East Screen / West Screen #26 – Reflections on Udine 2010


  1. Cannes kicks off
  2. Founding of a Republic in Cannes (The Standard)
  3. Chen Zhen gets October 1 release (Film Biz Asia)


  • Yattterman DVD – Panorama (JPN 2009)

Intermission: Yatterman Closing Theme


  1. Hollywood allowed to disable TVs (Business Week)
  2. New 3-D Judge Dread Film in the works (Film Biz Asia)


  • 35 Shots of Rum (FR 2008)


Udine FEFF 2010 with Ross Chen

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6 thoughts on “East Screen / West Screen #26 – Reflections on Udine 2010”

  1. I’m very much of the belief that genuine fans of in our case Asian cinema (but substitute any kind of entertainment for that and the argument is the same) put their hands in their pocket to show their support as do I

    That said with the TV / movie industry seemingly following a similar path to the music industry when it comes to dealing with the internet age and advancing technologies I can’t feel much sympathy for them when the PAYING public responds to their attempts to limit what we can see / when we can see it / where we can see it with a resounding no

    Education is I feel sure a far better way to deal with the issue of piracy (which for me doesn’t include things like putting a CD I’ve bought onto a portable device : that to me is fair use).

    Piracy is a very real issue but how much film companies lose is an inexact science : they seem to operate on the belief that every pirate DVD is a sale lost whereas those of us in the real world know otherwise – having to pay rental on a genuine film would mean some of the interest would be lost, buying a genuine film would lose a lot more so it’s nowhere near as simple as 500,000 pirate copies of film x means the film companies lose US$5 million (US$10 a copy being merely a theoretical price)

    1. @David
      Thanks for your comments. I agree. Fans will really go out of there way to support an industry they love. I think that Ross Chen has stated that as media goes more and more into the cloud, physical collections will be less prevalent, but it will remain a practice among film fans. The younger generation is growing up in DL / free culture sort-of practice that is contributing as well. I think that we are currently in a period of a big industry shift with regard to consumption. And just as had happened the old book making guilds that were around prior to the invention of the printing press, the established industry is too rooted in old ways of doing things to want to change so they use politics and position to try and limit content and access to squeeze out as much revenue as possible. While I do feel they have a legitimate right to their revenue, I don’t think there methods are appropriate for the emerging era. Of course I could be wrong, and if the FCC colludes enough with big industry because of $$$ things may get even more restrictive. But it seems to me that for every control system that pops up, there are two or three workarounds that emerge.

  2. Thanks for the response Paul

    I’ve only recently discovered East Screen / West Screen and as a long time fan of Asian cinema very much appreciate yours and Kevin’s perspective on things

    I’ve known Ross Chen (www.lovehkfilm.com) online since 2002, met him in HK in 2006 and even went to see a film with the regulars last time out in 2008 (“The Moss”)

    Hoping to catch Herman Yau’s “The Legend Is Born – Ip Man” when I’m there in HK in July and ANYTHING else Asian for that matter 🙂

    1. David, it’s awesome that you’ve actually made it to movie night here in Hong Kong with Ross and the gang. Glad to hear that you will be coming to Hong Kong during the summer and hope I get a chance to meet you then. 🙂

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