Thursday, October 02, 2008

Painted Skin is top with Singapore and China movie-goers

SINGAPORE: Romantic-horror epic film, Painted Skin emerged as the Number One movie in Singapore cinemas over weekend, despite the presence of the first Singapore Forumla One race and Hollywood draws such as Mamma Mia! The Movie.

The film topped Singapore's weekend box office raking in more than S$471,000 in just over over three days.

The production by MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, Scorpio East Pictures and Golden Village Pictures opened on 26 September, in Singapore, Thailand and China.

Movie-fans in China gave their endorsement of the new spin to the Chinese tale with cinemas collecting over RMB$50 million on the first opening weekend of Painted Skin, beating other Chinese blockbusters such as The Assembly and The Warlords.

The cinema debut of Painted Skin, is believed to've been scheduled earlier than planned so it could be eligible for submission as Hong Kong's entry to the Oscars under the foreign-language category.

Helmed by Hong Kong director Gordon Chan, Painted Skin, is an adaption of the Chinese classic “Strange Tales of Liaozhai”.

The story delves into the relationships between man and demon, love and passion, loyalty and temptation and is given a new treatment with special fantasy elements.


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