Archive for category: Japan

/ 05/05/2012 10:23 AM

HBO picks up “Cherry Blossom” for its summer docs line up

U.S. pay-TV net HBO has unveiled its seven-week summer monday docs line-up, setting June and July dates for 7 titles including one about Asia: “The Tsunami & The Cherry Blossom”. The season kicks off on June 18. Lucy Walker’s “The Tsunami & the Cherry Blossom” will premiere on July 16, looking at survivors of Japan’s March 2011 tsunami who find [...]

/ 05/01/2012 2:59 AM

New territories for “the boxing girls of Kabul”

The National Film Board of Canada has announced a several sales for its documentary “The Boxing Girls of Kabul”, which is scheduled to screen at Hot Docs 2012.  Deals have been signed in the US with VOD service In Demand, in French Canada with TV 5, in Latin America with the Pan Regional TV Direct TV and DLA, in Israel with DBS,  in France with France Televisions and in Russia with 24 Doc. The [...]

/ 04/27/2012 9:17 PM

NHK and BBC join Insefilm Prod. on “Beyond the Wave”

  NHK in Japan, the BBC in the UK, IKON in the Netherlands and WDR Cologne in Germany have joined Berlin-based Inselfilm Production as coproducers of ”Beyond the Wave”. The film sees director Kyoko Myake revisit her mother’s hometown of Fukushima after last year’s tsunami and earthquake. Zurich-based distributor First Hand Films has finalized the coproduction deals as well as pre-sales with SVT in Sweden, YES in [...]

/ 04/27/2012 12:08 AM

A+E Networks sells its docs to many Asian broadcasters

Broadcasters in Asia Pacific (China, Japan, Indonesia and Brunei) have licensed a number of  Networks titles, including American Pickers, Big Shrimpin’, and Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces (pictured). . In Japan, BS-TBS picked up “Ice Road Truckers”, Sukachan acquired “Titanic: 100 Years in 3D”, and Ginga Channel picked up a package of “Biography episodes”. . Multiple deals were closed in China, [...]

/ 04/26/2012 11:43 PM

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival presents 5 doc feat. from or about Asia Pacific

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 19-May 3. As usual, the spring event is an ”extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation”. This year 31 feature docs have been included in the festival’s selection. Among them, 5 films are from or about Asia Pacific. . Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Alison Klayman,  USA/China, 2012 “Renowned artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has waged [...]

/ 04/19/2012 2:53 PM

NHK picks up Universum titles

NHK has snapped up new programming from Austrian pubcaster ORF, including documentaries about the Zambezi and Danube rivers and crime series Four Women & a Funeral.     The Japanese pubcaster has picked up three of the latest projects from ORF’s natural history unit Universum, led by Andrew Solomon. . “Mystery of the Fairy Circles”, a 50-minute doc about a [...]

/ 04/04/2012 11:04 PM

5 docs about Asia among the 2012 Peabody winners

The prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards – now in their 71st year – recognize excellence in electronic media, ranging from TV to radio stations, individuals and the Internet, and are handed out by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Among the 38 winners, 7 docs and reports are from or about Asia. They have been produced [...]

/ 04/02/2012 8:26 PM

Visions du Réel 2012 selects 13 films from or about Asia

The swiss doc Festival Visions du Réel will open its 2012 edition on 20th April 2012. Among the 3 500 films which have been reviewed by the festival team and its correspondents in latin America, USA, Russia, India and Asia Pacific, 110 docs have been selected for the different sections of the competition. 47 countries are represented in this selection. Among all the [...]

/ 04/02/2012 12:55 AM

The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army) (2011, Bangladesh)

Director: Naeem Mohaiemen | 70 minutes | Bangladesh | 2011 | Language: (Subtitled) English, Japanese, Bengali | About Bangladesh and Japan SYNOPSIS “A series of photography installations in museums since 2006, and now a projected film trilogy that traces 1970s ultra left movements’ turn to violence, which became an “accidental Trojan horse”, creating blowback through the rise of right-wing political [...]

/ 03/27/2012 9:43 PM

Beyond the Wave 波の向こう (Germany) (In production)

Set in Japan 58 /90 minutes An Inselfilm Production (Berlin, Germany) Production:    August 2011 – August 2012 in Japan SYNOPSIS “A small town in Fukushima prefecture fights for its survival after the nuclear explosions expelled all its residents as an ironic surprise and haunt every step the townsmen take to rebuild their life.” (kyokomiyake.com) “The director revisits Fukushima to find [...]