Bruce Lee. The movie is generating buzz in South Korea because popular Korean actress Song Hye-gyo
appears in the film as Ip Man’s wife.
“Before working with Song for this film, I only saw her through her Korean TV drama shows,” said Mr. Leung at a press conference prior to the festival’s opening. “She turned out to be very mature and gracious, very much like the film character.”( China's box office grew 35% last year, making it the world's second-largest movie market after United States.Collapse )Source: Scene AsiaGreat to see. I'd love to see more pan-Asian film collaborations/casts in the future!