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Police looking into death threat against BTS singer Jimin

The Los Angeles Police Department is looking into a death threat made against South Korean pop singer Jimin, a member of BTS. The star boy band is scheduled to perform in the United States in September.

US broadcaster NBC News reported on July 14 that LAPD has confirmed the matter and is currently looking into it, quoting an officer of the LAPD’s media relations section.

Jimin recently received a death threat from an anonymous Instagram user who posted a photo of a gun and a statement that the user plans to shoot the artist at BTS’ upcoming concert in Los Angeles.

This is the third death threat against Jimin, following similar ones made ahead of the group’s concert in Anaheim in April last year and its Forth Worth concert in May.

The group’s agency Big Hit Entertainment promised fans that it would keep a close eye on the situation and take all necessary measures to ensure the performers’ safety.

BTS is scheduled to hold concerts at Staples Centre from Sept 5 to 8 as a part of its sold-out Love Yourself world tour that will kick off on Aug 25 in Seoul.

After the US stops, the tour will continue in cities such as London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris.

The seven-piece boy-band is the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 album charts. BTS was included in Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet list released late last month. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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Hollywood producers are scrambling to make movie about Thai cave rescue

The boys are out of the cave. Now Hollywood wants in.

The producers behind Christian films like God’s Not Dead are already in Thailand with plans to develop a movie about the 18-day saga of the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave.

Though the drama of headline-grabbing rescues often doesn’t carry over the big screen, Pure Flix Entertainment co-founder Michael Scott believes the story about the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach is ripe for movie adaptation.

“We realised that this would make an incredibly inspiring movie,” Scott said in a phone interview from Thailand on July 11.

“Like a lot of people, we know there’s not a lot of positive news in the world today.”

Scott said he feels a personal connection with the story. His wife is Thai and he said he was spending the summer in Bangkok when the soccer team went missing. Scott and fellow producer Adam Smith recently traveled to the area around the cave in the northern Thailand, and they have begun talking to some of the participants about their “life rights.”

But they also stressed that they aren’t yet pursuing most of the families of the boys, who on July 11 remained recuperating in a hospital.

“For us it’s not a huge race,” said Smith. “It’s about making sure we get the authenticity right.”

Many hurdles await. Most films that enter development never get produced, and the producers are just beginning to seek a screenwriter. Other film productions companies will surely show interest, and they could leapfrog ahead with a larger production.

And while the Arizona-based Pure Flix has found some success with low-budget Christian films and conservative documentaries (Hillary’s America: The Secret History Of The Democratic Party), it’s far from a Hollywood heavyweight.

Others in TV and film are already looking to capitalise.

But Pure Flix hopes they can beat any fiction-film rush.“I don’t think this is a religious film,” said Scott. “I think this is an inspirational film.”

There’s also some reason to doubt the box-office appeal of the tale. Ripped-from-headlines movies have not been setting the world on fire.

Though Clint Eastwood’s Sully was a success, his 2018 docudrama about the 2015 Thalys train attack, The 15:17 To Paris, disappointed.

Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) was the director’s worst performing release. Peter Berg’s 2016 big-budget drama about the 2010 oil rig explosion Deepwater Horizon likewise fizzled.

The best comparison would be 2015’s The 33, about the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that trapped 33 miners for two months.

Though boasting a starry cast of Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and Juliette Binoche, it made barely a blip at the box office, with US$ 24.9mil worldwide. – AP

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Taiwan-based Lee Sinje returns to Malaysia for ‘The Garden Of Evening Mists’ film

One of the challenges in adapting Tan Twan Eng’s award-winning novel The Garden Of Evening Mists into a movie has to be finding a garden that has all the beauty and magic the author so intricately described on paper.

The novel opens with lawyer Yun Ling, who wishes to build a garden in honour of her sister who died at a Japanese internment camp in Malaya in the 1950s.

Enter the mysterious Nakamura Aritomo. Once a gardener to a Japanese emperor, Aritomo now owns the breathtaking garden, Yugiri (which means “Evening Mists”), in Cameron Highlands.

Yun Ling tries to commission the revered gardener to build one for her. Instead, Aritomo takes Yun Ling in as an apprentice, showing her the ropes in Yugiri.

Astro Shaw and HBO Asia have started shooting the film adaptation in May at numerous locations in Malaysia including Cameron Highlands.

The cast and crew share their filming experience so far at a press event in Kuala Lumpur.

“When production first started, people were saying, ‘Do we want to build it inside a studio? It’s more controllable’,” Taiwanese director Tom Lin talks about bringing Yugiri to life on-screen.

“Because the book is so based in reality, we are going with as little CGI as possible. I try to do everything practical, even mists. We’ve done so. We built a garden. We built a house. We’re very proud of it,” Lin adds.

Another challenge is of course adapting the highly-celebrated book itself, which won the 2012 Man Asian literary prize.

Actors John Hannah and David Oakes, who play Yun Ling’s family friend Magnus and Frederik respectively, reveal their characters are British instead of South African, as detailed in the book.

“The South African strand is something that Magnus’ character explores in the book but it feels separate to Yun Ling’s adventure, her narrative. So I think by removing the South African (storyline), you don’t lose any of that central spine,” Oakes reasons.

“I think it’s a shame. One of the nicest things about the novel is that Twan Eng gets to bring his new hometown into it as well (the author currently resides in Cape Town). But it also means if people watch the film first, they can read the book and have something extra (to discover).” Oakes says.

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Hiroshi Abe plays a former gardener to a Japanese emperor while Lee Sinje plays his apprentice in The Garden Of Evening Mists. Photo: The Star/Kenneth Chaw

The director adds the film is faithful to the book in spirit: “With every adaptation I do, I try to find the spirit of, not just the book, but the writer itself.

“Whenever we have to deviate from the narrative of the story, whether it’s because of time or location issues, I think in terms of how Twan Eng would think and how the story would flow.”

While changes are inevitable when it comes to adaptations, there is one thing the author says he will not compromise on: “The title. You’ve seen some productions where they’ve completely changed the title of the book and it transforms the very focus of the book itself.

“So the fact that they retained the title gave me a sense of assurance. That they understood what the soul of the book was.”

Speaking of change, Japanese actor Hiroshi Abe, who plays Aritomo, had to speak in a language he’s not familiar with in the film.

“About 90% of this movie is in English, so it’s hard for me. But it’s a relief that the director told me to speak English the way a Japanese would speak it, unlike in some Hollywood movies where I was asked to speak English with an American accent,” Abe, 54, shares.

Malaysian actress Lee Sinje also has her work cut out for her, playing Yun Ling who witnessed the brutalities of war at a Japanese internment camp.

Tan Twan Eng is the award-winning author of The Garden Of Evening Mists. Photo: Filepic

Lee, 42, says: “We haven’t shot those scenes yet (at the internment camp) but I can already get a sense of how hard it will be through the script.

“The director showed me a model of the camp one day and I was so shocked. I said, ‘Are you sure this is where I sleep? There’s no room at all!’ ”

Lee says while she didn’t speak to real-life prisoners of war, she immersed herself in the role by watching various documentaries depicting their suffering.

The critically-acclaimed actress, who shot to fame through the 2002 horror flick The Eye, says she’s thrilled to be a part of the project.

“I’m a Malaysian actress based in Taiwan and Hong Kong. I’ve only acted in a Malaysian movie once about 10 years ago. I’ve always looked forward to working here again because I want to act as a Malaysian, someone I most relate to.”

The Garden Of Evening Mists will open in cinemas sometime in 2019.

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