Date: 9th January 2001
In an effort to expand their market in Japan, Hong Kong filmmakers are casting popular Japanese performers in their productions -- a tactic that has had the surprising result of boosting attendance in Hong Kong theaters as well, Kyodo News reported today (Tuesday). Crucindo Hung, chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Association in Hong Kong, told the wire service: "Hong Kong is too small, and film companies cannot depend only on the local market to cover their production costs. ... In the future, not only more stars from Japan, but also those from China, Thailand and South Korea are likely to be cast in Hong Kong movies."
Source: Studio Briefing