Headlines From China: Netflix Acquires Chinese Fantasy Feature ‘Super Me’

Netflix Acquires Chinese Fantasy Feature ‘Super Me’

Netflix has picked up international streaming rights to Chinese film “Super Me,” a high-concept fantasy feature combining elements of comedy, romance and thriller. U.S. director duo Joe and Anthony Russo, of Marvel fame, were once attached to the title as executive producers, but later stepped back from the project, as well as other Chinese production ambitions. Director Zhang carried on with the film, with Shanghai companies Hehe Pictures, Baima Film and Black Ant Entertainment producing. Netflix has made a habit of picking up commercially viable Chinese film titles for the large Chinese diaspora audience. Past Mandarin-language pickups have included the sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth,” teen thriller “Animal World,” romantic drama “Us and Them” and the 2021 Chinese New Year title “The Yin Yang Master.” Read more The Hollywood Reporter

SK-II Launches a New Film Studio to Explore Brand Storytelling

On March 24, the P&G-owned Japanese cosmetics brand SK-II announced the launch of SK-II STUDIO, its new film studio, with a mission to explore the current social pressures and challenges faced by women. The studio plans to release eight short films this year. The first one, “The Center Lane,” was directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, the well-known Japanese director and Palme d’Or winner, and released on March 29. It tells the destiny-changing story of a Japanese swimmer, Rikako Ikee. Read more Jing Daily