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Lost in Thailand secures Taiwan import quota

Lost in Thailand secures Taiwan import quota

By Stephen Cremin

Mon, 25 November 2013, 10:00 AM (HKT)

Distribution News

Mainland road movie comedy Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012) will open in Taiwan on 29 Nov 2013. It grossed RMB1.26 billion (US$208 million) in China in December last year, setting the box office record for a local film.

Only ten China-produced films are permitted to receive theatrical releases each year in Taiwan, although there are talks to increase the quota to fifteen films in 2014. There is no limit to the number of Taiwan-produced films that can open in China.

Lost in Thailand was not among the ten titles chosen by the Government Information Office (GIO) 新聞局 in a January lottery. It was submitted by Eagle International Communication Co Ltd 鴻聯國際開發股份有限公司.

Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Co Ltd 龍祥育樂多媒體股份有限公司 recently withdrew TANG Dan 唐丹's romance Secret Garden 秘密花園 (2012), starring Wallace CHUNG 鍾漢良, moving Thailand up a slot.

Several films have not used their slots. They are DING Sheng 丁晟's He-Man 硬漢2 奉陪到底 (2011), LU Chuan 陸川's The Last Supper 王的盛宴 (2012) and Aubrey LAM 林愛華's still in post-production The Truth About Beauty 整容日記.

Among the China-produced films vying for quota slots next year will be JIA Zhangke 賈樟柯's A Touch of Sin 天注定. Taiwan distributor Joint Entertainment International Inc 佳映娛樂國際股份有限公司 will only be permitted to release the Golden Horse Awards 金馬獎 nominee on home video formats if it fails to secure a quota.

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