Singapore: 9 French films distributed by Shaw
South Korea: first 100% arthouse CGV complex in Seoul
Japan: Parco launches a new mini movie theater in Shibuya
The Shaw Organisation is pulling out all the stops for French cinema during this fall/winter season. Drawing support from the French Film Festival organized by the Ambassade de France to launch its strongest titles, the exhibitor and distributor with the famous logo is theatrically releasing no less than 9 French titles in the 8 weeks between November and the beginning of 2020. They are in order of release: The Shiny Shrimps (November 14), Made in China (November 21), La Belle Époque (November 28), The Specials (5 December), Love at Second Sight (December 12), White As Snow (December 19), Perfect Nanny (December 19), Someone, Somewhere (December 26), and An Easy Girl (January 2). Apart from the company's own theaters, some of these titles will also be exhibited by The Projector. We note that for some highly awaited titles, such as La Belle Époque and The Specials, the city where the largest French community resides in Asia hosts releases only a few weeks on from those on home turf.
CGV Arthouse announces the shuttering of its distribution and investment activities after the weak local box office results of titles such as Burning by Lee Chang Dong. Nevertheless, exhibition activities in the twenty theaters featuring arthouse fare within the CGV network will continue. It will even expand, with the conversion of CGV Myeongdong Station in Seoul into a 100% CGV Arthouse complex because its five screens will now be dedicated to independant and international cinema. Without forgetting a theater reconverted into a library offering works dedicated to cinema from around the world.
On 22 November, the distribution and exhibition arm of Parco, the Japanese retail giant, launched a new kind of mini movie theater in the heart of Shibuya within a new shopping mall. Named White Cine Quinto and endowed with a 108-seat theater, this screen complements the Cine Quinto that Parco has been operating since the summer of 2018 on the former Paradiso site, also in Shibuya.